OpEd by Jane Underwood

Roosevelt Island: A Coffee Lover’s Paradise

Updated 12 weeks ago

Ribbon cutting in December, 2017, when Nisi and its great coffee returned to Main Street.
Ribbon cutting in December, 2017, when Nisi and its great coffee returned to Main Street.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

by Jane Underwood

Every day, 64% of Americans enjoy a delicious cup of coffee, most drinking close to three cups every day. Coffee-drinkers on Roosevelt Island are no exception, and there are plenty of places where you can get your caffeine fix in town.

You can visit one of the many dedicated coffee establishments that are offering a tasty, hot brew, and there are also some great stores where you can pick up caffeinated gifts for the coffee lover in your life. If there’s one thing that gets Roosevelt Island going in the mornings, it is a cup of freshly ground coffee.  

The Cafe at Cornell Tech

The Cafe at Cornell Tech (2 W Loop Rd, New York, NY 10044) isn’t just for students; it is also open to the public and has free Wi-Fi. The coffee is excellent, and the espresso will certainly set you up for the day. A Parliament Coffee is also an early morning favorite.

Roosevelt Island: A Coffee Lover’s Paradise

Whilst you are visiting, it is well worth stopping in for breakfast too. The menu changes every day and the flatbreads are particularly delicious. The cafe pride themselves on the use of fresh ingredients and you will always find a wide variety of options if you are vegan or vegetarian. A good seasonal menu means that there is always something new to try and ultimately less food wastage. 

Nespresso OriginalLine Variety Pack Capsules, 50 Count Espresso Pods, Assorted Dark and Medium Roasts, 5 Coffee Flavors Include Roma, Capriccio, Livanto, Arpeggio & Ristretto

Wholesome Factory 

If you are a coffee addict or you are looking for gifts for your coffee loving friend, then Wholesome Factory (530 Main St, New York, NY 10044) is a one-stop shop for delicious food and drink. They have a large menu of organic coffee - the hazelnut and French vanilla options are particularly good. You can enjoy a delicious lunch at the cafe, the omelets are interesting, with a wide range of ingredients from Tongol Tuna to wild basmati rice. There are also plenty of vegetarian pizzas with toppings like shitake mushrooms and quinoa. At Wholesome Factory, you can also pick up organic ingredients to take home and of course some rich, dark coffee to put in your own machine. 

Nisi Kitchen 

Nisi Kitchen (549 Main St, New York, NY 10044) is situated right in the heart of Roosevelt Island. It is open from 7am for all your coffee and breakfast needs, right through until midnight if you fancy a quick cup at the end of a very long day. The menu is extensive, starting with classic American breakfast choices and ending with chargrilled meat and fish dishes. Coffee options include some mind blowing espressos, a more mellow macchiato and if you have a sweet tooth, a Nutella cappuccino. There is also a cold coffee bar to choose from, so that you can have a range of frappuccinos on a hot New York summer’s day. Plus, Nisi has a great diner atmosphere and the prices are reasonable.  

New York, the city that never sleeps, is always in need of a good cup of coffee. On Roosevelt Island, you don’t have to look far to get a truly delicious, freshly ground brew. 

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