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Nyack People & Places: The Coffee Wars Are Heating Up

A Coffee-Lover’s Guide: What Brew Each Nyack Café Serves

by Mike Hays

First a trickle. Then a river. Now, a tidal wave of coffee. Nyack coffee bars evolved quickly from the ubiquitous 20th century coffee urns into a vast new wave of sleek shops offering farm-to-cup, Free Trade, shade-grown, single-cup wonders. While Nyack’s single downtown chain, Starbucks, serves up its recognizable national fare, Nyack cafés each chose a different roast, along with a unique set of accompaniments. Coffee pioneers have brought us to new, eye-popping caffeine heights. Our village choices are plentiful, each with a special roast and vibe. And so, a scorecard is needed. Your favorite?

Coffee & gourmet pastries

Salonniere, 79 S. Broadway

Nyack’s newest coffee bar

Roast: Kobrick Parlor. Kobrick is a 4th generation Jersey City coffee roaster, with plans to rotate the roast in the future

Vibe: European post-modern with a comfortable parlor

Food: Carefully selected menu of pastries with a French and Italian flair

Coffee & Chocolate

Adams Chocolate, 150 Burd Street

Nyack’s only on-site roaster

Roast: Adam is currently roasting Columbian beans. The country of origin of Adam’s beans changes.

Vibe: Boho art and found objects

Food: Chocolate from beans roasted and ground on-site by Adam. The current chocolate is from Bolivian beans.

Coffee and donuts

Boxer Donut and Expresso Bar, 18 N. Franklin

Small café that punches like a large one

Roast: Stumptown Home Brew for drip coffees; Stumptown Hair Bender for espresso drinks

Vibe: Hipster

Food: Donuts made on-site in an open kitchen, plus oatmeal and other grain noshes

Coffee and pie

Pie Lady & Sons, 125 Main Street, Suite 7

Local favorite for homemade pies 

Roast: Tarrytown roaster Coffee Lab, Witches Brew for drip coffees; Circus Dog for espresso drinks

Vibe: Country café

Coffee and tea

TeagevityNyack Farmers’ Market, the Nyack Center, 111 S. Broadway

From long-time farmers’ market vendor Preston Powell

Roast: BeanLuv, Hand-roasted and ground in Nyack

Vibe: Health and wellness, farmers’ market

Food: Wide variety of teas and coffees, hot or cold, and beans and tea leaves for home brews

Coffee and brunch

Art Café, 65 S. Broadway

 Long-time village favorite in a Victorian building

Roast: Counter Culture, roasted in Durham NC and San Francisco. Counter Culture Hologram for espresso, and Counter Culture 46 for brewed coffees. French Press available for any of the Counter Culture roasts.

Vibe: Cozy Mediterranean, with a touch of art, photography, and music

Food: Israeli-influenced food, menu served all day

Coffee & croissants

Patisserie Didier Dumas, 163 Main Street

A Nyack institution popularly called “Didier’s”

Roast: Illy, a classic Italian roast

Vibe: French patisserie with café tables

Food: Chef-inspired on-site croissants, crepes, and pastries

Coffee with a view

Hudson Market on Main

Opened in late 2019 featuring regional fare

Roast: Java Love, a women-owned artisan roaster located in Montclair NJ. Special Nyack mix for espresso and brewed coffees

Vibe: Street-scene, with large windows with a view of Broadway and Main

Menu: Breakfast and lunch fare, with some of the food prepared by RCC Culinary School.

Michael Hays is a 30-year resident of the Nyacks. Hays grew up the son of a professor and nurse in Champaign, Illinois. He has recently retired from a long career in educational publishing with Prentice-Hall and McGraw-Hill. Hays is an avid cyclist, amateur historian and photographer, gardener, and dog walker. He has enjoyed more years than he cares to count with his beautiful companion, Bernie Richey. You can follow him on Instagram as UpperNyackMike.

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