If you’re like us, picking up a cup of coffee is a sacred NYC ritual - a tiny, shining moment of the day where a burst of caffeine can change your whole mood. The next time you’re looking for tongue-burning hot coffee and a gooey chocolate chip cookie, consider one of these great, Black-owned coffee shops that are currently open for delivery, takeout, and/or dine-in service. Supporting them is a small but tangible way to show solidarity with the Black community, especially if you make it part of your regular NYC routine.
Looking for more ways to support NYC’s Black-owned restaurants? Check out our guide to over 200 spots here.
This coffee shop in Prospect Lefferts Gardens is like the second, bagel-filled home for everybody who lives in the neighborhood. It’s got a heated outdoor dining area where you can drink a frothy oat milk latte and scarf down an everything bagel sandwich during breakfast or lunch daily. Follow the lead of senators Chuck Schumer and Zellnor Myrie, and take a meeting here on a weekday morning.
Drip Coffee Makers
Drip in Bushwick is made for the coffee-obsessed. This minimalist cafe specializes in pour-over coffee and carries a wide range of roasts from all around the world.
Aunt et Uncles is a casual vegan cafe in Flatbush that serves things like matcha lattes, espresso, mac and cheese, and mofongo. But when you enter this Brooklyn spot, you’ll feel like you just walked into a fancy boutique shop. There’s a light wood-covered bookshelf full of coffee table art books and a long, light wood-covered bar. And their pink velvet sofa, gold-wrapped cafe tables, and pastel-colored chairs look like set pieces from the first Austin Powers movie.
In addition to selling beaded coin purses and zebra bucket hats, Sincerely Tommy has coffee and pastries like almond croissants and cheddar chive biscuits, plus a few gluten-free options, available at its cafe counter. The shop’s owner, Kai Avent-deLeon, founded an organization called Building Black Bedstuy that aims to provide financial relief for Black-owned businesses in the neighborhood. Follow the organization’s progress here.
Cafe Con Libros
As one of the few Black-owned bookstores in Brooklyn, Cafe Con Libros in Crown Heights is a place where you can stop in for coffee or tea while also checking out their wide-ranging collection of feminist literature, branded mugs, and lineup of community events. Check out their website for more information.
For options like lavender tea, soursop juice, and a coffee alternative called “Root Brew” that’s made with burdock and dandelion, head to Sol Sips in Bushwick. This plant-based Caribbean spot is accepting takeout and delivery orders through its website every day except Monday.
If you spend a lot of time near Fort Greene Park, you’ve probably seen this small coffee shop just a few doors down on Dekalb Avenue. The entire building is painted aquamarine and there’s usually a line to pick up cold brew from their takeout window, which is open weekdays from 7am-5pm, and 7:30am-6pm on weekends.
Lips Cafe is a coffee shop in Flatbush that does many things well, like excellent jerk chicken wraps, but it’s also an art space, pop-up venue, and Caribbean restaurant, too. So whether you’re looking for a gallery to discover a local artist or a red velvet chai latte to warm up your Sunday morning, Lips Cafe has you covered.
Sit & Wonder
News flash: almonds don’t lactate. Thankfully, Sit & Wonder makes its own almond milk in-house that’s available for sale by the quart. Stop by this Prospect Heights coffee shop between 8am-7pm daily to pick one up, or go with another one of their options like a fresh-baked cinnamon roll or a mocha latte.
We’re not sure if it’s the matcha bundt cakes, the Rihanna IG posts, or the abundance of King David breakfast tacos we like most about this Crown Heights spot. All we know is that this should be a cafe staple in your weekly rotation.
Baker’s Dozen Bagels
While this Ridgewood spot isn’t technically a coffee shop, you can get iced coffee, freshly-brewed green tea, or some hot chocolate with your kettle-cooked bagel here. They also offer a bunch of sandwiches, wraps, and other pastries every day from 6am-3pm.
Brooklyn Blend is a cafe and juice bar on Tompkins Avenue right in the middle of Bed-Stuy. And while it’s important that you know they have an excellent golden chai latte, plus several kinds of Jamaican patties and bagel sandwiches to help you survive the colder months, you should also keep Brooklyn Blend on your radar for incredible smoothies to help you thrive during spring and summer.
If the farm-to-table concept is something you’re into, you’ll be happy that this Bushwick spot sources all of its yogurt, cheese, milk, and eggs from a farm in upstate New York. Stop by this community cafe for everything from an oat milk frappuccino to a breakfast burrito with a side of home fries. Plus, Bushwick Grind has an outdoor community fridge where anyone can leave extra food or pick up free kitchen staples. And if you want to help them meet their goal of building a new urban farm, you can find more information here.
This Bed-Stuy spot is a great place to go if you want to learn more about the most famous beverage in the world: tea. This tea emporium on Nostrand Avenue offers housemade blends by the cup for takeout or in bulk orders that you can brew yourself at home.
Cafe On Ralph
Whether you want an açai bowl for breakfast, a beef sloppy joe with dehydrated tomato for lunch, or a box of fresh produce to restock your fridge, Cafe on Ralph has you covered from 10am-5pm daily. The cafe is moving to a new location at 370 Lewis Ave, so for now, it’s only taking takeout and delivery orders via their website.
Brown Butter Craft Bar & Kitchen
From Haitian coffee beans and crab cake biscuit sandwiches to lemon poppy loaves and carrot cakes, Brown Butter in Bed-Stuy is an overachiever in the best way possible. And since they offer everything for takeout and delivery every day except Monday, you’ve got plenty of chances to support one of our favorite cafes in Brooklyn this week.
The Mixtape Shop
In addition to drip coffee and pantry items like pasta and vindaloo sauce, this vinyl shop in Bed-Stuy has a huge collection of house, jazz, soul, and funk records available for purchase in-store and online.
You can pick up coffee at all locations of Milk and Pull on weekdays from 7am-7pm, and weekends starting at 8am. Just order and pay online using their website.
For coffee or vegetarian and vegan breakfast dishes like BECs and BLTs with plant-based bacon, stop by Moca Cafe from 9am-3pm, Monday through Saturday (and 11am-2pm on Sunday). There’s a counter where you can place an order, and then seat-yourself tables available out front.
This tea and coffee shop has been open in Long Island City for over 15 years, and is currently running an art show in their cafe where you can buy works from local artists (available in-person only). In addition to takeout and delivery, they’re offering outdoor seating on their covered patio every day from 9am-4pm.
The Bakery on Bergen
For sweets like red velvet cupcakes and chocolate chip cookies, try The Bakery on Bergen in Prospect Heights. They’re open for delivery, takeout, and outdoor dining on their small sidewalk patio from 11am-11pm daily.
Characterizing Downtown Coffee as a coffee shop is kind of like characterizing your best friend “nice.” It’s true, but it’s not giving the whole picture. This Lower East Side spot that opened in 2020 sells a bunch of sandwiches, grain bowls, smoothies, soups, and more. Not to mention they have their own line of merch you can check out here. Downtown Coffee is open every day from 8am-7pm for takeout.
El Barista Cafe
El Barista Cafe in East Harlem serves everything from raspberry hazelnut bars to prosciutto sandwiches and matcha frappuccinos. They’re currently open for indoor dining service, takeout, and delivery.
Buunni is a coffee shop that specializes in small-batch coffee beans from Ethiopia (where the owners are from). They have locations in both Washington Heights and Inwood, both of which are open for takeout. You can also preorder a whole range of Ethiopian food for pick-up and local delivery on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. In case you’re looking for some great coffee beans to send to someone that isn’t in NYC, Buunni also ships nationwide.
Serengeti Teas & Spices
Another idea for a Black-owned cafe you can support from afar (and for takeout) is Serengeti in Harlem. This place goes above and beyond with their selection - when you online shop here, you can filter by tasting notes and types. They have all sorts of teas (including some hard-to-find African varieties), coffee, honey, salt, and spices. And although Serengeti isn’t currently offering tasting experiences, you can still order a cup of coffee or tea for takeout.
Golden Coffee & Deli
If you’re looking for a cup of coffee in Belmont, Golden Coffee on Courtlandt Avenue is open every day for takeout, delivery, and outdoor seating. In addition to coffee and espresso drinks, they also sell pastries like donuts and conchas.
This Haitian coffee shop in Weeksville opened in 2018 as a community space and cafe, and spent the first part of the pandemic donating prepared meals to local healthcare workers in collaboration with Grandchamps. Lakou Cafe is currently open for takeout and delivery every day until 8pm, specializing in things like smoothies, kava, and crepes. Make sure to follow their Instagram here for special pop-ups and events.
Brooklyn Baby Cakes
As you may have guessed by the name, this Bed-Stuy spot primarily bakes cakes (cupcakes, mini cupcakes, full cakes, you name it). But that doesn’t mean you can’t also stop by this bakery for a cup of coffee. Just don’t be surprised when you leave with a red velvet cupcake in your hand.