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    North of NYC North of NYC By Houlihan Lawrence By Houlihan Lawrence by

    The weather might be cooling off, but the better news is that the local coffee scene continues to heat up. A swath of fresh "third-wave" java joints are sprouting up at all corners of our region, bringing city sensibilities to the northern suburbs and countryside. Here are a few recent additions that know how to pour a serious cup to compliment your cardigan this fall:


    Soon to open adjacent to Nevine Michaan's acclaimed Bedford Hills studio, Katonah Yoga's design-forward cafe, styled by Stephanie Michaa/the.interior, is a game-changer in Northern Westchester. Healthy bites will complement an innovative beverage program by Eva Twine Apothecary—charcoal lattes (steeped charcoal, cinnamon and cardamon with steamed milk) are a signature—with beans by Brooklyn Roasting Company. 39 Main St, Bedford Hills, NY

    Charcoal lattes are the signature beverage at The Cafe at Katonah Yoga


    Finding a proper flat white on a Westchester cafe menu board isn't to be taken for granted. Steps from the platform of Larchmont's Metro North station, this serious espresso bar brings city coffee sensibilities to a cosmopolitan village that craves it. Skilled baristas sling Counter Culture coffee in a minimalist space outfitted with a community table and big picture window, making it as perfect for socializing as a grab-and-dash to the next express. 130 Chatsworth Ave, Larchmont, NY


    Locals felt a deep loss when Ada "the Candy Lady" Cantavero, a neighborhood celebrity, passed in 2008, leaving an uncertain future for the beloved candy counter she ran for 60+ years out of Riverside's old post office. Thankfully, the story took a happy turn when it reopened this year as a community-focused café, serving Port Chester-roasted PATH Coffee and light fare spotlighting locally-sourced ingredients. 112 Riverside Ave, Riverside, CT 0687

    If you've ever dreamed of grabbing a cappuccino at the house from Up, Ada's is the next best thing.


    What this tiny, tech-loving roadside stand lacks in size is more than made up for by its output. Located off the Route 9 corridor, it's the perfect storm of convenience, cultured coffee and local breakfast fare. They're even developing their own mobile app to advance-order (but until, if you want yours waiting upon arrival, you'll just have to text it)—not bad for a humble coffee kiosk in the north country. Try the apple cider latte (pumpin spice is so played out), or a "frappienza" for those warmer days. 6579 Spring Brook Ave. Rhinebeck, NY

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