Culture Espresso

Culture Espresso

Coffee Shop and Café$$$$
Garment District, New York
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    Summer I.
    "Great Kyoto :) Def enough space to sit."(16 Tips)
    Eric M.
    "Try the Flat White it's incredible, maybe the best in the city."(71 Tips)
    Megan P.
    "Great cortado — a nice respite from the rest of Midtown."(22 Tips)
    Erica K.
    "Best chocolate chip cookie I have ever had...fresh out of the oven!"(99 Tips)
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  • Rubén G.heart icon on user image
    Rubén GarcíaJuly 22, 2017
    The chocolate chip cookies here, especially when they're fresh off the oven, are among the best! The coffee is also among the best in the area
  • Gothamist
    GothamistJuly 5, 2016
    Our favorite Toddy Cold Brew is the rotating bean selection at Culture Espresso in Midtown. Yes, Midtown of all places. Their cold brew is always complex and strong with a sweet, bitter-less finish. Read more
  • Denis S.heart icon on user image
    Denis SosnovtsevMay 21, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    I love Culture but I'd recommend you avoid the drip coffee. It's unspectacular. On the flip side, the best latte I've had in my life was made here.
  • Ashley
    AshleyApril 11, 2018
    Coffee is good but the chocolate chip cookies are AMAZING. They always have fresh batches coming out of the oven so you’re guaranteed to have a warm, gooey cookie. Hands down best cookies in the city.
  • ℳ𝒶𝓎♍heart icon on user image
    ℳ𝒶𝓎♍February 11, 2022
    One of the best coffee shops in Manhattan. They have the best chocolate chip cookies. I dream about their cookies that's how amazing they are! Latte (iced/hot) is perfect every single time
  • Taccara B.heart icon on user image
    Taccara BarrierOctober 14, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The fresh baked cookies are fantastic! The baristas know how to really make a perfect hot beverage. Zero personality or genuine hospitality from the baristas but hey it's NY.
  • John S.
    John ShrimpMarch 17, 2018
    Culture Espresso is an independent and locally owned coffee shop that opened in 2009. We pride ourselves in bringing the best coffee we can to the heart of New York City.
  • Kenny R.heart icon on user image
    Kenny RenJuly 3, 2019
    I usually don't eat sweets or deserts, but the chocolate cookie here is one of the rare occasions where I have to give in, a must visit every time I am back in NYC. Latte is rich and flavorful!
  • Summer I.heart icon on user image
    Summer IzkovichAugust 21, 2014
    Love this place! The lines get pretty crazy. Came in here since I work near by, and I love that you can use your laptop! Great Kyoto :) Def enough space to sit. Also great for fast coffee, in & out.
  • Kitt H.heart icon on user image
    Kitt HodMarch 24, 2022
    Embrace the chocolate chip cookie, but split one with a friend, they are RICH. The chai latte is perfect for non-coffee drinkers.
  • Douglas Elliman
    Douglas EllimanJuly 23, 2014
    A chic environment with an incredible aroma and beautiful chandeliers. Their chocolate chop cookies could be the best in the city! We love the Americano, it truly doesn't need any milk or sugar.
  • Belin Selcen B.heart icon on user image
    The staff is super unfriendly, I smiled and thanked them a couple of times but they didn't even care to look up. However the coffee is amazing. Their flat white is one of the best I had in New York!
  • Joury I.heart icon on user image
    Joury IbrahimNovember 26, 2017
    Decent Cortado. Great chocolate chip cookie. The cookies won first place as the best choco cookie in nyc 2017!
  • Ben D.
    Ben DruckerSeptember 9, 2014
    One of the few bright spots in midtown. They have some crazy cold brew specials in the summer that are worth trying (Nitro). Seating is a little tight but you can stand at the center table.
  • Tim C.heart icon on user image
    Tim CoxMarch 10, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Have you had the chocolate chip cookie? Why have you not had the chocolate chip cookie yet? Their chocolate chip cookie is the best in the city. They even make the chocolate chip cookie themselves.
  • Mariana P.heart icon on user image
    Mariana PantalenaJune 16, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    They Have a very good expresso. But they're Secret is The chocolate chip cookie. They warm it up and the inside melts. Never had a cookie this great.
  • Michelle R.heart icon on user image
    Michelle RNovember 21, 2015
    I come here again and again a d it's always amazing. The staff can be occupied with themselves and talking but I've also had super friendly help there too. The cookies and mocha are the bomb.
  • Julian M.heart icon on user image
    Julian ModestoNovember 13, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The chocolate-chip cookie is 3rd after Levain and the City Bakery. It tastes familiar and simple and you'll make a fool of yourself trying to recreate it, but you'll want to try
  • Victoriaheart icon on user image
    VictoriaJuly 7, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Love this trendy little spot! There's usually a line but it moves quickly. Ice coffee with almond milk is my go-to and the chocolate chip cookies are worth the calorie fest!
  • Jen S.heart icon on user image
    Jen ShinJuly 10, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    cortado is my go-to! come early for the choco chip banana bread because it's gone fast and the choco chip cookies after 10am.
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BairdDecember 19, 2015
    I had never seen a single review of this place before going.  My wife found it and told me to go.  The Flat White is very good, and the chocolate chip cookies are super good.
  • Eric M.heart icon on user image
    Eric MorrisDecember 22, 2014
    Excellent coffee spot in midtown. Everything is on point from the huge cookies to the cold brew. Try the Flat White it's incredible, maybe the best in the city.
  • Susanna S.heart icon on user image
    Susanna SooApril 6, 2019
    Flat white is on point and good balanced roast. Cold brew is highly recommended here but not my taste. Also the chocolate cookie here is amazing!!
  • Ben D.heart icon on user image
    Ben DOctober 25, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Rotating cast of roasts, and consistently great coffee (I've encountered Counter Culture, Intelligentsia, Stumptown, and now Sightglass). These guys are heroes for bringing non-generic to midtown.
  • Rachel B.
    Rachel BindelApril 14, 2015
    The espresso is amazing, the atmosphere is on point with its music and the ladies are super chill. Drink your coffee there so you don't miss out on the latte art.
  • Alberto S.heart icon on user image
    Alberto SimonFebruary 14, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    One of my favorite places for coffee and they have amazing baked goods like cookies and muffins too
  • Chenyuheart icon on user image
    ChenyuMay 18, 2013
    Barista Gavin is so knowledgable about all things coffee &most importantly he is so passionate! Great coffee & vibe in midtown. ;) try Kyoto iced coffee
  • Luna J.heart icon on user image
    Luna JayAugust 21, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Any espresso coffees (flat white, cappuccino, mmmm) + freshly baked cookies = YES. If you're lucky, you'll be able to smell and get the fresh Matcha Pistachio cookie.
  • Leslie T.heart icon on user image
    Leslie TJuly 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Kyoto Iced Coffee! It's a strong drink that'll wake you up. They use a glass coffee syphon that slowly drips into a glass balloon-like pot. Love it! :)
  • Find a Coffice
    Find a CofficeMay 3, 2013
    WiFi was acting up on our last visit, but the pour over and green tea cookie were delicious. The vibe is great, but the space is limited, making this a perfect spot for a quick stop between meetings.
  • John A.heart icon on user image
    John ADecember 30, 2014
    Really great coffee shop with local bakery. Coffee is solid - rotating roasts keep it interesting. Recommend: home made poptarts, and chocolate chip cookies.
  • Jenna W.
    Jenna Wortham May 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Protip: Time your visit for the late afternoon when they've just pulled out a sheet of fresh chocolate chip cookies out of the oven. Warning: You may die of happiness.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJuly 10, 2013
    One of the better places to grab coffee in midtown. We order the Flat White and a chocolate chip cookie, which are to die for!
  • Maggie L.
    Maggie LiuJuly 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    A refuge in the abyss of good coffeeshops (aka midtown). Their chocolate chip cookies are to die for - giving Le Vain a run for their money with their gooey centers and crispy edges.
  • Fiachra M.heart icon on user image
    Fiachra MaguireAugust 20, 2014
    Grab a coffee, a donut and just sit by the window. Take in some of the hustle and bustle of NYC as locals fly through the door.
  • Deepak S.
    Deepak ShrivastavaJanuary 29, 2014
    Great coffee spot - although the chai soy latte was amazing. Breakfast muffin hit the spot too. Seemed like am East Village outpost in the heart of boring midtown
  • Project Latte: a NYC cafe culture guide
    Australian-run Culture Espresso in Lower Midtown rotates through coffee from different regional roasters on a quarterly basis and is a pretty consistent place to score a good shot. Read more
  • Alfredo A.heart icon on user image
    Alfredo AponteSeptember 7, 2014
    This place made me a believer of Ice Coffee with it's nitro cold brew. How I would describe it... velvety smooth with a touch of sweetness similar to honey. (Heart Roasters)
  • Elie B.heart icon on user image
    Elie BleierJune 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great coffee, tasty cookies, awesome music. Better when not busy with the midtown office-dweller vibe. Sometimes friendly, sometimes too-cool-for-school staff.
  • Andrew T.heart icon on user image
    Andrew TebbenhamJanuary 3, 2016
    Great espresso and the best chocolate chip cookies I've had in NYC (/ on par with Levain!)
  • PureWow
    PureWowAugust 4, 2016
    How do you make one of the best iced coffees in town? Let it steep for 12 hours after brewing it in--you guessed it--a Toddy. Read more
  • Leah L.heart icon on user image
    Leah LiDecember 11, 2014
    They have a seasonal maple cappuccino which is absolutely delicious! And their chocolate chip cookies - fresh out of the oven, gooey in all the right places, decadent and sweet and sinful - yum.
  • Joycott
    JoycottJanuary 30, 2014
    A flat white is an Australia/New Zealand espresso beverage that is making it's way to artisan shops in America. These folks have the best flat white in NYC.
  • Sherry W.
    Sherry WangNovember 19, 2014
    Sometimes finding a hip independent place in midtown feels like visiting an exhibition about hipsters, but in a good way. Soy flat white here is great!
  • Peter C.heart icon on user image
    Peter CucèSeptember 11, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    Vibrant space, often a line out the door, one of the most consistent shops in the city and best coffee in midtown.
  • Claudio
    ClaudioApril 16, 2016
    Great work space, friendly staff and great beverages. Try the Heart blend from Colombia/Ethiopia, great body and amazing acidity.
  • Melinda G.heart icon on user image
    Melinda GuoMay 2, 2013
    Great sandwiches to go with your coffee. Personal faves are the Happy Hen sandwich with truffled egg and Figgy sandwich with prosciutto and candied figs.
  • Angela C.heart icon on user image
    Angela ChungSeptember 9, 2018
    Don’t miss out on their amazing chocolate chip cookies!
  • Robert S.heart icon on user image
    Robert ShoykhetJanuary 29, 2016
    Yes the drinks are great, but the cookies are really amazing. Best I've ever had. Not exaggerating.
  • Chad H.heart icon on user image
    Chad HornerJuly 3, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    cute little place in an area without many great coffee options. wifi and great pastries 👍🏻
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