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.
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.
While not a bastion of world-beating cuisine, Manhattan Chinatown’s 69 Bayard Restaurant certainly has a flair all its own. If you wanted tolerable late-night Chinese food – not all that easy to come by in that neighborhood, 69 Bayard was the place to find it. Where else could you find a table of cops next to a table of party girls next to a table of gang members? I haven’t been in years, but I’m a little sad to hear that it’s closing its doors this coming Saturday.
This post originally appeared as a review on Project Latte, my soon-to-be defunct cafe culture site.
Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee is a neighborhood spot. Flyers for guitar lessons, house cleaners, and local recitals line the wall as you walk in the door, and sections of the Times lie around in case you forgot yours. Jack’s makes eggs and toasted bagels in the mornings and serves beer in the evenings. People love it here. Early on Sundays it pulls in a pile of regulars who look very relieved to be there, munching away their hangovers with bagels and coffee.