Best NYC Coffee Shops to Get Work Done as a Digital Nomad
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Your plane has barely even touched down at JFK airport when your phone begins buzzing. Numerous emails and messages from your boss wondering when your next article will be ready. You’ve only got a few days in NYC before heading off to your next work location. You are on the hunt for a place with great coffee to crank out as much work as you can while you’re in town.
NYC is no stranger to caffeine. In fact, you probably can’t walk a block without passing some sort of coffee shop or small cafe. They are an essential location for a midday pick-me-up, business meeting, and even a late-night study session. You can find people of all ages and occupations in any given local coffee shop. In our opinion, they are arguably one of the most interesting places to people-watch while sipping on an iced oat milk latte, of course. NYC is home to some of the trendiest coffee shops. Countless cafes where you can bring your dogs to play or where you can pick from a fully chocolate-themed menu.
But in this case, you’re not looking for anything fancy. All you need is a suitable space to grind out the seemingly endless work you have while enjoying a hot latte or matcha tea. Seating, music, restroom availability, outlets and wifi are essential for creating the optimal work environment in a coffee shop. Without them, you’re bound to have trouble getting comfortable and finishing everything you need to get done. Here are our picks on the best coffee shops to get work done in NYC for the digital nomad.
1. The Bean: 31 3rd Ave, 771 Broadway, 54 2nd Ave, Manhattan
With multiple locations around the city, The Bean serves up pretty good coffee and yummy pastries, including vegan treats. With plenty of seating available, this is a good spot to sit down and get work done. But due to its popularity among New Yorkers, it is often crowded with customers coming in and out. Each location exudes a “hang out/study” culture with tons of space, dining allowed, and social distancing. Another perk of The Bean is that they have free WiFi and are open until 12 am every day. Perfect for those late-night editing or content creating sessions.
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2. Variety Coffee Roasters: 261 7th Ave and 1269 Lexington Ave, Manhattan
Variety Coffee has two locations in the city, and both are great spots to sit down for a few hours and get work done. The aesthetic and ambience of the shop alone exude cool and mellow vibes. Even better, the full-length windows allow for optimal lighting. Their coffee is consistent and their menu offers a wide variety of pastries and small plates, not to mention multiple outlets and free WiFi.
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3. Sey Coffee, Brooklyn: 18 Grattan St, Brooklyn
If you are one for aesthetics, Sey Coffee in Brooklyn is the place for you. The indoor decor is so cute, full of natural light and plants adorning the walls and even hanging from the ceiling. It’s the perfect place to get work done during the day, as they are only open until 5 pm every day. Sey also has free WiFi and gender-neutral bathrooms, not to mention excellent coffee. I recommend the cold brew with oat milk!
4. Birch Coffee: Multiple locations
Birch Coffee is another cafe that has multiple locations sprawled throughout the city. I recommend the location in Manhattan Valley, about a block from Central Park West. Equipped with spacious seating areas, you are definitely able to chill here and get straight to work on the new project you’ve been working on. The music is low enough to concentrate, and there are many outlets available around the shop. The service is efficient and the staff is super friendly.
5. Double Dutch Espresso: 2194 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026
Double Dutch Espresso is located in Harlem and is an eccentric and lively spot to settle down with your laptop and get to typing. Although the coffee is a bit on the pricier side, it is definitely worth it. The staff are friendly and efficient in their service, plus the WiFi is free for all customers. One thing to note is that it does get crowded, so you may have trouble grabbing a table right away.
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6. Irving Farm Coffee Roasters: 4 locations
With 4 locations in Manhattan, Irving Farm is probably one of my favourite spots for coffee. Their lattes are smooth and their pastry options are to die for. They range from Belgian waffles to chocolate chip peanut butter bars. Unfortunately, there’s no free WiFi here, so make sure you’ve got your hotspot handy. However, their locations are very spacious and provide a nice dim-lit vibe to get you in the study mindset.
7. Gotan: 130 Franklin St, NY 10013
Located in Tribeca, Gotan serves up numerous caffeinated drinks, plus an extensive breakfast and lunch menu. There’s no better way to fuel a good workday with their avocado toast and a warm cappuccino. LGBTQ+ owned, this cafe serves up quality foods and their staff is extremely friendly. Free WiFi is available, along with a gender-neutral bathroom. There are various indoor and outdoor seating options perfect for the warm weather.
8. Partners Coffee: 125 N 6th St, Brooklyn NY 11249
The final place on our list is Partners Coffee in Brooklyn. The decor of this cafe immediately catches your eye. It’s sleek and modern, yet the various knick-knacks that adorn their shelves really create an inviting atmosphere. There is extensive seating, plus long tables great for working with friends or a group. With free WiFi, restrooms, and a solid food menu, Partners Coffee is the ideal spot to finish up on that blog you’ve been working on. Plus, they are open until 6 pm.
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- We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the processing is unlawful, and may also ask that you provide evidence to support this view.
Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by Everything TEFL Ltd but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that Everything TEFL Ltd securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to Everything TEFL Ltd collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think Everything TEFL Ltd has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the Everything TEFL Ltd processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the Everything TEFL Ltd has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, Everything TEFL Ltd is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the Everything TEFL Ltd.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to Everything TEFL Ltd, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
Everything TEFL Ltd
28 – 32 Pembroke Street,
Republic of Ireland
Telephone: +353 (1) 554 6227
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.