The Union Square neighborhood in the heart of New York is a lively and vibrant area with an urban park, a busy pedestrian plaza, and the long-running Union Square Greenmarket that sells for artisanal food and local produce. The colorful district attracts a trendy mix of students, street artists, and professionals, all of whom want great coffee, so Union Square is packed with plenty of spots to refuel and relax over a cup of java. Whether you are you looking for the most robust espresso or an electrifying cold brew, here are some of the best spots for your caffeine fix in Union Square. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
© Daily Provisions
Daily Provisions is a tiny all-day counter-serve neighborhood café located right next door to the Union Square Café with two small counters and two small tables and a friendly, bustling atmosphere. The café serves a variety of sandwiches, including bacon, egg, and cheese, crispy chicken Milanese on focaccia, roast beef with muenster and horseradish, and the Daily Provisions cruller. For something sweet, there is ice cream comes from Portland’s incredible Salt & Straw, and freshly baked artisan bread to take home.
103 E 19th St, New York, NY 10003
© Everyman Espresso
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
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3.Tarallucci e Vino Union Square
© Tarallucci e Vino Union Square
Tarallucci e Vino is an Italian mini-chain with a flagship restaurant on Union Square that serves traditional Italian cuisine, casual wines, and freshly brewed coffee. The Union Square location has a rustic dining space with an outdoor patio and is ideal for informal gatherings, romantic dinners or business meetings, and hosts a daily happy hour and a popular weekend brunch. The dinner menu features classic Italian fare such as seafood cavatelli, beef and veal meatballs, and homemade gnocchi with spring peas and basil pesto, and desserts like house-made pastries and freshly baked cakes are available throughout the day.
15 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003, Phone: 212-228-5400
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4.Blue Bottle Coffee
© Blue Bottle Coffee
Located in one of the busiest rail stations in the United States, Blue Bottle Coffee is a multi-roaster coffee chain that specializes in roasting, brewing, and serving artisan coffee using classic coffee-crafting devices. Boasting a beautifully restored 1958 Faema Urania espresso machine, a vintage Probat roaster, a La Marzocco espresso machine, and Japanese Kyoto-style ice-coffee drippers, the trendy café serves a variety of standard coffee, along with specialty coffee drinks like single-origin French presses, nitrox, Chemex, and pour-over coffee. Visitors can relax over a fantastic cup of coffee and watch the world bustle by in the Station’s historic grand hall.
76 N. 4th Street, Store A, Brooklyn, NY 11249
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5.Blue Stripes Cacao Shop
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Established by the creator of the chocolate-centric café Max Brenner, Blue Stripes Cacao Shop is a café on East 13th Street near Union Square that sells a range of freshly brewed coffee drinks and specialty coffee, along with an assortment of chocolate-based treats like giant truffles, chocolate-filled cones, rocher covered with hazelnuts, and s’mores cupcakes. The menu also features chocolate-based drinks, such as chocolate clouds, and a range of chocolate-related merchandise like chocolate shot glasses and a cocoa bean change purse.
28 E 13th St, NY 10003, Phone: 917-265-8737
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© BREADS BAKERY
BREADS BAKERY™ is a bright, high-ceilinged bakery that creates and sells handmade artisan bread, baked goods, and gourmet sandwiches made with traditional baking techniques. The bakery makes both sweet and savory items, including rustic bread made with whole grains and mouthwatering pastries and their famous BREADS BAKERY BABKA™. The bakery offers a variety of standard coffee, along with specialty coffee drinks like single-origin French presses, nitrox, Chemex, and pour-over coffee.
18 E 16th St, New York, NY 10003, Phone: 212-633-2253
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7.Gotham Coffee Roasters
Founded in 2013, Gotham Coffee Roasters serves single-origin coffees that are curated and roasted by coffee veteran and shop owner Chris Calkins at the Pulley Collective in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The coffee house focuses on serving direct trade coffee and micro-lots from seasonal offerings, and the 450 square-foot coffee shop serves the highest quality coffee to both our retail and wholesale customers and specializes in forming and maintaining partnerships and providing outstanding customer service. Gotham Coffee Roasters offers a menu of standard coffee drinks like cappuccinos, lattes, macchiatos, americanos, and single and double shot espressos, along with signature seasonal coffee drinks and teas, as well as freshly baked pastries and light bites.
23 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011, Phone: 212-255-2972
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8.Irving Farm New York
© Irving Farm New York
Established in 1996 on Irving Place, Irving Farm New York has been roasting coffee for over 20 years and has numerous neighborhood cafés across Manhattan, a modern 7500-square foot roasting and cold brewing facility in Millerton, New York. Coffee is sourced from small producers and hand-selected from freshly harvested lots, maintaining long-term, sustainable relationships. Seasonal batches are roasted to order at the New York facility, and promptly shipped, along with a curated selection of single origins that highlight the roastery’s favorite small lot coffees each season.
71 Irving Place, Manhattan New York, 10003, Phone: 212-206-0707 EXT. 71
9.Joe Coffee Company
© Joe Coffee Company
Joe Coffee Company is a well-known family-owned New York roaster dedicated to making and serving outstanding coffee served in welcoming spaces with warm hospitality, including House Selection, Waverly espressos, and other delicious blended and single-origin options. Budding baristas can learn how to make the perfect cup of coffee at a variety of classes that share the knowledge and practical hands-on skills on how to brew better coffee at home. Joe Coffee Company offers a menu of standard coffee drinks like cappuccinos, lattes, macchiatos, americanos, and single and double shot espressos, along with signature seasonal coffee drinks and teas, as well as freshly baked pastries and light bites. Joe Coffee Company is open for breakfast and lunch daily.
9 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003, Phone: 212-924-3300
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10.Le Cafe Coffee
© Le Café Coffee
Le Café Coffee is a small coffee shop that is known for its latte art and signature seasonal hot and cold drinks. The quaint coffee bar boasts a contemporary design with reclaimed wood accents and serves high-end organic coffee in various styles like cappuccinos, lattes, macchiatos, americanos, and single and double shot espressos. The food menu features a delicious selection of sandwiches made with fresh locally sourced ingredients, as well as freshly baked pastries and other sweet treats as the perfect complement to the wide assortment of drinks.
7 East 14th Street, Manhattan New York, 10003, Phone: 212-365-1060
Madman Espresso is a rustic, contemporary coffee shop that serves artisanal coffee from caffevita.com from Seattle. Boasting two downtown locations near Union Square, the stores play contemporary music while serving the best artisanal coffee from the Seattle-based coffee roastery that has been roasting coffee since 1995. Pioneers of the Farm Direct movement, caffevita.com ethically sources the finest coffee beans from more than 11 countries around the world, while developing long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with the coffee growers.
234 West 35th Street, Manhattan New York, 10123
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O Café is a casual neighborhood café on Sixth Avenue in Greenwich Village that churns out traditional Brazilian pão de queijo pastries and freshly brewed coffee from organic Fair-Trade beans from Brazil, South America, and Africa. The small and cozy shop serves a menu of delicious fare and gourmet sandwiches made with locally sourced ingredients and wholesome recipes, along with direct trade coffee and a selection of natural wines. The comfortable and inviting space is a great place to escape the crowds of tourists wandering around Greenwich Village.
482 6th Avenue, Manhattan New York, 10011, Phone: 212-229-2233
Born in the East Village, the Bean is a multi-location coffee shop chain with an upbeat ambiance, excellent coffee and snacks, and wireless Internet for digital nomads. The café has contemporary décor with vintage accents, an organic juice bar, a full-service coffee bar, and a selection of vegan, gluten-free and kosher food. Signature coffee drinks are named after cultural icons such as the Great BamBeano, the NutElla Fitzgerald, and the Frozen Mona Lisa, all of which are painted on the wall behind the counter by Nicolina. The Bean also offers a menu of standard coffee drinks like cappuccinos, lattes, macchiatos, americanos, and single and double shot espressos, along with signature seasonal coffee drinks and teas, as well as freshly baked pastries and light bites.
771 Broadway, Manhattan New York, 10003, Phone: 646-781-9620
14.The Grey Dog - Union Square
© The Grey Dog - Union Square
The Grey Dog near Union Square is an energetic café that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and high-quality coffee. The café is popular for a grab-and-go coffee or relaxing with friends over freshly brewed java and delicious fare made with locally sourced ingredients. The Grey Dog serves offers a menu of standard coffee drinks like cappuccinos, lattes, macchiatos, americanos, and single and double shot espressos, along with signature seasonal coffee drinks and teas, as well as freshly baked pastries and light snacks. One of four locations around the city, the Grey Dog has plenty of comfortable seating, a quiet, laid-back atmosphere, and complimentary wireless Internet for those wanting to catch up on work.
90 University Place, Manhattan New York, 10003, Phone: 212-966-1060
Think Coffee is the perfect place to escape the bustling crowds of Union Square and relax over a cup of coffee. Boasting multiple locations downtown, the café has a quiet, peaceful atmosphere without wireless Internet, offering a tranquil place to take a break. Think Coffee serves a menu of standard coffee drinks like cappuccinos, lattes, macchiatos, americanos, and single and double shot espressos, along with signature seasonal coffee drinks and teas, as well as freshly baked pastries and light bites.
123 4th Avenue, Manhattan New York, 10003
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16.Union Square Cafe
© Union Square Cafe
Founded in 1985, Union Square Cafe is an award-winning restaurant launched by chef Danny Meyer that has been serving seasonal New American fare in an elegant setting for over 30 years. Drawing inspiration from the Union Square Greenmarket, the restaurant’s creative menu showcases the best local ingredients in innovative dishes like Olive Oil Poached Halibut, Roasted Monkfish, Herb Roasted Chicken, Pan Seared Duck Breast, and Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder. The cuisine is accompanied by a selection of fine wines from around the world, craft beers, signature cocktails, and a variety of freshly brewed coffee made from ethically sourced beans from around the world.
101 E 19th St, New York, NY 10003, Phone: 212-243-4020
16 Best Union Square NYC Coffee Shops
- Daily Provisions, Photo: Daily Provisions
- Everyman Espresso, Photo: Everyman Espresso
- Tarallucci e Vino Union Square, Photo: Tarallucci e Vino Union Square
- Blue Bottle Coffee, Photo: Blue Bottle Coffee
- Blue Stripes Cacao Shop, Photo: Charnchai saeheng/stock.adobe.com
- BREADS BAKERY, Photo: BREADS BAKERY
- Gotham Coffee Roasters, Photo: Nomad_Soul/stock.adobe.com
- Irving Farm New York, Photo: Irving Farm New York
- Joe Coffee Company, Photo: Joe Coffee Company
- Le Cafe Coffee, Photo: Le Café Coffee
- Madman Espresso, Photo: chayathon2000/stock.adobe.com
- O Cafe, Photo: tippapatt/stock.adobe.com
- The Bean, Photo: kegfire/stock.adobe.com
- The Grey Dog - Union Square, Photo: The Grey Dog - Union Square
- Think Coffee, Photo: nagaets/stock.adobe.com
- Union Square Cafe, Photo: Union Square Cafe
- Cover Photo: Aleksandrs Muiznieks/stock.adobe.com
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