Welcome back summertime! I am a big coffee drinker, but am not fond of sipping a hot cup of joe when it is 100 degrees out. Therefore, especially in the sweat-inducing heat, I cannot get enough of coffee’s latest trend, nitro cold brew coffee. First introduced to the world only a few years ago, nitro cold brew is, simply put, cold brew coffee infused with nitrogen. The result is a smooth, creamy, and less bitter coffee that resembles, and tastes a bit like, a stout (think Guinness). Nitro brew is also less acidic, hence easier on the belly, than a regular cup of joe. Additionally, on average, a cup has a higher caffeine content (at Starbucks, about twice as much as a regular iced coffee). And frankly, it is just freakin’ delicious, especially on a hot summer day.
Nitro cold brew is becoming more popular, in large part thanks to Starbucks’ recent decision to offer nitro cold brew at over 500 locations nationwide. While its becoming increasingly common, nitro cold brew is still not among the offerings at most coffee shops.
Since I discovered nitro brew, I have been on a personal mission to find the best Manhattan has to offer. These are some of my favorites so far:
Coffee Project New York
This little coffee shop in the East Village takes its coffee seriously. Coffee Project New York has a unique menu with inventive creations including its popular “de-constructed latte.” If you plan on dining-in, the nitro cold brew flight is a must. Served with a waffle cookie, the nitro flight (pictured below), consists of a black (traditional) and white (dairy added) nitro cold brew that complement each other very nicely.
East Village – 239 E 5th St., New York, NY 10003
RISE Coffee is one of the best places to grab a nitro cold brew for one simple reason – it’s all they do! Opened in 2016, this coffee shop in the Lower East Side was created for the sole purpose of expanding the market for nitro cold brew. If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by the to-go window, grab a nitro, and enjoy! RISE Coffee has also begun selling its nitro brew by the can, and keg, nationwide.
Lower East Side – 85 Stanton St., New York, NY 10002
Stumptown Coffee Roasters
Stumptown Coffee Roasters is a nice place to enjoy a nitro cold brew on draft. Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, Stumptown Coffee Roasters has two NYC locations. I visited the Greenwich Village location, which is situated right in the heart of Greenwich Village by the NYU campus. There is not a ton of seating, but Washington Square Park is conveniently right around the corner. You can also purchase Stumptown’s nitro coffee by the can.
Greenwich Village: 30 W 8th St, New York, NY 10011 and Flatiron – 20 W 29th St, The Ace Hotel, New York, NY 10001
With a number of locations across New York City, Think Coffee is a good spot to hang out and enjoy a nitro cold brew. I have been to both the Mercer Street and Tribeca locations, the original and newest locations, respectively. The Mercer Street location, which is right by Washington Square Park and NYU, is a nice place to hang out if you’re able to grab a spot. While there is a lot of seating, this location can get quite crowded, particularly with NYU students. If you need a break from coffee, this location also serves wine and beer. The new Tribeca location is also a nice spot to enjoy a nitro cold brew. While smaller, it has decent seating options and large windows looking out on Broadway.
Several locations in New York City
Practically everything is served on tap at River Coyote, from coffee to wine to craft beer. Doubling as both a coffee shop and a wine bar, River Coyote offers a number of inspired creations. In addition to its standard nitro cold brew, River Coyote offers a nitro cold brew beer, as well as a number of other creative caffeine and alcohol combinations. River Coyote also has a creative food menu to complement its beverage options.
Lower East Side – 121 Ludlow St., New York, NY 10002
Pickler & Co
Located in Midtown East, Pickler & Co is a great place to grab a nitro coffee. Because its a popular lunch spot with limited seating options, Pickler & Co is not the best spot to plan to leisurely hang out and sip a coffee. Unlike some of the other places on this list, however, Pickler & Co has an extensive sandwich and salad menu, good for an on-the-go lunch and nitro.
Midtown East – 216 E. 45th St., New York, NY 10017
Starbucks deserves to be on this list for two reasons. First, they make a great nitro cold brew. And second, they’re everywhere! Not every Starbucks location offers nitro cold brew, but with storefronts on seemingly every corner, it shouldn’t take long before you stumble across a Starbucks that does offer nitro cold brew.
Everywhere (nitro cold brew at select locations)
If you have not yet enjoyed a fine, chilled glass of nitro cold brew, I highly recommend venturing out of your comfort zone and doing so. And if you have had the pleasure, chime in – where do you get your favorite cup of nitro brew?