The intersection between 9th Street and Avenue C is blessed by two communal gardens, excellent food (Esperanto and Barnyard Cheese Store) and great espresso. Ninth Street Espresso can be found in different places around the city; however the original Alphabet City location is still the favorite.
At Ninth Street’s, the espresso is like the furniture and the décor of the place: rigorous and essential. The texture is smooth; the flavor is perfectly calibrated with no spikes in acidity or bitterness. The complimentary glass of water is another sign of attention and care, still not very common in the city.
Take a walk past Tompkins Square, sit at Ninth Street Espresso’s window and enjoy a cup of coffee as the life in Alphabet City unfolds in front of you.