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GenX Jan 23, 2005 09:06 AM

I am lucky enough to work in this area every day and need to find an alternative to expensive lunch hour shopping ;) Can anyone recommend a decent, casual coffee bar type place? (with wireless access is even better). Someplace where you can just get a drink and read for a while...no waiter, nothing fancy...and something that isn't starbucks since I already know where those are...

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    helena Jan 23, 2005 02:05 PM

    I am not sure the name exactly, Expresso bar or Space untitled at 133 Green Street between Houston and Prince street.
    I think you can find all the things, good coffee, sandwiches, no waiting staff, casual space and wireless connection.

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      helena Jan 23, 2005 02:06 PM

      I am not sure the name exactly, Expresso bar or Space untitled at 133 Green Street between Houston and Prince street.
      I think you can find all the things, good coffee, sandwiches, no waiting staff, casual space and wireless connection.

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        capnblinky Jan 23, 2005 05:43 PM

        Ceci-Cela on Spring between Lafayette and Mulberry. Really nice pastries, a bit on the fancy side though. Not sure about the wireless connection.

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          Peter Cuce Jan 23, 2005 05:59 PM

          Ceci-Cela's espresso drinks are quite good, but they do have waiter service in the back. No wireless. Space Untitled's coffee varies between bad and acceptable, depending on who is handling that task. They have wifi, but it's not free. There are some LES places, but I won't recommend them if you're not close.

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          mondaybox Jan 24, 2005 09:01 AM

          i can't think of the name of it, but there's a japanese coffee place on thompson just south of prince, on the west side of the street. really nice coffee, they make each cup to order in one of those vacuum things. it is not cheap, but you can linger and the coffee tastes great (i think they use a japanese brand), and does come in a real cup or mug! :-)

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            Peter Cuce Jan 24, 2005 10:24 AM

            Oh yeah, Hiroko's Place. It's got the ugliest decor, but you can sit forever, and the coffee is good. Not sure about wifi.

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            e Jan 24, 2005 10:05 AM

            Bookshop on the street between Broadway and Lafayette (the street name escapes me now), just south of Houston. Its not really a coffeehouse, so it might not be totally related, but it does serve coffee/espresso. Its the Housing Works bookshop; used bookstore and coffee, great place to read and bum around for a bit.

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              GenX Jan 26, 2005 08:29 AM

              Thanks for the suggestions, will check them all out soon I'm sure.

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