Coffee, New York City
There are Starbucks coffeehouses pretty much at every corner in the city! It's not a rare occurrence to have two Starbucks facing each other, just to make sure New Yorkers don't have to cross the street or go out of their way to get their fix of caffeine. I've never really been a huge Starbucks fan but as we were walking down the streets of Manhattan on a chilly November day, all those warm cups of coffee people were walking with started looking pretty darn good! We ended up going to Starbucks three times in four days, and each time I got a real kick listening to the locals order their "double tall non-fat mocha, no whip" coffee at full speed!
Well, maybe not 'survival,' but for coffee addicts and fiends, this lexicon will help.
Unlike the rest of the US, Europe, or the world in general, NY coffee terminology is different. So for those visiting and who love a cup of caffeinated paradise, it's good to get to know the lingo.
Except in good restaurants and cafes, the following goes (especially with street vendors):
-if you order a "regular coffee" in NY, that means coffee WITH milk
-coffee "light and sweet" is just what it sounds like- lots of milk + sugar.
So (and especially for European visitors), a coffee in NY is not what Americans call espresso, a 'regular coffee' is American coffee with milk.
In Manhattan there seems to be a Starbucks on EVERY corner.
True, it is a good place to stop for a break/map consultation, and use the toilets.
If only they would stop boiling the milk......seems to be an international habit.
Most New Yorkers still order coffee from the local street vendor or deli as opposed to Starbucks. If you decide to order just coffee, in NYC a "regular" coffee is with milk but no sugar. So if you drink yours black, be forwarned.
Each city has it's own coffee slang ... So in NYC when you walk into a Diner and ask for a cup of coffee ... ask for one of the following:
"Black "... is what it is ...
"Regular" ... coffee with milk and sugar
"Regular no sugar" ... coffee with milk only
"Light & Sweet"... double milk and sugar
Always allow other 'straphangers' (subway riders)to exit the train before you try to get on.I have seen people hit each over this.
Although there is a geographic 'uptown' and 'downtown' on a map, the terms themselves can mean north or south of where you are standing at any given moment,anywhere in Manhattan.(I know it must confuse you,but get used to it).
'Coffee Regular' means with milk and sugar,NOT black.However,it is pronounced 'kawfee reglur'.
'Forty-deuce' or 'the deuce' means 42nd Street.
Check out www.slanguage.com/newyork2.html for a quick guide to 'New Yawk-ese'.