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Long Island coffeehouses with personality

Friends hang out at Tiger Lily Cafe in

(Credit: John Griffin)

Personality: It's what sets a place apart from all the others. Maybe it's the shabby-chic furniture, the indie music playing in the background or the walls lined with interesting local artwork. In any case, you can find a distinctive atmosphere in suburbia.

Here's a look at some of the coffeehouses, cafes and gathering spots that move to the beat of a different drummer.

--Compiled by Ian J. Stark

  • Sal Gervasi is the owner of Babylon Bean

    Babylon Bean Coffee House Nightspot, Coffee house, Coffee 17 Fire Island Ave. Babylon Sal Gervasi knows it's not just about the coffee. "Most of the time people go ...

  • Musical instruments and various curios decorate the wall

    Bellmore Bean Cafe Karaoke and Open jams, Coffee house, Blues and jazz 2718 Grand Ave. Bellmore Serving a selection of coffees, teas, lattes and other specialty drinks, this coffeehouse also sells ...

  • Lisa Harris, proprietor of Caffe Portofino in Northport,

    Caffe Portofino Italian, Dessert, Coffee, Breakfast, Sweets 249 Main St. Northport Caffe Portofino in Northport boasts coffee from a local micro-roaster and such baked goods as ...

  • The new Crazy Beans in Miller Place.

    Crazy Beans - Miller Place Breakfast, Coffee, Breakfast, Luncheonette, Beer, Wine bar, Lunch 465 Rte. 25A Miller Place Serving breakfast and lunch until 3 p.m. Then, until 9 p.m., the place becomes a ...

  • Christmas lights and candles set a cozy atmosphere

    The Cup Coffee House $$ | Nightspot, American, Karaoke and Open jams, Sweets, Coffee house 3268 Railroad Ave. Wantagh Knickknacks and handmade artwork dress the yellow walls that wrap this vibrant java joint, which ...

  • At Roast Coffee & Tea Trading Co. in

    Roast Coffee & Tea Trading Co. Specialty, Beverages, Food 41 E. Main St. Patchogue Roast Coffee & Tea comes by its name honestly: The spacious shop's dining area is ...

  • The Sip This coffee shop in Valley Stream.

    Sip This Karaoke and Open jams, Coffee, Lounge, Coffee house 64 Rockaway Ave. Valley Stream This trendy coffee shop features more than a hip crowd, caffeinated brews and snack treats ...

  • The health-minded Tiger Lily Cafe in Port Jefferson

    Tiger Lily Cafe $ | Juice bars, Coffee house, Dessert, Vegetarian, Health food, Coffee, Lounge 156 E. Main St. Port Jefferson Vegans and vegetarians join carnivores at this art-filled cafe. Try the Napoleon-like version of eggplant ...

  • This version of

    Toast $$ | Art gallery, Eclectic, Coffee house, Wine bar, Tapas (small plates), Coffee, Breakfast 242 E. Main St. Port Jefferson The atmosphere offers the quaintness of a family-friendly cafe, yet it's elegant and funky like ...

  • Patrons sip beverages and dessert at Witches Brew

    Witches Brew Coffee house 311 Hempstead Tpke. West Hempstead With black-painted walls, grand vintage mirrors, dangling lightbulbs and burning candles, guests make their way ...

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