Last updated: July 4, 2022
“Where can I find a good coffee?” you ask, as you set foot in NYC for the first time. Brace yourself! There are more than 50 Australian cafes and coffee shops in New York City, and our handy AWNY guide shows you where to find your Aussie coffee fix.
Scattered across Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and beyond, that perfect flat white or cappuccino is never far away with several cafes offering gluten-free and vegan/vegetarian options. We’ve also included cafes in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and upstate New York as a nod to expats who live and venture outside of The City.
This guide includes baked goods and treats, from Aussie entrepreneurs to enjoy with your coffee. Coffee shops are listed by neighborhood – those with multiple locations are listed first. Jump ahead to your neighborhood of choice:
- Beyond Coffee: Baked Goods & Treats
- Multiple locations: cafes with many locations across Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and beyond
- Manhattan – Downtown
- Manhattan – The Village
- Manhattan – Chelsea/Gramercy/Hudson Yards/ Midtown/Murray Hill/NoMad
- Manhattan – Upper East Side
- Manhattan – Upper West Side
- Beyond NYC: New Jersey, Pennsylvania & Upstate New York
If you’re looking for something more substantial, check out the AWNY guide to Australian & NZ restaurants & bars NYC.
And in case you need some literature while you’re enjoying that flat white or latte, read about:
- The Aussie food and coffee revolution sweeping New York
- Why New Yorkers have taken to Aussie-style coffee and breakfast
- Why all eyes are on Kiwi cafes as the next big thing
- The historical context for the firmly entrenched Aussie coffee culture
Beyond Coffee: Baked Goods & Treats
In addition to the Aussies blazing a trail across the coffee shop scene of New York, we’ve unearthed the following Australian entrepreneurs offering coffee companions: baked goods and other tempting treats to enjoy alongside your favorite coffee.
Australian Bakery Cafe
This cafe specializing in meat pies is located in Georgia. Yes that’s a different state to New York but the good news is they have an online store, so your fix of pies, sausage rolls, lamingtons and other Aussie goodies is just a click away.
This artisanal bakery based in Hoboken NJ, specializes in bite-sized traditional Australian slice recipes. Read about how CEO and Founder, Andrea Rizvi, was inspired to startup Boomerang Bites by a social mission to give back. Boomerang Bites can be purchased as gift boxes, as catering for your next event, as well as wholesale to coffee shops. You can find them in numerous coffee shops around Northern New Jersey/NYC, including Boundless Plains Espresso and Maggie’s Farm Espresso.
(Online ordering & inquiries for gift boxes, catering and wholesale supplies)
DUB Pies NYC
Down Under Bakery (DUB) Pies shop closed down during COVID-19 but you can still get their iconic Aussie meat pies at various locations around New York, or have pies shipped frozen to you. They also have a special coffee roast which you can purchase online!
Seed + Mill
Seed + Mill is a woman-owned business, with Aussie Rachel Simons as one of the three founders. Offering artisanal halva, tahini and other sesame treats, including tahini icecream, you’ll find Seed + Mill in Chelsea Market. Why not stop by when you’re on a coffee run in Chelsea. [v][gf]
NYC – Multiple Locations across Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, New Jersey and beyond
Blank Street Coffee
An exciting new Aussie coffee start-up Blank Street launched in 2020 offering affordable quality coffee in small-format stores and mobile carts, currently in 14 locations across Manhattan and Brooklyn. They are brewing coffee from Parlor Roasters and serving pastries from King Street Baking Co. among others. Blank Street has enormous expansion plans, so watch this space!
(Find their multiple locations here)
Bluestone Lane Cafes and Coffee Shops
Offering artisanal coffee and food, including their signature avo-smash, Melbourne influenced Bluestone Lane Cafes and Coffee Shops are located all over NYC, NJ…and many other locations in the US. [v][gf]
(multiple locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, NJ and across the USA)
Cafe Grumpy, offering rich espresso, creamy flat whites or a simple full-bodied coffee, has well and truly conquered the NYC coffee shop culture with their Greenpoint cafe a prominent feature in HBO series, Girls.
(multiple locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Miami)
Citizens, established in 2016, is an Australian cafe group that offers modern Australian brunch paired with Melbourne-style coffee – think fresh, healthy and inspiring food and self-sourced green coffee beans delicately roasted to optimal sweetness. [v][gf]
(Chelsea, Gramercy, West Village, Soho)
Hole In The Wall Cafe + Coffee Shops
Owned by Aussies, this mini-chain brings “the third wave” of coffee culture to 4 locations, with the FiDi cafe doubling as a cocktail bar after dark. [v][gf]
(Williamsburg, Murray Hill, Flatiron, Financial District)
Formerly Toby’s Estate, this Brooklyn-based, small-batch roaster, who believes that “each coffee can tell a story”, serves their roast in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. They even offer classes to teach coffee lovers the science and art of brewing great coffee.
(Williamsburg, Bushwick, Flatiron, West Village, Grand Central Station, Midtown West, Long Island City)
Trailblazers in bringing the Australian coffee culture to NYC since 2002, Ruby’s Cafe offers espresso with a varied menu of locally sourced produce. Try their famous Bronte Burger.
(SoHo, Murray Hill, East Village)
Community-focussed cafe, inspired by Australia’s modern culinary scene and laidback beach lifestyle…the perfect place to escape from the daily grind. [gf]
(TriBeCa, Noho, Nolita, Williamsburg. Also in Austin, TX)
This Australian-inspired cafe is a home away from home…where you can tuck into the *world famous* cacao waffle avocado smash. Guided by her passion for wellness and making healthy food accessible, Aussie-entrepreneur Ana Ivkosic fuses together great coffee and healthy food.
(2 locations: Fidi: 19 Rector St NY 10006, (646) 490 5100; and Murray Hill: 519 3rd Ave, NY, 10016, (646) 490 5020)
Manhattan – Downtown
Black Fox Coffee Co
With a combination of Australian DNA and first-hand experience of the Aussie cafe culture, the founders of Black Fox Coffee Co bring the joy and craft of exceptional coffee to NYC.
(Financial District, Midtown East – Located in the Roosevelt Hotel)
Premium coffee, fresh food and colorful bowls that encourage eating more plants. Charley St offers healthy meals for busy individuals using sustainable, ethical and locally sourced ingredients. Try their tasty plant based Charley St Chorizo or Bolognese that you can also purchase online. [v][gf]
Good Thanks Cafe
NYC’s newest arrival, offers a fresh new fix of food, coffee and tonics in a light, airy setting. Sounds good, thanks!
(Lower East Side)
Happy Bones NYC
This minimalist coffee shop brings New Zealand’s thriving espresso culture to Manhattan.
Laughing Man Coffee
Hugh Jackman launched Laughing Man Coffee in 2011 to provide a marketplace for farmers in developing countries to sell their goods to US consumers. Hugh contributes 100% of his profits to the Laughing Man Foundation, which he created to support educational programs, community development and social entrepreneurs around the world. Each cup is 100% Fair Trade, Arabica Coffee.
(TriBeCa, Battery Park City)
Enjoy espresso al fresco against the backdrop of SoHo’s laid back streets, courtesy of Peddler’s sidewalk stand.
There’s cold brew and lattes but let’s be honest: what you’ve really come for are the irresistible, must-see-to-be-believed, “mind-blowing”, “bad***” and “f****** delicious” works of art. You’re in the neighborhood on a coffee run anyway right? Almost too good to eat. Almost.
(Lower East Side)
Manhattan – The Village
All the King’s Horses Cafe – ATKH
ATKH serves Partners Coffee as well as delicious pastries from King Street Baking Co. in Brooklyn and Balthazar.
In need of a sanctuary from City life? Stop by for a flat white and brunch (think avocado toast and nutella infused fare) in the heart of the Village. [v][gf]
(Greenwich Village, West Village)
Merriweather Coffee + Kitchen
In this bright modern space, inspired by Sydney beach cafes, sit back, think of Merewether Beach and savour a cup of coffee, crafted by their talented and passionate baristas.
This homey coffee shop serves Sydney-sourced coffee, and brings “coffee as a way of life” to the East and West Village.
(East Village, West Village)
Manhattan – Chelsea/Gramercy/Midtown/Murray Hill/NoMad
Bourke St Bakery
This much-loved Sydney chain opened its doors in NoMad in 2019 and recently expanded to Chelsea. The bakery and restaurant serves up signature favorites including sausage rolls, sourdough, tarts alongside some specially crafted New York-centric baked goods – think peanut butter and jam pastries and maple bacon danishes. They also sell frozen food to have your meat pie experience at home.
Little Collins Cafe
The bustling energy of Little Collins cafe reflects the spirit of its Melbourne street namesake.
(Midtown, Midtown East)
St Kilda Coffee
An Aussie multi-roaster cafe offering seasonal single origin coffee for Espresso, Filter and Cold Brew plus an assortment of pastries from Manhattan bakeries.
Taylor St. Baristas
Having conquered the London scene with their revered coffee chain, Aussie-born Taylor St. Baristas has taken NYC by storm with their cafe restaurant, infusing the influences of all three regions in their menu.
Manhattan – Upper East Side
Hutch + Waldo Coffee
Sydney + Melbourne founders offer spectacular coffee and food for the soul, and are on a mission to be part of the solution to eliminate plastic waste in the world, such as encouraging guests to BYO cup.
(Upper East Side)
Manhattan – Upper West Side
gertrude takes it’s name from Gertrude Street in Melbourne. gertrude brings the charm, character and warmth of this little part of Melbourne to the heart of the Upper West Side.
(Upper West Side)
Abbotsford Road Coffee Specialists
Brooklyn roasted Abbotsford Road Coffee can be enjoyed at their HQ and Cafe. They also offer in-house training for coffee enthusiasts, from novice to professional barista.
Bright Side Cafe
The team behind Sweatshop bring you this fantastic cafe in the heart of Williamsburg right near the water.
Open for breakfast and lunch, serving fine espresso coffee with sweet and savory goodies courtesy of their Michelin starred pastry chef.
(North Williamsburg, South Williamsburg, Dumbo)
Carthage Must Be Destroyed
Half the fun of enjoying coffee at this secret, pink, Australian organic breakfast and brunch cafe is finding it…
A place to chill with coffee and brunch for a spot of people and pup watching…there’s even outdoor seating for guests of the 4-legged variety.
Milk Bar Brooklyn
A cute neighbourhood cafe with 2 handy locations in Brooklyn offering breakfast, brunch and lunch…why not visit both? [v]
(Park Slope, Prospect Heights)
Part cafe, part design studio with good food, good coffee and good energy.
The Thirsty Koala
To complement all that coffee, The Thirsty Koala’s much-loved Baked Shop in Astoria offers delicious Aussie treats, including lamingtons, caramel slice and Anzac biscuits, with many gluten-free options. You can even order through your favorite food delivery service. [gf]
Formerly, Toby’s Estate, small batch roaster, Partners Coffee, believes that “each coffee can tell a story”. So as the trailblazers bringing Aussie coffee culture to Queens (with HQ in Brooklyn), it’s fitting we include them in our Queens chapter of this guide. Housed within a beautiful turn-of-the-century character building, the LIC cafe and lush courtyard is sure to inspire a story for all who visit.
(Long Island City, and multiple locations around NYC)
Beyond NYC: New Jersey, Pennsylvania & Upstate New York
Bluestone Lane Cafes and Coffee Shops
So nice we’ve listed them twice – Bluestone Lane bring their artisanal coffee and food to Hoboken as well as Philly and King of Prussia. [v][gf]
(Hoboken, King of Prussia, Philadelphia – City Hall, Philadelphia – Rittenhouse Square)
Frankie brings Aussie food and a coastal vibe to Jersey City. Named After A Chihuahua With A Big Personality Whose Reputation Precedes Her People.
(Jersey City, NJ)
Maggie’s Farm Espresso
Born and raised in Perth, owner Sam de Burgh collaborated with Dixon Projects to bring his rustic and inviting cafe to downtown JC, with coffee supplied by quality and sustainability pioneers, Counter Culture Coffee, and a seasonal menu crafted by Perth-born chef, Paul Salmeri.
(Jersey City, NJ)
Pie + Tart
This urban bakery, to nourish the body, soul and community, is dedicated to all things with a crust. Co-owner, Lisa Yelagin, hails from Australia, so you’ll find Australian pies and sausage rolls on the menu along with dessert pies and quiches. Together with fellow foodie and co-owner, Anne Gerr, Pie + Tart is a must-stop on a day trip to quaint and scenic Easton, PA. It’s less than 90 minutes west of Manhattan, and you can include the Aussie-owned, Tucker Silk Mill, on your itinerary. There’s also a pre-order menu (minimum 2 days’ advance notice required) so you can bring back a batch of mouth-watering goodies for your New York neighbors.
Tucker Silk Mill
An Australian cafe nestled in the rustic surrounds of Easton PA on the Delaware River, Tucker Silk Mill was founded by Aussie couple, Melanie Hansche and Jason Hoy, and serves coffee by Brooklyn-based Aussie roasters, Partner’s Coffee (formerly Toby’s Estate). Just 90 mins west of Manhattan, it’s the perfect stopover en-route to Aussie co-owned Pie + Tart, Crayola Experience, Delaware River Railroad Excursions, the magical Koziar’s Christmas Village – or as a destination in its own right (check their website to find out what Forks resident, Gai, had to say about this).
Village Coffee and Goods
Sydneysider musicians by way of Brooklyn, Mark Palmer and Anthea White have created an Aussie-coffee culture inspired destination in its own right in upstate Kingston, nestled in the scenic Hudson Valley. As well as offering coffee, breakfast and lunch, there are pantry and home goods plus a meeting space for event hire.
Aussie Peter (ex-Bluestone Lane), and his partner Andrew, have opened Watershed Cafe in the charming Catskills town of Roxbury, NY. Watershed just celebrated their one-year anniversary, and in addition to Aussie-style coffee, you can pick up provisions for your next weekend away from their small market full of locally sourced goods. The town of Roxbury is one of 843 areas throughout the U.S.A. that has been designated as a Preserve America Community, to preserve and protect their historic buildings and local town vibe. Relax on their delightful front porch, which has been a local gathering spot since 1845, and watch the world go by with your flat white.
Time For a Coffee Run
Now that you know where to find Australian coffee shops in New York City, let the coffee crawl begin.
Which ones are your favorites? Do you know any new Aussie coffee shops in NYC that aren’t yet in our guide? Let us know in the comments and we’ll add them in.
Our thanks to AWNY members, Tarley Jordan, Angela Tohl and Aimee Hocking for producing this guide. And finally, our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all Aussie and NZ cafes and coffee shops in NYC – your dedicated and hard-working founders, staff and baristas – for positively shaping the coffee culture with your passion, enthusiasm and knowledge.
[gf] = gluten-free options on the menu
[v] = vegetarian or vegan options on the menu