Cool coffee shops like this one are still rare on the Upper East Side. This tiny outpost of Birch Coffee on 62nd Street has excellent coffee served by very friendly baristas. The rest of the neighborhood knows this, so leave plenty of time if you’re stopping by before work.
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H&H Bagels is a classic NYC bagel spot with locations on the Upper East Side and Upper West Side.
An import from Nantucket, Sfoglia is one of the few Upper East Side joints that, if transported to downtown, wouldn’t feel out of place.
The food at Amali is both interesting and delicious, which makes it stand out from the rest of the overpriced stuff in the neighborhood.
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Sweetleaf is a chain of coffee shops, and the all of the locations kind of look like antique stores. We like the one in Greenpoint.
Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop
The lines at Peter Pan Donut in Greenpoint are as long as they were 50 years ago (out the door) for a reason.
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A little Italian cafe and sandwich shop on the Upper East Side near Central Park. We love the sandwiches, but hate how much they cost.
Bluestone Lane Coffee
The Upper East Side location of Bluestone Lane is in a very pretty old church. It’s a nice place for a quick coffee or a slower brunch.
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