10 Best Cafes You Must Try In Manhattan, New York

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If you happen to stay in New York for a few days, you will surely find yourself in Manhattan, the heart of New York City, the Big Apple. It is also the most thickly populated of the five boroughs of the city. Millions come to Manhattan to try their luck in their field of endeavors and the majority of them stay back as permanent residents of the city. During the daye, the population almost doubles as people from the neighboring areas arrive by all means of transportation to work, hunt for jobs, shop, conduct business, enjoy the iconic sites in the borough. or have their coffee and meals in the gourmet restaurants or authentic cafes, bars, and clubs. You can always start your day with a cup of perfectly prepared coffee in the numerous coffee houses. So the best cafes you must try in Manhattan, New York, have been listed below for you.

1. Cafe Manhattan

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Drop by Cafe Manhattan and get a glimpse of the steaming hot dishes from the kitchen or the oven. Try something from the hot bar or try meat and chicken dishes cooked to perfection. There are salads and sushi. You can also make your own salad by choosing from the ready-to-mix ingredients. Several kinds of sandwiches are available. Once you have tried the specialties of this place, you will surely come back to this cafe for more.

Cafe Manhattan

Address: 35 W 45th St # A, New York, NY 10036, United States

Website: Cafe Manhattan

Opening hours: 9am - 8pm (daily)

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2. Black Fox Coffee

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People in Manhattan start their day with an early morning coffee at Black Fox Coffee. Each cup of coffee is prepared to perfection. You can have a hot cappuccino, iced tea, iced latte, or iced almond matcha. Satisfy your sweet tooth with the heavenly pastries made in the coffee house. Treat yourself to banana bread, blueberry muffin, caramel slice, and cholate chip cookies also called Black Fox. They go well with hot or cold drinks.

Black Fox Coffee

Address: 70 Pine St, New York, NY 10005, United States

Website: Black Fox Coffee

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 6:30am - 5:30pm; Sat - Sun: 8am - 3pm

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3. The Bluebell Cafe

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The Bluebell Café is a popular destination for locals who prefer delicious yet affordable meals. With its rustic decor, the restaurant radiates a homey and warm atmosphere. Diners can have a wide selection of American and European dishes and the restaurant serves great coffee and other hot beverages. The staff is courteous, the service is excellent, and the prices are always reasonable.

The Bluebell Cafe

Address: 293 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010, United States

Website: The Bluebell Cafe

Opening hours: 8am - 11pm (daily)

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4. Bluestone Lane Upper East Side Cafe

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Posted by Bluestone Lane on Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Bluestone Lane Upper East Side Café is strategically located at Museum Mile, which stretches along Fifth Avenue where several museums and historic institutions can be found. Its impressive architectural design makes it stand out. The cafe offers healthy meals, coffee, wine, and beer. Diners will always find something new to try as the menu is changed regularly. You can choose alfresco or inside seating. If you are tired and hungry after exploring the museums, this cafe is easy to find. Have a hearty, healthy, and delectable meal served by pleasant and courteous staff who are always ready to enhance your dining experience by providing impeccable service.

Bluestone Lane Upper East Side Cafe

Address: 1085 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128

Website: Bluestone Lane Upper East Side Cafe

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 7:30am - 5pm; Fri - Sun: 7:30am - 6pm

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5. Piccolo Cafe

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Piccolo Cafe is a hub for Italian food lovers. The menu is extensive ranging from breakfast, and snacks to dinner. You can have a taste of various beverages from regular hot coffee, cappuccino, latte, mocha, and hot tea to their iced versions. Tarts, biscuits, and croissants go well with either hot or cold drinks. Have a hearty Italian breakfast, salads, sandwiches, and panini. If you have a preference for pasta, the restaurant serves lasagna and spaghetti. Whatever you crave, you can find it at Piccolo Cafe. Catering services are also available for all occasions.

Piccolo Cafe

Address: 74 W 40th St, New York, NY 10018, United States

Website: Piccolo Cafe

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 7:30am - 8:30pm; Sat - Sun: 9am - 3pm

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6. Blank Slate Coffee + Kitchen NoMad

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Blank Slate Coffee + Kitchen NoMad is a cafe and restaurant in New York that offers the best coffee in town as well as healthy and sumptuous meals. When it comes to coffee, the baristas in this place are efficient and they present your order in a creative way. Breakfast is a crowded fare with people lining up for healthy dishes. The garbanzo green salad is delightful so are the toasts and sandwiches. Smoked salmon, roasted veggie, grilled cheese, and matcha yogurt coconut bowl are something that you must try.

Black Slate Coffee + Kitchen NoMad

Address: 121 Madison Ave #5, New York, NY 10016, United States

Website: Black Slate Coffee + Kitchen NoMad

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 7:30am - 9pm; Fri - Sun: 7:30am - 7pm

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7. Manhattan Espresso Cafe

Manhattan Espresso Cafe is conveniently located in the midst of offices, hotels, and towers in the area. Office workers, tourists, and other people having transactions or businesses nearby find it a great place to get a cup of coffee and a bite of something. Homemade biscuits, croissants, brownies, salads, and soups top the list of diners’ favorites. If you prefer traditional coffee, you can find it here. Come in the afternoon for the freshly baked treats that you cannot help but love.

Manhattan Espresso Cafe

Address: 146 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017, United States

Website: Manhattan Espresso Cafe

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 7am - 7pm; Sat - Sun: 8am - 1pm

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8. La Combe Coffee Roasters

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Posted by La Colombe Coffee Roasters on Saturday, 15 July 2017

If you want to savor coffee and pastries made by artisans, try La Colombe Coffee Roasters, a cafe just a short walk from the Bryant Park or the Manhattan town square. The coffee sold here comes from coffee beans harvested from all over the world, roasted, and brewed to perfection. Every pastry and snack item you see are all made by expert and artistic bakers. Nothing in the cafe is made or prepared mechanically. If you crave some treats and a cup of coffee, take a short walk to one of the best cafes in Manhattan.

La Colombe Coffee Roasters

Address: Seven Bryant Park Building, 1045 6th Ave, New York, NY 10018, United States

Website: La Colombe Coffee Roasters

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 7am - 7pm; Sat - Sun: 8am - 7pm

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9. Macaron Cafe

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Macaron Café is named after a French delicacy called macaron. The name suits well since this cafe specializes in connoisseur macarons. Each macaron is the fruit of the labor of love by the chefs involved in making this delicious delicacy the traditional way. At Macaron Cafe, you can find macarons in various flavors. Boxes of the item can be ordered and given as a gift for all occasions. They come in gift boxes of all sizes, from small to extra large. Share the delightful taste of macarons by giving your friends and loved ones a box. The cafe also sells, salads, sandwiches, and other foods and delicacies.

Macaron Cafe

Address: 625 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022, United States

Website: Macaron Cafe

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 7am - 7pm; Sat: 9am - 7pm (closed on Sun)

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10. Cafe Grumpy

Posted by Cafe Grumpy on Thursday, 18 June 2015

If you want to start your day right, have a sip of steaming cup of coffee at Café Grumpy. The coffee beans are roasted and brewed in-house and mixed and prepared to perfection. You can have batch-brewing or individual cup brewing, depending on your choice. You can have locally-sourced pastries with your coffee. A display bar is placed conveniently where you can choose from an array of delectable and lovely pastries.

Cafe Grumpy

Address: 89 East 42nd Street, Lexington Passage | New York, NY 10017

Website: Cafe Grumpy

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 6am - 8pm; Sat - Sun: 7am - 8pm

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Go grubbing in one of the best cafes in Manhattan

Cafes you must try in Manhattan
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Excellent cafes abound in Manhattan, New York. Located in the busy financial and commercial district, they are convenient for office employees, tourists, and locals who explore Manhattan or conduct transactions in various business establishments. All of them offer croissants, biscuits, and pastries. One can have breakfast, lunch, and dinner in many of these cafes.

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