Move over Starbucks, NYC has some of the best independent, quality coffee shops in the world, offering you a tasty caffeine fix, often for less than the chains. Here are some of the best locally-owned coffee shops and bakeries serving coffee in the Union Square area:
- Coffeed (590 Ave of the Americas) – COFFEED donates 3-10% of its gross revenue to local charities so you can feel good about getting your fix. *Pro Tip* COFFEED offers a monthly, biweekly, and weekly beans subscription. Enjoy perks such as discounts, free coffee and treats, and event tickets.
- Irving Farm (71 Irving Place) – This brownstone-housed coffee shop is great when you want to pick up a breakfast pastry and coffee or a quick sit-down lunch with co-workers. Tip – Punch cards exist – just ask for one!
- Joe Coffee (13th and 5th) – Sit down outside on the Parsons-designed Street Seats and enjoy a Brooklyn-roasted, freshly brewed Joe Coffee. Tip – If you happen to forget your punch card one day, just ask for another and you can combine cards to get 10 punches for a free drink.
- Madman Espresso (319 E 14th Street) – This hidden coffee gem offers espresso, coffee, cold brew, chai, and hot chocolate as well as an assortment of pastries. Tip – Students get when you present your student ID.
Coffee and bakery products:
- Maison Kayser (841 Broadway) – In addition to pastries, the new Union Square location features a full coffee bar, tea, chocolate to go, and a sit-down café offering with a wide selection savory prepared dishes.
- Union Fare (5 E 17th Street) – Cold Brew and Cold Brew Latte on draft? Yes, please! And maybe a birthday cake croissant and green tea cookie as well.
- Breads Bakery (18 East 16th Street) – Get their nutella-babka and coffee for a sweet breakfast to share (or not to share…), or come for lunch and get a savory sandwich with your afternoon cup.
- The City Bakery (3 W 18th Street) – An NYC staple that offers great coffee, an abundant selection of food, and a signature hot chocolate with a homemade marshmallow (for when you’ve had too much coffee….is there such a thing?)
- Dough (14 W 19th Street) – Intelligentsia Coffee is on brew here, and these ginormous brioche doughnuts speak for themselves.
- Piccolo Cafe (157 3rd Ave) – You can’t go wrong with in-house baked croissants and Italian espresso. Be sure to stop by Piccolo Cafe on your way to work and grab this yummy combo for breakfast.
- Jivamuktea Café (841 Broadway 2nd Floor) – Walk to the second floor to grab a coffee, tea, or vegan snack from this health conscious café. Tip – Check Union Square District Deals to get 15% off your total purchase.
- Le Café Coffee (7 E 14th Street and 145 4th Ave) – There is no shortage of Le Café Coffee shops in Union Square. Tip – Punch cards available – 10 punches gets you a free drink.
Sip and stay spots where you can linger, work and socialize:
- Think (123 4th Ave and 568 Ave of the Americas) – The ever expanding coffee shop is a direct trade partner with farmers in Ethiopia, Nicaragua, Mexico, and El Salvador. Tip – Every $20 you load onto a Think card gets you a free medium regular coffee. Plus, type your email in to get the receipt and every 10 drinks you buy you get any free medium beverage.
- Everyman Espresso (136 E 13th St) – Everyman offers a quiet space to enjoy a coffee or espresso and contemplate the day.
- Peet’s Coffee (853 Broadway) – Nestled inside Capital One, enjoy free wifi, charging stations and community seating in the three story space.
- Mr. Moustache (227 E 14th Street) – Sit in the window seat at this new, quiet and relaxing 14th street coffee shop and sip coffee with a shaved ice and get some work done.
- NewsBar (107 University Place) – Operating since 1998, NewsBar is a great place to grab some coffee and peruse the endless magazines and newspapers.
- O Cafe (482 Ave of the Americas) – This American/South American fusion coffee shop along 6th Avenue is committed to sustainability which is evident in the reclaimed wood décor, compostable coffee cups and wares, locally sourced ingredients, and direct trade coffee.
- The Bean (824 Broadway) – This neighborhood coffee shop is conveniently across the street from the Strand. Tip – Pick up a book from the Strand then head to the Bean to read while sipping on a Frozen Mona Lisa.