No matter who we are, where we come from, or what style of show we like, there’s one uniting factor that brings us all together – coffee.
Practically everyone likes their morning coffee. For some, coffee is a want. For others, coffee is a need. For me, I am a coffee fiend. My favorite drink, however, is an iced mocha. I get it year-round (yes, it could be zero degrees outside, and you’ll still find me drinking an iced mocha). Living in Manhattan, I have made an effort to find some of the best coffee spots in the city. And being a theatre fan, many of these coffee stops fall in the Theatre District.
So where is the best spot for you (or your entire group) to stop and grab your pre-show coffee? Here are some of my Genius recommendations.
GENIUS PICK: My personal favorite coffee stop in the Theatre District is FRISSON ESPRESSO. This pint-sized yet pretty coffee shop boasts some of the best coffee I have had in the entirety of Manhattan.
Located on 46th street between 8th and 9th Ave., This location is ideal for coffee fiends like myself who are traveling with a small group or have some free time away from their group, as the location is rather small. However, there is seating inside, as well as some outlets, making Frisson Espresso a good place to charge your phone. Besides the intimate feel and OUTSTANDING beverages, my personal favorite part of Frisson is their playlist, which changes daily. This is definitely my top pick – don’t miss it during your trip to Broadway!
FRISSON ESPRESSO – 326 W 47th St. (Nearby the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, the Imperial Theatre, the Barrymore Theatre, and many more!)
COFFEE IN GRAND CENTRAL: Is your group coming into the city by train? If you’re already making a pit-stop in Grand Central Terminal on your trip to New York, look no further to find a great cup of coffee! There’s a wide variety of grab-and-go coffee shops that are PERFECT for your group right inside the station.
Here are just a few:
- Irving Farm Coffee Roasters
- Cafe Grumpy
- Joe Coffee
- Financier Patisserie
Finally… STARBUCKS. We know you want it. We do too. Luckily, Starbucks is a staple here in New York City – you can find one on practically every corner. Here are the Starbucks locations that are closest to Times Square:
- 1500 Broadway
- 1585 Broadway
- 684 8th Ave
- PRO TIP: There’s a smaller, to-go style Starbucks located on the ground level of the Marriott Marquis hotel, the same building that houses the Marquis Theatre!
Long story short – you don’t have to miss that morning cup of coffee just because you’re not at home! The Theatre District and Your Broadway Genius have got you covered.