Tired of the coffee brews you are getting at places like Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks in the Financial District? Well then, you’re in luck: step away from those chain stores and check out our list of the best coffee shops in the neighborhood!! Sure, these cafés won’t be found on every block, but rest assured that visiting these shops will give you a truly rewarding caffeine experience.
Manon Café: What could be a better than a steaming cappuccino on a cold winter’s day? Having a complimentary piece of Belgian chocolate to go with it, of course! At Manon Café on 3 Hanover Square, every cup of joe comes with a free piece of Leonidas chocolate, thereby making sure that both your chocolate and caffeine fixes are satiated in one sitting.
Bean & Bean: Bean & Bean offers a large variety of organic coffee blends in their store at 71 Broadway. From the spicy notes in their Indonesian Sumatra to the supreme aroma of their Hawaiian Kona, the variety of brews available here are certain to satisfy every kind of coffee connoisseur. Not a fan of coffee? They have delicious tea options as well.
R & R Coffee: Located close to South Street Seaport, R & R Coffee at 76 Fulton Street uses Intelligentsia beans to brew their coffee, making it a popular spot for gourmet coffee enthusiasts. While you savor the aroma and flavor of R & R’s coffee, make sure you also taste some of the delectable pastries they have on offer here as well. (Insiders claim their apple turnover is to die for.)
There are two other coffee shops we need to mention in this list—Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee at 222 Front Street and Fika at 66 Pearl Street. While Jack’s was one of the most popular coffee spots at South Street Seaport, Fika’s Swedish offerings had FiDi citizens queuing outside their doors. Unfortunately, both these shops are currently closed due to damage from Superstorm Sandy.
But there’s good news too: both these shops are now on their way to a full recovery! Fika is expected to open sometime in March, while Jack’s is hoping for a May re-opening. Until then, fans of these shops and coffee enthusiasts alike should check out their other locations in the city: Jack’s has a store open in the West Village, while Fika has spots in Tribeca, Chelsea and Midtown.