In the past few weeks I've been to a few really cool coffee shops, and I was inspired by my friend Annmarie to get them up here. You should all check out her blog, Coffee Break!
Aroma Espresso Bar: Marissa and I were shopping in SoHo one day and we came across Aroma on Houston St. and Greene St. We stopped in for coffee-to-go, and were both impressed by how good the coffee was. The store itself is comfortable and bright with a white and red motif and with red cushiony chairs and long communal tables. They have a good sized menu of freshly made sandwiches that come on thick fluffy bread and looked great. I went back twice last week with Charlie when we were in the area. I have ordered a small Americano each time, but Charlie switched it up last time and got the Aroma Coffee, pictured below. Like always he found a way to get the girliest looking drink on the menu (see: chocolate tabasco martini at Freud in London) According to their site, Aroma is the largest and most successful espresso bar chain in Israel with over 90 stores, but for now in NYC they have only 3 locations.
Jack's Stir Brew Coffee: Charlie and I were walking around the Financial District and doing the touristy thing and came across Jack's on Front St., which was refreshingly un-touristy. We were having an anti-Starbucks week so we decided to pop in to warm up. I got a Hot Apple Cider and he had an Americano. I loved how my cider came in a huge mug, and the store was really quaint and comfortable with dim lighting and wooden tables and chairs. Jack's serves organic, fair trade coffee, and local, Hudson Valley Fresh fair trade milk, which is free of any antibiotics or hormones. They have another location in NYC on 10th St. in the West Village, and one out east on Long Island in Amagansett.
Next time you're in the area, check 'em out! Full locations listings are available on both sites. Enjoy.
Aroma Espresso Bar: 145 Greene St. at Houston St., (212) 533-1094
Jack's Stir Brew Coffee: 222 Front St., South Street Seaport, (212) 227-7631