08 DEC

Project Latte’s 2012 Roundup of NYC Coffee Shop Openings Part 1

Madcap Espresso | Joe Pro Shop | Chelsea

The end-of-year lists are going to be pouring out soon (take that as a pun if you like), so we decided to get a head start on ours.

By our count, around 40 independent coffee shops and cafes opened in 2012 in New York City, with just over half in Manhattan, a couple in Queens, and the remainder in Brooklyn. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of coffee shop openings; there are probably a bunch we missed, but these are the ones we made it to.

This article covers international and national businesses that opened new locations in New York City, local chains that opened new branches around the city, and new shops in areas that previously had little or no cafe culture. A companion article, to be published soon, will cover one-off shops, nearly all of which are Brooklyn-based, with a few in Manhattan.

Toby's Estate Coffee | N 6th St | Williamsburg Toby’s Estate Coffee | Williamsburg

One of the most noted cafe debuts of 2012 was Toby’s Estate Coffee, an operationally independent branch of an Australian company with four locations in the homeland and one in Singapore, that launched a roastery and cafe in Williamsburg with great fanfare this past January.

Blue Bottle Coffee | Rockefeller Center Blue Bottle Coffee | Rockefeller Center

Blue Bottle Coffee greatly expanded its empire, with new branches in Rockefeller Center, Chelsea’s Milk Studios, which includes New York City’s first siphon bar,

Blue Bottle Coffee | All Good Things | Franklin St | TriBeCa Blue Bottle Coffee | All Good Things

and their newest location, a standing-room only stall just inside the entrance of the recently-opened All Good Things market in Tribeca, while Pacific Northwest roaster Caffe Vita opened a small roastery on Ludlow Street in the Lower East Side, sharing space with their back-home neighbor, Via Tribunali, a Neopolitan-style pizzeria.

Local Chains
New York (and soon to be Philadelphia) chain Joe the Art of Coffee consolidated its farflung office space into the back of the new Joe Pro Shop and Headquarters on W 21st St, proffering a seasonally-changing roster of coffees from different roasters, prepared in a variety of fashions, and coffee equipment for nerds and lay people alike, along with a back room space for latte art throwdowns, training, and other coffee events. Momofuku Milk Bar, with five locations and counting, extended its reach to Carroll Gardens, offering up the same menu of over-the-top takes on cakes, shakes, and croissants, along with Stumptown Coffee.

Everyman Espresso | SoHo Everyman Espresso | SoHo

Local Expansions
Many local cafes established their second or third locations including Counter Culture stalwart Everyman Espresso, with their gorgeous new West Broadway shop at SoHo’s southwestern edge. One Girl Cookies set up an instantly popular second location on the corner of Main & Water in Dumbo, offering all of the original items as their Boerum Hill spot plus wine, beer and a bit of savory food, while Long Island City’s Sweetleaf debuted their second shop on the Williamsburg waterfront, occupying the front of real estate company Modern Spaces’ Kent Ave office.

Kaffe 1668 | Greenwich St | Tribeca North Kaffe 1668 | TriBeCa North

TriBeCa’s Kaffe 1668, the Swedish coffee shop with a sheep fetish, forged uptown on Greenwich St, opening a more restaurant-y branch eight blocks north of the original. And finally, upstate roaster Irving Farm opened their most ambitious and attractive space yet, on the Upper West Side, with a menu including draft beer, wine, food, and of course coffee.

Lenox Coffee | W 129th St (Lenox Ave) | Harlem Lenox Coffee | Harlem

Harlem and neighborhoods north saw a slew of new coffee shops and cafes including Lenox Coffee and neighbor Astor Row Cafe on the east side, tiny Counter Culture account Kuro Kuma in Morningside Heights,

The Chipped Cup, Broadway The Chipped Cup | Hamilton Heights

beautiful basement space The Chipped Cup in Hamilton Heights, Washington Heights/Hudson Heights African coffee roaster Cafe Buunni’s storefront, and way upper Manhattan’s Darling Coffee on Broadway near 208th street in Inwood. Nearly all of these stores opened in former coffee deserts, although Kuro Kuma has the giant Columbia branch of Joe the Art of Coffee as a neighbor.

Cafe De Cupping | Northern Blvd | Flushing Cafe De Cupping | Flushing

Queens has so few modern coffee shops of any stripe that anything is cause for celebration. Although Flushing has many Korean cafes, none of them had particularly good coffee until Cafe De Cupping opened in September way out on Northern Boulevard near 150th Place, serving Intelligentsia Coffee in a large, darkly paneled shop that does a roaring late night business, open until 10pm or midnight depending on the day. Also on Northern Boulevard, on a desolate stretch close to the Queensborough Bridge on-ramp, is newly-opened roaster Coffeed, looking a bit like a movie set coffee shop, on the ground floor of urban farm Brooklyn Grange’s headquarters.

Part 2 of this series covers the 15 independent coffee shops that opened in Brooklyn in 2012, while Part 3 covers similarly unaffiliated shops that opened in Manhattan.

Foursquare: How to Keep Up With New Openings
To keep abreast of ongoing cafe openings, save our ever-changing Foursquare list of independent New York City coffee shops that have opened in the last six months.

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