Need caffeine? Check out these unusual coffee shops in NYC.
It’s no secret that New York City runs on coffee, but what sometimes surprises new NYC inhabitants is the amount of ways New York has diversified the coffee drinking experience. Yes, there are Starbucks on every corner, and you’re never too far from a Pret a Manger or coffee-serving bodega, but there are much quirkier coffee experiences in NYC if you know where to look. The proof? Read this list below for some unusual coffee shops in NYC.
Meow Parlour, 46 Hester St
Popularized in Asia, cat cafes are common in other countries – but not in America. Luckily for inhabitants of Soho, Meow Parlour is one of NYC’s new cat cafes setting out to change that. If you love relaxing with a cup of coffee and surrounding yourself with felines, visit Meow Parlour to do exactly that. A good rule of thumb is to make a reservation before you visit (that way, you won’t need to wait in line to play with cats). Not only will you be able to take advantage of the space’s free Wi-Fi, but if you bond with one of Meow Parlour’s many roaming cats, you’re in luck because all cats are adoptable!
Rough Trade, 64 N 9th St, Brooklyn
This Williamsburg staple is more record store and concert venue than coffee shop, but its in-house cafe knows how to make an amazing cup of Joe. Purchase a latte in the store, then sip it as you peruse new album releases and sample new tracks on a retro pair of headphones. You don’t have to buy any merchandise to appreciate Rough Trade’s space (there are tables where you can take your coffee and chat with a fellow drinker), but definitely explore the second floor of the building where you’ll find free-to-play ping-pong tables. Once you’re caffeinated, you’re bound to win!
Blind Barber, 339 E 10th St
This East Village barber is a great place to get a haircut and coffee. Blind Barber uses Blue Bottle coffee for their cappuccinos, and drinking java while you get your haircut is an easy, quiet way to de-stress and enjoy the moment. And if you think the coffee is a way to keep customers from talking to their barbers – you’d be wrong. The founders of Blind Barber say that coffee encourages more conversation rather than preventing it.
Kobrick Coffee Co., 24 9th Ave
If you’re like me, then in the past you’ve wished for your after-dinner cocktails to come with a boost of caffeine. Thankfully, Kobrick Coffee Co. uses their signature coffee blends (Tiger Stripe Reserve Espresso and Kiss of Africa) as ingredients for many drinks on its cocktail menu. If you’re enticed by drinks called Chemex Bloody Mary, Misty Flip, or Mexican Jumping Bean – visiting this spot before you go clubbing in the Meatpacking District (where Kobrick’s is located) may be perfect for you.