Cafes have a history of attracting artists as regular places that both promote conversation and inspire creativity. Take, for instance, La Rotonde in Paris, which was frequented by the likes of Pablo Picasso, Amedeo Modigliani, and Juan Gris. There’s also La Dome, which counts Paul Gauguin as one of its regular patrons. Nowadays, artists still make their way to coffee houses, and New York is the place to be if you want a cup of coffee in a fun and colorful environment. From sites that support the works of local artists to cozy spaces that encourage creativity, here are the best NYC cafes for the artsy crowd.
Starving Artist Cafe & Gallery - 1045 Tulip Ave., Franklin Square, New York
For great food and art, head on over to the Starving Artist Cafe & Gallery in Franklin Square. This establishment regularly showcases all genres of visual arts, and they even have live musicians on special occasions. Drop-in during the weekends to enjoy their brunch menu and feast on specials such as the Starving Artist Palette, which features two eggs, a waffle, French toast, and rosemary potatoes. Meanwhile, their main menu is made up of comfort food such as paninis, flatbreads, and burgers. For drinks, choose from a selection of 19 teas and coffee flavors and pair your beverage with the Dessert Palette, a sampler that contains mini versions of their desserts, which include brownie sundae, Nutella dessert waffle, and Tartufo, among others.
Think Coffee - Meatpacking District, 73d 8th Avenue, NYC
Upon entering this cafe, the first thing that you’ll notice is the striking artwork on the walls and its spacious interior. It’s the perfect place to go to if you like to view art as it’s near the Whitney Museum and Chelsea galleries such as the Marianne Boesky Gallery and the Ricco Maresca Gallery. The wide tables of Think Coffee allow you to indulge in creative activities after your museum and gallery visits, so if you get inspired to sketch springtime flowers like daffodils and buttercups, or if you want to do a bit of facial sketching, this is the place to be. Here, you can spread out your art supplies on your table without having to worry about having enough room for your food and drinks. While you’re there, order a cup of single-origin or mocha latte, and pair that with a bagel or a grilled cheese sandwich made with four types of cheeses and artisanal, gluten-free bread.
American Wing Cafe - 1st Floor, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 5th Ave., NYC
If you’ve always wondered what it’s like to have coffee right inside one of the most famous museums in the world, then look no further than the American Wing Cafe at the Met. Enjoy a cappuccino and a croissant while viewing sculptures, or feast on a hearty roast beef sandwich paired with a kale caesar salad for lunch. They also offer red or white wine to go with your meal, so sit back, relax, and enjoy viewing art while sipping a glass of wine.
New York is the place to be if you need some art inspiration and a good cup of coffee. Whether you’re an artist or art enthusiast, check out these establishments the next time you’re in the Big Apple -- you’re sure to have a fantastic time!