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know a lazy cafe with free wifi in west village?

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  • binxy Jan 2, 2007 02:42 AM
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i've been in new york for a week now but have yet to meet a local! where do you friendly types hang out??

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  1. Try Grounded on Jane Street or Soy Luck Club, also on Jane street, further up the block

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    1. re: darkeraven

      Soy Luck Club has a really great selection of tea and coffee drinks as well as tasty cafe fare. They also have free wireless and a fairly strict no cellphone policy which can be refreshing. Highly recommended.

    2. or S'nice on 8th Ave btwn Jane/Horatio which is often too crowded to qualify as "lazy" but otherwise fits your description.

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      1. re: newbieden

        I was just at S'nice, and not only was the woman who served me incredibly unfriendly and rather rude, they do not have wireless at all, free or not.

        1. re: hhaduong

          yes, the staff is obnoxious and careless and overall un-S'NICE. the coffee isnt all that good either, although the three veggie plate and a few of the pastry treats are s'nice.

          luckily there are many for real s'nice coffeeshops in the area so its an easy joint to avoid.

          try DUBSPOT on w14th at 9th avenue. teeny & no wifi, but a nice barista guy who cares about his product (la colombe beans).

      2. Lederhosen, a spot for German beer and nice variety of food (bratwurst, potato pancakes), has free wifi. It's on Grove between Bleecker and Bedford. It's perfect for an afternoon of working with a beer at one of their picnic talbes in the back. It's nothing like a coffee shop, so not many people think to go sit there to do work. The service is slow, the beer and food are cheap, and you won't be rushed. You might want to check how early they open... probably around lunch time.

        Hopefully the Blind Tiger will get their liquor license and open back up. They had wifi while their new location was just serving food and coffee.

        ... and we're just getting out of a BIG tourist week here... I'm sure you'll meet some of us soon :)

        1. Also, try Cafe Doma at 7th ave and Perry. Don't know if there's free Wifi there, but it's definitely a local hangout, with a mellow artsy crowd and a nice sunny vibe.

          1. Hi all,

            This is a great list. I'm a local and a freelance writer, and my perennial problem is finding a weekend spot that's not filled to the brim with brunchers. 'snice is great, but insanely crowded on Saturday/Sundays, and Doma, my fave, is impossible on weekends. Not to mention one cannot plug in until after four. Any suggestions for weekend spots where we can grab grub, avoid overwhelming brunch crowds, plug in, log on, and be happy and productive?

            Thanks!

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            1. re: stefanieiris

              Try Greenwich Treehouse (on Greenwich, of course). It's got great coffee and an even better view, plus not many people know it exists.

            2. here are some recent links that should help you out:

              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/327066
              not all of the places listed have free wifi, but the posters indicate when this is the case

              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/343182
              ditto; has lots of great recommendations

              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/329396
              same

              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/362219
              thread dedicated to wireless cafes

              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/205214
              older thread from 2003, but still valid; also discusses wireless cafes

              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/218189
              2005 thread on cafes in soho, with mentions of wireless spots

              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/233628
              good list of downtown wireless cafes from last spring

              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/356244
              great recent thread from jan 2007 on free wireless cafes to linger at downtown

              http://www.auscillate.com/wireless/ma...
              great site for finding wireless spots throughout manhattan

              http://www.cupofnyc.com/
              really awesome link for all manner of coffeehouses throughout the five boroughs, with reviews of the coffee/beans; also has info. on the wi-fi situation at these places

              personally, i like think coffee on mercer st in noho. yes, it's crowded with nyu students, which might be a turn-off for some, but the place is pretty big and has tons of outlets and seating, so i've never had a problem there. they have milkshakes and some light bites, but not a full menu like, say, grey dog's, so it's never so insanely crowded that you can't get a seat (at least not when i've been there). definitely not as cozy as some of the other places listed, but i've been able to get a lot of work done there.

              i like grounded on jane st as well; they, too, don't have a true "full" menu (only sandwiches, coffee, and some light desserts), so it's never been a madhouse when i've been there. nice and cozy with some outlets, but the tradeoff is that you may not always get a seat.

              same goes for 17 bleecker on, well, 17 bleecker st between lafayette street and bowery in noho. the place used to be called theeee coffee chamber until last year.

              1. Housing Works Cafe on Crosby just south of Houston is my favorite

                1. Think Coffee.
                  Not in the West Village but very close.

                  http://www.thinkcoffeenyc.com/