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NYC's Best Cafes/Coffee Shops to write in

I am looking for the best cafes & coffee shops in NYC to write in that hopefully have free wireless access. Thanks for posting your ideas.
Especially interested in these areas:
West Village
Greenwich Village
West Side in the 60's, 70's and 80's

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  1. Soy Luck Club on Greenwich Avenue has free wifi and is always full of people with laptops - it's BYOB as well! I've never been but it looks like a much better alternative to the starbucks environment

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    1. re: ellenb

      Soy Luck Club is very nice and comfy, but they do ask that you buy some food/drink if you're using the wireless.

      1. re: kathryn

        Oh, yes! sorry for any confusion....didn't mean to say you can go in and hang for free, more that they advertise you can bring your own wine

    2. A bit out of range, but the Hungarian Pastry Shop, Amsterdam & 111th, has been my favorite writing spot for years. Not sure if they have wifi though.

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      1. re: ssf36

        Agreed. I love that place--though never found the pastries to be so good. But free refills on coffee, lots of interesting people getting good work done and for the odd diversion the occasional cry from one of the peacocks who live on the grounds of St. John's across the street.

        1. re: ssf36

          They don't have wifi. They don't have outlets. Their cookies are good though.

        2. 'wichcraft on 8th Street...free WIFI

          1. It's a bit over priced, however I think that the atmosphere at Think Coffee on Mercer makes up for their prices. Plenty of space and always busy with NYU students and the like. I think they even have free wifi during the daytime.

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            Think Coffee
            248 Mercer St, New York, NY 10012

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            1. re: newfoodie

              Was in there a few weeks ago, and the wifi wasn't working -- counter staff were of little help, and didn't seem particularly phased that it was down.

              1. re: newfoodie

                I agree with the overpriced-ness, but they have another location on the corner of Bowery & Bleecker that's less over-populated with NYU students, and I've had no problem with wifi there

                1. re: JC123

                  There's also another location of Think Coffee now on Fourth Avenue at 12th Street. Very spacious and there's usually seats available.

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                  Think Coffee
                  123 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

                  1. re: newfoodie

                    the Fourth Ave location is nice...the Mercer one is foul...

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                    Think Coffee
                    248 Mercer St, New York, NY 10012

                    Think Coffee
                    123 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

                    1. re: newfoodie

                      It's usually packed resembling a study hall, but the noise level in there is uncomfortable at times even for just standing and doing takeout.

                2. domo in the west village on 7th always seems to have a lot of pple with laptops in there