While I've been in New York, I've been trying out various coffee places. Mostly because I love coffee, but also because I need some places to get out of the apartment and still be able to concentrate on work. Starbucks is always a safe standby, but I've found a few others that have been great in and around my neighborhood (SoHo):
- Cafe Borgia
- City Girl Cafe (wifi)
- Caffe Reggio (wifi)
- Caffe Dante
- Rheon Cafe
All of the above are great places and I will continue to frequent them. Also, NYC is full of coffee shops and I have a long way to go before I've experienced even a small percentage of them. Nonetheless, I'm currently sitting in The Roasting Plant and its unique for a few reasons:
- every table is small (2 people max) and has a power outlet
- they do not except tips... even if you try
- free, unsecured, fast wifi
- open until 12:30
- it is not crowded, and their setup pretty much prevents it
- all of their coffee is freshly ground and brewed on a per-cup basis, getting their beans from giant containers that feed the brewing machines with pneumatic tubes (see photos)
Kudos to The Roasting Plant (www.roastingplant.com).
Now, their coffee isn't the cheapest in the city by any stretch - but that probably keeps out a lot of the riff-raff. It's not the most convenient place for me to go for a java but I will definitely be back.