Looking for a quiet place to study and have dinner/coffee in the East Village - any ideas?
I've been to Cafe Pick Me Up and Mudspot, that area is perfect for me but I'm just getting sick of their food (I've been studying for too long!),
What about that little place near Cafe Pick Me Up called Alt.Coffee (or something like that)? I've never had their food though. Or there's places like Kudo Beans, but you have to pay for their internet. Or Taralucci e Vino, whose name I've probably butchered.
9th street espresso company is quiet and pretty mellow. i'm not sure what their internet situation is...it's just east of ave c on 9th street.
Seconding Alt.Coffee and Tarallucci e Vino as places to try.
Veselka is opening up a coffee shop across the street from Mudspot so keep your eye out for that. Kudo Beans just changed their name to something else, can't remember what it is off the top of my head.
There's also Cuppa Cuppa on E. 4th St. which is often empty when I walk past. I might also try the Bourgeois Pig (East 7th st) or Via Della Pace (also on 7th) if you're there during the day. They are turn into restaurants/bars at night but are just regular cafes during the day, I think.
If you're willing to go a little bit west there's Think coffee on Mercer and 3rd, as well as 17 Bleeker (at Bowery) which used to be called Thee Coffee Chamber. Cafe Angelius? Angelique? is also in the area: Bleeker and Lafayette, I think.
Housing Works Used Book Cafe on Crosby just below Houston has exactly the atmosphere you describe. It's east of Broadway, so I suppose it counts as East Village. I'm not sure it's open for dinner, though.