Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

SWEETLEAF, 10-93 Jackson Avenue (between 11th Street and 49th Avenue), Long Island City, Queens

Most people would say iced coffee weather begins now. I’m one of the crazy few that likes ice cubes in my coffee all year long. In fact, if a coffee shop doesn’t offer cold brewed iced coffee (with cubes, of course), I’ll forgo my caffeine intake for the day. I don’t think I’m addicted to the coffee, but rather the ice.

I was ecstatic to discover that Sweetleaf offers their specialty iced coffees all year long. I was even more ecstatic when I actually put straw to lips. But now that the rest of the world agrees that the cold temperature of coffee is appropriate for this (almost warm) weather, it’s time to unleash one of my new favorite treats in Queens.

Sweetleaf has been in the center of Long Island City since 2008 (that’s old-school for this neighborhood), but I only recently managed to visit the funky, stylish espresso bar, decorated and clad in historic French antiques. I feel deeply in love with their Rocket Fuel.

Rocket Fuel at SWEETLEAF I don’t normally add milk or sugar to my coffee, but the Rocket Fuel convinces me otherwise. A batch is cold brewed with both coffee and chicory (the secret weapon). Chicory adds a nuttiness sweetness that plays beautifully with the rich coffee flavors. It’s sweetened with a kiss of maple syrup and topped off with cold whole milk.

I sipped it down before I even knew what had happened. It truly tasted like coffee ice cream in liquid form and who would want that in any temperature but ice cold?

SWEETLEAF
10-93 Jackson Avenue (between 11th Street and 49th Avenue),
Long Island City, Queens
(917) 832-6726
SWEETLEAF
135 Kent Avenue (at North 6th Street),
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
(347) 725-4862
sweetleaflic.com
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Brian Hoffman is a classically trained actor who is now a full-time tour guide, blogger, and food obsessive. He leads food and drink tours around New York City, which not only introduce tour-goers to delicious food, but gives them a historical context. He also writes food articles for Gothamist and Midtown Lunch in addition to overseeing this blog and a few food video series, including Eat This, Locals Know, and Around the World in One City.

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