Insider Picks: Best New York Bites

New York, the city that never sleeps, is world famous for its refueling cup of Joes and and healthy grab-and-run bites. The concrete jungle’s got it all and it’s clear that bespoke, artisanal concepts are gaining top spots among New York eateries. Creativity is one thing this city does not lack and you can count on spending full days at these cafe turned studio turned work spaces in the best company possible- someone you just met. Read on for our tried and tested picks of New York City’s best and most creative bites.

The Elk

Nestled on treelined Charles Street in the West Village lies THE ELK, bringing the West coast to the West Village. The aesthetically pleasing cafe and lifestyle store (find candles, aprons and homely goods lining the shelves)  is the brainchild of Claire Chan, a Vancouverite by way of San Francisco and the cafe’s ambience follows the same  chill Pacific Northwest path.

  • Design Standard
  • 128 Charles St
  • New York, NY
  • +(212) 933-4780
  • www.theelknyc.com

    El Rey

    The freshly baked housemade Za’atar bread (with ricotta and dill) will ensure you leave with more than an energizing beverage at El Rey. With coffee by Brooklyn roasters Parlor and a quirky SoCal menu, this luncheonette is a gem in the heart of the LES.

  • Design Standard
  • 100 Stanton Street
  • New York, NY
  • +(212) 260-3950
  • www.elreynyc.com

    Dimes

    For the ultimate healthy bite, head to Dimes. With house-made almond milk and all around organic, seasonal, and local ingredients, Dimes is a cute, colorful and refreshing spot. Add some soul-loving food to your coffee at breakfast with the likes of Banana Bread (with cardamom butter/ sea salt) or a Mango Pitaya breakfast bowl.

  • Design Standard
  • 49 Canal Street
  • New York, NY
  • +(212) 925-1300
  • www.dimesnyc.com

    Maman

    When you’re craving a morning coffee and pain au chocolate there is no better place than chic French restaurant and bakery, Maman. This rustic and homely spot specializes in family inspired French home-cooking, complete with a Michelin-Starred chef from the south of France and natural wood floors – you will be smitten with the entire set up.

  • Design Standard
  • 239 Centre Street
  • New York, NY
  • +(212) 226-0770
  • www.mamannyc.com

    Sweatshop

    “Two Aussie mates making flat whites and designing cool shit.” Basically. The Melbourne-style Brooklyn cafe has flat whites! Hurrah. Though, in true Aussie style, every Americano, espresso, iced or whatever style you take your caffeine is guaranteed to be smooth and delicious. Try the Aussie Iced Coffee over a scoop of Ice-Cream. And as the design duo confess, they also design. Doodles for days.

  • Design Standard
  • 232 Metropolitan Avenue
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • +(718) 559-9978
  • www.sweatshop.nyc

    Devocion

    With impressive interiors built in a former warehouse, Devocion’s decor is filled with exposed brick, beams of metal and the roasting room, which is also on display. With Colombian beans “Fed-exed rapidly” from the fair-trade farms they hand pick from inaccessible regions, the focus is on the freshest Colombian roasts and sustainability.

  • Design Standard
  • 69 Grand Street
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • +(718) 285-6180
  • www.devocion.com

    Little Collins

    The Aussie-coffee revolution is in full swing in New York City. And this Melbourne-style cafe with an under the counter brewing bar takes coffee seriously. And the superlative foods that go with it. Try The Smash avocado toast with feta mash and chili flakes.

  • Design Standard
  • 667 Lexington Avenue
  • New York, NY
  • +212-308-1969
  • www.littlecollinsnyc.com

    Written by Tal Dekel-Daks

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