Neighborhood: Long Island City
Address: 46-15 Center Blvd.
In the morning and afternoon it's a roomier outpost of the popular Long Island City coffee joint Sweetleaf. As evening falls, when the laptop-toters return to their neighboring condos and abandon thoughts of lattes, it becomes a dark, moody gathering place for drinks crafted by the fine barkeeps from Queens' nearby cocktail epicenter, Dutch Kills. Naturally, many feature java, such as the Castaway with rum, pineapple juice and housemade coffee liqueur, but it's also a friendly spot where locals will not look at you askance for ordering a vodka gimlet.