National Cafe au Lait Day falls on Sunday, Feb. 17. Celebrate by getting coffee with friends at one of these great coffee shops.
While Cafe Angelique’s three locations offer breakfast, lunch and dessert, their coffee is the true star. In addition to traditionally brewed macchiatos, cafe au laits and cappuccinos, Angelique’s adds a personal touch with drinks like cinnamoccinos and icegeliques, a frozen and blended cappuccino.
Locations in New York include 68 Bleecker Street and 575 Broadway.
Kaffe 1668 combines minimalist design with décor featuring sheep, creating a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere. A wide range of brewed coffee, all imported from locations all over the world, is served along with traditional milk-based beverages.
275 Greenwich St. and 401 Greenwich St.
Bluebird Coffee Shop
Knowledgeable baristas expertly make delicious lattes, espressos and Americanos at this East Village coffee bar. Stop in during the morning hours for a chance to try some of their famous baked oatmeal.
72 E. 1st St.
This quaint coffee shop is reminiscent of old Viennese cafes. A sunny and welcoming atmosphere complements the well-brewed French press coffee, espressos and lattes. Pair your drink with Eastern European pastries, cheese and meat plates.
441 E. 12th St.
Birch Coffee serves coffee imported from local farms all across the world and local, organic food. The second floor is home to a small library — the perfect place to spend an afternoon reading or doing homework.
5 E. 27th St.
This beautiful coffee shop, decorated with Victorian wallpaper and chandeliers, specializes in espresso. In addition to strong cups of espresso, the lattes served are Instagram-worthy pieces of art, perfect with one of Culture’s chewy chocolate chip cookies.
72 W. 38th St.
A cozy cafe with locations in Chelsea, the Lower East Side and Brooklyn, Grumpy hand brews coffee made with beans from Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Guatemala. Grumpy’s “no-laptop” policy can make it hard to get homework done but also allows for an amicable and relaxing atmosphere.
224 W. 20th St.
This is an adorable hole-in-the-wall café with exposed brick walls, warm lighting and comfy seating. Skip regular coffee options and instead try one of Kahve’s claims to fame: an almond chai or a cafe miel, a regular latte sweetened with honey.
774 Ninth Ave.
Home of the “original cappuccino” and the first-of-its kind espresso machine, it should come as no surprise that Caffe Reggio has some excellent coffee. Enjoy a delicious cappuccino in a cozy atmosphere while admiring the Italian paintings gracing the walls.
119 MacDougal St.
I Am Coffee
This stylish coffee shop, which recently opened on St. Marks Place, provides a little slice of Italy right in Manhattan. Many of the shop’s beautifully detailed fixtures were imported from Italy. The coffees, too, are created with precision reminiscent of small European cafes, making it a suitable escape if you are not studying abroad this semester.
9 St. Marks Pl.
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