Ninth Street Espresso

Ninth Street Espresso

Coffee Shop$$$$
Alphabet City, New York
  • The experts at Food & Wine and The Corcoran Group recommend this place
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  • Jay D.
    "the espresso with milk is one of the best I've had"(4 Tips)
    Emily W.
    "The OG spot for delicious espresso drinks"(16 Tips)
    Globetrottergirls D.
    "Best coffee in the East Village and good place to work at."(17 Tips)
    Ginger T.
    "Good music and fine cafe could not be better"(10 Tips)
103 Tips and reviews
  • coffee
  • espresso drinks
  • casual
  • quiet
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  • Malcolm R.
    Malcolm RingJuly 1, 2015
    Delicious coffee, light brown woody interior, outdoor seating. Huge windows looking into a park. Free wi-fi, though it's pretty weak. No outlets.
    Upvoted Oct 20
  • Gothamist
    GothamistJune 7
    You’ll need to weigh the pros against the cons here: free wifi, laptop friendly-baristas, plenty of two-seater tables and chairs, and outdoor bench seating vs. no power outlets and cash only. Read more
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 6, 2013
    One of the few places in the city where you can park with your laptop and work while enjoying your coffee.
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneDecember 13, 2012
    Tucked away near scaffolding but next to Tompkins Square Park is some great coffee. Always strong, aromatic and with a nice crema. Some space for lingering, standing or seating but plain inside.
  • Todd O.
    Todd OlmsteadAugust 20, 2011
    This location of Ninth Street has free wi-fi and ample space to unpack your laptop and hunker down for a bit. A great rainy day spot to warm up with a coffee and get some work done.
  • Efrem
    EfremOctober 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If you love drip coffee, ask for a pour-over of the Guatemalan....and drink it black! The Brazilian and Costa Rican are best as espresso with milk.
  • Corley S.
    Corley StoneNovember 6, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Fantastic coffee, free wifi, bigger space than the one on 10th, and overall friendly staff
  • Ginger T.
    Ginger ThomsonJune 8, 2016
    Great ambiance. Good music and fine cafe could not be better
  • SuYeone J.
    SuYeone JeonNovember 16, 2016
    Located in a relatively quiet neighborhood and a nice place to work/observe passerby -- of course the coffee here is undoubtedly great!
  • Guest of a Guest
    Purists, this one's for you. They don't just "make" espresso here - they "extract" the perfectly balanced espresso. Read more
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinAugust 18, 2015
    The nicer of the 2 Ninth Street Espresso's. More seating here and welcoming of laptops, but still no outlets. Cold brew is solid.
  • Nate B.
    Nate BeattyJune 14, 2015
    Really the best little coffee shop in the neighborhood. Awesome spot, with a few cute little outdoor seats. But cash only.
  • Raphael L.
    Raphael LangenscheidtAugust 7, 2015
    Great for working, but no outlets and the A/C simulates New York in January. Still - good coffee and a nice, relaxed vibe.
  • DoubleDeuce
    It's always busy in here with the seating often full. Great coffee options. Definitely a local favorite if you're in the area.
  • Melis
    MelisAugust 12, 2013
    great place to do work although they don't have any outlets. the baristas are so awesome and will let you work all day. :)
  • Project Latte: a NYC cafe culture guide
    The only good coffee & the only good workspace in the area, along with free wifi, quality espresso & a basic baked goods are provided to a mostly local Alphabet City crowd. Read more
  • Douglas C.
    Douglas CFebruary 25, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Get to know the baristas. If you are in a particular mood, they can create custom drinks for you, but nothing like Starbuck's. This is real technical coffee brew.
  • Dylan S.
    Dylan StilinOctober 9, 2014
    Gets packed during prime hours. Go when it's quiet to relax or do some work with a great cup of coffee.
  • Vinay A.
    Vinay AnantharamanAugust 10, 2014
    Lattes are excellent. Great place to hangout with your laptop or book. Be warned there are no power plugs .
  • Project Latte: a NYC cafe culture guide
    The only decent coffee & the only good workspace in the area, along with free wifi and basic baked goods are provided to a mostly local Alphabet City crowd.
  • Sam H.
    Sam HerbertMarch 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Good for a quick and tasty coffee, but they closed up all the power outlets, making this place a "if I'm near by" instead of a destination for me.
  • Globetrottergirls D.
    Best coffee in the East Village and good place to work at. Wifi works well but there are no plugs.
  • Sarah H.
    Sarah HolmJune 30, 2010
    I come here almost every day now. Not only is the coffee amazing - the place itself is great too. The barristers are really friendly and more on my blog Read more
  • Jeanette W.
    Jeanette WongJanuary 20, 2012
    Get the cappuccino, for sure. Hands down one of the best espresso bars in NYC. Barista truly knows what she's doing!
  • Joel B.
    Joel BarronMarch 4, 2012
    Superb coffee as you'd expect from a place that's been here doing it for 10 years. Love the minimal/rustic feel too.
  • Douglas C.
    Douglas CFebruary 25, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    You can ask Mark to make you a caffe ole, with skim milk and it costs leas than a latte and tastes just as nice.
  • Christine R.
    Christine RødeJune 17, 2016
    cash only, but easy flat price structure. three different sizes, all same price.
  • Sarah N.
    Sarah NelsonJune 7, 2012
    Love the Ave. C location for working/reading on a weekend. Some of the best coffee in the city.
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew CaldecuttJuly 17, 2015
    Some of the strongest coffee that I have ever had. If only they had food, this would be the perfect spot to start a day.
  • WillMcD
    WillMcDAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    For 7 years this place was my go-to coffee spot. They make a fantastic drip.
  • Yiğit G.
    Yiğit GülerJune 24, 2016
    There are no plugs. So you can work as long as your battery is alive.
  • SideTour
    SideTourApril 24, 2012
    A bit off the beaten path, but definitely worth the trek. Our vote for the best in the city. Cash only!
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJuly 10, 2013
    We love the lattes here. A true neighborhood gem.
  • Chris F.
    Chris FaileNovember 27, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Being familiar with the 10th Street outpost, always thought the name was an anachronism-- but this is the better of the two EV spots (wait, are there more hidden away??).
  • Valentin G.
    Valentin GuerinJuly 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Try their cappuccino, or just a classic (but excellent) espresso.
  • Susumu
    SusumuNovember 15, 2015
    WiFi Password: 700east9. Cash only.
  • Spencer F.
    Spencer FryMarch 1, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Great for working during the week. More busy on the weekend, obviously.
  • Deanna S.
    Deanna SApril 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    They specially design their coffee beans and send the orders to brazil to be harvested. The Alphabet City blend is fantastic!
  • Skyler D.
    Skyler DobinJuly 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Bring your own power generator if you want to get work done. They covered their outlets on the floor so you can't plug in.
  • apareek
    apareekApril 11, 2013
    THE BEST COFFEE! They have spoiled me. Now I have to go there every time I go to NYC without exception!
    OMGICUMarch 21, 2011
    WARNING: Celebrities, notably Jason Schwartzman, have been known to receive preferential treatment here. If your barista is dawdling with your latte to favor his, tell her to "rush more."
  • Jay D.
    Jay DixitJuly 7, 2014
    the espresso with milk is one of the best I've had
  • Paul M.
    Paul MacDougallNovember 19, 2013
    Laptop friendly, but maybe too much. All the two-seaters were occupied by people on their computers who had long ago finished their drinks.
  • Anika
    AnikaDecember 29, 2015
    Cash only. Great vibe, relaxed, good coffee
  • Emi S.
    Emi SuzukiSeptember 15, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    their lattes are unlike any other. as soon as i finish one, i immediately want another. i cant think of a better sunday spot, or any day for that matter.
  • Kate Y.
    Kate YanJune 4, 2015
    Awesome space to work with a cup of Joe.
  • Chad H.
    Chad HornerOctober 9
    Been here 10+ times
    a serene place to work, with serviceable wifi. cash only though!
  • Carl P.
    Carl P.August 28, 2012
    Very nice spot and a very nice neighbourhood. I recommend it.
  • Amanda F.
    Amanda FoleyNovember 23, 2013
    Great coffee but rude baristas. Got sneered at when I didn't realize "6oz espresso with milk" was my order - I asked for a "small cappuccino". Pretentious. And that's coming from a Shoreditch girl.
  • John M.
    John MurrayAugust 2, 2015
    Great coffee and place to get work done in the area.
  • stephanie h.
    stephanie hodgeDecember 13, 2009
    best coffee, baristas and bench in the east village. or take it to go and take a walk up to see the sights at tompkins dog park.
  • Darshy N.
    Darshy NDecember 5, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    The first specialty coffeehouse in NY. Awesome, awesome coffee, and the baristas as well as the caffeine addicted customers are super friendly.
  • Biz S.
    Biz SparkAugust 16, 2012
    Wi-fi is free, and you may see Jason Schwartzman from Bottlerocket there. He lives nearby.
  • Mary M.
    Mary MMarch 29, 2015
    My favorite coffee shop to work. Great coffee minimal distractions.
  • Stephen M.
    Stephen MarSeptember 30
    Excellent espresso and no longer cash only!
  • Emily W.
    Emily WilsonAugust 25, 2015
    The OG spot for delicious espresso drinks
  • Garrett B.
    Only accepts cash. Would be a lot more convenient if they operated in the 21st century
  • Cameron G.
    Cameron GidariMarch 24, 2016
    The espresso with milk is perfect.
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhJune 11, 2015
    Excellent espresso in the East Village ❤❤
  • mina j.
    mina jFebruary 5, 2012
    Don't make the same mistake I did and make an appointment to meet someone at "Ninth Street Espresso." There are two locations nearby!
  • stephiedoo
    stephiedooJanuary 2, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Great people & atmosphere. Best moment: a cup of their amazing brew on their little porch on a sunny, breezy day.
  • Jessica
    JessicaNovember 24, 2014
    Great EV coffee shop to actually get a seat!
  • Dave L.
    Dave LiaoJuly 7, 2013
    Super pleasant chill place to work.
  • Lindsey F.
    Lindsey FrancesSeptember 10
    Spacious and great for working
  • Caroline
    CarolineNovember 15, 2010
    best brew in town ... across the street from the best willow-tree-filled community garden. <3
  • Julie J.
    Julie JEWELeSMay 9, 2015
    Try the Iced Black Coffee - (via @Foodspotting)
  • Bragi B.
    Bragi BergþórssonAugust 13, 2014
    Excellent coffee and nice vibe.
  • Nick W.
    Nick WynjaSeptember 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The ginger cookies are even better than my grandmother's. Sorry Granny.
  • Melissa F.
    Melissa FordJune 30, 2016
    Cute place. Loved the cappuccino
  • Courtney B.
    Courtney BoltonAugust 25, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    raving reviews all around. It is the best espresso in the city, no doubt.
  • Joe K.
    Joe KileyMarch 9, 2016
    Can't beat this place for coffee in Alphabet City
  • Sanjeev S.
    Sanjeev SreetharanApril 14, 2013
    amazing frothy espresso drinks
  • WillMcD
    WillMcDMay 16, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    My first love. Best coffee in NYC
    HARADAWINSFebruary 20, 2012
    Wifi and that front porch is clutch. Holla at ya boi if u in, kuz I'm upstairs.
  • Brendan L.
    Brendan LewisMay 25, 2014
    Beware: as of April 19, 2014, no more free wifi on weekends
  • Food & Wine
    Food & WineApril 22, 2011
    Owner Ken Nye is often credited as the first person to bring serious coffee to New York City in 2001.
  • Andrew A.
    Andrew ApostolaJuly 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Order an iced tea, they're not advertised but they're great!
  • Brian L.
    Brian LeeMarch 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The red eye here is really strong...get it if you MUST stay awake!
  • Sheila D.
    Sheila DichosoDecember 2, 2010
    Best cup in the East Village, if not New York City.
  • Fec F.
    Fec FecowiczNovember 14, 2014
    Lattes and coconut cookie
  • @HungryEditor B.
    @HungryEditor Ben SetiawanMay 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Wifi pw: 700east9
  • Michael T.
    Michael TDecember 4, 2014
    Top 2 espresso in the city!
  • Ruwan J.
    Ruwan JayatillekeOctober 3, 2010
    Free Wifi. Coffee. Chairs. Tables. What else can you ask for
  • Foxxy B.
    Foxxy BJune 7, 2014
    9th st. spot has restroom; not the case at the 10th streeter
  • Florence N.
    Florence NguyenOctober 8, 2015
    Cold Brewed coffee
  • Lisa N.
    Lisa NewmanSeptember 12, 2013
    What happened to the outlets? Free wifi - no free power. Bummer!
  • Peter H.
    Peter HargartenAugust 28, 2015
    Espresso is the bomb
  • Zack K.
    Zack KantorMarch 6, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great lattes
  • Matthew H.
    Matthew HarrisAugust 23, 2013
    It smells like the inside of an airplane in the best way possible.
  • Steph B.
    Steph BelskyJanuary 22, 2011
    Grab an Americano and a friend and enjoy
  • Michelle L.
    Michelle LeBlancMarch 12, 2010
    Pretty latte art with taste to match will make my Saturday morning
  • Nathaniel J.
    Nathaniel JohnsonDecember 4, 2011
    amazing mocha!
  • Danny H.
    Danny HertzAugust 17, 2013
    No outlets and no credit card. You were warned!
  • Shely S.
    Shely SalemniaFebruary 7, 2014
    It's cash only
  • Boberto P.
    Boberto PatricioFebruary 29, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
  • Boberto P.
    Boberto PatricioFebruary 25, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    4mbps D and .55mbps U
  • Michael L P.
    Michael L Personal TrainingOctober 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Hipsters only please.?.
  • Matt C.
    Matt CostainMarch 20, 2011
    Free wi-FI
  • May T.
    May TangJune 19, 2010
    best latte in NYC!
  • Philippe C.
    again an iced coffee
  • Courtney B.
    Courtney BoltonMarch 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    wi-fi network: animalFarm wi-fi password: nce10009 (or) nse10009 - via
  • Courtney B.
    Courtney BoltonMarch 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    wi-fi network: animalFarm wi-fi password: nce10009 or nse10009 - via
  • Courtney B.
    Courtney BoltonMarch 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    wi-fi network: animalFarm wi-fi password: nce10009 - via
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