The Best Coffee Shops in LIC

Sep 21, 2021

Long Island City is a commuters’ paradise. The intimate neighborhood nestled between Greenpoint and Astoria is home to eight subway lines, an NYC Ferry stop, and a Long Island Railroad station, creating a transportation nexus that connects residents with every corner of New York City. Of course, just like the subway trains need electricity to run, commuters are fueled by their morning coffee. Fortunately, Long Island City also features some of New York City’s best coffee shops, making it the perfect place for on-the-go city dwellers. Keep reading to get the lowdown on some of our favorite LIC coffee spots!

Known for its tasty brews and hip atmosphere, it’s no surprise that Sweetleaf tops our list of LIC coffee shops. The cozy location at 28-10 Jackson Ave serves everything from classic drip coffee and espresso to high-end concoctions like Rocket Fuel, a drink that combines hardcore New Orleans-style cold brew with maple syrup for a sweet caffeine bomb sure to start a commuter’s day off on the right foot. The shop interior has enough space for cafe dwellers to sit and sip while pecking away at their keyboards, and it even features some IG-friendly wall decorations that look great in the background of a glamor shot.

LIC residents who need a bite to eat before starting their day will want to drop by Partners Coffee at 26-25 Jackson Ave to grab a hot cup of joe as well as one of their scrumptious breakfast sandwiches. Whether they enjoy savory avocado toast, a sweet peanut butter cookie, or just some scrambled eggs, Partners has LIC residents covered. Partners Coffee also sells bags of their custom-roasted beans, meaning that LIC dwellers can enjoy their favorite flavor at home.

Those with a real need for calories will want to swing by Black Star Bakery & Cafe at 2-10 50th Ave, where a wide variety of coffee and tea meets a Mediterranean-inspired menu of breakfast and lunch options to create a unique and unforgettable dining experience. Dig into a plate of hearty shakshuka with challah or a delicate smoked-salmon croissant while sipping Turkish coffee or a pumpkin chai latte, all while sitting in Black Star’s stylish dining room.

If these descriptions are whetting your appetite for coffee and pastries (and so much more), make sure to consult Modern Spaces, the leading experts in Long Island City condos, before scheduling any apartment tours. With more than a decade of experience in LIC and Astoria, Modern Spaces specializes in matching prospective Queens residents with their perfect home. And don’t worry; you can bring your coffee to the open house.

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