Mmmm. There’s no better way to welcome the crisp fall weather than with a warm cup of some of the best hot cider on the Upper West Side. The state of New York is known for having the best apples in the nation and our delicious cider is proof of that. Read on to find out where are the best places to get fall’s most iconic beverage on the Upper West Side!
Irving Farm Coffee Roasters
224 West 79th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam)
Irving Farm Coffee Roasters, headquartered in Millerton, NY, has been serving up organic and handcrafted beverages of high quality since 1996. Their seasonal hot apple cider is sure to get you all warm and fuzzy. You can either get it to go or seat indoors and take in the shop’s cozy ambiance. The Upper West Side’s location features rustic decor with beautiful wood flooring. It will make you feel like you’re in a remote cabin in the woods. Irving uses locally-sourced ingredients for their eco-friendly food. They’ve got bagels, granola yogurts, and even oatmeals prepared with organic cinnamons and raisins. All great options on a chilly fall day!
187 Columbus (68th), 271 Amsterdam (73rd), 514 Columbus (85th)
Some of the best hot cider on the Upper West Side can be found at Joe Coffee, which has been serving it seasonally since 2009. The family-owned coffee chain has stores in Manhattan and Philadelphia. The way they roast is proof of their dedication to producing drinks and pastries of high quality. They have their very own single-origin and blended coffees and cider. They also strive to keep a sustainable relationship with their importers, exporters, and farmers.
200 Columbus Ave (69th Street)
Magnolia Bakery serves up both cold and hot versions of their apple cider. The drink goes great along with one of their scrumptious cupcakes. The popular vanilla cupcake makes for the perfect combination. It’s made with a rich and buttery cake base that’s topped with light bread crumbs and a sweet vanilla flavor. You can also pair your cider with one of the signature cookies. They also come in a variety of flavors including confetti, peanut butter, sea salt caramel, and brown sugar. Don’t forget to also try their creamy banana pudding if you haven’t already done so. Magnolia Bakery is dedicated to helping charities meet their goals. They’ve partnered with organizations such as Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Autism Speaks in the past.
201 West 83rd Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam)
This European-inspired cafe looks like it could belong on any Parisian boulevard. Try their soul-warming cider with one of their authentic Belgian waffles. They come in different varieties: plain, whole wheat and gluten-free. You can also choose from a great selection of toppings such as plain or frozen yogurt, whipped cream, seasonal fruits, Nutella or strawberries. Besides yummy hot cider, they also offer premium coffee, cappuccinos, and espressos. They’ve also got plenty of baked goods available such as muffins, croissants, and other assorted pastries. Cafe Lalo was also featured in one of the scenes from the lovely 90’s romantic-comedy “You’ve Got Mail.” It’s a great place to spend your fall evenings with it’s European charm and sophisticated ambiance.
Tucker Square Greenmarket
W. 66th Street & Broadway
The Tucker Square Greenmarket opens every Thursday from 8am to 5pm. Vendors sell locally-sourced produce that’s organic and of quality. You’ll find chemical-free veggies, apple cider donuts, cheeses, fruits, and free-range eggs. There’s also even more than 80 varieties of apples which might explain why the cider here is so good. The vendors stick to sustainable practices that don’t harm the environment. Local Grove Farms provides the delicious cider as well as fruits like berries and berries and an assorted selection of baked goods. Tucker Square is located right across from the Lincoln Center. Shopping here is a great way to eat healthy whilst also supporting small business that help our community.