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The place: Ninth Street Espresso
The space: Opened in 2001, this flagship branch in Alphabet City pioneered the NYC coffee culture boom. Its industrial interior may be heavy on wood, metal, and concrete, but it’s still cozy enough for the Mac crowd to set up camp for hours. So grab a table for informal dealings over cups of joe. Just four offerings from the back-to-basics menu (espresso, espresso with milk, brewed coffee, and tea) keep the focus where it should be – on the beans. You can also get your fix at two other outposts: in Chelsea Market and on East 10th and Avenue B, which is set to relocate to a bigger space next door.
The beans: Beans are courtesy of the Dallis Bros. coffee farm in Brazil, Fazenda Nossa Senhora Aparecida, whose Alphabet City blend is currently on rotation.
The complement: A small case features treats like almond croissants, oat-currant scones, and peanut butter cookies. But if you don’t see your choice, ask for it. Chances are they have extra underneath.
700 East 9th St., 212-358-9225, ninthstreetespresso.com
(Photo courtesy of Ninth Street Espresso)