Japanese inspired treats at Mochidoki. 

Japanese inspired treats at Mochidoki. 
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Best Cafes & Snacks in New York City

Food & Beverage

Take a bite out of the Big Apple with our insider list of the best places to snack and sip in New York City.


Joe Pozzuoli founded his eponymous pizza joint in 1975, and still supervises operations today, resulting in a classic slice… “no fancy pants pies, no pretentious nonsense…tried and true. The real deal.”

7 Carmine Street, New York, NY 10014
+1 212 366 1182


Step up to the counter and order a perfect slice of cheesecake and a coffee – or one of Katz’s famous pastrami sandwiches. Take in the scene; locals, tourists, someone trying to re-create When Harry Met Sally – just don’t lose your ticket or you’ll be in for scolding from one of the infamously straight-talking employees.

205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002
+1 212 254 2246


Japanese inspired treats made by wrapping premium ice cream in a thin layer of chewy soft mochi rice cake. Get in early to nab the must-have ‘milk and cereal’ flavour or try more than 20 others. Ingredients include Italian hazelnuts and Swiss chocolate. Great as a snack or dessert while strolling through Soho.

176 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012 


Founded by passionate coffee roasters and real-life partners Chi Sum Ngai and Kaleena Teoh, Coffee Project takes its trade seriously, offering classes – and your choice of coffee from one of five espresso machines. The deconstructed latte is the perfect marriage of technique, drama and invention.

239 E 5th Street, New York NY 10003
+1 212 228 7888


Jing Fong is a Chinatown classic; a palatial dim sum banqueting hall restaurant, where the trolleys keep coming thick and fast, and you’ll need to be assertive if you want a shrimp rice roll – and you do want a shrimp rice roll. Best visited at the weekend when the room is at its most bustling for brunch.

20 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10013
+1 212 964 5256


Newly-relocated to East 9th street, Hi-Collar is a Kissaten style Japanese café, serving coffee by day and spirits by night. Pick a bean, pick a roasting method, then pull a chair up to the counter to sip your beverage out of exquisitely designed cups and glasses.

231 E 9 St, New York, NY 10003
+1 212 777 7018


Serving dim sum since 1920, Nom Wah Tea Parlor makes everything fresh to order. Don’t miss the ‘original’ egg rolls, which are served crispy and steaming hot, and the house specialty, a pork bun that tastes like eating a warm hug.

13 Doyers St, New York, NY 10013
+1 212 962 6047


Home to chef Dominique Ansel’s legendary Cronut, although there are plenty of other inventive treats to explore; a marshmallow that unfurls in hot chocolate like a giant water lily, a chocolate chip cookie shaped into a shot glass and filled with milk, a kiwi cake that looks...like a kiwi.

189 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012
+1 212 219 2773


New Yorkers flock to this casual spot specialising in Western Chinese cuisine. The top draws? Spicy hand torn noodles and lamb burgers, studded with aromatic cumin. Both are perfect, hearty lunches on a cold day.

45 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013


Popular ice cream chain that offers plenty of milk-based and vegan options. Popular options include Honeycomb (full of caramel candy rather than honey) and Earl Grey Tea (from hand-harvested organic Chinese tea). The brand doesn’t use stabilisers – founder Ben Van Leeuwen reckons the secret of the creamy texture is lots of egg-yolk.

48 1/2 East 7th St, New York, NY 10003
+1 646 476 3865


This gelato shop began back in 1880 using traditional family recipes from southern Italy. Rich, authentic flavours like ‘Apple from Campania’ and ‘Pear from Basilicata’ plus possibly the best range of chocolate ice cream in New York. The menu also includes dairy free options, granita, pastries and coffee.

43 8th Ave, NY 10014
+1 917 261 7418

Katherine Knowles
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