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Coffee places with free wireless internet access?

Nikki NYC Jan 20, 2007 01:12 PM

Are there any coffee places with free wireless? It seems like this is a common offering outside of New York, but here it is a hot commodity.

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    littleguy RE: Nikki NYC Jan 20, 2007 01:27 PM

    Murray's Bagels is not exactly a coffee shop, but they have good coffee and free internet...not to mention great bagels.

    I'm referring to the 8th ave location, but I imagine the 6th ave one might have internet too.

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      KRS RE: Nikki NYC Jan 20, 2007 09:52 PM

      I think all Starbucks have wireless internet. Housing Works Used Books Cafe, my favorite place, may have it. http://www.housingworks.org/usedbookc...

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        xigua RE: KRS Jan 20, 2007 11:49 PM

        The Housing Works used book cafe definitely has free wireless!

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          piccola RE: KRS Jan 21, 2007 04:33 AM

          Wireless at Starbucks isn't free.

          Uptown, you can go to Saurin Parke on 110th, or Café Fresh on 123rd.

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            gumnaam RE: piccola Jan 22, 2007 04:22 PM

            Where on 110th?

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              piccola RE: gumnaam Jan 22, 2007 06:17 PM

              On the corner of Central Park West. It could be hidden by scaffolding if there's still construction up there.

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          HillJ RE: Nikki NYC Jan 20, 2007 10:02 PM

          Barnes & Noble cafes offer wireless as do modern libraries (many are now offering coffee house refreshments)

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            Nikki NYC RE: HillJ Jan 20, 2007 10:16 PM

            But is it free? At Starbucks you have to have a T-Mobile account and I think that's outrageous!

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              surly RE: Nikki NYC Jan 20, 2007 10:50 PM

              the starbucks on 7th avenue south and grove st in the west village (right next to the christopher st station of the 1 train) has free wireless access - but that's apparently because of someone upstairs who didn't set up a firewall to block others from using it. in other words, people are mooching off of some private user's connection, so no telling if/when this free connection will suddenly disappear. the store itself is certainly not providing the free wireless for its customers. but for what it's worth, i've mooched off of that connection for over a year and never had problems. and lots of other people know about it - seems like everyone in there has a laptop and is surfing the web.

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                HillJ RE: Nikki NYC Jan 20, 2007 11:46 PM

                I don't have a T-Mobile account and I'm connecting...hmm..

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                  Nikki NYC RE: HillJ Jan 21, 2007 02:37 AM


            2. aryn RE: Nikki NYC Jan 20, 2007 10:16 PM

              ini ani on stanton between ludlow and essex is a favorite of mine. its small and very cozy.

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                jackieparis RE: Nikki NYC Jan 20, 2007 10:26 PM

                Gotham Coffee on the Upper East Side. They have good cafe food too, but it's small.

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                  surly RE: Nikki NYC Jan 20, 2007 11:07 PM

                  a few places off the top of my head:

                  cafe collage (bleecker b. 6th ave/macdougal)
                  17 bleecker (f.k.a. theeee coffee chamber--bleecker b. lafayette/bowery)
                  'snice (8th ave/w. 4th st)
                  grounded (jane st b. greenwich ave/w. 4th st)
                  soy luck club (greenwich ave/jane st--food purchase required if you linger for more than 30 minutes)
                  think coffee (mercer b. w. 4th/w. 3rd sts--huge and filled with nyu students)
                  alt.coffee (avenue a btwn e. 9th st/st. marks pl)

                  actually i just found an old thread from last may that includes a lot of great suggestions, including some of the ones that i just mentioned:


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                    D...DF RE: surly Jan 23, 2007 07:45 AM

                    But does alt.coffee still have the laptop no-plug-in rule?

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                      Simon RE: D...DF Jan 23, 2007 04:12 PM

                      Who would want to actually sitdown there?...that place is disgusting: going in there is like is jumping into a trash dumpster...

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                        TipsyMcStagger RE: Simon Jan 23, 2007 04:58 PM

                        Ha! I posted a similar opinion a few weeks ago after visiting alt.coffee. I can't believe it hasn't been condemned!


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                          surly RE: TipsyMcStagger Jan 24, 2007 11:15 PM

                          it might not be your (or my) idea of the cleanest place around, but the place bears mentioning. besides, a lot of grungy/hipster types really dig that place - lots of worn-out couches, faux-bohemian atmosphere, etc. might not be your cup of tea, but for some people, esp. young post-collegiate hipsters, it's a laid-back place with "character" and free wi-fi, and that's all that matters to them.

                          not everyone's looking for the same thing in a coffeehouse as you or i. we're not really judging the quality of the food/dessert/drink offerings on this thread as much as compiling a list, so i think it's best not to exclude any place that fits the original poster's request. give them as many options as possible and then let them decide what type of atmosphere they prefer.

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                        surly RE: D...DF Jan 24, 2007 11:06 PM

                        the no-plug-in rule is still in effect, but it doesn't seem like they really enforce it. perhaps when i've gone the workers have been nice about it, but it seemed like anyone sitting near an outlet was plugged in.

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                      nativeNYer RE: Nikki NYC Jan 20, 2007 11:19 PM

                      thanks. this is a great topic. is there anything on the UWS?
                      i can confirm that you need to have t-mobile in starbucks unless you are fortunate to pick a signal.

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                        harrison RE: nativeNYer Jan 21, 2007 03:15 AM

                        cosi on 76th/broadway...not 100% reliable, but free when it works

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                          Marine Engineer RE: nativeNYer Jan 22, 2007 05:33 AM

                          Cafe Mozart, 70th and Broadway, free WiFi, and great coffee

                        2. oolah RE: Nikki NYC Jan 21, 2007 12:53 AM

                          Most hotel lobbies that serve food also have free wireless. I like the W at Union Sq for a comfy seat, some light snacks and good people watching.

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                            gibbyrd RE: Nikki NYC Jan 21, 2007 05:56 PM

                            B Cup at Avenue B and 13th Street
                            Coffee place on E. 22nd between 1st and 2nd Avenues

                            1. carbonara RE: Nikki NYC Jan 21, 2007 06:50 PM

                              Here's a good reference:


                              1. Nikki NYC RE: Nikki NYC Jan 21, 2007 07:08 PM

                                This morning I passed the Cosi at 13th and 6th and there was a sign announcing free wifi. Maybe that's the case for all the Cosi's. I had no idea!

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                                  haleyjen RE: Nikki NYC Jan 22, 2007 01:31 PM

                                  The one on 22nd is Broken Cup Cafe. Also Push Cafe on 23rd and 3rd.

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                                    Blumie RE: Nikki NYC Jan 22, 2007 04:18 PM

                                    Anyone know if Aroma Espresso Bar, on the corner of Houston and Greene, has free wifi? They're open 24 hours and serve great coffee and decent food. I know when they opened it was their intention to have wifi, but I don't know if it's up and runnnig and if it's free.

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                                      Calcifer RE: Blumie Jan 25, 2007 07:33 AM

                                      The signs in the window at Aroma advertise free wifi, but I don't use the service so I can't confirm.

                                    2. janethepain RE: Nikki NYC Jan 23, 2007 06:23 AM

                                      Haha I've started one of these threads before. The only problem I run into is when the coffeeshops are always full, or they don't have enough outlets for power. However, if you're willing to forfeit the cute 'n cozy aspect, the Dunkin' Donuts on 2nd Ave around 11th St. has free wi-fi. There's always a seat open, though it does look as if it's getting a bit more popular.

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                                        Blumie RE: janethepain Jan 23, 2007 07:54 AM

                                        Don't you think there's a reason that there's always a seat open at Dunkin' Donuts?

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                                          surly RE: Blumie Jan 24, 2007 11:04 PM

                                          yeah, dunkin' donuts is what it is, but one really great thing about this particular location is that they have several outlets to plug into and are open 24 hours. if for some reason you need to surf the web at 4am and don't have internet access at home, this is one of your best downtown options (other than going to the apple store on 5th ave/59th st).

                                      2. D...DF RE: Nikki NYC Jan 23, 2007 07:56 AM

                                        Casa Cupcake Cafe (contender for best coffee in NYC)
                                        Naked City Cafe
                                        Sunburst Espresso Bar (but not a fan of the atmosphere)
                                        Cafe Ari

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                                          jsgjewels RE: D...DF Jan 23, 2007 08:02 AM

                                          Where's Cafe Ari?
                                          Naked City Cafe doesn't let you use their outlets (I was told electricity isn't free or something like that).

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                                            D...DF RE: jsgjewels Jan 23, 2007 12:53 PM

                                            Cafe Ari is 3 Greenwich Ave (btwn Christopher St. and 6th Ave).

                                            Sorry to hear about Naked City. Last time I plugged in there I wan't given a problem.

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                                              adylan76 RE: D...DF Jan 23, 2007 02:46 PM

                                              Cafe Ari WAS on Greenwich. It has since closed.

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                                              Nosher RE: jsgjewels Jan 23, 2007 02:50 PM

                                              I've plugged in there six or seven times with no problem at all. And the wireless access is indeed free. I think that they're so eager for new customers at this point, they'd be willing to let you do just about anything you wanted, as long as you ordered something.


                                              NYCnosh* http://nycnosh.com

                                          2. Nikki NYC RE: Nikki NYC Jan 23, 2007 05:48 PM

                                            Many thanks to everyone who has responded thus far. I am so excited at all of these options! Keep 'em comin'! N

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                                              NYprof RE: Nikki NYC Jan 24, 2007 01:37 PM

                                              Definitely 'wichcraft. The one on 8th St. is only crowded at lunch hour. The drip coffee is better than most coffee shops, the sweets are limited in number but not quality.

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                                                HillJ RE: Nikki NYC Jan 25, 2007 06:24 AM

                                                Nikki, kudos for the OP-now I've got a great list as well!

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                                                  Nikki NYC RE: HillJ Jan 25, 2007 04:09 PM

                                                  Isn't this amazing? I was really getting upset about the Starbucks situation (it seems so unfair that those awful drinks are so expensive and you still have to pay for wifi!). Now I can have a genuine NY afternoon and sit in a coffee shop and play on my Mac. And maybe even get a palatable beverage. Hooray!

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                                                  pamelo RE: Nikki NYC Jan 25, 2007 08:00 AM

                                                  The Equinox gym on Prince and Brdwy has a wichcraft and a caf'e on the 2nd floor w/Wifi

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                                                    The Turtle Bay Dove RE: Nikki NYC Jan 26, 2007 11:53 AM

                                                    Not a coffee place, but Teaspot on Macdougal and W 3rd (I think) has free wifi and some tea that is excellent. I was there yesterday late afternoon and it was crammed (probably because there were people lingering for hours it seemed), but I've been there when it's been empty too.

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                                                      Nikki NYC RE: The Turtle Bay Dove Jan 26, 2007 02:50 PM

                                                      I didn't know that place had wifi. Thanks! I love tea!

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                                                      avishai RE: Nikki NYC Jan 26, 2007 06:19 PM

                                                      Another good reference is http://www.cupofnyc.com

                                                      You can search coffee shops that have free WiFi and other features.

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                                                        nativeNYer RE: avishai Jan 27, 2007 08:52 PM

                                                        thank you, avishai!

                                                      2. gypsy RE: Nikki NYC Mar 29, 2007 05:30 PM

                                                        The name of this place escapes me at this moment, on the UES on First Ave between 87th and 88th there's a little japanese place that brews excellent coffee, makes those yummy japanese cream puff pastry thingies AND offers free wi-fi.
                                                        Definitely makes the 'hood alot less awful.

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                                                          TipsyMcStagger RE: gypsy Mar 31, 2007 01:10 PM

                                                          Choux Factory

                                                        2. LFeinberg RE: Nikki NYC Mar 29, 2007 05:32 PM


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                                                            redland RE: Nikki NYC Apr 25, 2007 07:43 AM

                                                            There is an extensive list of free wifi hotspots at www.openwifinyc.com.

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                                                              CRAZYFOODLOVER RE: Nikki NYC Apr 25, 2007 07:49 AM

                                                              MCDOUGAL ON WEST 3 RD ST , AND ALSO TRY STARBUCKS PRETTY MUCH ALL OF THEM HAVE WIRELESS NT.

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                                                                D...DF RE: CRAZYFOODLOVER Apr 25, 2007 12:27 PM

                                                                The legendary OP asked for free wireless. Sbx charges an arm and a leg.

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                                                                  Nikki NYC RE: D...DF May 23, 2007 06:50 AM

                                                                  Thanks for pointing that out! That was the basis for my thread. I think that Starbucks has a lot of nerve charging for wireless, considering the high prices of their below-par beverages and the fact that they pretty much have a monopoly on the business. Also, thanks for referring to me as the "legendary OP". :)

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                                                                hofgarten RE: Nikki NYC May 14, 2007 07:08 AM

                                                                Think Coffee has not had decent wifi in the last two months. The first month the connection was spotty and since then the service has been cut off completely. There is a curt message on the counter reading 'the wireless service is NOT working - the management.' Upon being asked if there are plans to revive the wifi, a barista who has been working at Think for 2 months responded that the wifi has not worked in all that time and there seems to be no rush to have it repaired. Smacks of insidiousness. They seem to want to retain the wifi-seeking crowd which doesnt leave without making a purchase without any intention of getting the wifi going again.

                                                                Cafe Collage on bleecker and mcdougal has some of the best coffee in the city and wifi, if you can stand the occasional gaggle of loud tourists drooling at the window.

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                                                                  slanders RE: Nikki NYC May 22, 2007 10:41 PM

                                                                  Here’s a good link for a large list of free wireless internet access in NYC http://www.openwifispots.com/city_fre....

                                                                  1. Miss Needle RE: Nikki NYC May 23, 2007 06:55 AM

                                                                    Starwich has free wireless. Not a coffee place per se, but serves coffee.

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