8 Cozy Cafés to Spend a Rainy Day In

A cappuccino by the fire sounds just right

You had a whole day planned: a leaf-peeping stroll through Central Park, brunch in the West Village and running errands in Union Square. But alas, the weather had other plans, and trekking around town in your rain boots doesn’t sound like much fun. Here are eight inviting cafés where you can wait out the storm.

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The Marlton Hotel

The Marlton Hotel

OK, it’s technically a hotel lobby, but there’s an all-day espresso bar, tons of seating and a dignified “grandfather’s study” vibe. And did we mention there’s a fireplace?

5 W. Eighth St. (between Fifth and Sixth aves.); 212-321-0100 or

Ost Café

This East Village mainstay makes us feel like we’re sipping espresso on a side street in Prague, and we’re not mad about it. Also: that tile floor.

441 E. 12th St. (at Ave. A);

61 Local

It may be a bar by night, but by day this sprawling space is the perfect low-key place for a latte, a truffled grilled cheese and some good conversation.

61 Bergen St. (between Court and Smith sts.), Brooklyn; 718-875-1150 or

Birch Coffee

Birch Coffee

Can we talk about that wall of books for a sec? Along with plenty of reading material, this neighborhood spot has some of the best cold brew under the sun. (It’s never too chilly for iced coffee, if you ask us.)

21 E. 27th St. (between Fifth and Madison aves.); 212-686-1444 or

The Elk

What this West Village nook lacks in size it makes up for in thoughtful details: blond-wood accents, strong coffee and really good food (avocado bánh mì, anyone?).

128 Charles St. (at Greenwich St.); 212-933-4780 or



The original location of this Queens roastery has the ambience game on lock: embossed tin walls, antique Parisian furniture and stacks of records and a turntable for picking your own jams.

10-93 Jackson Ave. (at 49th Ave.), Long Island City; 917-832-6726 or

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The Chipped Cup

Just in case you weren’t already sold on the name alone, this uptown spot boasts adorable Victorian-esque decor, well-made Counter Culture java and—for when the weather is eventually warm again—an incredible back patio.

3610 Broadway (between 148th and 149th sts.); 212-368-8881 or



OK, maybe you’re a little bummed you don’t get to spend the day outdoors. Sipping Colombian brews under a skylight and a living wall of plants is just the remedy your soul needs.

69 Grand St. (between Wythe and Kent aves.), Brooklyn; 718-285-6180 or