Another heavyweight in the New York coffee scene, 3rd Rail have been serving up the good stuff for a couple of years now. The tininess of their hole in the wall spot on Sullivan is disproportionate the size of their glowing reputation – but it’s a great place to chill if you can get a seat, especially on a sunny day. Close to West 4th and Washington Square Park it’s also a great go-to if you’re mooching around Soho or the West Village. Cortados and macchiatos are my beverage of choice here (I love the little cups!), and they always have some tasty snacks on offer.

Location: 240 Sullivan St (Bleecker and W3rd)
Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-8pm; Sat-Sun 8am-8pm
Subway: A, C, E, F, M, B, D to W4th; 1, 2 to Houston St or Christopher Sheridan Square

Close to: Washington Square Park, Film Forum, ‘Snice, Pepe Rosso, Blue Note Jazz Club.