When the weather outside is frightful, a warm beverage and good read are so delightful. Unless there’s three feet of snow or a thick layer of ice on the roads, a trip to a local coffeehouse for a latte is the perfect place to cure cabin fever and get lost in a good book. With the peak of El Niño in our rearview mirrors, we went on a mission to find the coziest coffee shops on the Island. Time to abandon your hibernation goals and warm up at one of these eight Long Island coffeehouses.
North Fork Roasting Company, Southold
With a laid-back vibe that’s the epitome of North Fork cool, it didn’t take long for North Fork Roasting Company to become a favorite. Come because the smell of roasting coffee beans on Main Road is too enticing to pass up, stay because the benches at the large communal table are so comfortable you never want to stand up again. Go there.
Recommended Reading: Get inspired by Eat Pray Love author Elizabeth Gilbert in her latest Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.
Just a hop, skip and a jump from Pulse headquarters, a morning trip to Roast is a ritual around here. There’s a cozy nook with plush beige couches and magazines scattered on a large table just made for folks who want to stay a while. If you’ve finished your read but want another cup a joe, make use of Roast’s book exchange by swapping your book for one on a shelf. When I went, page turners like Stephen King’s The Shining and Stieg Larsson’s The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest were for the taking. Go there.
Recommended Reading: Win the book exchange with Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff. Even Barack Obama couldn’t put it down. No one will know you’re the one that added it to the collection, but it’s good juju.
Crazy Beans, Miller Place and Stony Brook
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Throwback decor like an I Love Lucy statuette give Crazy Beans a 1950s diner feel, eclectic plates and mugs make it feel like home. Slide into a retro booth, order a latte (the salted caramel with soy is to-die-for) and unfold that doggie-eared page for a much-needed reprieve from the present-day world. Pro tip: Bring cash. Crazy Beans does not take credit cards. Go there.
Recommended Reading: For the ultimate Throwback Thursday experience, keep with the retro vibe and dust off your copy of The Outsiders. If you’re looking for something a little more current, Nick Hornby’s Funny Girl tells the story of Barbara Parker who, inspired by the success of comedienne Lucille Ball in the 1950s, moved from a small British town to London with the hopes of becoming a star.
Bellmore Bean, Bellmore
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A hidden gem that sells fresh coffee, tasty desserts and even wine and beer, Bellmore Bean is full of comfy seats ideal for helping you finish your read. If you’re in the mood to procrastinate, try your hand at a game of checkers on the large checkerboard table or pick a song for the jukebox. Go there.
Recommended Reading: Order a glass of vino and enjoy Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave. When a runaway bride-to-be returns to the family vineyard, decades of secrets come out.
The Witches Brew, West Hempstead
If you’re reading a thriller, consider Halloween the highlight of your year or love when people use Victorian style mirrors as decor, you’ll want to sink into an armchair at The Witches Brew. Night owls are in luck: this West Hempstead joint is open until midnight Sunday through Thursday and 1am Friday and Saturday. Go there.
Recommended Reading: The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff for the obvious reasons.
Gentle Brew, Long Beach
Coffee connoisseurs come because Gentle Brew roasts its beans on premises, breakfast lovers come for the weekend waffles and bookworms love the quiet, relaxed atmosphere. Go there.
Recommended Reading: Get inspired by Gentle Brew’s DIY approach by flipping through Emily Henderson’s 2015 New York Times Bestseller, Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves. When you arrive home, you’ll have plenty of ideas for how to spruce up your home in minutes and have gotten a few good laughs courtesy of the funny Henderson, who treats her readers like gal pals.
SagTown Coffee, Sag Harbor and Montauk
Tucked away in an alley, SagTown Coffee embodies the artsy, welcoming culture of Sag Harbor. A pair of lion sculptures sit by the checkout, tea bags are stored in mason jars and eclectic art fills the walls. When your winter tale becomes a beach read come June, enjoy the outdoor seating. Go there.
Recommended Reading: Raised in Woodmere, Donna Karan opened Urban Zen in Sag Harbor to benefit the Urban Zen Foundation after seeing how nontraditional healing techniques like yoga helped her husband during his battle with cancer. She candidly speaks about that experience and more in her new memoir My Journey.
Sip This, Valley Stream
Sip This hangs creative, colorful prints all around the shop, giving locals a cheery respite from a dark winter’s morning or evening. The java hotspot used to be a record store called Slipped Disc, and some of the decor still pays homage to the building’s roots. There are larger booths perfect for book clubs to chat over a cup of joe and smaller tables for the introverts. Sip This also has local artists perform, so let the next big thing provide a soundtrack. Go there.
Recommended Reading: Suggest Jessica Knoll’s Luckiest Girl Alive to your book club, then discuss before the Reese Witherspoon-produced movie hits theaters this year.
Jack Jack’s Coffee House, Babylon Village
The Commuter Classic-your choice of one of our house-made sandwiches, a piece of fruit, & either a classic black+white cookie or a vegan brownie from @seedandsugar [‘Unititled XXII’ by Juan Cruz-Reverberi @mrsailor] Our artist reception will take place at Jack Jack’s on January 17 in the afternoon. A photo posted by Jack Jack’s Coffee House (@jackjackscoffee) on
A three-minute walk to the train station, Jack Jack’s Coffee is a favorite of commuters. The chic, warm atmosphere, complete with a wood-slate counter and pretty abstract paintings on the walls, make it an inviting place to stay a while. Dog lovers, don’t feel guilty. Just bring one of the massive peanut butter biscuits Jack Jack’s sells home to your pooch. Go there.
Recommended Reading: If you’re one of those people who will totally be bringing a biscuit home to your dog, bring a copy of Travels with Casey to read. You’ll love the charming anecdotes author Benoit Denizet-Lewis tells about his 32-state journey with his lab mix Casey in the New York Times bestseller.