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11 Coffee Shops Perfect for Working Outside

Good coffee, Wi-Fi, and a spot to perch

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Looking for a place to work outside of the apartment now that the weather has warmed up? Finding a coffee shop, bakery, or bar to work and have a quiet conversation can feel like hunting for the holy grail. Here are 11 spots that won’t disappoint.

NYC restaurants can now offer indoor dining at 50 percent capacity along with outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining out, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the NYC Health Department’s website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

Note: This is an updated version of a map originally published in 2017.

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1. Boule & Cherie

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172 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10023
(212) 712-0400

A bright, cheery spot on the Upper West Side that’s been around since 2015, Boule & Cherie currently has an outdoor patio set up with ample WiFi access. The coffee comes from Stumptown, and the food goes beyond the typical pastry selection here, with quiches and frittatas for a legitimate working breakfast or lunch. It’s open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

2. Corner Slice

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600 11th Avenue at, W 45th St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 956-9339
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Ok, so it’s not a coffee shop, but sometimes the day calls for both a cup of coffee and an afternoon slice of pizza to get through work. Corner Slice offers both: Its signature square pies are available by the slice for $5 apiece and diners can also get a cup of hot or iced coffee to go alongside. The restaurant has a covered — and heated — outdoor seating area available.

A tomato slice lies on a white paper plate at Corner Slice
Corner Slice’s tomato slice
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3. Partners Coffee

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26-25 Jackson Ave
Queens, NY 11101
(347) 531-0477
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NYC mainstay Partners offers a full range of speciality coffee drinks, baked goods, and heftier meal options for breakfast and lunch. At the company’s Long Island City location, a selection of pastries is available all day while the kitchen is open from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., serving breakfast burritos, wraps, and sandwiches. Outdoor seating is available and equipped with Wi-Fi. Partners also has locations in Williamsburg and the West Village.

4. Joe Coffee Company

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141 Waverly Pl
New York, NY 10014
(212) 924-6750
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With 20 locations scattered across the city, Joe is a familiar, reliable coffee brand for many New Yorkers. The original location at Waverly Place has been in operation for nearly twenty years, churning out reliable cups of coffee for neighborhood residents. There’s not a ton of seating here, but a few outdoor benches offer some welcome space to read or type out a few emails while enjoying spring weather.

5. Book Club

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197 E 3rd St
New York, NY 10009
(646) 678-4160
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A new-ish East Village spot, Book Club is a combo bookstore, coffee shop, and wine bar, where customers can perch out front or in the cafe’s backyard. Outdoor seating is available with Wi-Fi coverage.

6. Devoción

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69 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 285-6180
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Colombian coffee purveyor Devoción is often cited as brewing one of the best cups of coffee in the city. Its sunny Williamsburg location, which functions as both a cafe and a coffee roaster, offers plenty of streetside seating along Grand Street. If all the chairs are occupied, the waterfront Domino Park is one block away.

7. Black Fox Coffee

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70 Pine St
New York, NY 10005
(917) 742-0133
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Black Fox’s sleek flagship store in the Financial District is a consistent go-to for everything from well-executed cappuccinos to vanilla date lattes and malted hot chocolate. And the pastry program — with matcha bundt cakes and twice-baked almond croissants — is hardly an afterthought here. Outdoor tables and chairs are set up on the sidewalk directly outside the cafe.

8. Day's Cafe

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647 Classon Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(201) 687-9680
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Grab a seat outdoors on a sunny afternoon at Day’s Cafe, where the tables are equipped with Wi-Fi and the coffee bar is stocked with Proof, a Brooklyn-based organic coffee roaster. Hang around long enough, and the cafe will start offering cocktails, food, and live music as part of an after-hours operation called Wild Birds.

9. PLG Coffee House and Tavern

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499 Rogers Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225
(347) 413-7944
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This neighborhood hangout has it all: BEC sandwiches for breakfast, Reubens and tuna melts for lunch, and turkey and corned beef by the pound to take home for dinner. Roadside outdoor seating is available, and the shop brews Kitten Coffee all day.

10. Liebre Cafe

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4017 7th Ave, 41st St
Brooklyn, NY 11232
(347) 916-1343
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Sunset Park’s Liebre Cafe is run by a friendly brother-and-sister team who have kept the shop running throughout the pandemic. They stock roasts from Partner in the shop and the pastry case is always filled with something delicious, from guava and cheese empanadas to ham-and-cheese cachitos. A couple of tables and chairs are set up under an awning outdoors, and plenty more seating is available in the neighborhood’s namesake Sunset Park, located across the street.

11. TALEA Beer Co.

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87 Richardson St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(347) 799-1281
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While not strictly a coffee shop, this just-opened brewery and taproom in Williamsburg serves drip coffee and cold brew from Partners starting at 8 a.m. each morning. There’s plenty of outdoor and indoor seats to hole up at, and a solid menu of tart, drinkable pours for winding down after a day of work.

1. Boule & Cherie

172 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023

A bright, cheery spot on the Upper West Side that’s been around since 2015, Boule & Cherie currently has an outdoor patio set up with ample WiFi access. The coffee comes from Stumptown, and the food goes beyond the typical pastry selection here, with quiches and frittatas for a legitimate working breakfast or lunch. It’s open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

172 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10023

2. Corner Slice

600 11th Avenue at, W 45th St, New York, NY 10036
A tomato slice lies on a white paper plate at Corner Slice
Corner Slice’s tomato slice
Nick Solares/Eater NY

Ok, so it’s not a coffee shop, but sometimes the day calls for both a cup of coffee and an afternoon slice of pizza to get through work. Corner Slice offers both: Its signature square pies are available by the slice for $5 apiece and diners can also get a cup of hot or iced coffee to go alongside. The restaurant has a covered — and heated — outdoor seating area available.

600 11th Avenue at, W 45th St
New York, NY 10036

3. Partners Coffee

26-25 Jackson Ave, Queens, NY 11101

NYC mainstay Partners offers a full range of speciality coffee drinks, baked goods, and heftier meal options for breakfast and lunch. At the company’s Long Island City location, a selection of pastries is available all day while the kitchen is open from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., serving breakfast burritos, wraps, and sandwiches. Outdoor seating is available and equipped with Wi-Fi. Partners also has locations in Williamsburg and the West Village.

26-25 Jackson Ave
Queens, NY 11101

4. Joe Coffee Company

141 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

With 20 locations scattered across the city, Joe is a familiar, reliable coffee brand for many New Yorkers. The original location at Waverly Place has been in operation for nearly twenty years, churning out reliable cups of coffee for neighborhood residents. There’s not a ton of seating here, but a few outdoor benches offer some welcome space to read or type out a few emails while enjoying spring weather.

141 Waverly Pl
New York, NY 10014

5. Book Club

197 E 3rd St, New York, NY 10009

A new-ish East Village spot, Book Club is a combo bookstore, coffee shop, and wine bar, where customers can perch out front or in the cafe’s backyard. Outdoor seating is available with Wi-Fi coverage.

197 E 3rd St
New York, NY 10009

6. Devoción

69 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Colombian coffee purveyor Devoción is often cited as brewing one of the best cups of coffee in the city. Its sunny Williamsburg location, which functions as both a cafe and a coffee roaster, offers plenty of streetside seating along Grand Street. If all the chairs are occupied, the waterfront Domino Park is one block away.

69 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11249

7. Black Fox Coffee

70 Pine St, New York, NY 10005

Black Fox’s sleek flagship store in the Financial District is a consistent go-to for everything from well-executed cappuccinos to vanilla date lattes and malted hot chocolate. And the pastry program — with matcha bundt cakes and twice-baked almond croissants — is hardly an afterthought here. Outdoor tables and chairs are set up on the sidewalk directly outside the cafe.

70 Pine St
New York, NY 10005

8. Day's Cafe

647 Classon Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Grab a seat outdoors on a sunny afternoon at Day’s Cafe, where the tables are equipped with Wi-Fi and the coffee bar is stocked with Proof, a Brooklyn-based organic coffee roaster. Hang around long enough, and the cafe will start offering cocktails, food, and live music as part of an after-hours operation called Wild Birds.

647 Classon Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

9. PLG Coffee House and Tavern

499 Rogers Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225

This neighborhood hangout has it all: BEC sandwiches for breakfast, Reubens and tuna melts for lunch, and turkey and corned beef by the pound to take home for dinner. Roadside outdoor seating is available, and the shop brews Kitten Coffee all day.

499 Rogers Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225

10. Liebre Cafe

4017 7th Ave, 41st St, Brooklyn, NY 11232

Sunset Park’s Liebre Cafe is run by a friendly brother-and-sister team who have kept the shop running throughout the pandemic. They stock roasts from Partner in the shop and the pastry case is always filled with something delicious, from guava and cheese empanadas to ham-and-cheese cachitos. A couple of tables and chairs are set up under an awning outdoors, and plenty more seating is available in the neighborhood’s namesake Sunset Park, located across the street.

4017 7th Ave, 41st St
Brooklyn, NY 11232

11. TALEA Beer Co.

87 Richardson St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

While not strictly a coffee shop, this just-opened brewery and taproom in Williamsburg serves drip coffee and cold brew from Partners starting at 8 a.m. each morning. There’s plenty of outdoor and indoor seats to hole up at, and a solid menu of tart, drinkable pours for winding down after a day of work.

87 Richardson St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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