Place to eat/write for a few hours - UES or Midtown East
I'm looking for a place other than a diner where I can have something to eat and write for a few hours without glaring looks like I'm taking up a table :) I'm near 59th/2nd. Any thoughts?
Since you mention UES....If you're willing to go to 70th & Lex, Sicaffe in mid-block would fit your needs. Pleasant atmosphere, stylish setting, & some of the best coffee in the city + snacks, pastries, etc...On the same block, there's Corrado which is not so appealing inside (only 4/5 tables & gets very crowded & noisy) but on a nice day the outdoor seating is extremely pleasant)...
These are not specifically in your neighborhood but you might file them away regardless:
Oyster Bar, Grand Central
Both Les Halles and Odeon have free wireless, I believe, which is another plus.