- Gorilla Coffee
97 Fifth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, 718-230-3244
It’s as hard to find a consistently great espresso in New York as it is to find a root-beer float in Rome. Deftly pulled and properly short, rich, dense, and not too bitter, and with a decent crema, Gorilla’s comes closest.
- Cipriani La Specialità
110 East 42nd Street, 212-557-5088
The perfect expression of steamed milk and espresso, marked with a fine tuft of froth, served in elegant china cups, and sipped standing up by Italian expats in $4,500 shoes.
- St. Helen Cafe
150 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 718-302-1197
Smooth and well balanced, it’s made with a lush, syrupy espresso, and the owners, a pair of clothing designers and rabid coffee connoisseurs, execute the signature latte leaf to Pacific Northwest perfection.
Best Coffee Bar
141 Waverly Place, 212-924-6750
Good coffee, latte, and Amy Sedaris’s cupcakes, plus disheveled, groggy-eyed celebrities. Is that Philip Seymour Hoffman over there in the Adidas flip-flops?
Best Old-World Kaffeehaus
- Café Sabarsky
1048 Fifth Avenue, 212-288-0665
Rattan newspaper holders (filled with indecipherable Austrian newspapers), plenty of delicious Viennese pastries, and coffee served the old-fashioned way, on a silver tray with a cup of water on the side.
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From the 2004 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).