Top 10 Coffee Shops on the Upper East Side

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Coffee on the Upper East Side

Coffee is a way of life. It’s the way in which I choose to live my life anyway. I had taken it upon myself to try out every single Yelp (and other website) recommended coffee shop in my area, and to narrow it down to a top 10. I ended up with about 13 contenders but after a few tears, I, eventually, made the cut to 10. If you follow me on Snapchat, you will know that I also tried some places that were simply abysmal. However, I try to keep this blog a positive place so I won’t mention those here. To make a long story short, here are my Upper East Side Faves


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2nd Avenue, Corner of E 91st  

This place is simply the shit. Normally, I wouldn’t curse but I feel like in DTUT you’re allowed to be yourself. Whether I’m doing work on my laptop during the day, or gorging on S’mores at night whilst playing a board game, I always feel relaxed and cozy inside this place.

But, putting all long sentences aside, this place does have a few strict rules. WI-Fi can only be used weekdays till 5PM. Did I say a lot of rules? I actually meant just this one rule. Which actually works out great. This means I can shut my laptop at exactly 5PM and order a glass of wine of off their happy hour menu. Cheers! (Click)

Blue Bottle Coffee

Madison Avenue, Between 74th and 75th

If you want to wake me up in the middle of the night for a cup of coffee, it better be Blue Bottle Coffee. And you better also have a key to one of their many locations in the city, preferably the one inside the Met Breuer. Also, we should invite a ton of friends to join this little shindig and find a DJ and start a rave while we’re at it.

You think I’m joking, but I’m not. I mean, maybe a little about the breaking and entering bit, but I’m completely serious about Blue Bottle having the best coffee I’ve had in quite a while. Their location inside the Met, which you can access without having to buy a Museum ticket, is not only pretty, but there are plenty of seats and the Baristas are simply adorable. I honestly considered giving one of them my phone number and asking them to be besties forever. Also, because this would mean endless free coffee, right?  If you’re a Blue Bottle barista call me! (Click)

Blue Stone Lane

5th Avenue, Between 90th and 89th 

It’s not that I don’t want to praise my favorite Aussie café again, but I already have 2 reviews up and I will link those right here. Don’t be lazy and click.(Click)

Oslo Coffee-Roaster

75th Street, Between 1st and York Avenue

This popular hidden spot is tiny and always packed. It’s the perfect spot for a coffee-to-go if you love a good strong cup. It’s always filled with regulars, and even though it’s tiny, it doesn’t stop the neighborhood caffeine-addicts from flocking to this place. Even though you can’t sit inside and browse magazines, it’s still worth a visit and deserves a spot on this list. (Click)

Irving Farm Coffee Roasters

3rd Avenue, Between 80th and 81st

If I had to be locked up in a coffee shop, it might as well be in Irving. I’ve been a fan since visiting their original location on Irving years ago, and this new location is just as good.  If locked up, I could comfortably have enough food options to get me through breakfast, lunch, and dinner for about a week, easily. I could even get all my work done since there are plenty of small tables, usually filled with people with laptops. I forgot to mention the coffee. Their coffee is good.(Click)

Petite Shell

Lexington Avenue, Corner of E 85th 

Nutella. Nutella. Should I say it again? Nutella. They serve croissants filled with Nutella, something called a Nutella cold brew and I’m sure if you ask nicely they’ll also just serve you a spoon of Nutella. (Click)


84th Street, Between 1st and 2nd Avenue

Out of all the cafes in the area, I have spent the most time at JAX. It is the absolute perfect spot to do work on your laptop, surrounded by other people doing the exact same thing. I’ve already written another blogpost about this gem and feel free to click on the link to read more about my go-to “office.” Yes, I’m repetitive. Sue me.(Click)


1st Avenue, Corner of  E 85th

Don’t judge me. Pretty please. Let me explain first. It’s not about Starbucks. Ok, maybe it’s a little about Starbucks, but it’s really about their outdoor seating area. Sometimes, I just want to drink an iced coffee and sit in the sun and read my book, ok? This Starbucks happens to be the only coffee place with ample outdoor seating in the area. Where else can I work on my tan and simultaneously replenish my caffeine levels? (Click)

Java Girl

66th Street, Between 1st and 2nd Avenue

Your nostrils will thank me. That is if you love the smell of coffee as much as I do. This place has coffee beans everywhere. Is it décor? Is it for sale? I don’t know. There are so many different types of coffee and treats that it doesn’t even matter to me. Bring a magazine, have a seat and enjoy. Hmmmm! (Click)

Joe Lex

Lexington Avenue, Between 74th and 75th

They claim that before they opened, artisan coffee was hard to find on the Upper East Side. Granted they opened in 2011 so it’s been a few years but I’m still not sure I completely agree. However, they serve a mean cup of coffee so I’ll let it slide.(Click)

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