- Tea Lounge837 Union Street, New York, NYrecommended Tea LoungeThis cavernous spot in Park Slope is great for coffee and music. Grab a cappuccino, a cupcake (sourced from Magnolia's!), and sink into their well-worn couches or pick a pillow along the wall. Bring a ... read morelaptop or a book, and you're good to go. You could easily spend an afternoon and a night here. They have live music every week, so check the calendar (at www.tealoungeny.com) ahead of time.
- Stumptown Coffee Roasters18 West 29th St, New York, NY 10001recommended Stumptown Coffee RoastersThis Portland, OR coffee roaster has only one branch in NYC, which only adds to its allure. Housed at the Ace Hotel on 29th street, this little coffee shop will satisfy all your caffeine needs. My ... read morego-to is an Americano, but lately, I've been enamored with their Iced Coffee, which is cold-brewed and comes in an adorable twist-cap glass bottle. A strong, milky brew—without the milk! I have no idea how they did that, but it is delicious and addictive. Even though it's winter, the weather is quite mild this year, so you won't get strange looks from the (very hipster-looking) baristas if you order an Iced Coffee.
- Mojo Coffee, Inc.128 Charles Street, New York, NYrecommended Mojo Coffee, Inc.Based in the West Village, the wood cabinesque interior and indie music give Mojo Coffee a Portlandian feel to the place (I know because I reside there). The coffee is good, the ambiance is great, and ... read moreit's a great place to study. The coffee house is small so seating is limited, so with good timing and luck you'll be able to grab a chair. Plus, the wifi is free and they have plug outlets.
- Cafe Minerva302 West 4th Street, New York, NYrecommended Cafe MinervaMy cousin and I found Cafe Minerva as we were walking back from dinner in the West Village. The coffee is good, but the main reason in coming here is the general atmosphere. The windows are expansive, ... read moreso you get a view of the locals passing by the leaf filled trees under the moonlit evening. Plus, the sparse and simple decor makes one think they've entered into a modern version of an Edward Hopper painting.
- Housing Works Bookstore Cafe126 Crosby Street, New York, NY, United Statesrecommended Housing Works Bookstore CafeGood coffee, free wifi, and delicious snacks all in the name of a good cause. Okay, so the free wifi is just for your benefit, but the sales of food, drink, and the many used books lining the walls go ... read moreto benefit the Housing Works charity. I love it almost as much for NOT being Starbucks as for being itself. Tagged for business travelers, as in, freelance.Julia P
I like this place, it's got great atmosphere and is all about a time when NYC was more creative and less monied.