224 W 28th street (between 6 & 7)
128 Meserole (at Diamond) in Greenpoint.
They brew each coffee by the cup and the scent of beans grinding is intoxicating! The shop sports a neutral decorating scheme which is neither minimalist nor crowded. I am pleased by the lack of post cards and homemade advertisements. I've also had lovely, unexpected banter with all the servers which, second only to the coffees, makes me want to go back!
and iphone for helping me locate a cafe in the area when I was ten minutes early for rehearsal and for taking this photo.