Best coffeeshops for doing work

These places will help get your mojo flowing with amenities like outlets aplenty, free Wi-Fi and potent cups of joe.



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    Breukelen Coffee House

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    Qathra Coffee Shop

  • Photograph: Andrew Fladeboe


Photograph: Alex Strada


Breukelen Coffee House

Breukelen Coffee House
In a neighborhood with limited coffee options, this relative newcomer gives the area's new wave of young locals a place to work during the day, when the vibe here is quiet and calm. The decor—a pale yellow paint job and stainless steel tables—offers little distraction, and the friendly staff is happy to discuss the intricacies of their rotating Stumptown selection. A recent favorite was the drip-brewed Ethiopian Suke Quto. It's a full-bodied, slightly citrusy blend that tastes bright and crisp on its own, or tempered with a splash of milk ($1.75--$2); try it with hemp, hazelnut, oat or soy (plus good old organic cow). Bonus: Renovations are underway to expand the space and add more seats this month. 764A Franklin Ave between St. Johns and Sterling Pls, Crown Heights, Brooklyn (718-789-7070)

Ost Caf
An old-world Bohemian vibe reigns at this East Village caf, where the owners have outfitted the sunny room with overstuffed armchairs and vintage bookshelves. Though it morphs to a bustling wine war by night, laptop luggers rule during the weekdays, when the price of fast-moving Wi-Fi is a single cup of Intelligentsia-sourced brew. To secure your spot at a table, try the expertly steamed cappuccino ($3.75), made with a double short shot of rich, gently sweet Black Cat espresso and a cap of silky foam. 441 E 12th St at Ave A (212-477-5600,

Qathra Caf
Filling the void left by the closure of neighborhood fave Vox Pop, this new caf on Ditmas Park's main drag attracts families and freelancers with its exposed-brick walls, refurbished-wood counters, floor-to-ceiling windows and a sunny back patio, which will be kept toasty with heaters all winter. A table for the laptop crew and free Wi-Fi please worker bees, while Middle Eastern--leaning snacks like hummus platters ($6--$8) help keep the jitters at bay. Direct-trade Crop to Cup beans, like the chocolaty Ethiopian Harrar, are used for all drinks: we're especially fond of the expertly pulled cortado ($2.75), a small cup of half espresso and half steamed milk, like a potent and smooth-sipping mini latte. 1112 Cortelyou Rd between Stratford and Westminster Rds, Ditmas Park, Brooklyn (718-484-3322,

Roasting Plant
If the living-room feel of many coffeehouses proves too distracting, try working in this modernist, minimalist space instead. Small tables with white cushioned seats line the walls, and except for the whir of the coffee machines and the clicking of fingertips making use of the lightning-quick Wi-Fi connection, it's mostly quiet during the day. Roasting Plant stands out for its extreme take on a fresh cuppa: The beans for every order are sucked into a futuristic set of tubes, where they're roasted, ground and brewed in a matter of minutes, minimizing bean-to-cup time and maximizing deliciousness. Fuel your genius with a clean, crisp shot of espresso, served in an insulated Bodum cup ($2). 75 Greenwich Ave between Seventh Ave and 11th St (212-775-7755,

Second Stop Cafe
Nearly every inch of table space is covered with computers, and surrounded by tattooed locals who convene for long afternoons of brainstorming and blogging. Mismatched furnishings, vintage tchotchkes and sun-baiting wraparound windows make the whole place very homey, and an abundance of outlets ensures a day's productivity—well, that and $1 refills on Stumptown brews. Pair your cup with homemade vegan muffins ($2--$3) and seasonal soups and salads ($5--$8). 524 Lorimer St at Ainslie St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-486-6850)

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Users say

Mary Reilly
Mary Reilly

Not all Think locations have wifi (I know for sure the one off Union Square on fourth does not) and they all play (often really pretty crappy) music at earsplitting levels. Ost is great, but again with the noise- SO, SO LOUD. I have never been able to get any kind significant work load done at either venue. Housing Works in Soho is reliable on weekdays for both seating and quiet (my priorities). The coffee is cheap but not great. I drink tea there, and then, if I really need it, hit Gimme (on Mott) on my break. La Colombe and Saturdays are also both a stone's throw away and both serve dynamite coffee.