Ninth Street Espresso, Chelsea Market
Though little more than curved counter and an assembly line of La Marzocco machines, this Chelsea Market cafe quickly serves some of New York's best-reviewed espressos, cappuccinos, and coffee drinks. Ninth Street Espresso scores big on both presentation and flavor: The foam-swirled lattes in particular are known for their beauty, creamy texture and smooth flavor. This popular stop-in can get hectic, but the wait gives coffee lovers time to consider purchasing Ninth Street's house blends of Intelligentsia beans. The exclusive Alphabet City Blend, which makes a rich syrupy espresso, is known for hints of dark chocolate and citrus.