If you’re looking for a little more flavor in your work-away-from-home experience, check out our favorite independent local coffeehouses below, each with its own personality and quirky qualities, like mismatched tables and chairs, tattered books, and comfy sofas.
The Black Cow Coffee Company has been roasting its own beans in Croton since 1995; it also provides them to its newer Pleasantville outpost. Try its signature hot- or cold-latte-and-hot-chocolate blend, along with such goodies as the Baked By Susan avocado-zucchini bread. These friendly, laidback shops are bedecked with local artwork.
7 Wheeler Ave, Pleasantville; 914.495.3727
4 Old Post Rd S, Croton-on-Hudson; 914.271.7544
Former chef Mike Love, winner of lots of international barista competitions, who has visited his beans in their Honduras and Rwanda birthplaces, roasts on-site — and without automation — at this eco-friendly shop. Pair a perfectly pulled, creamy espresso with a fresh chocolate croissant from NYC’s Balthazar at this happening spot.
7 Main St, Tarrytown; 914.332.1479; www.coffeelabs.com
First Village Coffee
This cozy shop gets its caffeine cred naturally — co-owner Luis Corena was born and raised amid the coffee plantations of El Salvador. Enjoy art, music, and community in this new shop, featuring beans from local roaster Irving Farm and tempting treats like Balthazar’s multigrain croissants.
123 Main St, Ossining; 914.236.3765; www.firstvillagecoffee.com
This newer downtown White Plains entry is a must-visit for tea aficionados, with its tea sommeliers and table service in cast-iron pots. Coffee beans come from local roasters and goodies from local bakeries. Don’t miss the fresh alfajores, a scrumptious Peruvian pastry featuring dulce de leche sandwiched between shortbread cookies, from Rita’s Alfajores of White Plains. 235 Main St, White Plains; 914.428.1000; www.hastingstea.com
Housed in an old library with its own parking out back, this hip gourmet market/café combo is a roomy hang with an eclectic book selection, full menu, and interesting takeout. Spread your work out over the long communal wood tables, sink into a comfy chair, or sit on the front porch in season and enjoy a house-made scone with your shot of locally roasted java. 19 Edgemont Rd, Katonah; 914.232.1010; www.katonahreadingroom.com
Featuring locally roasted beans and yummy treats from local bakeries, this airy space with lots of different seating options also serves organic blends from the One Harvest Project. Enjoy a house-made savory or sweet crepe in this welcoming spot.
101 S Division St, Peekskill; 914.739.1287; www.peekskillcoffee.com
Be transported to the Left Bank at this chic spot with a French accent. Enjoy locally roasted beans and such goodies as Balthazar’s almond brioche in this elegant Parisian-inspired cafe featuring chandeliers, mirrors, original art, and big comfy pillows.
302 Hugenot St, New Rochelle; 914.358.1841; www.rpatisserie.com