Ninth Street Espresso

Ninth Street Espresso

Coffee Shop and Café$$$$
Alphabet City, New York
127 Tips and reviews
  • coffee
  • espresso drinks
  • quiet
  • authentic
  • casual
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  • Douglas Elliman
    Douglas EllimanJuly 23, 2014
    A chill and quiet spot, perfect for studying and reading. Although the décor and menu are minimalistic, their coffee is brewed to absolute perfection. The baked goods went perfectly with our espresso.
  • Lara S.
    Lara SchenckSeptember 1, 2014
    One of my faves. Get a delicious iced coffee (and it's not just a cup of ice, mind you. They don't skimp) and go chill by the dog park in Tompkins = weekend hangover recovery
  • Worldbiz
    WorldbizDecember 2, 2016
    Awesome coffee esp soy latte. Also the blacberry plum muffin. Busy in the morn, Not many seats but cosy ambient, Plays chilled music.
  • seth l.
    seth lachsAugust 4, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    I've wasted my money in all the damn bars and cafes in this friggin city - this place makes THE BEST espresso drinks in all five boroughs. not maybe. not sometimes. definitely and always. nuff said.
  • Michelle Lara L.
    Michelle Lara LinAugust 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    $3 for an iced coffee but SO AMAZING! Cash only. Remember to tell them to punch a heart in that card on the counter because once you hit ten, you get a free coffee.
  • Willem V.
    Willem Van LanckerJune 23, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    An excellent no-frills espresso bar with great cold brew and pastries. Cash only.
  • Gillian
    GillianApril 12, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    I love looking at the ever-rotating collection of art on the wall while waiting for a nine ounce. Great way to start a Saturday or Sunday morning.
  • Michael D.
    Michael DonovanOctober 24, 2016
    Interesting fact: ninth street espresso is on 10th because of the Mandela effect! Don't believe me? Look up the Mandela Effect for yourself!
    Upvoted Oct 22
  • Katie C.
    Katie ChildressNovember 27, 2014
    My hot chocolate came with a heart, then mine melted... I tasted it and smiled. This was over a year ago and I still remember that hot chocolate. It was great.
  • Clay N.
    Clay NielsenJanuary 4, 2013
    Not too thrilled with this spot. Got a lot of sass from the barista who then took my to go drink and started drinking it himself. Espresso was chalky. Great place if you're into pretentious baristas
  • Alleycat
    AlleycatDecember 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best coffee in the city... I love to get my coffee here and walk across the street to Tompkins Sqr dog park and watch all the doggies play = great Sunday morning
  • Kinsey L.
    Kinsey LaneAugust 18, 2013
    Sit at the front window for some excellent people watching. Excellent coffee - probably the most developed fruitiness I've ever had.
  • Arnoud A.
    Arnoud AalbersbergSeptember 22, 2016
    Question is to get a great coffee before or after your workout in the park across the street. You might run into Al Kavadlo, famous bodyweight trainer.
  • Ashley R.
    Ashley RoseAugust 11, 2015
    You can't go wrong with any espresso drink here. Iced coffee for the summer if you're into that sort of thing. And always a pastry
  • Drew S.
    Drew S.January 28, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    Make sure to get a punch card when grabbing coffee here regularly to get a free cup after the 10th visit.
  • Raphael L.
    Raphael LangenscheidtSeptember 11, 2015
    Nice guys serving strong coffee. If you don't mind the price tag, this place is great. They should really add some seats though.
  • Jeanette W.
    Jeanette WongMarch 4, 2012
    A relatively small, simple, and very basic espresso bar. Never cramped. Just serving up your better-than-standard espresso and coffee drinks. Great for some preferred loner time.
  • Chris C.
    Chris CarellaOctober 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Ninth Street it a staple and if you catch barista Kate, you'll get one of my favorite macchiatos.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 6, 2013
    Serving Intelligentsia-roasted coffees with an occasional severity that makes you just take it all the more seriously.
  • Burk J.
    Burk JacksonNovember 10, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Some of the best espresso in the city! They're a cash only business though, so remember that...
  • Geoffrey B.
    Geoffrey BrownJuly 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great latte. Even better cappuccino. If NYC had it's own equivalent of Blue Bottle, this might be it.
  • Jason B.
    Jason BrewAugust 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Nice simple coffee shop with a great view of Tompkins Square Park. Liked the cold brew
  • Aditi
    AditiAugust 3, 2016
    Great espresso and lots of room to spread out. Quiet and good atmosphere to get things done!
  • Todd O.
    Todd OlmsteadAugust 20, 2011
    I like the 10th Street location because it feels homier, but despite offering free wi-fi, this isn't the best location to get work done. Serving Intelligentsia.
  • pinsuda s.
    pinsuda sagooleimMarch 6, 2012
    Ninth Street Espresso is actually on 10th. Bit confusing - but worth it to head over here. Fantastic coffee. Read more
  • Dylan S.
    Dylan StilinApril 8, 2014
    Order an espresso, grab a seat, and get some work done with great music in the background.
  • Saif D.
    Saif DiaOctober 12, 2014
    Espresso with milk includes machiattos, cortados, lattes, and more - don't get confused. Cash only though!
  • Saleem
    SaleemMay 10, 2015
    Have an espresso drink and get some work done at the bar along the front of the place.
  • Laura N.
    Laura NoonanApril 20, 2014
    I prefer the 10th st one to the 9th one in terms of atmosphere, but both do great espresso
  • Jessica A.
    Jessica AngelesDecember 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing coffee, hipster vibe, and super nice baristas. What more could I ask for?
  • Food Republic
    Food RepublicJune 6, 2012
    Real talk: every single type of coffee drink is exceptional. Our favorite is the Americano.
  • Owen C.
    Owen CorsoDecember 31, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best coffee in NYC, both drip and cold brew are exquisite.
  • Kathy M.
    Kathy MAugust 8, 2014
    Great coffees. Snag a window seat with a view of Tompkins Square park.
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneJuly 22, 2012
    Awesome coffee. Minimalist decor and seating. All about the caffeine here!
  • Nate B.
    Nate BeattyJuly 19, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Ninth street espresso sets the standard for espresso and pour over in Alphabet City. The Tompkins Sq Park location does not disappoint.
  • Joseph A.
    Cool shop, cooler coffee. Opt for the hot brew. Wifi password: threeseat
  • Jason B.
    Jason BrewAugust 30, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Simple but very good coffee shop with a nice view of Tompkins Square Park
  • Anna F.
    Anna FrenkelAugust 25, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    the wifi password is 341east10 and there's an outlet by the stools near the corner.
  • Daniel v.
    Espresso is pretty good - 7.5/10. I went twice and the first time the barista was pretty unfriendly, but the second time he was actually a jerk to me. There's no ambience either.
  • ben m.
    ben mAugust 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Definitely one of the better cups of coffee in the hood. Not the most comfortable for work though.
  • Ted M.
    Ted McJanuary 28, 2012
    The coffee is good yes and the bearded guy is cool but the little worm with the squeaky voice has an attitude problem. Don't ask any questions.
  • Anna F.
    Anna FrenkelJune 2, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    grab an apple turnover with your coffee. fresh and delicious.
  • Gunnar A.
    Gunnar AasenApril 26, 2015
    Great place to hang out and get some work done when there's room.
  • Paull Y.
    Paull YoungDecember 11, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Just about the best coffee in Manhattan. Definite best in East Village
  • Eric H.
    Eric HoAugust 4, 2016
    Amazing iced coffee
  • Joury I.
    Joury Ibrahim2 weeks ago
    Great Cortado! Amazing staff.. worth visiting
  • Laura C.
    Laura CovingtonNovember 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Be prepared to wait for anything other than coffee. Soy latte is so worth the wait.
  • Mischa
    MischaJune 2, 2015
    A good 6oz latte is all what your morning soul needs
  • Christina C.
    Christina CiprianoOctober 10, 2014
    May be the best Americano I've ever had. Excellent.
  • Cindy T.
    Cindy TNovember 2, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    I haven't had a better soy latte anywhere in the city than at Ninth Street Espresso.
  • C N.
    C NishiJune 5, 2010
    Iced latte and extreme air conditioning can't be beat on hot days. Almond croissant is good too.
  • Susumu
    SusumuOctober 26, 2015
    WiFi Password
  • Jorge B.
    Jorge BrakeAugust 13, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    great coffee. their almond cookie with raspberry in the middle is a must-try!
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinJuly 23, 2015
    Solid iced coffee....way too much space to not have some more seating tho, amiright?
  • Renae M.
    Renae MasonAugust 15, 2015
    It's just coffee here folks, no fuss. It's good.
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneDecember 13, 2012
    Awesome coffee, no attitude and small, soy latte for $3.75 made with care.
  • Ben M.
    Ben MackeyApril 6, 2014
    Amazing coffee - strong flavor but not bitter or burnt.
  • Buzz A.
    Buzz AndersenNovember 29, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    I believe this is the most consistently excellent cappuccino I've had in NYC.
  • Nancerella
    NancerellaDecember 2, 2011
    Cappuccino are yummy especially when he draws you a little heart~~~
  • Deanna F.
    Deanna FJanuary 4, 2014
    Cute baristos with fun accents and witty compliments.
  • Akaash A.
    Akaash AchrejaAugust 5, 2012
    One of the best coffee spots in the city.
  • Laura N.
    Laura NoonanNovember 5, 2014
    Best coffee in East Vill, hands down.
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FurmanOctober 17, 2015
    Check out the cool maps on the walls! 🌎🌏🌍🌐
  • Andrew A.
    Andrew ApostolaDecember 27, 2010
    The dogs are barking in Thompson Square Park, grab your coffee and head over and bark back!
  • Vic C.
    Vic C.August 11, 2014
    Best coffee is east village
  • Andrew L.
    Andrew LitvakFebruary 28, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Great coffee, sullen service.
  • Karin R.
    Karin RendelmanAugust 14, 2011
    Pricey...but the $5 mocha is really very good!
  • Özge
    ÖzgeJune 23, 2013
    One of the best coffee I have ever had!
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BloomquistMarch 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask for a punch card.... You'll be back!
  • Jacques D.
    Jacques DupouxMay 25, 2012
    Great coffee with condescending service.
  • DoubleDeuce
    DoubleDeuceJanuary 28, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Not a lot of options on the block. Pop in for something on the run.
  • Chris M.
    Chris MaddernJuly 3, 2016
    This place has mastered the cortado. ☕️
  • Andrew L.
    Andrew LitvakMarch 8, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Best coffee east of Abraço.
  • Owen C.
    Owen CorsoJanuary 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best coffee in East Village.
  • 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.
  • Bappers
    BappersOctober 31, 2016
    No nonsense. Great coffee!
  • Christian T.
    Christian TrappOctober 28, 2016
    Any expresso drink will be good
  • Charlotte S.
    Charlotte ScarfMarch 26, 2015
    Great coffee, no frills
  • Owen C.
    Owen CorsoMarch 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best coffee in east village
  • April M.
    April MoatesMarch 29, 2015
    Unpretentious coffee shop.
  • Anna F.
    Anna FrenkelMarch 24, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    $4.20 for a latte. oh baristas, you so funny.
  • Nick A.
    Nick AullJuly 12, 2015
    great for doing work
  • Ben D.
    Ben DruckerDecember 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Didn't charge me for my espresso bc I was buying beans. Damn good.
  • Kaitlyn M.
    Kaitlyn MurphyJune 7, 2016
    My favorite coffee spot!
  • Zack K.
    Zack KantorMarch 11, 2016
    latte has a fire foam ratio
  • Vincent B.
    Vincent BattistaMarch 10, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Best in NYC (yes better than Mud)
  • Dina
    DinaSeptember 16, 2015
    Best espresso in nyc
  • Andrew L.
    Andrew LitvakJanuary 12, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Really great coffee.
  • Tyler A.
    Tyler AlexanderMay 27, 2011
    Jill/anyone who works here makes a mind blowing ice mocha.
  • Courtney B.
    Courtney BoltonMarch 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Unattended children will be given a cup of espresso & a free puppy!
  • reece p.
    reece pachecoApril 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    tasty espresso for sure
  • Steve C.
    Steve CoppinDecember 28, 2012
    they have hot chocolate for kids
  • René C.
    René Clausen NielsenJanuary 10, 2012
    What a macchiato! Have it. Now.
  • John F.
    John FonteinMarch 22, 2014
    The coffee here is to die for
  • Florence N.
    Florence NguyenOctober 2, 2015
    Great espresso
  • Paul W.
    Paul WagnerOctober 20, 2013
    Very, very good indeed
  • Justin V.
    Justin VallejoApril 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    What does it take for the barista to crack a smile?
  • ºDamian W.
    ºDamian White ºMay 21, 2014
    "Could I have 2x shot w/ one being decaf, please?" "No, we can't." the barista replies matter-of-factly. "Oh, any reason why?" "It's our policy" ... #Fail @9thStEspresso
  • Brian D.
    Brian DeVitoAugust 22, 2014
    Ice coffee is off-the-rails.
  • Itamar H.
    Itamar HauserAugust 23, 2013
    Ok coffee.... There are cooler places in the area...
  • Christina L.
    Christina LanJuly 13, 2013
    Coffee is so good.
  • Laurence P.
    Laurence PaverdAugust 13, 2012
    Latte - straight up.
  • Eric F.
    Eric FulwilerJune 3, 2011
    Dont try to order espresso to go, they get very very angry...
  • Andrei G.
    Andrei GoncharovAugust 4, 2013
    Agent Cooper says
  • GuySpy A.
    GuySpy AppMarch 10, 2013
    Great capos!
  • jane c.
    jane chungFebruary 19, 2013
    Warning: No bathrooms.
  • Viv
    VivSeptember 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Serious baristas - grumpy almost
  • Blake B.
    Blake BurrisMay 13, 2015
  • emma t.
    emma tangorenMay 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    cash only !
  • Andrew L.
    Andrew LaValleeOctober 25, 2009
    get a cappuccino to stay, so you can see the pretty foam design
  • Erica R.
    Erica RhoneAugust 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Crack strong cup'a Joe!
  • Joanna B.
    Joanna B.December 31, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Best coffee in the neighborhood.
  • Erin M.
    Erin MillerJuly 10, 2010
    Best iced lattes in the hood.
  • Zach M.
    Zach MackMarch 10, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    $2 for the best coffee in the city? Hell yes.
  • Noah L.
    Noah LucasSeptember 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    six ounce.
  • Fiona G.
    Fiona GibbApril 6, 2010
    I start my day here...almost every day.
  • Anna F.
    Anna FrenkelDecember 19, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    no cell phones at the counter!
  • Shevaun O.
    Shevaun OMaraAugust 28, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Best latte in the city!
  • WillMcD
    WillMcDApril 14, 2009
    Been here 50+ times
    prob the best coffee in the city. $$ but really good. get the americano
  • Lauren T.
    Lauren TurnerFebruary 16, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The M8 Crosstown bus conveniently stops in front :)
  • Bradford C.
    Bradford ChuFebruary 23, 2014
    Cash only... Lame
  • Jonathan G.
    Jonathan GrimmJuly 31, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the coffee!
  • Oskar v.
    Oskar von HauskeNovember 2, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
  • Melissa K.
    Melissa KnificMay 21, 2010
    The way coffee should be.
  • the r.
    the rageOctober 13, 2010
    I never sleep.
  • Nick H.
    Nick HookJune 26, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Bow down
  • Thais A.
    Thais AldaAugust 28, 2016
    El cafe!!!😂
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