06 JAN

Project Latte’s 2012 Roundup of NYC Coffee Shop Openings Part 3: Manhattan

Altogether, nearly 50 new coffee shops, and one lone tea parlor, opened in New York City in 2012. Thirty were in Manhattan, with Project Latte covering a good portion of those in Part 1 of this three part series, devoted partially to businesses extending their reach with new branches into and around the city and partially to shops opening in coffee frontiers.

Happy Bones Coffee & Publications | Bond St | NoHo Happy Bones Coffee & Publications | NoHo

This article, Part 3 of the series, rounds up the 12 independent, unaffiliated shops in Manhattan, just as the second part covered shops meeting the same criteria in Brooklyn.

R & R Coffee | Fulton St (Gold St) | Financial District R & R Coffee | Financial District

Except for the fact that all but one of the shops, Midtown’s Ramini Espresso Bar & Cafe, lie below 14th Street, it’s a real mixed bag. The other outlier geographically is R & R Coffee, a sorely-needed Financial District cafe and work space, complete with wifi and serving Intelligentsia.

Stellina | Allen St | Lower East Side Stellina | Lower East Side

Three of them share a coffee roaster, Counter Culture: TriBeCa’s Bikini Bar surf shop and cafe, with a coffee program run by former Cafe Grumpian Danielle Glasky; Happy Bones Coffee & Publications, New York City’s first speakeasy coffee shop, located in the back of a Bond Street boutique; and Stellina, which reopened this past September, the Lower East Side gelato and coffee-window sister of next-door wine bar Sorella.

One shop, Ludlow Street’s Press Tea, serves no coffee at all, while the others all use different roasters or do the deed themselves. Nicaraguan coffee specialist Cafe Integral is another boutique-sharing shop, occupying a counter inside SoHo’s American Two Shot on Grand Street.

Betola | E 6th St | East Village Betola | East Village

The two East Village entrants are strangely enough, both located on E 6th St. One, Betola, a small, serious shop, is located on the primarily residential stretch between Avenues A and B, while Elsewhere Espresso, using upstate-roasted Coffee Labs, is further west between First and Second Avenues, and opened just this past December.

Prodigy Coffee | Carmine St | West Village

The West Village garnered the most new shops. One of them, Prodigy Coffee, is a Project Latte favorite on Carmine Street that pulls long shots of George Howell’s Terroir. Nearby is the reopened Coffee Foundry, the daytime occupant of an unlovely karaoke bar offering wifi and Toby’s Estate Coffee. Further to the west is oddly-named Slavic restaurant cum cafe Doma Na Rohu (Doma on the Corner), more of a restaurant than when it occupied its former Perry Street digs, and further to the east, Fair Folks & A Goat, a strange cafe concept whose claim to fame is their $25/month in-house coffee subscription plan.

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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