New Yorkers thrive on coffee, yet the good spots are, more often than not, somewhat off the beaten path. Dominated by chains like Starbucks, Midtown is probably the hardest neighborhood in the city to find a decent cup, but that doesn’t mean you have to head off to the outer boroughs in order to grab a coffee with the locals.
Tucked away on William Street in the Financial District, Blue Spoon is one of the few spots in the city that serves incredible coffee and espresso with Intelligentsia beans (considered a major representative of third-wave coffee). Added bonus? A friendly staff, an amazing soundtrack and free Wi-Fi.
Blue Spoon also serves delicious, freshly-baked Balthazar chocolate chip cookies and hot-pressed panini sandwiches, perfect for an outdoor lunch on the nearby Elevated Acre, which is especially convenient if locals have packed out the cafe’s few tables and bar stools.
After you eat, take a self-guided art walk of Lower Manhattan (check the Financial District art walk article), with three mid-to-late century sculptures by Keith Haring, Jean Dubuffet and Isamu Noguchi.