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by Jessica Mousseau (subscribe)
Jessica Mousseau is a copywriter & copy editor from the United States. Her work can be viewed at: www.jessicamousseau.com.
Published April 30th 2012


Saying that the place where you get your coffee is the best is most likely going to start a lively discussion (a nice way of saying an argument), because inevitably the person to whom you make that statement will say that his place is the best. The reasons for why any place to buy coffee is the best can range from the type of coffee used to how it's roasted to the barista that serves it. Even the artwork in the foam is a topic for debate. We don't want to get into the debate itself, we just want to give you a few places that we think do serve the best New York coffee. Yours might be on here, or (surprise) you might find a new favorite place.

Gimme! Coffee

If those two words are the only ones you can utter coherently in the morning, then you've come to the right place. You don't even have to speak, just point to the sign and work out hand signals with the barista to let him know your selection.

You don't even have to stumble very far to find a Gimme! Coffee. The original pocket espresso bar is in Ithaca, where everything got started in 2000, but there are plenty of espresso bars in and around New York City so that one is only a few steps away from where you are.

In addition, the coffees served at Gimme! Coffee is also available in some grocery stores, cafes, and restaurants. This means you can enjoy your favorite blend pretty much wherever you are.

Abraco, 86 E.. 7th Avenue

If you can make it through Monday, you'll be able to visit Abraco the rest of the week, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Tuesday-Saturday, and from 9:00 to 4:00 PM on Sunday. There you will find not only coffee, but different types of frittata and sweets for breakfast.

Beginning at 12:00 noon on those days, you can choose from the selection of small prix fixe offerings that Abraco serves. These selections change daily, depending on what's fresh at the farmer's market, so you never know what you may find on the menu on any given day.

Joe The Art Of Coffee

The name of this establishment is very descriptive, because that's literally what you get. You get coffee to drink, the making and mixing of which is an art within itself, and you enjoy your coffee surrounded by the work of different artists.

Each of the six locations (they'll be listed below) displays the work of different artists. The works include watercolors and photography, so if you dabble in any of these genres and would like to display your works, you can contact Gabrielle Rubinstein about doing this.

Here are the locations of Joe The Art of Coffee

1. 141 Waverly Place

2. 9 East 13th Street

3. 405 West 23rd Street

4. 44 Grand Central Terminal

5. 514 Columbus Avenue

6. Joe @Columbia

Roasting Plant, 75 Greenwich Avenue; 81 Orchard Street

When you order a cup of coffee from either one of the Roasting Plant locations (this is the shop as well as the plant), you can be sure it will be the freshest cup of coffee you can possibly get. That's because the beans are roasted onsite every day.

Both locations are true working plants, and start with green coffee beans. The founder, Mike Caswell, knew that having on-site plants was the only way to ensure that customers would receive the freshest, smoothest coffee each time they ordered. Come try a cup and taste for yourself.
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Why? Because coffee is a big part of New York culture
When: Whenever you want
Where: All over New York
Cost: Depends on coffee shop
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