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Public parks, slice shops, and breweries all make for excellent outdoor offices.
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11 Coffee Shops Perfect for Working Outside

Good coffee, free Wi-Fi, and sunny spots to perch

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Public parks, slice shops, and breweries all make for excellent outdoor offices.
| Liz Clayton/Eater NY

Looking for a place to get work done outside of the apartment this summer? 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.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.

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The Chipped Cup

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The Chipped Cup describes itself as a “Victorian psychedelic coffee shop,” which already sounds far better than “fluorescent office lights” any day of the week. Hide out among the leafy green plants sprouting from every corner of the cafe’s back patio with a cup of Counter Culture Coffee and dreams of productivity.

Gossip Coffee

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This Astoria charmer boasts sleek retro interiors — a red-tiled houndstooth pattern on the floor gets Instagramm’ed often — and a comfortable backyard. Turquoise cushions line the bench along one exterior wall, and the wooden planters and wood slatted chairs and tables soften the remote work day. Pair a For Five coffee beverage with poached eggs on koulouri or chocolate-stuffed sugar cookies. For those who want an extra buzz on top of the caffeine, there’s a cocktail bar with the the inevitable espresso martini

Corner Slice

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Okay, 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 in the Gotham West Market food hall offers both: Its signature square pies are available by the slice and diners can also get a cup of hot or iced coffee to go alongside. The market has a covered outdoor seating area available with Wi-Fi access.

A tomato slice lies on a white paper plate at Corner Slice.
Corner Slice’s tomato slice.
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The Oasis Cafe

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The newly renovated Oasis Garden at this long running Greek cafe, which opened in 1986, features 5,000 square feet of space to fire away on a laptop among lush greens under a pergola. Take productivity to the next level with Greek frappes and freddo cappuccinos, a color-blocked elixir of espresso, cold frothy foam, and a mix of the two in between those layers

Partners Coffee

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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, the kitchen serves breakfast burritos, wraps, and sandwiches, and there’s a selection of pastries available all day. There’s a breezy courtyard in the back and the space is equipped with Wi-Fi.

Book Club

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Book Club is a cozy bookstore, coffee shop, and wine bar — sprawling by East Village standards — with plenty of space for customers to perch out front or in the cafe’s shaded backyard. Wi-Fi coverage typically extends outdoors, although keep in mind that there is a 90-minute limit on laptop use at the tables.

TALEA Beer Co.

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While not strictly a coffee shop, this brewery and taproom in Williamsburg serves coffee and tea starting at 9 a.m. each morning. There’s plenty of outdoor seats to hole up at, and a solid menu of tart, punchy pours for winding down after a day of work.

Baba Cool

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Baba Cool makes for peak coffee shop working: There are plenty of seats in the dining room — which has mirrors for ceilings, by the way — and a spacious backyard that’s outfitted with rain coverings and a disco ball. Wherever you sit, you can count on free Wi-Fi, pastries, and a coffee menu with a couple of fun flavored lattes. Reward yourself with a happy hour that runs from 5 to 7 p.m. daily, offering $2 off beers and oysters.

Dark stools are pulled up to a white bar counter at a bar, Baba Cool, in Brooklyn.
The bar counter at Baba Cool.
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Devoción

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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.

People sitting outside at a bar and tables on a sunny day, drinking coffee and working.
The outdoors at Devoción on Grand Street in Brooklyn.
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PLG Coffee House and Tavern

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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 half-pound to take home for dinner. Roadside outdoor seating is available, and the shop brews Kitten Coffee all day.

Judy’s is a hybrid coffee shop-slash-low-key bar neighboring Sunset Park’s namesake green space. Get the day started early with creamy lattes and drip coffee out on the bar’s front patio, or grab drinks to-go and decamp for the park across the street.

The Chipped Cup

The Chipped Cup describes itself as a “Victorian psychedelic coffee shop,” which already sounds far better than “fluorescent office lights” any day of the week. Hide out among the leafy green plants sprouting from every corner of the cafe’s back patio with a cup of Counter Culture Coffee and dreams of productivity.

Gossip Coffee

This Astoria charmer boasts sleek retro interiors — a red-tiled houndstooth pattern on the floor gets Instagramm’ed often — and a comfortable backyard. Turquoise cushions line the bench along one exterior wall, and the wooden planters and wood slatted chairs and tables soften the remote work day. Pair a For Five coffee beverage with poached eggs on koulouri or chocolate-stuffed sugar cookies. For those who want an extra buzz on top of the caffeine, there’s a cocktail bar with the the inevitable espresso martini

Corner Slice

A tomato slice lies on a white paper plate at Corner Slice.
Corner Slice’s tomato slice.
Nick Solares/Eater NY

Okay, 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 in the Gotham West Market food hall offers both: Its signature square pies are available by the slice and diners can also get a cup of hot or iced coffee to go alongside. The market has a covered outdoor seating area available with Wi-Fi access.

A tomato slice lies on a white paper plate at Corner Slice.
Corner Slice’s tomato slice.
Nick Solares/Eater NY

The Oasis Cafe

The newly renovated Oasis Garden at this long running Greek cafe, which opened in 1986, features 5,000 square feet of space to fire away on a laptop among lush greens under a pergola. Take productivity to the next level with Greek frappes and freddo cappuccinos, a color-blocked elixir of espresso, cold frothy foam, and a mix of the two in between those layers

Partners Coffee

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, the kitchen serves breakfast burritos, wraps, and sandwiches, and there’s a selection of pastries available all day. There’s a breezy courtyard in the back and the space is equipped with Wi-Fi.

Book Club

Book Club is a cozy bookstore, coffee shop, and wine bar — sprawling by East Village standards — with plenty of space for customers to perch out front or in the cafe’s shaded backyard. Wi-Fi coverage typically extends outdoors, although keep in mind that there is a 90-minute limit on laptop use at the tables.

TALEA Beer Co.

While not strictly a coffee shop, this brewery and taproom in Williamsburg serves coffee and tea starting at 9 a.m. each morning. There’s plenty of outdoor seats to hole up at, and a solid menu of tart, punchy pours for winding down after a day of work.

Baba Cool

Dark stools are pulled up to a white bar counter at a bar, Baba Cool, in Brooklyn.
The bar counter at Baba Cool.
Giada Paoloni/Baba Cool

Baba Cool makes for peak coffee shop working: There are plenty of seats in the dining room — which has mirrors for ceilings, by the way — and a spacious backyard that’s outfitted with rain coverings and a disco ball. Wherever you sit, you can count on free Wi-Fi, pastries, and a coffee menu with a couple of fun flavored lattes. Reward yourself with a happy hour that runs from 5 to 7 p.m. daily, offering $2 off beers and oysters.

Dark stools are pulled up to a white bar counter at a bar, Baba Cool, in Brooklyn.
The bar counter at Baba Cool.
Giada Paoloni/Baba Cool

Devoción

People sitting outside at a bar and tables on a sunny day, drinking coffee and working.
The outdoors at Devoción on Grand Street in Brooklyn.
Photo courtesy of Devoción

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.

People sitting outside at a bar and tables on a sunny day, drinking coffee and working.
The outdoors at Devoción on Grand Street in Brooklyn.
Photo courtesy of Devoción

PLG Coffee House and Tavern

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

Judy's

Judy’s is a hybrid coffee shop-slash-low-key bar neighboring Sunset Park’s namesake green space. Get the day started early with creamy lattes and drip coffee out on the bar’s front patio, or grab drinks to-go and decamp for the park across the street.

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