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.

CHELSEA
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.

ALPHABET CITY
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.

TOMPKINS SQUARE
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