Not renowned for being a hot spot for great coffee, the Upper West Side now has a burgeoning scene with stalwarts like Stumptown’s of Flatiron and the Blue Bottles of Brooklyn. Whether you are you looking for the most robust espresso or an electrifying cold brew, the Upper West Side has plenty of independent third-wave coffee shops and farm-to-table roasteries from which to choose.

Here are some of the best spots for your caffeine fix.

1. About Coffee

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About Coffee is a casual neighborhood café that serves espresso drinks, traditional coffee, and fresh bagels in a cozy, down-to-earth ambiance. The coffeehouse is a popular gathering place for locals and visitors alike and serves a range of house-brewed coffee from americano and espresso to cappuccino and macchiato, along with specialty coffee drinks, hot and iced teas, and fruit juices.

A menu of light fare such as house-made sandwiches, paninis, muffins, cookies, and freshly baked pastries are available, and the café has high-speed wireless Internet. About Coffee is open for breakfast and lunch daily.

About Coffee , 445 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024, Phone: 646-852-6812

2. Barachou

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Barachou is a French-inspired pastry shop on Amsterdam Avenue that specializes in French cream puffs, along with other sweet treats and mouthwatering cakes and desserts. The cozy neighborhood shop serves handcrafted, freshly baked goods ranging from chouquettes, savory puffs, and tirami-chou to cakes, scones, muffins, and more.

The bakery also serves a selection of coffee drinks from americano, latte, macchiato, and espresso to a range of teas, fresh juices, and the café is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.

Barachou , 449 Amsterdam Avenue Between 81st &, W 82nd St, New York, NY 10024, Phone: 646-398-7788

3. Birch Coffee

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Birch Coffee is a hip and popular spot on Columbus Avenue that sources everything locally and serves coffee made from beans that are hand-roasted in nearby Long Island City. The café features ornamental ceilings with industrial piping, quirky décor, and well-dressed baristas serving a variety of standard coffee, along with specialty coffee drinks like single-origin French presses, nitrox, Chemex, and pour-over coffee. Coffee beans vary with the seasons and harvests, and signature sips include flat whites, cortados, and a legendary toasted almond tea.

Birch Coffee , 750 Columbus Avenue, Manhattan New York, New York, 10025, Phone: 212-686-1444

4. Blue Bottle Coffee

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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.

Blue Bottle Coffee, 10 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022, Phone: 510-653-3394

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5. Bluestone Lane Upper West Side Cafe

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Nestled in the heart of the Upper West Side, the Bluestone Lane Upper West Side Cafe features blue-vein polished concrete flooring, stylish décor with brass trimmings on white oak, and stunning white Carrera marble bar. The café serves a variety of freshly brewed coffee, along with specialty coffee drinks like single-origin French presses, nitrox, Chemex, and pour-over coffee, cold-pressed juice, and sodas. The café serves an all-day menu of seasonal, health-oriented fare with innovative twists such as Avocado Smash, Bacon Egg Roll, and classic Birther Muesli.

417 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024, Phone: 718-374-6858

6. Cafe Lalo

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Bringing the rich tastes and flavors of Europe to the heart of the Upper West Side, Cafe Lalo is a charming, cozy café with eclectic posters adorning the wall and a bustling, distinctly Parisian atmosphere. The restaurant 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. Freshly baked cakes are on display in glass cabinets, and the menu also offers delicious brunch bites and mouthwatering pastries.

201 West 83rd Street, Manhattan New York, New York, 10024, Phone: 212-496-6031

7. Épicerie Boulud

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Épicerie Boulud is an eat-in and take-out market and café with three locations around the city. Owner Chef Daniel Boulud uses fresh locally sourced and seasonal, house-made ingredients to prepare delicious and healthy breakfast, brunch and lunch options such as homemade soups, fresh salads, gourmet made-to-order sandwiches, charcuterie and cheese boards, fresh bread and viennoiserie. The dessert menu boasts delicate French pastries and homemade gelato, and the café sells a selection of condiments, candies, and artisanal products inspired by the chef, as well as fine wines from around the world.

1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023, Phone: 212-595-9606

8. Irving Farm Coffee Roasters

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Established in 1996 on Irving Place, Irving Farm Coffee Roasters 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: 212-995-5252

9. Joe Coffee Company

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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.

514 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024, Phone: 212-875-0100

10. Magnolia Bakery

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This down-home destination for classic baked desserts specializes in a variety of creative cupcakes. The relaxed family-friendly café serves breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch with a menu of delicious house-baked bread, sweet and savory pastries, and hearty brunch fare such as omelets, egg dishes, breakfast sandwiches and more.

All food is prepared with fresh, locally sourced, and organic ingredients and made from scratch and to-order. The coffee menu features all the regular favorites ranging from americano, espresso, latte, and macchiato, along with specialty coffee drinks, fresh fruit juices, and healthy smoothies.

Magnolia Bakery , 1240 6th Ave, New York, NY 10020, Phone: 212-767-1123

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11. Mille-Feuille Bakery

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Mille-Feuille Bakery is a French-inspired bakery and café that serves delightful French pastries made with all-natural ingredients and made fresh daily. Chef-owner Olivier Dessyn creates a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere in which visitors can enjoy handcrafted coffee and espresso drinks. The menu also offers a variety of teas, fresh juices, and sweet treats such as freshly baked pastries, such as passionfruit macarons, salted caramel, chocolate mousse praline cake, and the café’s eponymous mille-feuille.

2175 Broadway, Manhattan New York, New York, 10023, Phone: 212-362-6261

12. Oren's Daily Roast

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Oren's Daily Roast is a casual neighborhood coffee shop dedicated to serving the highest quality coffee and freshly baked pastries around. The café takes special care with its detailed roasting process, working with small, private farmers to ensure that newly roasted beans are delivered every morning and serving distinctly flavorful American blends. Signature drinks include some of the best almond milk lattes in the area, and visitors can enjoy freshly baked pastries from Balthazar and Doughnut Plant.

2882 Broadway, Manhattan New York, New York, 10025, Phone: 212-749-8779

13. Plowshares Coffee Bloomingdale

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Located on Broadway and just a stone’s throw from Strauss Park, Plowshares Coffee Bloomingdale is one of a chain of coffee shops and cafés that are well-known for serving fantastic coffee and light fare. The coffee shop serves a menu of standard coffee drinks like cappuccinos, lattes, macchiatos, americanos, and single and double shot espressos, along with seasonal specialty drinks made with a variety of rotating local roasters from coffee producers around the world. The drinks are accompanied by a selection of freshly baked pastries and sweet treats.

2730 Broadway, Manhattan New York, New York, 10025, Phone: 212-222-0280

14. Tarallucci e Vino Wine Bar

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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.

Tarallucci e Vino Wine Bar, 475 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024, Phone: 212-362-5454

15. The Hungarian Pastry Shop

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Located directly opposite the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Amsterdam Avenue, just a few blocks from Columbia University’s campus, the Hungarian Pastry Shop is both a quiet neighborhood coffee shop and bustling tourist hub. Opened in 1961 by Hungarian-Jewish immigrants as a simple kitchen and dining counter, the dimly-lit café is still going strong, serving traditional and robust Hungarian coffee and classic Hungarian delights. Visitors tuck into huge servings of Dobos Torta (a chocolate buttercream-layered sponge cake with a mouthwatering crunchy-caramel topping), Rigó Jancsi (chocolate sponge cake filled with chocolate mousse cream), and cherry or apple strudel, all of which are handmade from scratch.

The Hungarian Pastry Shop, 1030 Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan New York, New York, 10025, Phone: 212-866-4230

16. The Sensuous Bean

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The Sensuous Bean is a little coffee and tea shop on west 70th that has been grinding, roasting, selling, and serving locally sourced coffee beans since 1976. Co-owned by partners, Lucretia La Mora and Tom Wilson, the coffee merchant uses ethically sourced beans from small producers around the globe and serves a variety of coffee drinks like cappuccinos, lattes, macchiatos, americanos, and single and double shot espressos. The neighborhood hangout also offers assorted teas, including Mexican Vienna brew from Zimbabwe and chai spice tea from India, along with an assortment of flavorful tisanes.

66 W 70th St, New York, NY 10023, Phone: 212-724-7725

17. Zabar's

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Zabar's is a gourmet emporium and specialty food store on Broadway and 80th Street that is renowned for its outstanding selection of mouthwatering global delicacies and cuisine such as smoked fish, olives, caviar, coffee, cheese, charcuterie, and bagels. Founded by Louis and Lillian Zaba, the café is a well-known commercial landmark of the neighborhood and attracts both locals and tourists who come to tuck into authentic boiled bagels and lox, gourmet sandwiches, ready-made dishes, and imported delights. The emporium also sells kitchenware and home décor and offers a delivery service.

2245 Broadway, New York, NY 10024, Phone: 212-787-2000

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