The Absolute Best Iced Coffees in New York City, Ranked

From cold brew to caffienated ice cream

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We’re so spoiled: In NYC, there’s a coffee shop on every corner. But then there’s that coffee that makes you weak in the knees and want to name your first-born child after it. We’ve found the 18 best iced coffees in NYC. Room for milk, please.

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18. Cold Brew Iced Coffee From Kaffe 1668

Come for the stellar cold brew; stay for the sheep stuffed animals that hang out in every nook and cranny of the store.

275 Greenwich St. (at Warren St.); 212-693-3750 or

17. Iced Coffee With Iced Coffee Cubes At Coffeed

No watery, diluted iced coffee for you. This stuff is made with coffee ice cubes, so you can sip it for hours, even on a hot summer day.

Locations throughout New York City; 347-706-4696 or

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16. Coconut Iced Coffee At Santina

Want to take an instant vacation? Relax in this colorful West Village oasis and sip the sweet and creamy coconut concoction. Ahhh…

8 Washington St. (at W. Houston St.); 212-254-3000 or

15. Toddy Iced Coffee Blend At Gregorys Coffee

This local coffee chain uses the Toddy Cold Brew coffee system, and after trying it at Greg’s, we might just buy the brewer for ourselves.

Locations throughout Manhattan; 646-861-3791 or

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14. Cold Drip Breukelen Dutch Iced Coffee At Kings Coffee Roasters

This extra fancy brew is served three days a week and you have to trek all the way out to the Columbia Street Waterfront to get it. But trust us: It’s worth it.

37 Carroll St.; (at Columbia St.), Brooklyn; 718-232-7736 or

13. Iced Americano At Bedford Hill

An iced Americano is technically a shot of espresso with ice and water. But tomato, to-mah-to, this is a damn good cup of cold coffee.

343 Franklin Ave. (at Greene Ave.), Brooklyn; 718-636-7650 or

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12. Cold Brew Iced Coffee At Little Collins

This Aussie spot is known mostly for its flat whites and avo toast, but give the iced latte a chance, too. It’s smooth with just the right amount of milk.

667 Lexington Ave. (at 56th St.); 212-308-1696 or

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El Rey Coffee Bar & Luncheonette

11. Mexican Iced Mocha At El Rey Coffee Bar & Luncheonette

What do you get when you combine condensed milk, mint, cocoa, espresso and Aleppo pepper? The tastiest mocha in NYC, that’s what.

100 Stanton St. (at Ludlow St.); 212-260-3950 or

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10. Almond Milk Iced Latte At Happy Bones

Don’t worry, our lactose intolerant and vegan friends, we haven’t forgotten you. This amazing latte is made with almond milk instead of regular, and it’s just as good as the original--maybe even better.

394 Broome St. (at Mulberry St.); 212-673-3754 or

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Num Pang Sandwich Shop

9. Cambodian Iced Coffee At Num Pang Sandwich Shop

This Sumatra cold brew is sweetened with coconut milk, condensed milk and tamarind juice. (Tip: Dunk a Num Pang salted-ginger-and-peanut-butter cookie in it.)

Multiple locations in Manhattan; 212-674-8889 or

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8. Toddy Cold Brew Iced Coffee At Abraço

Remember the awesome Toddy Cold Brew system? It’s making delicious brews at this East Village coffee haven, too.

86 E. Seventh St. (at First Ave.);

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Toby?s Estate Brooklyn

7. The Espresso Julep At Toby's Estate

Mmm, we’re obsessed with this mixture of espresso, basil-mint simple syrup and whole milk. But try it soon--it’s available only in the summer.

Multiple locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn; 646-559-0161 or

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Culture Espresso

6. Toddy Cold Brew At Culture Espresso

How do you make one of the best iced coffees in town? Let it steep for 12 hours after brewing it in--you guessed it--a Toddy.

72 W. 38th St. (at Sixth Ave.); 212-302-0200 or

5. Aussie Iced Latte At Bluestone Lane

OK, you might want to save this one for dessert. It’s a shot of espresso poured over milk and…ice cream. Mmm...

Multiple locations in Manhattan; 212-764-0044 or

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Stumptown Coffee Roasters

4. Nitro Cold Brew At Stumptown Coffee Roasters

This coffee chain swears its special Nitro brew has a “smoother mouthfeel” than the traditional stuff. We have no idea what that means, but we’re completely addicted.

Multiple locations in Manhattan; 855-711-3385 or

3. Kyoto Cold Brew At Birch Coffee

Ooh, the Kyoto method involves brewing coffee in a really cool glass contraption popularized in Kyoto, Japan. You’ll have to wait a little longer for a cup, but it’s definitely worth it.

Multiple locations in Manhattan; 212-686-1444 or

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Blue Bottle

2. New Orleans Iced Coffee At Blue Bottle Coffee

This creamy blend of iced coffee, whole milk and organic cane sugar is smoky with notes of caramel. It’s the perfect afternoon pick-me-up.

Multiple locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn; 510-653-3394 or

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1. Draft Iced Latte At La Colombe

The first-ever draft latte on tap--yep, just like beer--combines milk and espresso so it’s foamy, smooth and naturally sweet. Best of all, it’s also available in a can. (Shh, we have four cases in our fridge.)

Multiple locations in Manhattan; 212-677-5834 or

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From 2016-2019 Carolyn Kuang-chen Stanley held the role of Editor covering food, travel and all things nyc.