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Best hidden coffee NYC: Brews and coffeehouses that go beyond Starbucks

Sure, there is practically a Starbucks on every corner in New York City. But there are also lots of artisanal, mom-and-pop java joints all over Manhattan -- if you know where to look. Here are a few hidden gems.

Café Canard, Duck's Eatery

Since opening in 2012, Duck's Eatery has been
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Since opening in 2012, Duck's Eatery has been known for its delicious barbeque fusion menu (think crispy pig ears and spicy brisket jerky). But Monday through Friday, you can also find Café Canard in the space, serving Kobrick's Coffee -- including French press, cortado and cold brew varieties -- from about 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. A small selection of pastries will also soon be available. 351 E. 12th St., 212-432-3825, Duckseatery.com

Café Integral

Tucked away in the back of the super-hip
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Tucked away in the back of the super-hip SoHo boutique American Two Shot, the Café Integral "brew bar" is known for its unique Nicaraguan coffees, personally sourced and roasted in NYC, as well as a selection of artisanal teas from Silk Road Teas and delicious pastries. 135 Grand St., 646-801-5747, Cafeintegral.com

Toby's Estate at Club Monaco

Not sure whether to get coffee or go
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Not sure whether to get coffee or go shopping? At Toby's Estate -- located inside the Club Monaco store on Fifth Avenue -- you can do both. The Flatiron location offers a menu of Direct Farm coffees from around the world as well as a selection of homemade sandwiches. 160 Fifth Ave., 646-559-0161, Tobysestate.com/story/tobys-flatiron

Kaffe 1668

The TriBeCa staple (there are not one but
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The TriBeCa staple (there are not one but two different Kaffe 1668 locations on Greenwich Street) can be found as a grab-and-go concept in the lobby of a Midtown building. There you can indulge in its single origin, quality, direct-trade coffee -- get the Sweetspot Signature Espresso -- as well as a selection of tea from Le Palais Des Thés. 530 Fifth Ave., Kaffe1668.com

Bluestone Lane Coffee

A third location recently opened in the West
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A third location recently opened in the West Village, but the FiDi branch of Australian coffee shop Bluestone Lane -- tucked away in the back corner on the ground floor of an office building -- is the perfect respite for busy Wall Streeters looking for a quick, midday boost. 30 Broad St., 646-684-3771, Bluestonelaneny.com

Little Collins

In Midtown and need a java jolt? Little
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In Midtown and need a java jolt? Little Collins has got you covered, offering a variety of Counter Culture Coffee beverages from the ModBar -- a covert, under-counter brewing system -- including the Flat White and Piccolo Latte. Extra bonus: The menu has one of the best avocado smashes in the city. 667 Lexington Ave., 212-308-1969, Littlecollinsnyc.com

Ninth Street Espresso

The bartenders at Ninth Street Espresso take their
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The bartenders at Ninth Street Espresso take their brews seriously, offering only four items -- brewed coffee, iced coffee, espresso and espresso with milk. There are multiple locations but we prefer the one stashed in a less-trafficked wing of Chelsea Market. 75 Ninth Ave., 212-358-9225, Ninthstreetespresso.com

Intelligentsia Coffee

Popular in Los Angeles and Chicago, the first
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Popular in Los Angeles and Chicago, the first NYC location of this coffee mecca is nestled in the lobby of the High Line Hotel, accompanied by a Intelligentsia-branded refurbished 1963 Citroen coffee truck (affectionately dubbed Minibar), which sits out front in the hotel's courtyard, serving espresso and pourovers. 180 10th Ave., 212-933-9736, Intelligentsiacoffee.com

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