Where to caffeinate (now that you’ll probably need it)
Morningside Heights may be the nerdy cousin to its downtown counterparts, but at least there’s no shortage in where to get coffee. Coffee shops double as feeding stations for your need to stay awake as well as great alternatives to libraries or your dorm room. You can see where neighborhood caffeine joints fall on our Orientation Issue’s food matrix, but in the meantime, here’s the down and dirty.
How did a chain like Starbucks make its way into quaint Morningside? The answer is convenience–with a location at 114th and Broadway, Starbucks is closer than some of its mom-and-pop counterparts, and it’s open until 2 a.m. A little noisy, but Starbucks is a good place to bring a friend to work–if you can nab a table, that is. Expect a line, even though there’s another location just four blocks south.
Oren’s Daily Roast
Dubbed the hipster crown jewel of the neighborhood, Oren’s has been known for its great coffee since opening 10 years ago at 112th and Broadway. There aren’t many places to sit, so be sure to have a second location in mind so you don’t let this tasty but expensive java get cold as you walk around Butler.
Hungarian Pastry Shop
Hungarian is the go-to spot if you need to shut out the world/Internet and just fuel with coffee (and maybe a croissant or two). This MoHi staple has free refills on regular coffee, and it’s actually decent. The downside? No Wi-Fi, but do you really need access to BuzzFeed to get your CC reading done anyway?
Joe the Art of Coffee
How did this NYC gourmet coffee brewer get away with not taking Flex even though they’re inside NoCo? Beats me, but Joe’s crowd doesn’t seem to mind. With a plethora of seating and high-quality coffee, Joe drinkers may find themselves with an expensive but delicious habit.
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