There is nothing better than getting some work done outside, and nothing like drinking a nice iced chai while doing so!
Below are some go-to spots for getting work done in NYC, meeting a friend, or grabbing a cup of coffee.
Note, this list is constantly updating and changing, as there are always fun new places that are opening. I would love to hear what’s your favorite place to do work is!
Butler Bakeshop – With two locations in Williamsburg and one in DUMBO, Butler offers plenty of outdoor seating. Head to their DUMBO location, grab a Moroccan mint iced tea and take a seat overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge. They have free WiFi.
Cocoa Grinder Gold – With many locations in Bay Ridge, Cocoa Grinder recently opened up Cocoa Grinder Gold, a location off of the 95th St R train station. Walk up the spiral staircase and take a seat in their brand new rooftop area. They have free WiFi.
Copper Mug Coffee – Located off of Bedford Ave, Copper Mug has a large backyard with benches and tables. They have free WiFi.
Freehold – A go-to brunch spot, in the day time Freehold has plenty of space both in the backyard and on the street.
Milk & Roses – A Greenpoint mainstay, once you walk in you are surrounded by a sea of books. After walking past the bar area, you are greeted by a large courtyard filled with plants, antiques, and spacious seating. They have free WiFi.
Vineapple – Vineapple is located on Pineapple St. in Downtown Brooklyn, a short walk from the Brooklyn Bridge. Head past the barista counter to their garden, where they have a colorful mural, and plenty of seating. They also have sidewalk seating as well. They have free WiFi, but only for a short period of time. After an hour, it requires a passcode.
Bluestone Lane – This Australian café has multiple locations in NYC, with two standout locations in the West Village and in the Upper East Side. Their West Village location has a good amount of seating, and their Upper East Side location is in an old church.
Chillhouse – Not only is Chillhouse a destination for everything self-care, but they also have a selection of wellness lattes and a few tables for outdoor seating.
Felix Roasting Co – Felix Roasting Co recently opened a new location on Greene Street, and it is one of the prettiest cafés in NYC. With plenty of outdoor seating, and the most beautiful interior, order a chai and sit amongst the faux plants. They have free WiFi.
Hutch and Waldo Coffee – With seating both on the sidewalk and right outside of their café, Hutch and Waldo is located blocks away from Central Park. Their iced drinks come with a paper turtle straw! They have free WiFi.
Intelligentsia Coffee at the High Line Hotel – Located in the heart of Chelsea, the High Line Hotel was once a cathedral. Now a hotel and outdoor dining space, Intelligentsia serves their coffee out of a double-decker bus. You are able to enjoy your coffee in their garden, or on top of the double decker. They have free WiFi.
Laughing Man Coffee – With two locations in TriBeCa, Laughing Man Coffee has outdoor seating both outside their café, or along Hudson River Park.
Pi Greek Bakerie – The best Greek frappé in NYC located in TriBeCa, order a spanakopita and frappé and work outside their café.
Rosecrans – Rosecrans is a café and flower shop combined in one located in the West Village. Not only are you able to grab a cup of coffee and work outside, but they also operate as a full service store, where you can buy anything in the café, even the chairs!