Best New York Iced Coffee
The dog days of summer are upon us and you need to know where you can get the best iced coffee in NYC. In fact, you could make a whole day of it going from one amazing iced coffee to the next, drinking it in an air-conditioned café in honor in of the heat that’s too hot to be out in. And I would love to suggest some of my favorite places in Manhattan and Brooklyn to you.
Straight up, cold-brewed.
Gotan NYC Cold Brew
TriBeCa, 130 Franklin St, New York, NY 10013
Gotan NYC is one of the best choices for breakfast and coffee in NYC. With three locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn, it’s worth your time to visit at least once this week! Cold brew coffees, sandwiches, acai puddings, and a delectable scrambled cheddar biscuit are just a few of the options on Gotan’s delightful breakfast menu.
Happy Bones Almond Milk Iced Latte
394 Broome St (at Mulberry St) New York, NY 10013
Comparatively tiny, unassuming espresso bar featuring a rotating exhibition of local artists. Skylights hang above a creatively repurposed light. If you order a latte and stay, you’ll be rewarded with a tortoise shell spoon! The top three espresso spots in SoHo that I visit on a regular basis. They open at 7:30 a.m., which is earlier than my other favorite in the neighborhood, so I come here for my first cup of coffee of the day. This coffee shop, opened by New Zealand coffee lovers and located a few steps from NYU’s Broome Street reshall, knows how to make you swoon over the décor as much as for the espresso.
472 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Really strong, just like the beast it is named after, Gorilla Coffee is amazingly hot, and is a kick in the pants cold brewed. You gotta go to Park Slope, Brooklyn to enjoy Gorilla Coffee in one of their two locations. This is my all-time favorite iced coffee.
One lump or two? Even if you don’t like sugar in your coffee, below are some sweet iced coffees that are delicious!
Everyman Espresso Panacea Cold Brew
136 E 13th St (at 3rd Ave) New York, NY 10003
Fantastic service, specialty coffee, a fun, ever-changing espresso menu, a cheery space, dreamy, creamy cortados, and Dough’s fresh doughnuts. Critics’ choice for Best Espresso Bar in Best of NYC. Staff that is both talented and welcoming. They use Counter Culture Coffee to perfectly prepare each drink. Their pasties are also on point! There is also a SOHO location. Despite the fact that Everyman Espresso is one of the earliest grand dames of NYC specialty coffee, the bright, beautiful reboot of their original Classic Stage Company digs deserves a spot on this list.
Blue Bottle’s New Orleans Iced Coffee
60 E 42nd St #140, New York, NY 10165
Blue Bottle Coffee has cafes in Manhattan and Brooklyn. They cold-brew their iced coffee for 12 hours with chicory and add organic sugar and milk. I’m a person who generally doesn’t put sugar in my coffee, but this concoction is an unequivocal exception.
Think about giving yourself the special treat of a Vietnamese iced coffee at AP in Bushwick, Brooklyn. (It’s too easy to get to! Take the L train to the Jefferson stop in Brooklyn and when you hit street level, it’s a 3-minute walk away.) AP’s VIC is sweet, and thick and has an “orangeish” bouquet that lingers in your olfactory region. (Their Vietnamese iced tea is amazing as well.) And sitting in the AP café itself is a lovely, aesthetic treat. They also have a beautiful menu of foods for breakfast, brunch, and lunch.
Continuing on with sweet iced coffee beverages…
Supercrown Coffee Roasters
I’ve mentioned this café before, and I can’t help mentioning it again in this heat. Supercrown Coffee Roasters, located in Bushwick, offers a Coffee Milkshake made with Van Leeuwen Sweet Cream, espresso, and espresso grinds. They also have a Mocha Milkshake made with Van Leeuwen vegan dark chocolate, iced coffee, espresso and espresso grinds.
El Ray Coffee Bar & Luncheonette
Though I haven’t had a chance to try it, I still want to let you know that on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, El Ray Coffee Bar & Luncheonette’s Iced Mexican Mocha is the talk of the town. It’s gotten a lot of press and made it into Zagat’s 10 Must-Try Iced Coffees in NYC. “Crowned with mint leaves, the Counter Culture iced mocha at this LES hot spot sports a generous kick thanks to a sprinkling of chile flakes and cinnamon,” is Zaget’s mouth-watering description of El Ray’s Iced Mexican Mocha.
327 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10010
We name Gregorys Coffee iced coffee her favorite. She says, “For my money, the best-iced coffee in New York will be had at any Gregory’s Coffee. I go to the one on 33rd between Park and Madison and the staff is incredibly efficient and friendly, but–any time I find a Gregory’s I find the coffee and the service to be the same–excellent! The iced coffee is a cold brew, but it’s a solid medium roast–not the over-roasted cold brew you get from Starbucks. Local Expeditions endorses Gregory Coffee–with by far the cutest logo on the block.”
NYC is filled with unique cafes–so check back here again for more tips about the best coffee experiences to be had in NYC.