Arlo Hotels’ Guide to the Top Coffee Shops in Manhattan

While coffee shops might not be as synonymous with NYC as Seattle, they’re still an integral part of the city experience. The average New Yorker needs coffee to keep pace with the city itself, especially on chilly morning walks. Whether you’re a local headed to the Financial District or a guest at our NoMad or SoHo location, it’s important to start your day with freshly brewed coffee. And once you have your coffee in hand, you can choose to sit and watch the energy of the city or grab a cup to go and head to your first destination. Here are some of our Arlo Hotels favorites, suggested by our staff who enjoy a delicious boost to start their day. 

For a cinematic experience, head to Greenwich Village for the wonderful tastes and ambiance of Caffe Reggio. Founded in 1927 on Macdougal Street, the shop offers the country’s first Italian cappuccino and still operates the original espresso machine used by founder Domenico Parisi. Cinephiles might recognize the cafe appearing in films including “The Godfather Part II,” “Serpico,” and “The Sun is Also a Star,” among many others. It’s a celebrity hotspot as many of them live in the area for the Village’s walkable streets and old-world charm. 

Other standout coffee shops include Abraço in the East Village, serving delicious South American coffee within a cute shop. Another great spot is Felix Roasting Co. in SoHo which offers coffee from around the world, and an artistically designed space opened in 2018. 

In the late 1800s, the area around Washington St. was known as the “Coffee District” due to a huge bulk of the country’s supply coming through the Port of New York. It’s the period of time when Gillies Coffee was born, a company that still operates today out of Brooklyn. For decades, the coffee importers meant Lower Manhattan smelled of delicious roast every morning, and the city’s millions of residents and tourists keep that aroma alive with their morning joe.