Your Official NYC Coffee Cheat Sheet
Everything you want to know but were too afraid to ask
But just when we’ve finally gotten our doppio, latte and café au lait orders down, a whole bunch of new coffee drinks have invaded the menus of our favorite coffee shops (and um, TBH, we’re not exactly sure what they are).
Check out our handy coffee guide to find out what the heck a flat white is and the best place in the city to get it.
What it is: An Australian twist on a latte that tops a shot of espresso with microfoam (thick steamed milk with super-tiny bubbles).
Where to get it: Bluestone Lane
Locations in Midtown, the Financial District, Noho and the Upper East Side; 212-888-8848 or bluestonelaneny.com
What it is: Iced coffee’s awesome younger sister. Coarsely ground coffee is soaked for 12 hours at room temperature, then pressed to remove the grounds.
Where to get it: Toby’s Estate
Locations in Midtown, the West Village, Flatiron and Brooklyn; 646-747-0801 or tobysestate.com
What it is: This decadent take on a latte is a shot of espresso topped with half-and-half and a dollop of steamed milk.
Where to get it: Joe
9 E. 13th St. (at Fifth Ave.); 212-924-3300 or joenewyork.com
What it is: A filter of freshly ground coffee is placed over the cup and hot water is slowly poured through a metal spout. It’s like fancy drip coffee.
Where to get it: Devocion
69 Grand St. (at Wythe Ave.), Brooklyn; 718-285-6180 or devocion.com
What it is: Espresso with a small amount of steamed milk or foam. (If you’re expecting a latte with extra foam on top, go to Starbucks.)
Where to get it: Box Kite Coffee
115 St. Marks Pl. (at Ave. A); 212-574-8201 or boxkitecoffee.com
What it is: Similar to the macchiato, this Spanish variation is espresso with a small amount of warm milk added.
Where to get it: The Elk
128 Charles St. (at Greenwich St.); 212-933-4780 or theelknyc.com
What it is: Finely ground coffee is boiled in a pot with sugar. The grounds settle in the bottom of the cup, so sip carefully.
Where to get it: Fair Weather Bushwick
247 Wyckoff Ave. (at Gates Ave.), Brooklyn; 347-305-3736 or fairweatherbushwick.com
What it is: Extra hot water added to a shot of espresso. It’s the consistency of drip coffee but has a richer espresso flavor.
Where to get it: Café Gitane
242 Mott St. (at Prince St.); 212 334-9552 or cafegitanenyc.com
What it is: A shot of espresso brewed with demerara sugar (think coarse, brown sugar crystals).
Where to get it: Kahve
774 Ninth Ave. (at 52nd St.); 212-256-0207 or kahvenyc.com
What it is: Viennese coffee and milk with whipped cream on top--and sometimes, an egg.
Where to get it: Café Sabarsky
1048 Fifth Ave. (at 86th St.); 212-288-0665 or kg-ny.com
PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE
What it is: If you don’t know what this is, pack your bags and leave NYC immediately.
Where to get it: Starbucks