Packed with old-school bars, hip restaurants, posh cocktail lounges, music venues, and performance spaces, the East Village is known for its vibrant nightlife. The arty, colorful neighborhood is just as busy by day with chic boutiques rubbing shoulders with grungy tattoo parlors and fast-food joints vying with souvenir shops for attention. This non-stop bustling scene calls for caffeine, and there are plenty of options from the regular Starbucks chains to trendy matcha cafés and hip, hidden spots. Here are some of the best cafés and coffee shops in the East Village for that perfect cup. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Coffee Project NY
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The East Village’s Coffee Project is an independently-owned coffee shop that takes coffee to a new level. Established by Chi Sum Ngai and her partner Kaleena Teoh in 2015, the 3,725 square-foot Coffee Project NY features New York State’s only Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) Premier Training Campus, which offers certified classes to coffee industry professionals wanting to further their education and advance career opportunities. The café serves innovative coffee drinks such as delicious pour overs and deconstructed lattes, Nitro Coffee, and Project One, which comes with a glass of sparkling water and a little waffle cookie.
239 E 5th Street, New York NY 10003, Phone: 212-228-7888
2.Boris & Horton
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Boris & Horton is a dog-friendly café at 195 Avenue A near 12th Street where patrons can bring their four-legged friends while they enjoy great coffee and light fare in a casual, laid backspace. Boris & Horton serves coffee and espresso beverages from Variety Coffee Roasters, including their own in-house Boris Blend, freshly baked pastries from Balthazar, cheese platters from Murray's Cheese, and other light fare with plenty of gluten-free and vegan options. In addition to a variety of coffee drinks including cappuccinos, lattes, macchiatos, americanos, and single and double shot espressos, along with seasonal specialty drinks, the café also serves a selection of craft beer and casual wines.
195 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009, Phone: 212-510-8986
Everyman Espresso is a bright and airy neighborhood café that serves a small menu of espresso drinks and teas, along with a selection of locally-made croissants, cookies, doughnuts, and other pastries. The little café features scattered tables, a window bar with stools, and a long bench running down a sidewall, and a colorful feature wall creates an artsy vibe. Friendly baristas generate a range of espresso and specialty coffee drinks, along with local and imported loose-leaf teas, and the café is open for breakfast and lunch daily.
136 East, 13th Street, New York, NY 10003
Named after a fashion term used during the Japanese jazz age, Hi-Collar is an 11-seat coffeehouse that serves high-end coffee and East-meets-West fare. The stylish and sophisticated Japanese-inspired café serves siphon brews made with Counter Culture and Porto Rico coffee blends, along with Asian food such as katsu pork sandwiches and rice-stuffed omelets called omurice during the day. When the sun goes down, the café transforms into a hip spot serving Far East beers such as Echigo Koshihikari and Yona Yona, along with sake cocktails and light bites.
214 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003, Phone: 212-777-7018
Inspired by the Spanish, Italian, and Middle Eastern traditions and the colorful coffee bars found in these countries, Abraço is a busy East Village counter-serve spot that serves freshly roasted espresso and specialty coffee drinks. The family-run café uses house-roasted beans to create a variety of coffee drinks including cappuccinos, lattes, macchiatos, americanos, and single and double shot espressos, along with seasonal specialty drinks such as like single-origin French presses, Nitrox, Chemex, and pour-over coffee. The food menu features organic and seasonal fare and sweet treats like seasonal frittatas and honey-saffron cake, along with pastries, sandwiches, and salads.
81 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003, Phone: 646-398-7835
6.B Cup Cafe
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The B Cup Café is a local East Village gem that boasts comfortable seating with sofas, art-adorned walls, and a relaxed, creative vibe. The cash-only café is known for its great coffee and healthy fare, which includes an array of meat-free and gluten-free options and high-speed Internet, which draws a young, digital nomad crowd. The neighborhood café serves a wide selection of coffee-based beverages and more than 20 blends of tea, as well as a signature mint lemonade, along with organic sandwiches and light bites, homemade soups, salads and desserts made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
212 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009, Phone: 212-228-4808
C&B is a basic café just south of Tompkins Square Park that serves breakfast bowls and lunch bites and a variety of coffee drinks. Hailed as possibly serving the best breakfast sandwich in the neighborhood, City of Saints is owned by Chef Ali Sahin who brews house-roasted from scratch to produce a variety of coffee drinks including cappuccinos, lattes, macchiatos, americanos, and single and double shot espressos, as well as specialty drinks like pour-overs and Chemex. Signature bites include mouthwatering sandwiches such as scrambled eggs with a housemade chorizo patty with on a fresh brioche roll and egg, cheddar cheese, and housemade merguez sausage on a flaky croissant.
178 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009, Phone: 212-674-2985
8.City of Saints Coffee Roasters
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City of Saints is a coffee roasting company with several coffee shop locations throughout New York and New Jersey, including a bright and airy bar in the East Village, a cozy corner in Hoboken, and a vast industrial space in Bushwick. The East Village café has minimalist décor and an inviting atmosphere and complimentary wireless Internet and serves its own locally roasted brand of coffee in various forms, including lattes, macchiatos, americanos, and single and double shot espressos. A menu of light fare is offered and includes freshly baked pastries, muffins, and other freshly prepared food.
297 Meserole St, Brooklyn, NY 11206, Phone: 929-900-5282
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Set on the leafy 6th Street, Elsewhere Espresso is a cozy coffee with banquette seating, ample tables and chairs, and a large window overlooking the street with a long bench for al fresco dining. The small coffee shop serves a variety of coffee drinks including cappuccinos, lattes, macchiatos, americanos, and single and double shot espressos, along with seasonal specialty drinks such as like single-origin French presses, Nitrox, Chemex, and pour-over coffee, along with freshly baked pastries, muffins, and other sweet treats. Elsewhere Espresso offers complimentary wireless Internet and is open daily.
335 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003
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10.Kona Coffee and Company
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Kona® Coffee and Company is a Hawaiian coffee company that grows, roasts, blends, and brews 100% Kona coffee, which is grown on the slopes of Hualalai. The family-owned and operated business focuses on sustainable practices and mills, roasts, and brews the coffee within a 10-mile radius from the farm, and the coffee can be enjoyed in locations around the world, as well as purchased online. The exquisite floral, citrus, nuts, and caramel flavors of Kona® Coffee can be enjoyed in the East Village café on 52nd Avenue, which is open for breakfast and lunch daily.
57 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003, Phone: 212-598-5977
11.Ludlow Coffee Supply
Ludlow Coffee Supply is a hip spot serving coffee, pastries, and breakfast dishes in a low-key, comfortable space that also houses a barbershop in the back. Relax with a great cup of coffee while having a haircut or a shave and tuck into an array of breakfast dishes such as BLT avocado toast and baked eggs with tomato sauce. The casual café uses house-roasted beans to create a variety of coffee drinks, including cappuccinos, lattes, macchiatos, americanos, and single and double shot espressos, along with seasonal specialty drinks.
176 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002, Phone: 917-472-7632
12.Mudspot Cafe & Restaurant
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Mudspot Café & Restaurant is a famous East Village dining institution that serves all-day brunch in a laid-back and relaxed beer and wine garden. Located on the legendary 307 East 9th Street, the café is the stationary sister of the first original street vendor in the city - The Mudtruck. Launched by Greg Northrop and Nina Barott in 2001, Mudspot Café serves the very same coffee that they sold out of their orange van known as the Mudtruck in handmade mugs, along with a wide range of craft beers on tap and by the bottle and casual wines, all of which can be enjoyed in the charming beer garden.
307 East 9th Street, Manhattan, New York, New York, 10003, Phone: 212-228-9074
© Saltwater Coffee
Saltwater Coffee is a tiny Australian coffee shop with just three tables, a bench, and window-counter seating where guests can watch the world go by as they sip fantastic coffee. The coffee features a wide range of coffee and specialty drinks made with Sydney-based boutique roasting outfit, The Little Marionette, and includes signature drinks like turmeric lattes (golden lattes), and vanilla and chai charcoal lattes accompanied by match donuts. Saltwater Coffee offers complimentary wireless Internet and phone-charging ports and is a great spot to rest your feet after a morning of sightseeing.
345 East 12th Street, New York, NY, 10003
14.The Lazy Llama Coffee Bar
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The Lazy Llama Coffee Bar is a cozy little coffee bar located in the Lower East Side with a retro-rustic feel and plush pillows with happy llamas on the front. The tiny café offers indoor and outdoor seating, complimentary wireless Internet, and a friendly, welcoming ambiance, and serves a menu of Stumptown coffee and specialty drinks. The menu features a full range of coffee drinks, along with teas, hot chocolate, and a variety of cold drinks, juices, and sodas, and a small selection of freshly baked pastries and light bites are available. The Lazy Llama Coffee Bar offers complimentary wireless Internet and is open for breakfast and lunch daily.
72 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003, Phone: 646-410-1938
15.Third Rail Coffee
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Boasting beautiful views of the iconic St. Mark's Church from expansive front windows that flood the interior of the little café with natural light, Third Rail Coffee is a hip coffeehouse with starkly minimalist décor and just a few tables that serves high-quality grab-and-go brews, drip coffee, pour overs and espresso drinks using coffee from Stumptown and other rotating roasters. The coffee menu is accompanied by a variety of light bites and freshly baked pastries from Balthazar Bakery and Outlaw Granola.
159 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003, Phone: 646-580-1240
16.Tokuyama Salon Cafe
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Tokuyama Salon Café in the East Village is a cute, hole-in-the-wall café best known for onigrazu, but also sells a variety of Counter Coulter Coffee drinks along with croissants, muffins, scones, and other light bites. The cozy café has warm wood finishes, a large window with banquette seating and green house plants, and serves the regular favorites of americanos, cappuccinos, lattes, macchiatos, and single and double shot espressos, as well as seasonal and specialty drinks. Signature snacks range from onigrazu in a variety of flavors to sweet matcha biscuits and white chocolate matcha cookies.
627 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009, Phone: 212-260-7607
17.The Roost Coffee Co.
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The Roost Coffee Co. is a friendly, neighborhood East Village coffee shop that has been serving locally roasted excellent coffee and espresso drinks to the local alphabet city community since 2013. The Roost serves excellent coffee and light bites during the day and becomes a stylish lounge and cool gathering spot for locals in the evenings, serving craft beers and brews, spirits, and handcrafted cocktails in a laid-back atmosphere. Hidden behind dark wooden doors, the full-service bar offers 16 rotating local craft beers on draft, as well as over 25 bottles and cans, and highlights over 40 American whiskeys and bourbons as well house barrel-aged Manhattans and Negronis.
222 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009, Phone: 646-918-6700
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© The Bean
The Bean is a coffee chain with locations throughout the city that serves a variety of standard coffee such as americano, single and double espresso, cappuccino, macchiato, and latte, along with specialty coffee drinks like single-origin French presses, nitrox, Chemex, and pour-over coffee. Drinks are accompanied by a selection of freshly baked pastries, mouthwatering muffins, and other baked goods, and every café has complimentary wireless Internet, making them perfect for catching up on work or surfing the net. The Bean coffee shops are open all day, seven days a week.
31 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003, Phone: 917-261-4364
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17 Best East Village Coffee Shops
- Coffee Project NY, Photo: Coffee Project NY
- Boris & Horton, Photo: Boris & Horton
- Everyman Espresso, Photo: Viktoriia/stock.adobe.com
- Hi-Collar, Photo: Rawpixel.com/stock.adobe.com
- Abraco, Photo: sutichak/stock.adobe.com
- B Cup Cafe, Photo: B Cup Café
- C&B, Photo: leszekglasner/stock.adobe.com
- City of Saints Coffee Roasters, Photo: City of Saints Coffee Roasters
- Elsewhere Espresso, Photo: Quality Stock Arts/stock.adobe.com
- Kona Coffee and Company, Photo: Kona® Coffee and Company
- Ludlow Coffee Supply, Photo: monster_code/stock.adobe.com
- Mudspot Cafe & Restaurant, Photo: Mudspot Café & Restaurant
- Saltwater Coffee, Photo: Saltwater Coffee
- The Lazy Llama Coffee Bar, Photo: The Lazy Llama Coffee Bar
- Third Rail Coffee, Photo: Third Rail Coffee
- Tokuyama Salon Cafe, Photo: Tokuyama Salon Café
- The Roost Coffee Co., Photo: The Roost Coffee Co.
- The Bean, Photo: The Bean
- Cover Photo: Nickolay Khoroshkov/stock.adobe.com