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Coffee and Tea in New York City

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NYC Coffee Shops by Zip Code

Click to enlarge our map of density of coffee establishments in NYC by zip code.

By Andrea Moore, Project Manager, Economic Research and Analysis

The excitement of the holidays is now behind us and we have officially entered into winter in New York City. With hectic schedules and no shortage of things to do even in chillier temperatures, City residents and visitors alike often turn to a hot cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa for a little boost. So StatsBee set out to find what neighborhood has the highest concentration of hot beverages in New York City. 

According to Accounting Principals, half of all American workers now buy coffee throughout the week, spending over $5 per work day and about $1,092 annually on coffee. Younger workers (18 to 34 years old) are spending about twice as much weekly on coffee as workers over 45 ($24.74 vs. $14.15). This fact is especially notable for New York City, given that it has proportionately more 18-34 year olds (27.6%) than the nation (23.3%)1.

In order to figure out where StatsBee readers could warm up, we used the latest Restaurant Inspection Results from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. When our exhaustive search for caffeine was complete, StatsBee had compiled a list of 1,700 cafés, coffee shops, and tea shops in the five boroughs of New York City. 

Manhattan neighborhoods have the highest density of cafés per ZIP code. The East Village ZIP code of 10003 has the highest number of shops with 49, closely followed by Midtown/Hell’s Kitchen (10019) with 47. Midtown East (10017) and SoHo (10012) each have 41, and Tribeca/Chinatown (10013) has 40. The non-Manhattan neighborhoods with the highest concentration of caffeine are Williamsburg (11211) with 31 shops, Glendale (11385) with 32 shops, and Park Slope (11215) with 32 shops. 

We also looked at the breakdown between the large chains and smaller, independent shops—especially to see whether Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts has the most outlets. With the Restaurant Inspection Results list, we counted 454 Dunkin’ Donuts (including hybrids like Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin Robbins) and 272 Starbucks locations. 42.7% of the City’s cafés are one of these two major chains, with the remaining majority made up of smaller chains or single-location establishments. See below for more charts about coffee and tea in NYC. 

Breakdown of Cafe Types in New York City

Smaller Chains in New York City

Whether it's coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, there are clearly plenty of places in New York City to get your hot beverage fix. Stay warm!

U.S. Census Bureau, 2011 American Community Survey
These numbers reflect the number of NYC locations listed on each establishment’s website, rather than the number listed in the Restaurant Inspection Results. For instance, Chock Full O’ Nuts is available in non-traditional locations such as mall kiosks and grocery stores.

StatsBee is a column featuring interesting statistics about NYC, written by economists at the Economic Research & Analysis department within NYCEDC’s Center for Economic Transformation.



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