With a coffee spot on almost every corner, it’s not hard to find a cup of joe in New York City.  But next time, skip the chain and head to a local, independent coffee shop that offers organic brews within a distinctive setting. With the upcoming opening of The James New York – NoMad, we’re (g)rounding up our favorite coffee shops in the NoMad neighborhood.

Birch Coffee, 21 East 27th Street
Birch Coffee is well-known by locals due to offering some of the most notoriously strong cups of coffee in New York. Birch Coffee only uses environmentally-friendly coffee beans from local sustainable farms that provide a truly unique coffee experience.  The shop offers a laidback, friendly atmosphere and in the evening, it transforms into a neighborhood destination for organic beer and wine.

Brooklyn Roasting Company, 50 West 23rd Street
Don’t let the name fool you, Brooklyn Roasting Company has coffee cafes all over the city, including NoMad.  The artisanal purveyor specializes in selling only fair trade, organic beans.  Even better? Brooklyn Roasting Company sells some of the most flavorful coffees due to using the most advanced roasters available. The new NoMad location joins two outposts in Brooklyn, and others in Navy Yard and Dumbo.  

FIKA, 407 Park Avenue South
This Manhattan-based, Swedish-style coffee café has recently opened an outpost in our new neighborhood. The name is a nod to the Swedish idea of “fika”, which is a daily ritual of a break from work over coffee or sweets with friends.  Unlike the typical coffee shop that rushes you out the door, FIKA encourages guests to stay and unwind.  Locals also love the 60’s and 70’s Scandinavian inspired design of the cafes. 

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