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20 Best Laptop-Friendly Coffee Shops For Working in NYC, USA

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Have you ever dreamt about what it’d be like to earn a living while having the freedom to travel around the world?

Many people have turned that dream into reality. In the US alone, the number of digital nomads from 2019 increased by 49% in 2020. This data suggests that millions of people have come to realize that they actually can work from anywhere around the world – further debunking the myth of having to work in an office to earn a sustainable income.

The pandemic has normalized flexible work setups across different industries, giving workers the independence to work from anywhere they choose, whether it be from home or a coffee shop thousands of miles from home.

If you’re working as a digital nomad or thinking of becoming one, one destination every digital nomad has to visit is New York City. Famously known as the “City That Never Sleeps,” NYC is also fabled for its extraordinary diversity and bustling environment.

As a matter of fact, NYC has just been named the most popular tourist destination in the U.S.!

Whether you’re a jet-setting digital nomad or a New Yorker looking for a place to maximize productivity, you know that having an environment conducive to focused work is essential.

20 Laptop-Friendly Cafes In NYC: The Perfect Places To Work

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The good news? You’ll have tons of choices when it comes to New York City cafes. Here are some of the best laptop-friendly cafes the city’s different boroughs have to offer:

Manhattan

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Manhatten Bridge, New York City

Kicking off our list is New York’s most popular borough, Manhattan. This bustling borough is home to some of the city’s most iconic attractions: Times Square, Central Park, the Empire State Building…

Anyone coming in for a visit is in for a treat as the number of tourist spots and cafes stretches to so many different parts of the borough.

The Bean

This East Village coffee shop has been open since 2003, serving quality coffee and speciality drinks to its patrons. The cosy space coupled with a good selection of foods and drinks makes it one of the city’s favourites.

771 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
Monday to Sunday, 7 am to 9 pm
(646) 781-9620 

The Roost

The Roost offers craft coffee and other craft beverages to its customers. If you’re looking for a place to work, wind down after work, or a place where you can do both, you should have this Manhattan cafe and lounge at the top of your list.

222 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009
Sunday and Monday, 8 am to 7 pm; Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 am to 12 mn; Thursday to Saturday, 8 am to 2 am
(646) 918-6700

Rebel Coffee

Rebel Coffee might not have the immense space compared to other cafes in Manhattan, but it certainly makes up for this with its products and service.

Remote workers might even go as far as calling this place a second home because of their great coffee, excellent staff, tranquil work environment, and even a granola station!

19 8th Ave, New York, NY 10014
Monday to Sunday, 8 am to 5 pm
(917) 261-4299

Think Coffee Mercer

Located in multiple areas across the city, this particular branch of Think Coffee Mercer is situated right in the nook of NYU. Aside from the convenient location, Think Coffee Mercer is also known for its good coffee and spacious area, making it the perfect place for work, meetings and relaxation. 

*They also offer discounts for students from NYU.

248 Mercer St, New York, NY 10012 
Monday to Friday, 7 am to 7 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 8 am to 7 pm
(212) 228-6226

Brooklyn

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Known for its rich history and distinctive architectural heritage, the borough of Brooklyn is also home to legendary pizza, popular tourist attractions, and, you guessed it, laptop-friendly cafes.

Freehold

Freehold is another spectacular place to get work done and unwind. More than just a coffee shop, Freehold is also a bar where guests are allowed to work and fill their bellies with delectable dishes.

45 S 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Monday and Tuesday, 8 am to 6 pm; Wednesday and Thursday, 8 am to 12 mn; Friday, 8 am to 3 am; Saturday, 12 nn to 3 am; Sunday, 12 nn to 12 mn
(718) 388-7591

Kos Kaffe Roasting House

Want a sip of freshly-roasted coffee from around the world all in one place? Kos Kaffe Roasting House is the place to be! Have a cup of your favourite brew while you finish your tasks for the day — they’ve even got tasty snacks on their menu!

251 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Monday to Sunday, 8 am to 4 pm
(718) 768-6868

Devoción Coffee

Farm-to-table food is a common concept, but have you heard about farm-to-table, dry-milled coffee?

Devoción Coffee offers beans and brews that take an average of ten days to reach their store — meaning seriously fresh coffee! 

69 Grand St. (at Wythe), Brooklyn, NY 11249
Monday to Sunday, 8 am to 6:30 pm
(718) 285-6180

Coffee Project New York

This multi-awarded coffee shop, like many others, is both a coffee roasting house and a bar.

What sets it apart, you might ask? Coffee Project NY also happens to be the state’s only Specialty Coffee Association (SCA)-certified Premium Training Center. Quality guaranteed!

78 Rockwell Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 5 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 8 am to 5 pm
(585) 888-3153

Hungry Ghost Prospect Heights

Flavorful coffee and good food while working might just be the key to success — Hungry Ghost’s patrons would certainly agree! This Brooklyn coffee chain was founded in 2012 by Murat Uyaroglu, a Turkish immigrant who continues to expand his humble coffee shop to other locations in Brooklyn.

253 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Monday to Friday, 7 am to 3 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 7 am to 5 pm
(718) 483-8666

Queens

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If entertainment is what you’re after, Queens has more than its fair share of the cultural learning experiences that New York City has to offer. Be it museums, galleries, or other attractions that are unique to the Big Apple, this place has just about everything to tickle your fancy. It’s no wonder people love to work and visit here — the positive energy is positively contagious!

Sweetleaf

Seeking vegan-friendly pastries and good quality coffee? Sweetleaf is a perfect choice! Their handmade pastries and fresh-ground coffee are some of the tastiest treats to have as you get ready to put in another hard day at work. Looking for an alternative to coffee? Don’t worry. They also have tea!

2810 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101
Monday to Friday, 7 am to 7 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 8 am to 7 pm
(718) 361-8000

Partners Coffee

Partners Coffee boasts an indoor and outdoor seating option for digital nomads looking to get their work on while enjoying a great atmosphere and a fabulous cup of coffee. It’s also a good place to get brunch, too.

26-25 Jackson Ave, Queens, NY 11101
Monday to Sunday, 6:30 am to 5 pm
(347) 531-0477

Paris Baguette

As the name suggests, this bakery and café take inspiration from the French and their artisanal baking techniques. Paris Baguette was opened in 1988 focusing primarily on French pastries.

Over time, they’ve adjusted with the needs of their customers, turning their bakery into a work-friendly café with thousands of locations around the world.

96-33 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11374
Monday to Sunday, 7 am to 10 pm
(718) 897-8688

Staten Island

This borough is located in the southern part of the city and is the greenest neighbourhood among the others. It has a large expanse of the park area and is also historically known for its role in the arrival of immigrant families in the early 1900s.

Currently, Staten Island is home to a diverse population, unique locations, and a myriad different tourist spots where you can learn about different cultures and ethnic backgrounds too.

SIPS + MAKER

SIPS + MAKER focuses on the values of handmade and fair trade for their business. Locals, travellers, and humanitarians alike seek out this beautiful café and its tasty selections.

Looking to support good advocacy and a great cup of coffee? This is the perfect place to be.

312 New Dorp Ln, Staten Island, NY 10306
Wednesday to Sunday, 8:30 am to 4 pm
(718) 668-9474

Everything Goes Book Cafe

If you’re looking for something quiet or perhaps a cafe with a unique style, Everything Goes Book Cafe should be on your radar.

This café is the only large used bookstore on the island and is located conveniently near the ferry — perfect if you want to work away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

208 Bay St, Staten Island, NY 10301
Wednesday to Saturday, 12 nn to 6 pm
(718) 447-8256

Beans and Leaves

Freshly made coffee and tea… and a unique twist on waffles and croissants?

If you want to take your tastebuds on an adventure while working from a cosy café, it’s time to head to Beans and Leaves. You can even create your very own sweet or savoury waffles!

422 Forest Ave, Staten Island, NY 10301
Monday to Friday, 6:30 am to 6 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 7 am to 6 pm
(718) 448-0276

The Mustard Seed

Staten Island locals love the Mustard Seed for its great ambience and great food. If you want to work the entire day without having to worry about going out to buy food and beverages, this island favourite offers excellent food and coffee that’s sure to keep you focused.

572 Forest Ave, Staten Island, NY 10310
Monday to Saturday, 8 am to 4 pm
(718) 682-1060

Bronx

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The Vessel, New York City

While its claim to fame is being the birthplace of hip-hop, the Bronx is also home to famous landmarks such as the Bronx Zoo and Yankee Stadium. This borough is relatively less busy compared to the others but is worth exploring with its amazing hidden spots and diverse activities.

Prince Coffee House

This modern coffee house stands out in a row of historic-looking buildings in Little Italy. Its spacious interior coupled with its top-tier coffee and desserts makes it a good place for people to complete work that they want to focus on, with tons of tasty meal options to enjoy, too.

2306 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458
Monday to Sunday, 8 am to 11 pm
(269) 547-2596

Moss Cafe

Vegan, vegetarian, or pescatarian? Moss Cafe specializes in these kinds of cuisine for those who are mindful of what they eat. Paired with great coffee and a welcoming ambiance, this is the perfect place to grab a cup of coffee, get brunch, and get to work.

3260 Johnson Ave, Bronx, NY 10463
Sunday to Friday, 8 am to 3 pm
(347) 275-5000

La Casa Del Caffè

A refreshing take on coffee is what you’ll find in this hidden gem in the Bronx. People in the area are huge fans of their cappuccino, and La Casa Del Caffè is also revered as one of the best places to work in the neighbourhood.

1036 Morris Park Ave, Bronx, NY 10461
Monday to Saturday, 7 am to 11 pm; Sunday, 7 am to 2 pm and 7 pm to 11 pm
(718) 931-7816

New York City is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and for good reason. It’s near impossible to run out of places to visit because of its rich culture, diversity, and history.

If you find yourself in the Big Apple, there’s still a way for you to get your productivity on while you enjoy the city’s sights and sounds. Whether a tourist, digital nomad, or even a local, there are tons of things to discover and enjoy as you wander the city’s different boroughs.

Want to do a little more than get your work done with a good cup of coffee and delectable dishes? The city also has its fair share of Instagram-worthy spots for you to visit during your free time. Simply put, New York is the perfect place to travel and work at the same time.

Isabel Leong

Isabel Leong

An explorer at heart, the world is Isabel's playground. She enjoys seizing every moment exploring every hideout and doing the unimaginable, like bungee jumping in Phuket and couchsurfing in Europe. If she had wings, she’d definitely be soaring right now. Also a fitness trainer, if she’s not at the gym, you can find her doing yoga or rock climbing! Read more about her on belaroundtheworld.com/about.