Relaxing coffeeshops

Procrastination stations for caffeine fiends.

  • Bis.Co.Latte

  • Grounded

  • Ost Cafe

  • Ost Cafe

Atlas Caffe
Abundant natural light, old-school jazz playing in the background and individual desk-sized tables at this cozy neighborhood joint make for the perfect alterna--living room when you need a break from the confines of your apartment. Plop down by the window and pretend to get work done while you eye passersby and sip an earthy matcha latte ($4). 116 Havemeyer St at Grand St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-782-7470,

B Cup
In addition to a couch-filled area for chatty, magazine-browsing types, there's ample room for camping out in tables and chairs directly across from the serving counter. Which means lots of yummy distractions, like the Brie sandwich with olive tapenade, sun-dried tomatoes and basil ($7.50). For optimal quiet time, "come around 4pm on a weekday," advises owner Guy Weizmann. 212 Avenue B at E 13th St (212-228-4808,

Settle in for an Illy espresso ($2.15) and free samples of more than 25 flavors of biscotti (try the fennel almond and the marsala wine with black pepper),which are generously offered all day. You can also take some of the magic home with a sampler bag of five cookies for $4.55. Pick out a magazine from the overflowing racks, sit back, and—what do you know?—your lunch break ended two hours ago. 667 Tenth Ave at 47th St (212-581-3900,

Between the elegant wooden benches, decorative houseplants and inventive brews like the German chocolate latte (small $4.25), you could easily while away the day at this West Village coffeehouse. What's more, all the coffee is fair trade and the organic milk comes from Evans' Farmhouse upstate—so you can relax knowing you've chosen well. 28 Jane St between Greenwich Ave and W 4th St (212-647-0943,

Ost Caf
Don't let the cranky baristas distract you from Ost's otherwise sophisticated, Central European--tinged charm. Novels by Chekhov, Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy line the antique bookcase, so if you happen to be without your trusty laptop (you'll be in the minority), you could unwind with some light reading. Nibble on a charcuterie cheese plate that includes slices of mountain gorgonzola, salva cremasco and Edwin muenster, all of which you can sandwich between Balthazar bread ($14). 441 E 12th St at Avenue A (212-477-5600,


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