We know the best place in New York to get coffee, but if we told you, it would get really crowded and then we would be sad. Very sad. Also, angry at you.
Where I hailed him: Union Square
Where he hails from: Queens
Years as a cabbie: 3
Previous profession: No previous profession
I don't know about "best," but I like to get it from the guys who sell it out of carts along with bagels and sandwiches. It's not bad coffee, and it's cheap. The only thing is you have to remember to ask how fresh the coffee is. If it's not fresh, forget it. You can't drink it it's so bad. If I'm not getting it to take with me, I'd go anywhere that gives you free refills. No Starbucks. Diners are just as good as Starbucks and they're a tenth of the price and they give you refills. I'd go to those even if I don't have the time to have more than one cup.
Where I hailed him: East Village
Where he hails from: Pakistan
Years as a cabbie: 15
Previous profession: Always a driver
Coffee Shop on 16th Street has great coffee. Better than Starbucks. And the service is good. The restaurant is busy all the time but you can take coffee to go. I used to go there when I first came to New York and I still go there now. Also, the girls they have working there are always very pretty.
Where I hailed him: West Village
Where he hails from: Haiti
Years as a cabbie: 23
Previous profession: Dry cleaner
I like coffee. I drink it every morning. It's the smell, it gets you out of bed somehow. When I was a child, my mother would give me coffee in a bowl, and I would dip bread in it. I now get my coffee from that place... what is the name... oh, I can't think of the name... it's very popular. [Starbucks?] Yes, that's it! Starbucks. It's strong, like the coffee my mother made. I take it black, though I hear that's bad for your stomach.
Where I hailed him: Midtown East
Where he hails from: Russia
Years as a cabbie: 2
Previous profession: Student
I drink coffee from this little cart in the East Village, in Astor Place. It's called Mud. I don't know why they called it that, the coffee does not taste like mud, I assure you. But I think I might have to stop drinking coffee because it makes me too nervous. I think I will switch to tea. You ever get anxiety? [All the time.] You drink coffee? [Constantly.] There, you see? We should both drink tea instead. But if you want good coffee, I would go to Mud in Astor Place.