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National Coffee Day

The Ultimate Broadway Coffee Guide

Whether you’re ending your long workday and getting ready for a nighttime Broadway show or just passing through Times Square and taking in the hustle and bustle, try these great spots for your next delicious cup of coffee.


Best Coffee Shop for a Work Meeting

La Colombe

La Colombe

If you are from the New York City area or another big city that has this special chain, it’s very possible that you already know of this place. La Colombe is a huge NYC favorite for coffee and it’s the perfect place to take a meeting with your coworkers outside of the office. Try their well-known draft lattes; they’re delicious, foamy, and the perfect complement to your day if you want a milkshake-like drink.

Closest theatres: Nederlander Theatre, Stephen Sondheim Theatre

1045 6th Avenue (at West 40th Street), lacolombe.com


Best Coffee Shop With Trendy Snacks

Bibble & Sip

Bibble & Sip

This cute place has been featured all over the Web for its gorgeous matcha cream puffs, and it’s sure to be a delight for times when you need a delicious snack. From the famed cream puffs to savory scones and delightful puddings and parfaits, the menu draws inspiration from French and Asian cuisine. The cream puffs are made fresh daily, along with the other tasty pastries, and they all perfectly complement that fresh cup of specialty coffee.

Closest theatres: August Wilson Theatre, Neil Simon Theatre, Gershwin Theatre, Circle in the Square Theatre

253 West 51st Street (near 8th Avenue), bibbleandsip.com


Best Coffee Shop for When You Have a Sweet Tooth

Culture Espresso

If you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth along with your caffeine cravings, Culture Espresso is the perfect spot. Along with their high-quality brews, Culture bakes up daily batches of their signature, melt-in-your-mouth, award-winning chocolate chip cookies. Don’t just take our word for it — they were voted “Best Chocolate Chip Cookie in NYC” in a Delish blind-tasting competition over 33 other top bakeries. While located in the typically tourist-saturated Bryant Park area, this shop retains a cozy vibe and is ideal for relaxing and enjoying a treat along with a great cup of coffee. 

Closest theatres: Nederlander Theatre, Stephen Sondheim Theatre

72 West 38th Street (near 6th Avenue), cultureespresso.com


Best Coffee Shop for Convenience

Starbucks

Starbucks

Not too much has to be said for how convenient Starbucks is, and everyone knows about this beloved brand. Sure, it may not have the most “specialty” coffee around, but there is a sort of comfort with a brand you recognize. Grab your normal cup of joe here; there are so many locations, you won’t have to look far for one at all. Maybe try a new flavor or drink if you want to switch it up a bit while still being able to grab and go.

Closest theatres: There’s a Starbucks on almost every block in NYC — what more could you ask for for convenience? starbucks.com

Best Starbucks for Groups

There are Starbucks everywhere, but some of them are not meant for leisurely meetups. Times Square is a particularly crowded place, and sometimes it can be difficult to find a good place to gather. The 325 West 49th Street location is right next to a plaza, so when the weather’s nice, you’ll be able to sit outside with your friends while enjoying your daily cup. The 600 8th Avenue location might look small on the outside, but take a step inside and find the staircase leading you upstairs — there’s always an ample amount of seating available and you’re able to have more of a bird’s-eye view looking out onto the street as well.

325 West 49th Street (near 8th Avenue)

Closest theatres: Eugene O’Neill Theatre, Ambassador Theatre, Gershwin Theatre

600 8th Avenue (at West 39th Street)

Closest theatres: Nederlander Theatre, New Amsterdam Theatre


Best Coffee Shop for Non-Coffee Drinkers

UT47

UT47

Not in the mood for some of that delicious brew? Out with friends who want coffee but you don’t take part in the obsession? Try this coffee shop: It has great teas for those who prefer other caffeinated drinks. There is Wi-Fi available, as well as delicious food for those who are looking to sit and relax with friends rather than grab-and-go. Honorable mention to their doughnuts — definitely try these fresh-baked goods when you’re here. Come by for a calm getaway from the hustle and bustle of Times Square.

Closest theatres: Brooks Atkinson Theatre, Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

358 West 47th Street (near 9th Avenue), ut47manhattan.business.site


Best Coffee Shop for a Date

Bird & Branch

Bird & Branch

If you can snag a seat here, try this cozy coffee shop known for its signature drinks, such as the almond macadamia milk latte, which features the shop’s homemade milk. A cute find in Hell’s Kitchen, only an avenue away from many theatres, it’s the perfect place to spend some time hanging out with someone before a show. If you’re feeling adventurous, Bird & Branch offers a “coffee flight” that allows you to sample a few of their coffees if you’d like to branch out from your normal daily cup.

Closest theatres: Al Hirschfeld Theatre, John Golden Theatre

359 West 45th Street (near 9th Avenue), birdandbranchnyc.com


Bonus for a Complement to Your Coffee

Schmackary's

Schmackary’s

If you haven’t yet tried Schmackary’s, you’re in for a treat. This delicious cookie shop is well-known with Broadway fans, so make sure you grab something while you’re in the area. They have delicious classics, from basic chocolate chip and cookies and cream to more unique flavors like sweet corn, piña colada and “Lucky Charmed.” They offer vegan-friendly flavors and are constantly changing the rotation of cookies available. Schmackary’s does offer scrumptious coffee, but you’ll want to come for the cookies to pair with your brew.

Closest theatres: Al Hirschfeld Theatre, John Golden Theatre

362 West 45th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues), schmackarys.com