Greenwich Village Specialty
185 Bleecker St., Greenwich Village
Chloe Coscarelli was fresh out of culinary school when she won an episode of Cupcake Wars with a vegan cupcake recipe: She was the first person to do so on that show or any other televised cooking competition. She’s since opened a casual restaurant in the West Village (followed by others), with an adorable interior (striped wooden floors, colorful tiles, hanging swing) and a little fridge with pre-packaged food. While the menu is focused on smoothies, juices, and great vegan burgers, you can still pick up her famous cupcakes.
Stumptown Coffee Roasters
30 W. 8th St., Greenwich Village
There are Stumptown locations in most major coffee-obsessed cities and each one has its own character. This one is housed in a historic Greenwich Village space that formerly belonged to the storied 8th Street Bookshop. The space has been reworked to accommodate an impressive coffee bar and plenty of tables without stripping it of charm. Keep in mind that while the drink menu has all the favorites and more, there isn’t much on offer in terms of food. Visit the second location in the Ace Hotel in the Flatiron District.
62 Bleecker St., Greenwich Village
Organic Avenue debuted in 2002, and the results of their five-day juice programs were pretty amazing, plus their juices and smoothies (especially the coconut mylk blends) were so delicious that we'd stock up on them whenever we were in town. They sadly shut down at the end of 2015, but recently reopened a handful of locations in NYC. In addition to juices, they offer healthy prepared foods, making it a good choice for a quick lunch.
410 Avenue of the Americas, Greenwich Village
This shop has been around forever, and they can help you find literally any healthy, impossible-to-get ingredient you can imagine. There's a vegan bakery, a juice bar, and plenty of organics.
400 Lafayette St., Greenwich Village
With cafes in four major cities, La Colombe is looking to build a little empire—which makes total sense. Their in-house beans are some of New York City's best, and the café itself is serene and beautiful. Locations vary in size (some have tables where you could totally pull out a laptop), you can usually find a place to at least perch for a bit.
Gasoline Alley Coffee
325 Lafayette St., Greenwich Village
They brew Intelligentsia coffee here, and make a mean macchiato, though it's their work with a chai (and alternative milks) that is really winning hearts across the city. They also serve insane donuts. There are two outposts very close to each other (roughly Greenwich Village and Little Italy).
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