The dog days of summer are upon us and you need to know where you can get the best iced coffee in NYC. In fact, you could make a whole day of it going from one amazing iced coffee to the next, drinking it in an air-conditioned café in honor in of the heat that’s too hot to be out in. And I would love to suggest some of my favorite places in Manhattan and Brooklyn to you.
Straight up, cold-brewed.
Really strong, just like the beast it is named after, Gorilla Coffee is amazing hot, and is a kick in the pants cold brewed. You gotta go to Park Slope, Brooklyn to enjoy Gorilla Coffee in one of their two locations. This is my all time favorite iced coffee.
One lump or two? Even if you don’t like sugar in your coffee, below are some sweet iced coffees that are delicious!
Blue Bottle Coffee has cafes in Manhattan and Brooklyn. They cold-brew their iced coffee for 12 hours with chicory and add organic sugar and milk. I’m a person who generally doesn’t put sugar in my coffee, but this concoction is an unequivocal exception.
Think about giving yourself the special treat of a Vietnamese iced coffee at AP in Bushwick, Brooklyn. (It’s too easy to get to! Take the L train to the Jefferson stop in Brooklyn and when you hit street level, it’s a 3-minute walk away.) AP’s VIC is sweet, thick and has an “orange’ish” bouquet that lingers in your olfactory region. (Their Vietnamese iced tea is amazing as well.) And sitting in the AP café itself is a lovely, aesthetic treat. They also have a beautiful menu of foods for breakfast, brunch and lunch.
Continuing on with sweet iced coffee beverages…
I’ve mentioned this café before, and I can’t help mentioning it again in this heat. Supercrown Coffee Roasters, located in Bushwick, offers a Coffee Milkshake made with Van Leeuwen Sweet Cream, espresso and espresso grinds. They also have a Mocha Milkshake made with Van Leeuwen vegan dark chocolate, iced coffee, espresso and espresso grinds.
Though I haven’t had a chance to try it, I still want to let you know that on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, El Ray Coffee Bar & Luncheonette’s Iced Mexican Mocha is the talk of the town. It’s gotten a lot of press and made it into Zagat’s 10 Must Try Iced Coffees in NYC. “Crowned with mint leaves, the Counter Culture iced mocha at this LES hot spot sports a generous kick thanks to a sprinkling of chile flakes and cinnamon,” is Zaget’s mouth watering description of El Ray’s Iced Mexican Mocha
And, Local Expeditions founder Nancy Blaine names Gregorys Coffee iced coffee her favorite. She says, “For my money, the best iced coffee in New York will be had at any Gregory’s Coffee. I go to the one on 33rd between Park and Madison and the staff is incredibly efficient and friendly, but–any time I find a Gregory’s I find the coffee and the service to be the same–excellent! The iced coffee is a cold brew, but it’s a solid medium roast–not the over-roasted cold brew you get from Starbuck’s. Local Expeditions endorses Gregorys Coffee–with by far the cutest logo on the block.”
NYC is filled with unique cafes–so check back here again for more tips about the best coffee experiences to be had in NYC.
~By Local Expeditions team member Lisa “I heart iced coffee” Haas