||If you like to read while you sip, you’ll be happy with the lending library at Birch Coffee. Cozy up with the book of your choice and pick from any of the light or dark roasts on the menu. Coffee is roasted locally in Long Island City and brewed fresh daily. Try a Cafe au Lait or Tokyo Drip instead of your daily brew. It’s a tranquil space, so if you’re working from home and need some peace, you’ll find it at any one of the Birch locales.
|El Rey Coffee Bar
||100 Stanton St
||Perfect for a drop-in, you’ll find that the roasts from Counter Culture are just what you need for a pick-me-up. Come here for the Mexican Mocha, a spicy mocha with condensed milk, and all your coffee prayers will have been answered. You can also order food on-site, like a chicken bowl or a kale salad, and other beverages like iced tea or Mexican soda.
||214 E 10th St
||If you haven’t tried Japanese iced coffee (hand-drip brew over ice), Hi Collar is the place to go. Here, you can choose your own brewing method and bean type to customize your coffee experience. Either way, you’re going to want to pair it with the omurice (omelet over tomato sauce, rice, and bacon), which can be topped with sausage, cheese, kinoko, or katsu. Be sure to come back in the evening when the coffee bar turns into a cocktail bar and partake in some sake mixed drinks as well.
|| 81 E 7th St
||This spot fuses together Italian, Spanish, and Middle Eastern traditions in order to create the perfect cup of coffee. Order an espresso macchiato or any of the pour-overs, and snack on finger-food like olive oil cake or brioche on a cinnamon bun. Be warned: Abraço’s cash only with limited seating. Don’t forget to go to the ATM first before snagging a coveted seat.
|| 639 5th Ave, Brooklyn
||Roots Cafe makes its cups of cortado and dirty chai with beans from Forty Weight Coffee Roasters, based in upstate NY. Bring your order out to the patio area for when the weather is warm. Luckily for those who are looking for a quick bite, breakfast and lunch are served until 5PM. At night, the cafe hosts a monthly music and poetry nights.
|Kos Kaffe Roasting House
|| 251 5th Ave, Brooklyn
||Kos Kaffe is where most Carroll Gardens locals bring their laptop to knock out some work and sip on coffee. Most likely, they’re making deadlines over a caramel latte or the cold-brewed iced coffee. When lunchtime strikes, get the bacon and feta frittata or the Indian chicken sandwich.
||1434 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn
||The interior of Dweebs looks more like an art gallery than a coffee shop, most likely because they host monthly art shows. While the vibe is laid back, the coffee (from its in-house Spectrum Coffees brand) is strong: When you drink a Dweebs espresso, you’ll definitely feel its effects. If you have some downtime (or the buzz is kicking in) choose from one of the many books the venue offers free to customers or play some Connect Four to keep you entertained.
||69 Grand St, Brooklyn
||Devoción is one of the most spacious coffee shops in all of Brooklyn. Its wall of plants and huge skylight make the place feel more open. The coffee is extremely fresh, as the beans arrive from sourced places like Colombia within a week of being picked. Try The Connoisseur, which is Devoción’s version of a nitro cold brew, or the Kyoto-style cold brew.
||If you’re in the Greenpoint/Long Island City area, Sweetleaf is the ideal place to hang out for a while. All serve all the caffeinated classic like espressos, chai lattes, and cortados. However, swap out your usual order for the house’s Voodoo Child (a Vietnamese-style coffee with sweetened milk) or Rocket Fuel (cold brew with chicory maple syrup and milk.)
|Toby’s Estate Coffee
||Are you really into coffee? Those who want to learn more about the drink can sign up for a class at Toby’s that teaches everything from coffee tasting to latte art. In the meantime, head over the buzzworthy cafe for a classic espresso shot or its signature Dutra pour-over from Brazil.