This past fall I had the pleasure of staying at Sixty hotels Lower East Side location in NYC. As a coffee fanatic you really couldn't ask for a better location. I took a few days to review my top 5 favorite shops in the area. Each one being less than a mile from the hotel.
394 Broome St, New York, NY 10013
Everyone loves Happy Bones. Counter Culture coffee and a minimalistic design - you really need nothing else. This has been a favorite of mine for the last few years. Always a nice intimate space to chat over cappuccinos with a friend. If you don't have any friends, theres always someone around just looking for an excuse to make small talk. There's very little seating, so don't feel shy to sit next to a stranger. Sometimes that stranger may just happen to be Tobey Maguire.
325 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012
If you're not looking for small talk and you just want an espresso to go, Gasoline Alley is the spot for you. Precision is key here; the espresso and cortados are always on point. Even the latte art - they don't seem to make a mistake. It's not a place you'll probably stay and do work, as the name hints. But for a good, quick drink, there's no place better.
441 E 12th St, New York, NY 10009
I visited Ost for the first time just a few months ago, and it's recently become my new favorite. It's spacious enough where you most likely can find a seat, so bring a friend. And the floor, I mean, come on. However, they don't serve drinks in "for here" cups on the weekends. So if you're going for the 'gram, you'll have to stick to an espresso or a macchiato. Or you can make up some story about how you're an esteemed food critic and need that cappuccino cup for your Food Network review. Either or.
30 W 8th St, New York, NY 10011
Stumptown is a national landmark for coffee connoisseurs. This is probably the largest cafe on the list, even though they recently closed off their tasting room to customers. If its nice outside, there's also additional outdoor seating against a beautiful mauve - colored wall. The baristas are professional and generally love what they do. If you're looking to hang and talk about coffee with people who know coffee, this is the place to do it. Just don't mention Peet's ...
Cafe Sel Rrose
1 Delancey St, New York, NY 10002
Cafe Sel Rrose is a fairly new cafe that opened as a new addition to Sel Rrose, a stunning cocktail and oyster bar in the LES. Also serving Counter Culture coffee, these people clearly know what they're doing. Beautiful and very intimate, this is where I'd take that first date. If things go well, you also have the convenience to just hop to the next room for dinner and drinks. To be honest, if I lived in NYC I'd probably never leave here.
Sixty LES is located at 190 Allen Street, NY
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