7 Harlem coffee shops with terrific outdoor seating

Updated: Jan 10

Double Dutch Espresso's expansive outdoor seating on Frederick Douglass Blvd.

Early fall's sunny weather calls for enjoying a great cup of joe outdoors.

Happily, a number of local coffee shops have expanded their outdoor seating these last few months.

Here's where to find them (from south to north):

1. The Monkey Cup

1965 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd between W 118th and W 119th Sts

A jungle-themed coffee bar with endless varieties of specialty coffee, this spot now has an indigenous-style hut typical of Venezuela out front.

2. Double Dutch Espresso

2194 Frederick Douglass Blvd between W 118th and W 119th Sts

This popular coffee shop has both plentiful sidewalk seating plus a shaded street patio it shares with its sister bar, Mess Hall.

3. Lenox Coffee

60 W 129th St between Fifth and Lenox Aves

Stop by for this cafe's very own brand of single-origin drip coffee, single-origin cold brew and espresso blend, all to be enjoyed in its blocked-off seating area.

4. Dear Mama

611 West 129th Street between Broadway and 12th Avenue

If all of Dear Mama's outdoor bistro tables are taken, you can always find a bench in the peaceful plaza it faces.

5. NBHD Brûlée

2620 Frederick Douglass Blvd and W 140th St

Just around the corner from Harlem's magnificent Strivers' Row, this corner spot serving Italian coffee and sandwiches now has a cheerful sidewalk cafe.

6. Hamilton's Cafe and Restaurant

3570 Broadway between 146th and 147th Streets

A busy spot with an impressive number of tables both on the sidewalk and along Broadway.

7. The Chipped Cup

3610 Broadway between 148th and 149th Streets

During the day this basement coffee shop with a leafy back patio also takes over the yard of its sister space, the Honey Well.

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