Some people are wine snobs, some people are coffee snobs- I am guilty of being both. As a travel agent that works remotely, having a go-to coffee shop is crucial to my productivity, sanity, and palette. So, it was only fitting that I sniff out every coffee shop in my neighborhood (the West Village) where I could get my sh*t done while having my espresso.
Below are my favorite neighborhood coffee spots listed in order of favorite.
Hidden below street level, above a clothing store on Christopher Street, this hidden gem is near and dear to my heart. Not only is the atmosphere cute and cozy, but the owner and staff are people I now call friends. Ad Hoc takes pride in their local clientele, and us regulars now have a spot to drink incredible coffee and eat delicious food while chit chatting about neighborhood events.
BONUS: everything in the store is for sale!! This includes paintings, furniture, coffee mugs, etc. So sometimes when I walk in, the chair I once sat on is replaced by an antique sofa.
Many of you might be familiar with Joe (pun intended). This coffee shop has a bunch of locations in NYC, but my favorite is the one on Waverly Place. Things I love about this shop:
There’s a communal water cooler, so you can hydrate yourself.
They have DF and GF pastries!
The view- the shop looks like it could be part of a movie set. The exterior is livened with plants, and gives a true ‘West Village’ vibe. You can sit by the window, look out onto a beautiful NYC street, and feel like you are in a Woody Allen film.
The stirring is real y’all. Like Joe, Jack’s also had a bunch of NYC locations, but my favorite is the one on Downing Street. Why I go to Jack’s:
It’s tiny. Now some people like space, but when I’m working, the less people the better. This shop isn’t conducive for sitting, so I pride myself on stealing pretty much the only seat by the window and staying there for hours.
Their coffee is organic!
In the summer you can sit outside.
Ooooo yeah! This coffee shop not only puts on a fresh pot, but it also sells ceramics- they’re brew-ti-ful. With only two NYC locations, the one in the Village is my main squeeze. Why I go to O;
It’s a bright space, and brightness makes people happy.
They have a great menu- try the coconut rice.
Their iced coffee is my perfect blend.
I am leaving the West Village soon for the Upper West Side, and I will truly miss rotating these shops on a daily basis. On the other hand, I will be able to explore new shops in a new neighborhood, which will add to the thrill of a new chapter for my hubby and I :)