The Bean

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Photograph: Jonathan Aprea
East Village
This popular café returns to the East Village in a new location, having been displaced by Starbucks. Plunk down on one of the plush couches with your latte and snack on pastries or panini.
Venue name: The Bean
Address: 54 Second Ave
New York

Cross street: at 3rd St
Opening hours: Mon–Wed, Sun 7am–11pm; Thu–Sat 7am–2am
Transport: Subway: F to Lower East Side–Second Ave; 6 to Bleecker St
Price: Average coffee: $2. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Hannah D

I couldn't begin to count the hours I spent here doing job applications when I first moved to the city. I was so relieved to find a coffee shop that didn't have the regimented feel of a Starbucks. At the counter they serve a wide variety of caffeinated and non caffeinated drinks (even beer!), plus sandwiches and baked goods that are made in-house. Along the windows, there's seating reserved for patrons who actually want to sip their coffee with a good book or chat with friends, which means no laptops allowed. Although this can be frustrating when it's crowded and you're looking for a seat to do work, I appreciate the concept of keeping the shop a social gathering place. Especially on weekends, get there early to snag a spot on one of the comfy couches. There's usually artwork on the walls, available for purchase from artists in the area, which is a nice touch.