Whether it’s your first cup or third, there are tons of amazing coffee shops all over the city that pack a super caffeinated punch. Don’t overpay for watery Starbucks java when there are so many independent NYC coffee places that are passionate about our favorite bean! (That is, coffee beans of course).
There are now multiple locations where you can find this delightful coffee. At 307 E. 9th Street & 2nd Ave, they’ve opened up a restaurant that serves brunch all day. They also have a little spot in First Park on n Houston & 1st Ave, and their original Mud coffee truck. Featuring bright orange color palettes, rustic decor, and a sassy mascot mermaid (the punk anti-Starbucks mermaid perhaps?), MUD serves up full bodied blends and powerful espresso shots. Not only is the coffee great, but the people are warm-hearted as well – if you make the effort to get over to Mud, you won’t be disappointed.
Blue Bottle Coffee
Blue Bottle boasts locations in the Bay Area, LA, New York, and even Tokyo. At their roots, they are totally bean fanatics. If you don’t like covering up the taste of fresh brewed coffee with whipped creams and syrups and pumpkin spices, then Blue Bottle is the place for you. They like it flavorful but also straight-forward, bringing the focus back to the coffee itself and not the hoopla around how many shots of syrup and praline you can cram in. They are fans of vintage roasting machines (like the vintage Probat in their Brooklyn cafe) and interesting brewing beauties, like custom Slayers and Oji-style ice coffee drippers.
Another plus for Blue Bottle? At most of their locations, once a week they offer free coffee tasting (or what they call “public cuppings”). So, you can try out the goods before deciding if it’s good enough to make the switch from Dunkin (and we are sure it is).
If your conscience is getting worn down by the onslaught of capitalist BS from Starbucks and Dunkin, Laughing Man is your reprieve. Actor Hugh Jackman was inspired to found the coffee company in 2011, following a trip to Ethiopia where he met a dedicated coffee farmer named Dukale. Now, working in conjunction with farmers (include Dukale), 100% of the profit made at Laughing Man are used to support educational programs, community development, and social entrepreneurs around the world. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that these cups are delicious and fresh!
Located in Tribeca at 184 Duane St, the tiny space is warm and inviting.