Today is National Coffee Day, so the L&T Team would like to offer up our favorite places in New York City to grab an amazing cup o’ joe.

These days, people seem to live and die by their coffee consumption. If you don’t believe me, take a stroll down any New York City block and count the number of coffee shops you see. In fact, Zagat’s 2015 National Coffee Survey suggests that about 82% of Americans consume coffee daily, averaging nearly 2.1 cups per day.

We here at L&T have a deep appreciation for this black, liquid gold — it helps us stay on top of our content game and keeps us energized (and a bit jittery) throughout the workday. In honor of National Coffee Day — and because New Yorkers have to be the authority on everything — here are the team’s top 8 coffee spots in NYC.


One of our Associate Content Managers, Jamie, is a fan of Mud coffee. He’d like to offer up that they have great coffee with a side of the city’s “cutest baristas.” Check out the Mudspot in the East Village (307 East 9th St), or Mudpark on the Lower East Side (75 East 1st St). Side note: Jamie used to work at the Mudspot, but we still believe him when he says that he’s unbiased (especially about the baristas).

Cooper, CEO and co-founder, feels that the best coffee is a tie between Irving Farm on the Upper West Side (224 West 79th St) and La Colombe at their Soho West location (75 Vandam St). I second Cooper’s pick for La Colombe — it’s my go-to spot when I’m desperately craving a latte and almond croissant (this happens often).

Jonathan, our President and co-founder, says that he “only [does] deli coffee.” Kara, our Viral Content Manager, agrees that deli coffee is never a bad option for a quick caffeine fix, but her top pick is The Chipped Cup in Harlem (3610 Broadway). She says it’s “real cool,” and the outdoor space is a great place to chill.

Last but not least, our Community Manager Demmi says she’s not a big coffee drinker, but when she does indulge, she “always gets the iced vietnamese coffee ($3) at the Saigon Shack,” in Greenwich Village (114 MacDougal St). And if you’re looking for more than just coffee, they serve up some seriously delicious Vietnamese cuisine as well. Just remember to bring some cash as they don’t accept cards.

Outer Boroughs

Michael, also an Associate Content Manager at L&T, recommends The Queens Kickshaw in Astoria, Queens (40-17 Broadway). He claims that if you’re looking for “the best cold brew and awesome people,” this is the spot for you.

Ryan, L&T’s Creative Director, says his favorite spot is Lincoln Station in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (409 Lincoln Pl). It’s a stone’s throw from Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, just in case feel like turning your caffeine quest into a leisurely day at the park.

Cash in on National Coffee Day with Free Joe

If you’re feeling caffeine-deprived but don’t want to pay for your fix, there are plenty of places said to be offering freebies for the day, including McDonald’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, Wawa, Panera Bread, and Krispy Kreme. Check out this article from the Consumerist for the complete list and more details about our new favorite holiday!

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A graduate of NYU’s Gallatin School, Shayna manages social media for clients across all industries, monitoring the effectiveness of our social campaigns, manages social strategy, and spearheads breaking news coverage and the development of original, trending story ideas. She previously worked in media production and communications at an NYC-based documentary production company. Her interests include cooking, making short films, and traveling.

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