Empire Coffee and Tea Company - New York City

Empire Coffee and Tea Company - New York City

The owners roast their own beans upstate, so expect smart, assertive help from sales folk, despite the ramshackle d├ęcor. A wide range of coffeemakers and ceramics are also available, and the lattes, espressos, and specialty cups are killer. Some tasty snackables are here, too, as is wi-fi for those who want to dawdle over a cuppa while eyeing Ninth Avenue traffic.