Navigating New York like a pro requires two things: A subway map and this map of New York’s best coffee. After lagging behind West Coast Java hubs like Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco, coffee’s third wave finally washed over New York in the last decade, picking up major velocity over the last few years in particular.

What The New York Times calls “serious” coffee shops (you know the ones, $4 espresso and almost no food to speak of) have mushroomed all over Manhattan and Brooklyn, finally reaching the critical mass needed for data visualization: Plentiful enough for a decent-looking map, scarce enough that a guide is still useful.

The Times’ interactive chart layers 101 of the top caffeine pit stops over a city street map. Hover over a dot to see the name, address and to click through to the cafe’s website.


You can also look up any location on the map to identify the nearest good coffee shops. Type in the address of Prospect Park, and it highlights in red three suggested cafes near you: Southside Coffee, Cafe Grumpy, and Hungry Ghost.


While 101 coffee spots sounds like more caffeine than any New Yorker needs, that includes multiple outposts of the same store. For instance, all six Cafe Grumpy locations are represented, from the original cafe-roastery in Greenpoint, Brooklyn to the four-month-old coffee bar inside Grand Central Terminal.

Cafe Grumpy, Greenpoint. Photo: Cafe Grumpy.
Cafe Grumpy, Greenpoint. (Photo: Cafe Grumpy)

Another unfortunate limitation is that most of the city’s artisanal coffee makers are clustered in a couple of broad geographical swaths—namely midtown and downtown Manhattan, and north and central Brooklyn.

Queens, with three cafes, is the only outer borough to be represented.

Photo: The Queens Kickshaw/ Noah Devereaux
The Queens Kickshaw, Astoria. Photo: The Queens Kickshaw/ Noah Devereaux

But all that means is there’s plenty of room to grow.

[via The New York Times]

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