Whirlybird (Williamsburg)

What’s better than a café that serves great coffee? One that also serves breakfast tacos – mouthwateringly delicious ones. This is going to be my final post on Good Coffee Now (I don’t live in New York anymore), and it seems only fitting that I should finish up by profiling a place that covers off my two favourite things in one spot. Don’t take my word for it though – go get yourself an iced latte and a couple of these perfectly turned out delights ($3 each, $4 with chorizo). The tortillas are delicate, the scrambled egg perfectly soft, with just the right amount of Oaxaca cheese mixed through. They’re topped with a salsa that’s like none I’ve tried before, cilantro and a sprinkle of crushed up potato chips – and chorizo on request. If I were trapped here for a week I’d be completely content.

Location: South 2nd at Havemeyer
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-4pm; Sat-Sun 9am-5pm
Subway: J, M, Z to Marcy; L to Bedford or Lorimer
Website: www.whirlybirdbrooklyn.com

Close to: Nhà Tôi, Caracas Arepa Bar, Roebling Tea Room, High Horse Salon.

Bittersweet (Fort Greene)

bittersweetThis cosy little spot on Fort Greene’s main drag works best if you’re looking for a quick bite or something to go. It’s small, but the coffee’s great – and they serve homemade ice-cream too! At around $5 a pop the baguettes are another highlight, as are: La Colombe espresso, pastries by Balthazar and the fact Fort Greene Park’s right across the street, with its weekly Artisan market.

Location: Dekalb Ave (Carlton and Cumberland)
Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-5pm; Sat-Sun 7.30am-7pm
Subway: B, M, Q, R to DeKalb; G to Fulton St

Close to: Fort Greene Park (and Saturday Artisan market), Smooch, Thirst Wine, The General Greene, Roman’s.

Variety (Greenpoint / Williamsburg)

cappuccino at VarietyVariety have been serving up the good stuff (a.k.a. Stumptown single origin) to Williamsburg locals for a while now. With a second outpost in Greenpoint they also manage sister restaurant Miller’s Tavern’s (Hope St, Williamsburg) coffee supply. Driggs St is mini – so if you stop here be prepared to take your coffee to go – but Grand St is relatively roomy, with an easy aesthetic and general good vibe. Pastries and the like are your only food pair here – coffee’s the focus and they do it well.

Location: Graham Ave (Conselyea and Skillman)
Hours: 7am-9pm daily
Subway: L to Graham
Close to: Carmine’s Pizza, Mother’s, McCarren Park.

Location: Driggs Ave (Humboldt and Russell)
Hours: Mon-Fri 7.30am-6pm; Sat-Sun 9am-6pm
Subway: G to Nassau
Close to: McGolrick Park, McCarren Park, Fox & Fawn, no name bar (on Manhattan Ave).

Website: www.varietynyc.com

Tiny Cup (Bed Stuy)

Another apartment, another local – and in the time I’ve been living in Bed Stuy Tiny Cup’s changed hands and changed decor but managed to retain its identity as a neighborhood hub and only grown in charm. After hitting some bumps after the changeover, this little corner shop is now hitting its stride with excellent coffee, great food (try the chili relleno!) and a homey atmosphere. I love working out of here because there’s heaps of light, space and they’re always playing some jam I like! Their prices are as friendly as the staff, and they have lots of vegan and vegetarian options too. I’m moving out of the neighborhood soon – and onto yet another local, no doubt! – but I’m going to miss this spot for sure.

Location: Nostrand (Lafayette and Clifton)
Hours: Mon-Fri 7.30am-6pm; Sat-Sun 9am-6pm
Subway: G to Bedford-Nostrand
Website: www.facebook.com/TinyCupBedStuy

Close to: Dough, Black Swan, Home Depot, Tompkins Park.

Ninth Street Espresso (Chelsea / Alphabet City)

With three locations around NYC, and serving Intelligentsia, Ninth Street Espresso is an essential watering hole for any espresso lover. They are a little pricier than a lot of coffee shops, but you’ll be served a quality drop every time. The espresso bar in Chelsea Market is great if you need a coffee on the go, but my favourite locations are in Alphabet City: on East 9th St and Avenue C, and opposite Tompkins Square Park on East 10th and Avenue B. I’ve spent many mornings sit at the windows of both, waking up with a coffee and watching the world go by.

Espresso bar only, no food. Seating in market.
Location: 75 9th Ave (9th Ave and 10th Ave)
Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-9pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 9am-7pm
Subway: A C E to 14th St; 1 2 to 14th St or 18th St; L to 8th Ave; F M to 14th St
Close to: Chelsea Markets, the Highline, Milk Gallery, Myers of Keswick.

Original store and biggest location. Sweet treats only.
Location: 700 East 9th St (Ave C and Ave D)
Hours: 7am-8pm daily
Subway: L to 1st Ave; F to 2nd Ave
Close to: Esperanto, Barnyard Cheese Shop, Tompkins Square Park, East River Park.

Small shop opposite the park. Sweet treats only.
Location: 341 East 10th St (Ave A and Ave B)
Hours: 7am-8pm daily
Subway: L to 1st Ave; F to 2nd Ave
Close to: Tompkins Square Park, Life Café, Ost, Ciao For Now.

Website: www.ninthstreetespresso.com

Everyman Espresso (East Village)

Everyman-Espresso-NYCLocated in the foyer of the Classic Stage Company theater, Everyman Espresso is tucked away on a relatively quiet East Village street, blocks away from the busyness of Union Square. Serving Counter Culture Coffee and milk from Battenkill Valley Creamery in Salem, NY, the baristas are friendly, consistent and well-trained. Some counterfood, including sweet treats from Ceci Cela, and I’ve seen quiche on offer here too.. always worthy of a mention! Tuck this one away for when you’re stuck running errands around Union Square and need to recharge.

Location: East 13th St (3rd and 4th Aves)
Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-8pm; Sat-Sun 8am-8pm
Subway: L to 3rd Ave; 4, 5, 6, N, Q, R to Union Square
Website: www.everymanespresso.com

Close to: Union Square, Momofuku Milk Bar, Kiehl’s, Trader Joe’s.

Modca (Williamsburg)

The sister restaurant to El Beit, Modca opened earlier this year, conveniently close to The Brooklyn Art Library and Mast Brothers Chocolate factory on Nth 3rd in Williamsburg. I was loving their full food menu but unfortunately they pulled it recently and are now just doing counterfood. Nonetheless, Modca is a great, spacious café where you can kick back and read the paper or get a little work done in peace… and then go sample Mast Brothers’ delicious range next door!

Location: 103 N3rd (Berry and Wythe)
Hours: Mon-Sun 7am-12am
Subway: L to Bedford; J, M, Z to Marcy Ave
Website: None, but they’re on Facebook.

Close to: The Brooklyn Art Library, Mast Brothers Chocolate, Blue Bottle Coffee, East River Park.