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New York City's Best Cafés and Bakeries

Discover the best cafés and bakeries in New York City.

Updated on Dec 14, 2023 | World of Mouth team

As a great food destination, New York City also has a vibrant café and bakery scene. In this guide, we uncover the best cafés and bakeries in New York City, each offering something unique. From the cozy, Malaysian-inspired delights at Kopitiam to the charming simplicity of Davelle, and the artisanal, handcrafted creations at Crema BK, these establishments stand out from the bunch as some of the best in NYC. This article is based on recommendations from top chefs and food writers like Joshua David Stein, Daniel Modlin and David P. Leja. So whether you're a New Yorker or a visitor exploring the city, our list of the best cafés and bakeries in New York City will lead you to some true gems.

Kopitiam

151 E Broadway

151 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002, USA

Kopitiam is a delightful Malaysian café serving meals throughout the day, with a special focus on breakfast. The café offers a variety of dishes, including kaya toast with coconut jam, and soft boiled egg with broth, paired with sweet coffee. As a fast-casual eatery, Kopitiam provides a daily gathering space for lovers of Nyonya cuisine, a hybrid of Chinese and Malay flavors.

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Charming Malaysian café perfect for breakfast.A small, charming Malaysian café perfect for breakfast: kaya toast (with coconut jam), very soft boiled egg with broth and sweet coffee.

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Kopitiam

Kopitiam

151 E Broadway

151 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002, USA

Davelle

102 Suffolk St

102 Suffolk St, New York, NY 10002, USA

Davelle is a traditional Japanese café, well-known for its carefully crafted breakfast and lunch dishes. The venue is particularly appreciated for its comfort food, including distinctive milk toasts with fun patterns, prepared meticulously by two young Japanese women. Ensuring accessibility and inclusion for all customers, Davelle operates from 8AM-5PM on weekdays and 9AM-5PM on weekends.

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Two young Japanese women cooking Japanese comfort food and making these very explicit and beautiful milk toasts with fun patterns. All very carefully done.

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Davelle

Davelle

102 Suffolk St

102 Suffolk St, New York, NY 10002, USA

Crema BK

182 Driggs Ave

182 Driggs Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222, USA

Crema BK is a family-owned café in Brooklyn, known for its specialty coffee and house-brewed chai. The café offers a chic ambiance and is recommended for a pleasant stop before a visit to McGolrick Park. With its friendly staff and quality beverages, Crema BK has established a reputation as a welcoming neighborhood spot.

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Good coffee from nice folks in Greenpoint. It's a good stop before a walk through McGolrick Park. Photos courtesy of Crema BK.

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Crema BK

Crema BK

182 Driggs Ave

182 Driggs Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222, USA

Ashbox

1154 Manhattan Ave

1154 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222, USA

Ashbox is a quaint café known for its authentic Japanese home cooking, offering a limited seating area and to-go options. Their menu features a range of meals including the popular nori wrap with mustard greens and varying daily specials. Open from Monday to Saturday, Ashbox is an ideal spot for those craving genuine Japanese cuisine in a cozy setting.

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Criminally underrated Japanese "real food" in Brooklyn.Criminally underrated one woman Japanese “real food” cafe at the northern tip of Greenpoint. Go for a nori wrap w/ mustard greens, a vinegary drink, and whatever the daily special is.Photo credit: Ashbox.

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Ashbox

Ashbox

1154 Manhattan Ave

1154 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222, USA

Absolute Bagels

2788 Broadway

2788 Broadway, New York, NY 10025, USA

Absolute Bagels is a popular bagel shop known for its delicious bagels that are worth the wait in line. According to extensive research by many visitors, it's a must-try spot for bagel lovers. Many customers have expressed their satisfaction with the taste and quality, making sure to revisit on their subsequent trips.

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It feels like you are obligated to have at least one bagel when you visit New York. We did an extensive research until deciding this was going to be the place to try a bagel in NYC. We can't tell if it's the best in the city, but one thing is sure, that bagel was super good and we will have it again on our next visit!

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Absolute Bagels

2788 Broadway

2788 Broadway, New York, NY 10025, USA

Bakeri

150 Wythe Ave

150 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA

Bakeri in Williamsburg is a popular spot for breakfast and bakery delights among local creatives. Despite its small size, it's well-known for its delicious baked goods, including standout options like cheese-ham croissants and apricot muffins. Whether you're grabbing a quick takeaway or settling down at the communal table, you're sure to be part of the vibrant crowd that frequents this bakery-café.

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Brooklyn’s favourite breakfast and bakery.Bakeri in Williamsburg is a wonderful tiny bakery-café where hunderds of Williamsburg creatives start their mornings either by picking up their takeaways or by enjoying breakfast in the long communal table in the small space next to the oven and kitchen. Unbeliveably delicious baked stuff makes it natural that everyone in Williamsburg know the place despite its small size. Try the amazing cheese-ham croissants or the apricot muffins. Just follow the colourful crowd inside or at the table by the street.

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Bakeri

Bakeri

150 Wythe Ave

150 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA

Abraço

81 E 7th St

81 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003, USA

Abraço, located in the East Village, is known for its fantastic pastries and perfect coffee. This establishment, which is a local institution, has a warm and inviting atmosphere. A must-try at Abraço is their olive oil cake, highly recommended by visitors.

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The best coffee shop in NYC, by far.Abraco is an east village institution. No computers allowed. Used to be no card, but the pandemic changed that. What it didnt change is the amazing vibes, fantastic pastry, and perfect coffee. Whatever you do, get the olive oil cake!!!

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Abraço

Abraço

81 E 7th St

81 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003, USA

Russ & Daughters Brooklyn

141 Flushing Ave Building 77

141 Flushing Ave Building 77, Brooklyn, NY 11205, USA

Russ & Daughters Brooklyn is renowned for serving some of the best bagels in New York. Known for their fresh, perfectly small bagels with a shiny crust and chewy interior, they have been a beloved institution for over a century. Whether you're picking up an order or enjoying their offerings onsite, you can expect a delightful experience with their signature bagels paired with silken slices of lox, cream cheese, capers, tomatoes, and onion.

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The freshest and best bagels in New York from a century old institution.The original Russ & Daughters is on the Lower East Side but their bakery is situated in the Brooklyn Navy Yard where you actually watch your bagels made. They come out, fresh as day, perfectly small with a shiny crust and chewy interior. Paired with silken slices of lox, cream cheese, capers, tomatoes and onion, it's the closest thing to heaven on Earth.

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Russ & Daughters Brooklyn

Russ & Daughters Brooklyn

141 Flushing Ave Building 77

141 Flushing Ave Building 77, Brooklyn, NY 11205, USA

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