The Monkey Cup

1730 Amsterdam Ave, New York
(646) 665-3906

Recent Comments

Cleve Lamison

great coffee. great vibe.

Dimitrios D

The Monkey Cup is a tiny, very nicely decorated cafe not far from City College.

Jessica Weisenborn

Love this place! Such a cute design and great vibe if you want to sit in. The kyotomonkey is honestly one of the best iced coffees I've ever had. Their pastries (especially the peach danish) are amazing too!

Misaki Kawachi

Greeted by a very friendly barista the first time we were ever there. Just moved to the neighborhood and this place quickly became our favorite spot. The barista who’s there often (might be the owner) surprised us with a handcrafted latte with a drawing of a monkey one day. Espresso and coffee are well balanced. A must go to if you’re in the neighborhood of either of the locations. Thank you for welcoming us Monkey cup. :)

B.P. A.

Great coffee shop. Really nice employees and the coffee is great. Go here every week and they are always super nice and helpful.

Kenji Hemmert

The guy that's always there is amazing. (He might be the owner?) The music selection is really cool. I also like the laminated photo of their adopted chimpanzee

René Hilstrøm

Great coffee and good danish. Love that place

Kissy T.

I've been going to monkey cup for years. I like their iced mocha, fruity monkey and their pastries. The owners and baristas are very nice and friendly. It's a cute little place too.

Cecilia Long

A small, cute coffee shop with limited seating but charming, jungle themed decor and fantastic espresso! You can get a great cup of coffee or latte for about 50 cents - $1 less than most Manhattan coffee shops. Everything is $2 - $5. The baristas are knowledgable about the coffee and friendly. As an added bonus, espresso drinks usually come with monkey latte art!

Cami Mo

This a cute little place for a strong cup of Joe. It is priced slightly higher than other coffee places, but cheaper than starbucks. I got a cappuccino and the barista didn't tell me it was the kind that comes in a little shot cup. Unfortunately, that's not what I was expecting and was disappointed not to be told that when ordering.

Rodger W.

Great addition to a changing neighborhood! Coffee is excellent, pastries are fresh. My only recommendation is to open at 7 on Saturday, there's a group of about 50 people known for drinking coffee that meet across the street every Saturday at 7:45...

Anne Dwyer

Meh. There are so many good coffee shops with local roasts, it is hard to get excited about this one. The owners are active in the community, which is good.

Lena Dyachek

Good coffee, great customer service, and charming ambiance! There is not a lot of space, only enough to seat about 8 people, so it’s best for a to go order rather than a long study/work session.


Best caramel latte in the area! Hell, the ONLY caramel latte in the area! LOL I love supporting small businesses, especially when they have high quality goods.

Vicky R.

Adorable coffeeshop with very affordable prices. We got a monkeyccino and the drip coffee, both of which were delicious. The best part is the drinks that are milk based (like the cappuccino) come with monkey art on it! You can't help but smile while you drink it. The shop itself is very small. There are only a few tables so it's not ideal for working. However they do have free WiFi if you're lucky enough to snag one of the coveted seats.

Kenny B.

Great coffee. Great service. This place is really great for a quick stop. Would highly recommend overall. I'm a fan of the Monkeychino; it's a cute touch. The pastries are really good as well.

Anelfi M.

I have a horrible dairy allergy there's rarely any milk I actually can have but they had coconut milk. Let me tell you I've never had better a latte in MYLIFE!

Jen B.

I love the coffee here but it seems like the service at the Amsterdam and 145 location has really dipped. When the owner use to work there more often, service was prompt. Lately I have found the baristas keep forgetting my order and spend a lot of time making customers wait while they chat with one another or a customer that they know etc. chit chat is fine but there have been times we have been standing there without any acknowledgement for an awkward amount of time while they finish their conversations. The food is good too and I can even deal with the cramped size of the seating area, but as a regular customer, I'm getting a little over the slow service. Given both my partner and I have noticed this most of the times we've gone in recently, we won't be returning as often.

Teresa V.

I really wanted to give this place a five stars but knocked it down to three for two reasons: (1) my monkey chai latte was anything but a chai latte and (2) the space was pretty cramped. My friends know that I'm a huge chai latte gal, and this was by far the worst chai latte I've had. I couldn't taste the slightest bit of cinnamon or nutmeg and the steamed milk came out way too bubbly that the only purpose it served was trying to hide whatever drink I ended up getting served, if it was even a mistake. My friend's mocha came out okay, but it makes me hesitant to come back or even recommend this place to others. Space is small. There were three round tables along the wall which were all too tightly squeezed together that it was a pain sitting and getting up with our coats on. I say, either narrow it down to two tables or get a bigger space. Overall, it's a cute cafe interior and latte art wise but failed to deliver in terms of serving a decent chai tea latte.

Natalie N.

This is a fantastic coffee shop! With great coffee, fantastic customer service and wonderful decor! Will definitely be coming back!

The Monkey Cup

1730 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10031