February 7, 2023
3 min read

The 7 Best Cafes to Work From in New York City 2024

Haley Grant
CPO & Co-Founder of Sync

Maybe you want to escape an annoying roommate. Maybe your WiFi is randomly acting up. Or maybe you’re just looking for a nice change of scenery. Whatever the reason, New York has no shortage of cafes to work from and set up shop for a day. But with so many options, it can feel a bit overwhelming to choose which cafe to go to and which one has all the things you need to get your work done–WiFi quality, charging outlets, decent tables to work at, not too much noise. 

And that’s why we're going to share some of the best cafes to work from in New York City, and how work-friendly they really are. 

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Black Fox Coffee

They don’t call it the “best local coffee shop in NYC” for nothing (CBS). Black Fox Coffee gets major hype for its delicious coffee, pastries, and overall ambiance, so it’s only natural that fellow New Yorkers would want to set up their home office there for a morning or afternoon. There are a few different locations all over the city, but the one we're talking about here is in the Financial District on 70 Pine, their flagship store. 

They have window seating, perfect for working and people watching, plus high-top bar style seating and smaller tables. And on nicer days, there are a few tables outside. 

What you need to know…

The last time we checked, this location actually didn’t offer WiFi. BUT… the staff does say you can log in to the building’s public WiFi if you’re using your laptop. And there’s always your own hotspot you can count on! It’s worth a try if you’re looking for specialty coffee, gourmet pastries, and a cool vibe to get some work done. And hey, if you’re just looking to try their raved about coffee, they now deliver so you can order while working from home!

Stumptown Coffee Roasters 

Name a better place to work from than a former corner bookshop… we’ll wait. The Stumptown Coffee Roasters is honestly one of the best places to work from with your laptop. Take a seat at a large table if you’re looking to do some group work with friends or colleagues or make yourself comfortable at one of the smaller circular tables, perfect for one or two people. This cafe offers a warm, cozy interior, with wood countertops and tables, open brick walls, and books positioned on shelves to pay tribute to the previous bookshop that once stood at this corner. 

This coffee shop is known for its delicious brew, featuring a black sesame matcha latte, cappuccinos, cold brews, and more. And a visit to Stumptown Roasters wouldn’t be complete without a pain au chocolat or croissant. 

What you need to know…

While this place is seriously unbeatable for working outside the house, it’s important to note that seating is a bit limited. But if you can find a table, we're telling you, this will be your new go-to coffee shop, whether you’re flying solo or going to work with friends. 

Ground Central Coffee

What we absolutely love about Ground Central Coffee–aside from the music, the selection of books, and their fabulous staff–is the homey vibe this place boasts. Honestly, what’s not to love about this place? The library in the make makes for the perfect work environment, with sofa chairs, couches, and table seating. And then more towards the front, you have high-top seating and a longer table layout, perfect for group work or if you need a bit more space. They offer free WiFi and charging outlets, making it the perfect spot to work from for hours on end. 

Now, let’s get back to the ambiance for a minute, which for us is the most unique thing about this cafe. When going to work from Ground Central Coffee, you can expect a very “local bookshop” vibe, with awesome music playing and a selection of books to browse. That combined with the decor and couches in the back definitely gives a kind of library/study area feeling. 

What you need to know…

Speaking of music, it’s important to know that this cafe does play music that some might consider loud or distracting at times. If you enjoy listening to music while working or plan to wear headphones, this shouldn’t be a problem. But if you need to take a work call, this might not be the best place to conduct your meeting. 

Black Cat Coffee

Black Cat LES could very well be one of the most work-friendly cafes in the city. With its vintage lounge furniture, cozy ambiance, and even tutoring services, it’s the ideal spot if you’re looking for a quiet place to work or study. The cafe has great (free) WiFi, a printer, a great menu, and even open mic events at night! Overall, it’s a great vibe for anyone looking to get some work done outside of the house or office. 

What you need to know… 

This cafe has plenty of seating and charging outlets. It’s also a great place to do group work or study sessions, complete with board games for when you need a little break. 

Book Club

They say don’t judge a book by its cover. But with the Book Club, you can definitely judge this cafe from the outside. Located in the East Village, the Book Club’s storefront is as warm and inviting as its interior. This independent bookstore and bar hybrid has everything you need to get your work done, including good WiFi. There is plenty of bar-style seating and high-tops to get some laptop work done, plus some more comfortable lounge seating between bookshelves more towards the back. 

What you need to know… 

Last we checked, they have a “no laptops after 7pm” rule–which is for the best, seeing as this place turns into a more social scene at night. So if you’re planning to do some late night work, definitely keep this in mind. 

Devoción 

Devoción has a few locations, but the one we're talking about is in Williamsburg. The space is absolutely beautiful, with an abundance of space, tables, and natural light coming from the skylight. The only bad thing about this place being so popular for remote work is that it can be a bit difficult to get a spot. But if you do happen to get a spot, you’re in for a real treat, with good WiFi, good coffee, good pastries, and an overall good vibe. 

What you need to know… 

Unless they’ve recently changed this, Devoción is known to be a laptop-free cafe on the weekends. So, if you’re planning to get some work done during the week, you can’t beat this location, but just keep in mind that it might not be the best spot during the weekends. 

The Bean

If you’re looking for a cool place to work from with plenty of seating, free WiFi, great coffee, and vegan snacks, this is it. The Bean has a few different locations, all of which are super comfortable to work from. There are plenty of outlets, natural lighting, and just overall delicious food and coffee beverages to choose from. The Bean is a must-visit for anyone looking for a change of scenery during their workday.   

What you need to know… 

Normally, you can only use the WiFi after you buy something using a code on your receipt. Not to mention, it’s supposed that they have a two hour limit on WiFi. 

Find Your Next Remote Work Hotspot!

So there you have it: Some of our top picks for cafes to work from in New York City. The best way to discover your next go-to coffee shop is to pay a visit to all of them! Enjoy a change of scenery from your usual work place, get a delicious coffee by yourself, with a friend, or a colleague, and enjoy the perk of having a flexible work location.