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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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