Well, fellow New Yorkers, thanks to Oliver Strand at the New York Times we now officially have no excuse to be drinking a suboptimal cup of joe. Behold, The Coffee Map, an interactive, up-to-date guide to the best coffee shops in the New York Area. And yes, if you were wondering, there's an app for it, too.
Note, however, the apparent dearth of worthwhile coffee north of 14th St. Not fair! Some of us uptown dwellers like a strong brew, too. Thank goodness for Joe on Columbus near 85th. And it looks like Caffe Mocias, on Amsterdam near 94th, is worth checking out too.
I'll still be French-pressing at home most mornings, but one of these days I've got to drag the yogi down to Stumptown on West 29th St, in the Ace Hotel (a trip to their warehouse in Red Hook would also be fun - they roast the beans there and offer 35 varieties brewed by the cup). And Cafe Grumpy, on West 20th, too, where the beans are roasted in-house. Maybe some day I will venture out to Williamsburg for a cup at Blue Bottle. I had their coffee at a Berkeley, CA, farmers' market a couple of years ago; single-cup cone brewed. Delicious rocket fuel.