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There are dozens of independent local coffee shops to choose from in Nassau and Suffolk counties. (Getty Images)
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LONG ISLAND’S MUST-VISIT COFFEE HOUSES
BY BRENDAN MANLEY
Make no mistake: Long Island runs on coffee.
Whether your routine consists of a lengthy Long Island Rail Road commute,
or sitting in traffic on the Long Island Expressway, or rolling out of bed at
11 a.m., finding a great cup of black gold is essential to the happiness and
peaceful behavior of many Long Islanders, no matter what time of day.
So the next time you feel the longing, skip the chains and try one of LI’s
independent coffee houses, where quality is king and the ambiance can’t be
found at your nearest Starbucks. Here are some favorite locales for a hot or
cold brew, plus tasty treats to go with:
Babylon Bean Coffee House
17 Fire Island Ave., Babylon, 631-587-7729
Babylon Bean North Coffee House
775 Deer Park Ave., North Babylon, 631-314-4073, thebabylonbean.com
Going strong since 2010, the original Babylon location and its newer North
Babylon sibling feature eight distinct roasts brewed daily. There’s an open mic
on Wednesdays from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and live music Fridays and Saturdays
from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
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