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May 3, 2009 11:19 AM

Best East Village place for coffee and study

Yeah, that time of year again to buckle down and study. Any recommendations on places with decent coffee and late-ish hours in the East Village (from NoHo to Union Square)?

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  1. If your criteria is merely decent coffee, I like to study at Think on Mercer St, even though it's a bit on the noisy side. It has lots of different seating areas, pretty good food, lights, plugs, wifi, good people-watching. It's a good place to hunker down for a long time.
    A great overall place is Ost Cafe on Ave A & 12th, very good coffee, comfy seating, although not a lot of it, but no real food, just sweet stuff.

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    1. re: Peter Cuce

      The Think on Bowery is bigger and isn't really noisy.

      1. re: KTinNYC

        The Think on Bowery is nowhere near as big, but it is quieter and has better light.

        1. re: Peter Cuce

          You're right, I was thinking of some place else.

    2. The best espresso in the entire city by far is at 9th St. Espresso, 9th & Ave C. You're lucky to be there!

      1. Mercury Dime has excellent coffee, espresso, pastries from Balthazar, gelato from Il Laboratorio, free wireless, outlets, a good amount of seatings, and fantastically friendly baristas. I am addicted to their iced coffee.

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        1. re: kathryn

          9th St Espresso is good but not a good place to study; for me it's a bit gloomy and not especially comfortable. The one on 10th St is a bit more comfortable, but still not a place I'd like to study.
          Mercury Dime is great, but it can be hard to get seating. People camp out in the upstairs room studying all day, but if you get there early enough you can be one of them.

          1. Mud 9th & 2nd good food too

            1. are any decent places open past midnight? i'm a master of efficiency from 1-4 am

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              1. re: Cheese Cheesely

                I can't think of a single place in Manhattan that's open that late, although maybe there are some. Aroma used to be 24 hours but now they close at 11. The Tea Lounge on Union St in Park Slope opens til 1 or 2am depending on the day.