Quirky Coffee Shops On The Upper East Side, NYC

Theres nothing like a heart-warming latte as you get out of the New York cold
There's nothing like a heart-warming latte as you get out of the New York cold | © Natanja Grun / Unsplash.com
Julia Goicochea

A shared love of coffee is a source of bonding among New Yorkers, regardless of age, background, or borough. Nowhere is this truth more apparent than on the city’s Upper East Side, where a mix of professionals, tourists and locals pound the busy streets. Whether you’re looking for a caffeine boost before visiting Central Park, or are in need of a pick-me-up after a busy day, the Upper East Side has it covered.

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Alice’s Tea Cup Chapter II

Indulge your inner (or actual) child at this Alice in Wonderland-themed spot where towers of sandwiches and scones are served alongside a variety of teas and a solid cup of coffee. With a large selection of light food and drink options, Alice’s Tea Cup offers a refreshing take on the traditional coffee shop experience.

Birch Coffee

One of four Birch Coffee branches in the city, the company’s Upper East Side location continues to serve up high quality beverages and snacks with friendly service. Treat yourself to a Dough doughnut from Birch’s pastry selection and settle in to one of the shop’s window seats for an admirable view of the tree-lined street (or the barista’s incredible latte art). If you’re grabbing your coffee to go, be sure to pick up a book from the shop’s small ‘take-one, leave-one’ library.

Corrado Bread & Pastry

DXMMYC Breakfast with croissants and coffee.

With its intimate interior and sidewalk seating, Corrado Bread & Pastry may prompt daydreams of lounging in a Parisian cafe. Fortunately, when this reverie is broken by the familiar sounds of New York City traffic, Corrado offers a delicious (and beautiful) assortment of pastries, breads, and coffee beverages to ease your transition back to reality. Macarons, anyone?

Java Girl

This blink-and-you’ll-miss it coffee shop offers New Yorkers a peaceful haven from the Upper East Side’s bustling activity. With its self-serve coffee stations, low lighting, and cozy interior, Java Girl boasts a relaxed atmosphere perfect for working or studying while enjoying a cup (or two) of coffee.

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