There are amazing coffee shops all over New York City. Some of my favorite coffee shops in the city are in the Upper East Side. Here are some of the coffee shops in the Upper East Side that you should consider visiting if in the area.
I love coffee and have visited all of the coffee shops listed below.
Note: I give you my honest opinion and have not received any compensation for mentioning the coffee shops I have included here.
1. Maman Upper East Side
Address: 1424 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10028
If you have read any of my other blog posts about coffee in the city (Guide to NYC Coffee Shops), you will know that I have a love for Maman like few other coffee shops. Maman is known for its signature blue and white eclectic china, floral arrangements, and homey feels. One of the newer branches of Maman is located in Upper East Side. It is only a few blocks away from the MET (Metropolitan Museum of Art). I love the Upper East Maman. There are comfy couches, rustic wooden tables, and even more seating in the back of the shop. There are many seats for sitting or working and bathrooms inside. In the summer they have outside seating.
One thing I love about Maman is their delicious pastries and baked goods. In addition to the desserts they always have, they also have seasonal snacks and drinks. One of my favorite things they have is their S’more cookie which they have in the summer. You can read more about my thoughts on their s’more cookie and other cookies around the city in my Best Cookie in NYC blog post.
2. Birch Coffee
Address: 171 E 88th St, New York, NY 10128
Birch Coffee is another NYC staple. Birch Coffee has a small shop in the Upper East Side. The Birch in the Upper East Side is very cute and rustic. It has a rustic vibe. There is not a lot of indoor seating at this Birch Coffee location, but in warmer weather all of the windows are opened and there is outdoor seating available. Birch Coffee focuses on the quality of their coffee and it really shows. They have great coffee drinks.
Birch encourages connection and has prompts for talking or writing on their napkins. They do not have Wi-Fi available to aid in facilitating human connection.
3. Ralph’s Coffee
Address: 888 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10021
Ralph’s Coffee is by the company Ralph Lauren. The Upper East Side Ralph’s Coffee is attached to their flagship store. Their signature colors are green and white. In the summer they have a lot of outdoor seating. I personally tried their iced coffee and croissant here, both of which I really liked.
4. Frenchy Coffee NYC
Address: 129E E 102nd St, New York, NY 10029
Frenchy Coffee NYC has a special place in my heart. When we lived in the city, I went to Frenchy Coffee all the time. They are an independent coffee shop and have many delicious things. They have all the normal coffee shop offerings, plus seasonal drinks. They make delicious pastries in house. My favorite pastry they have is an everything bagel seasoned croissant. Their croissants are some of the best in the city (you can read more about croissants in the Upper East Side in my post The Best Croissant in Upper East Side).
5. Bel Ami Cafe
Address: 30 E 68th St, New York, NY 10065
Bel Ami is a bakery and coffee shop close to Central Park in the Upper East Side. It is an elegant place with a small amount of indoor and outdoor seating. This place is more of the place to sit and catch up with a friend or enjoy a nice cappuccino rather than work on your laptop. They have many wonderful bakery items. We tried their croissants (which I talk about more in my post on the Best Croissants of Upper East Side).
6. Variety Coffee Roasters
Address: 1269 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10028
Variety Coffee is another popular coffee shop in the Upper East Side and it is worth the hype. It is a very elegant coffee shop that makes you feel fancy even if you are just buying a normal coffee. Large windows fill the space with light. There are marble tables and fancy decorative furnishings. In addition to looking nice, the coffee is really good. We really like their pastries too. Their prices are cheaper than many other coffee places in the area as well.
Address: 1744 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128
DTUT is an interesting coffee shop in Upper East Side. While it technically is a bar, during the day it is a coffee shop too. They have comfy leather couches, tables for working, and fast Wi-Fi. In the back, they sometimes have shows playing (I would always love when they were playing The Office). It has a darker vibe and I always loved coming here on rainy days.
This sums up the best coffee shops that you can find in the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City.
Have you been to any of these coffee shops before? Are there any that I am missing? I would love to hear your thoughts down in the comments below!
Thanks for reading!