I love showing people around New York City, mixing food exploration with sightseeing. A recent expedition involved taking Mark, a food guy visiting from Bali, on a highly personalized journey that took into consideration preferences of his (bakeries, ice cream) and ruled out cuisines from Southeast Asia (where he lives and travels), Japan (his future home), and squeezed it into one dinner Wednesday night and half of the next day, along with homework to complete in his own time. We could have covered more places, but unlike me (probably wisely), he doesn’t eat for science – only for hunger – and our geographically disparate destinations took a toll on available eating time due to heavy New York City traffic.
Author: Peter Cucè (Page 1 of 4)
At least a handful of cafes open in New York City every month, but I no longer attempt to make it to all of them and instead prioritize those that meet at least one of the following criteria: serving coffee from a favorite roaster, beautiful spaces, good places to work, inhabiting previously unserved or underserved neighborhoods.
My four recent favorites are all in Brooklyn except for Flatiron’s Patisserie Chanson.
East One Coffee Roasters | Carroll Gardens
A lot of cafes have opened in the past few months. I didn’t make it to all of them, but these are my favorites out of the ones I did visit. This is a running series and the previous edition can be found here. Order is alphabetical.
Alpha Dominche Extraction Lab | Sunset Park
New specialty coffee shops continue to open in New York City at a furious rate, and I’ve given up trying to get to all of them. However, I still (eventually) make it to a lot of them and write about the ones that are special in some way, or fill a void in a previously underserved neighborhood.
The bulk of the cafes I’ve visited lately that have opened in the last few months are in Brooklyn, with a couple in Manhattan, and one in Queens. Collectively they use coffee from a striking variety of roasters, mostly local, but some further afield.
Ignoring the warnings of a Flushing food buddy that ingredient quality and preparation had taken a nosedive, I recently revisited the ungainly named but formerly reliable downtown Flushing standby, Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan (HKGS), with a small group of repeat visitors for a late-night meal. Although I have at least 10 HKGS sojourns under my belt, it was my first since 2014, and I was shocked by how far it had fallen.
Sitting astride the Lafayette Ave subway entrance at the sharply-angled corner of Fulton Street and S Portland Ave, Greene Grape Annex is one of just a few specialty coffee shops in Fort Greene and caters to a wide cross section of the local population. Open late, they offer a full array of drinks: coffee during the day and local-focused craft beer, along with wine, and a full cocktail menu later on. In addition to morning baked goods, there is a cooked food menu which switches from breakfast dishes to lunchier items at noon and is served until closing, 9pm most days, 10pm Thursday through Saturday.