Discovering NYC Series: Best Coffee Shops in Downtown NYC
Here’s an ode to joe: the giver of energy, the provider of good conversation and the fuel to start our day. While a Starbucks may be located on the corner of every block, there’s something special about a boutique coffee shop, and there are plenty of them in Downtown Manhattan. We hit the grounds (get it?) and searched every corner in the neighborhood for the perfect cup of java, and here’s what we found.
Voyager Espresso, 110 William Street
Located on the lower level of 110 William, on the way to the subway you’ll find Voyager Espresso. The spacecraft-inspired space seems like something out of a sci-fi movie, yet serves specialty drinks and lightly roasted coffees with locally-sourced dairy. If you’re hungry for a snack, try any of their quirky toasts.
Black Fox Coffee, 70 Pine Street
Nestled in the heart of 70 Pine you’ll find Black Fox Coffee, an Australian artisanal coffee shop offering not only some of the best coffee in Downtown NYC, but sandwiches and pastries as well. Order any of their available coffees, but be sure to try the almond croissant – it’s to die for.
Irving Farm Coffee Roasters, 200 Broadway, New York
Known for their locally-sourced, fair trade beans, Irving Farm has a number of locations throughout NYC and Long Island. We recommend the Fulton Center spot in particular, for a few reasons. First, the Fulton Center’s atrium provides a visually appealing light show, especially during certain times of day when the sun hits the 952 aluminum panels. Second, the people-watching is something out of a movie. Lastly, it’s a terminal for several major subway lines, so it’s easy to get to when you’re on the go.
Laughing Man Coffee & Tea, 184 Duane Street
This trendy counter service coffee joint, opened by Hugh Jackman and his business partner, offers high-end coffees and creative teas in Tribeca. All profits are donated to the Laughing Man Foundation, which supports entrepreneurship in lesser-developed countries to aid their communities and educational systems.
Whether you’re looking for something to jumpstart your day or catching a midafternoon break, any of these Downtown coffee spots will surely hit the spot. For more information on local happenings in the Lower Manhattan area, visit Q&A Residential Hotel’s official blog.