Good Cafés Close to the Roger Smith Hotel

As The New York Times said, the city now treats coffee ‘like an art’. As such, here are some hidden gems very close to the Roger Smith Hotel so you can grab a good cup before starting your day or in between activities.


Ole and Steen

518 Lexington Ave

Monday to Friday | 7am to 7pm

Saturday and Sunday | 8am to 8pm

A mere block away, Danish-style baked goods here include egg rolls and savory pastries along with single-origin coffees, a variety of espresso drinks and indoor dining availability.


Café Grumpy at Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Station (near the Lexington Avenue and Lexington Passage entrance).

Monday to Friday | 7am to 7:30pm

Saturday and Sunday | 8am to 4pm

Convenient for those about to hop on a train or subway, this standing bar offers seasonal coffee drinks, teas and an espresso menu (with winter treats like the matcha cinder).


Little Collins

570 Lexington Ave (at 51st St.)

Monday to Friday | 8am to 4pm

This Australian-inspired, industrial-interior cafe offers unique espresso drinks from the Land Down Under, including the long black and flat white.


Blue Bottle Coffee

10 East 53rd Street

Monday to Friday | 6:30am to 6pm

Saturday and Sunday | 8am to 6pm


This San Fran chain gained acclaim for its high-quality coffee and meticulous brewing process, and the pour-over, single origin coffees are well worth the wait. Also peruse the experimental concoctions like the Cold Brew Cascarra Fizz with sparkling water and champagne vinegar.


Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks

Starbucks: 560 Lexington Avenue | Monday to Friday, 5:30am to 8pm | Saturday and Sunday, 6am to 5pm

Dunkin’ Donuts: 471 Lexington Avenue | Monday to Friday, 6am to 7pm | Saturday and Sunday, 7am to 5pm