Though the continually expanding New York City coffee scene is often made up of newcomers, it's also natural for existing shops to replicate themselves in other parts of town. What's not always natural is for them to outdo themselves tenfold.
There's nothing quite like the agonizing pleasure of shopping to make a cup of coffee sound that much more wonderful, or even like the only thing left that could possibly keep you alive. Rather than settling for the nearest chain-store swill (and bumping seasonal gift totes with all the sheeplike masses), why not search out one of the city's finer coffee establishments to break for that most appreciated cup of quality coffee, espresso, tea, or hot chocolate? Here are a few of our top recommendations, by district.