Birch Cafe

Coffee in Upper West Side & Central Park

An uber-hip cafe with dark wood and copper accents – check out the copper 'coffee rings' set into the tables – but its coffee's the real deal, manually roasted in small batches in Long Island City, Queens. There's no wi-fi, so you drink to the soothing buzz of conversation, not keyboards clicking. It even offers 'conversation starter cards' for the tongue-tied.