This LIC gem is located right off the Queens end of the Pulaski Bridge, no more than a 10-minute walk from MoMA PS1. Serving some of the finest single origin espresso around, I’d make this spot my go-to even if they weren’t the only decent coffee shop in the area! They also have a pour over bar, and a great selection of counterfood that includes a tasty range of gluten free and vegan options. I tried a veggie lasagne and strawberry black pepper scone that were both delicious! The shop itself is a great space – they expanded last year so it now spills into two rooms, and the floor to ceiling windows along the front wall make it easy to stare out at the world while you ease into the day, always a bonus to me!

Location: 10-93 Jackson Ave (48th and 49th Aves)
Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-8pm; Sat 8am-8pm; Sun 9am-6pm
Subway: G to 21st St; 7, 7X to Vernon Blvd-Jackson Av
Website: www.sweetleaflic.com

Close to: MoMA PS1, Magasin Wells diner, Gantry Plaza State Park (and the Pepsi sign!), Pulaski Bridge.