Pretty Cafes in New York City

Pretty Cafes in New York City

If you landed on this post, you are probably a fan of my Pretty Cafes in NYC Series over on @hernewyorkedit. Since Instagram doesn’t make it very easy to find all the episodes in a series, here is a round up list! I’ve also added a handy map to make it even easier to find them all.

I have grouped these based on the style of each cafe, but some definitely cover multiple categories so read the descriptions! Each of the titles links to the reel (video) I have made about that spot, so you get a little preview before you choose to visit.

Pretty Cafes for Working

1. Devocion, Dumbo

Address : 105 York St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Pretty Moment : pretty plant and light filled coffee shop with lots of seating room

Good for : Catching up with friends or working, super convenient location across the York St subway station in Dumbo

Price : $

2. % Arabica, Dumbo

Address : 20 Old Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Pretty Moment : large windows with seats looking out to the Brooklyn Bridge!

Good for : picking up coffee before heading to Brooklyn Bridge Park, work

Price : $

3. Do Not Feed Alligators, West Village

Address : 337 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

Pretty Moment : a chic, unexpected ambience – pretty window seating for people watching on Bleecker Street

Good for : working or catching up with friends, the pastries are delicious too

Price : $

4. % Arabica, NoLita

Address : 8 Prince St, New York, NY 10012

Pretty Moment : a lovely Japanese coffee shop in Nolita with a modern vibe and strong wifi

Good for : working, catching up with friends – definitely head over to Elizabeth St Garden before or after!

Price : $

5. Bedford Studio, West Village

Address : 62 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

Pretty Moment : set in a classic West Village building with big windows looking out to pretty Bedford Street. Has the classic NYC exposed brick walls

Good for : work – this is actually a co-working space that you can also subscribe to weekly or monthly!

Price : $

6. Variety Coffee, Chelsea

Address : 261 7th Ave, New York, NY 10001

Pretty Moment : lovely seating for working in Chelsea looking out over 7th Ave

Good for : working with laptops

Price : $

Pretty Cafes with Flowers / Plant Themes

1. Ppl, Williamsburg

Address : 189 Roebling St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Pretty Moment : a sweet little plant shop and cafe, it brings such a peaceful feeling

Good for : Delicious coffee and matcha with a side of plants! There isn’t too much space to sit, so I wouldn’t recommend it as a place to work

Price : $

2. Remi, Midtown East

Address : 906 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10017

Pretty Moment : coffee and flower shop, the lavender and rose lattes are the prettiest in the city

Good for : coffee with a friend or a book

Price : $

3. Urban Backyard, SoHo / Nolita

Address : 180 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

Pretty Moment : a sweet little shop in Nolita set up like an urban garden. Their cactus cupcakes are very cute

Good for : coffee with a friend

Price : $

4. Ariston Flowers & Cafe

Address : 78 5th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Pretty Moment : a cafe at the back of a beautiful flower shop with plenty of pretty seating

Good for : working with laptops, coffee with friends. I don’t recommend the croissants here.

Price : $

Pretty Cafes with a Classic / Elegant Vibe

1. Felix Roasting Co, edge of Greenwich Village

Address : 2 Astor Pl, New York, NY 10003

Pretty Moment : a very elegant ambience with classic checkered floors and chandeliers

Good for : working or catching up with friends

Price : $

2. Bar Pisellino, West Village

Address : 52 Grove Street, 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014

Pretty Moment : a lovely old world Italian cafe that transports you to Europe

Good for : hanging out with friends, would not recommend working here. Coffee in the morning, cocktails in the evening

Price : $$

3. Felix Roasting Co, NoMad

Address : 450 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10016

Pretty Moment : a stunning coffee shop in NoMad where it feels like you are drinking coffee in a beautiful bar

Good for : working, catching up with friends or co-workers

Price : $

4. Cafe Regular, Park Slope

Address : 158 Berkeley Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Pretty Moment : a quaint coffee shop in Park Slope, feels like you have stepped back in time with the retro leather seating and chandelier.

Good for : catching up with friends, working

Price : $

5. Rhythm Zero, Greenpoint

Address : 32 Kent St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Pretty Moment : beautiful coffee shop in Greenpoint which re-decorates often so you never know if you are getting a more classic or more modern vibe!

Good for : working with laptop, catch-up with a friend

Price : $

6. Conwell Coffee Hall, FiDi

Address : 6 Hanover St, New York, NY 10005

Pretty Moment : a stunning new coffee shop set in an old bank building – this gives all the old New York feels

Good for : working with laptops, coffee with friends, wine in the evenings. They serve a good decaf espresso

Price : $

7. Laduree Hudson Yards

Address : 20 Hudson Yards Level 1, New York, NY 10001

Pretty Moment : a pretty grab and go concept by Laduree, I love the green color and decor

Good for : grab and go coffee and treats in Hudson Yards

Price : $

8. Intelligentsia Coffee at the Highline Hotel

The very first Pretty Cafe I fell in love with in NYC!

Address : High Line Hotel 180 10th Ave at, W 20th St, New York, 10011

Pretty Moment : cute little coffee bar in a beautiful hotel – don’t worry this is frequented by locals in the AM! They also serve coffee in a London double decker bus in the garden during nice weather.

Good for : grab and go morning coffee, or a more leisurely coffee in the nicer weather to enjoy in their garden

Price : $

Pretty Cafes that are Fancy

1. Blue Box Cafe, Tiffany’s, Fifth Ave.

Address : 6th Floor, 727 5th Ave, New York, NY 10022

Pretty Moment : the Breakfast at Tiffany’s dream – a beautiful cafe decked out in Tiffany’s blue

Good for : Afternoon Tea or breakfast a la Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Price : $$$

2. The Palm Court at the Plaza

Address : 768 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019

Pretty Moment : The Palm Court is one of the most iconic dining rooms in NYC, the beautiful ceiling alone is worth the visit.

Good for : a fancy afternoon tea, definitely an iconic New York City experience!

Price : $$$

3. Cafe Sabarsky, Upper East Side

Address : 1048 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

Pretty Moment : a charming Austrian cafe in the Neue Galerie transporting you to Europe

Good for : their cakes (especially recommend the Sachertorte!), and a fancy coffee with friends. Beware of long lines on the weekends.

Price : $$

4. Laduree, SoHo

Address : 398 W Broadway, New York, NY 10012

Pretty Moment : beautiful garden seating especially in the Spring with Cherry Blossoms

Good for : Brunch (the French toast is divine), coffee, tea, macarons (of course)

Price : $$

Pretty Cafes with a Quaint Vibe

1. Paquita, West Village

Address : 242 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014

Pretty Moment : old worlde tea shop with a beautiful tin ceiling. Especially lovely for a rainy afternoon

Good for : a cozy tea time with friends or a book!

Price : $$

2. Frame Coffee, Upper West Side

Address : 305 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023

Pretty Moment : a camera (frame) themed cafe with classic exposed brick walls in an Upper West Side limestone

Good for : coffee with friends or a book, can work with laptops too

Price : $

3. Le Phin, East Village

Address : 259 E 10th St, New York, NY 10009

Pretty Moment : a cute little Vietnamese cafe with the perfect window seat looking out on E 10th St

Good for : coffee with friends or a book, can work with laptops but no bathroom. serves a good Vietnamese coffee.

Price : $

Pretty Cafes best for People Watching

1. Fellini Coffee, West Village

Address : 174 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014

Pretty Moment : A cute little coffee shop on the corner of 7th Ave South and Perry St.

Good for : Perfect spot for people watching with an iced coffee

Price : $

2. Cafe Lyria, NoHo

Address : 166 Crosby St, New York, NY 10012

Pretty Moment : a hidden gem in NoHo with a steady stream of regulars, you might even spot a celebrity!

Good for : regular drip coffee, don’t recommend the cortado. Can work but it might be hard to find a seat.

Price : $

3. Ralphs Coffee, Upper East Side

Address : 888 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10021

Pretty Moment : an Upper East Side classic, with pretty side walk seating for optimal people watching. The interiors are beautiful too.

Good for : people watching, a classic Upper East Side moment. Don’t recommend working here.
Tip : Ralph’s has the best bathrooms near Central Park

Price : $$

Pretty Cafes with Good Food

1. L’Appartement 4f, Brooklyn Heights

Address : 115 Montague St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Pretty Moment : a beautiful French bakery with a little cafe on the second floor – this started as a bakery in an apartment in Cobble Hill (4f) during the pandemic!

Good for : authentic French croissants and baguettes with your coffee – some of the best in the city!

Price : $

2. Sogno Toscano, West Village

Address : 17 Perry St, New York, NY 10014

Pretty Moment : a lovely Italian cafe serving sandwiches, pastries, wine and of course coffee! The indoor and outdoor seating is both beautiful.

Good for : coffee, wine, sandwiches, live music on some evenings

Price : $$

3. Leon’s Bagels, NoHo

Address : 169 Thompson St Suite B, New York, NY 10012

Pretty Moment : cute little storefront on a cobblestone street in Greenwich Village

Good for : bagels! their coffee is good too, but mostly go for the bagels. There is only outdoor seating, but I recommend

Price : $

4. Tea & Sympathy, West Village

Address : 108 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10011

Pretty Moment : a charming English tea shop with proper tea cups, saucers and teapots

Good for : proper English scones and tea! More of a sit down cafe (no laptops)

Price : $$

5. Patisserie Vanessa, Upper East Side

Address : 1340 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128

Pretty Moment : a French patisserie in a historical district on the Upper East Side, lovely outdoor and indoor tables

Good for : delicious French pastries and Provencal tea

Price : $

6. Genesis House, Chelsea

Address : 40A 10th Ave, New York, NY 10014

Pretty Moment : a stunning space in Chelsea with expansive views over the Hudson River and Little Island.

Good for : Has cozy spaces both to work and chat, laptops allowed. I recommend signing up for the Korean tea ceremony on the weekends!

Price : $$

Pretty Cafes with a Modern Vibe (and EXCELLENT coffee)

I’d like to preface this section by saying that every cafe I have recommended on here has good coffee as that is the baseline. However, the following coffee shops truly serve some of the best coffee in the city, espressos, drip coffee, and my favorite – delicate pour overs.

1. WatchHouse, Fifth Ave, Midtown

Address : 660 5th Ave, New York, NY 10103

Pretty Moment : a hip new cafe near Rockefeller Center with a fresh, beautiful ambience

Good for : really delicious and high quality coffee! I recommend for working with laptops or coffee with friends. They serve a good decaf espresso too. The blood orange danish is absolutely delicious.

Price : $

2. La Cabra, SoHo

Address : 284 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

Pretty Moment : modern Nordic ambience, clean and beautiful

Good for : the most delicious cup of coffee, work, catching up with a friend or a book

Price : $

I hope this roundup of Pretty Cafes in NYC helps. I’ll keep adding to the list as I post about new (or new to me) pretty cafes in the city.

Happy cafe hopping, wishing you a well caffeinated NYC day / trip!

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