Neighborhood cafe above West 96th street?
I'm looking for a place I can go early in the morning, get a cup of coffee, and work for a couple of hours without feeling guilty for taking up space.
This place should:
1. Be near an A/C-train stop above 96th street (1 train is fine if it's got everything else)
2. Have great coffee
3. Have (more than one) cold and hot breakfast options (like croissant/scone/muffin or ham&cheese croissant) for <$6
How far uptown are you? There are some great coffee places in Wash Hts -- lots of Dominican and Cuban places with great breakfast specials built around eggs and potatoes and plaintains and.... Used to get great strong cortaditos at Mambi, and there's a popular place called Tipico where I bet they'd let you sit for awhile. Those places are close to the A at 175th and B'way. Also a nice-looking place called Milan near there, too. A new place that looks like it'll be kind of a Nussbaum & Wu is opening up on 165 and St. Nicholas, but I don't know when.
Cafe Amrita on W. 110th between Manhattan and Frederick Douglas is a good spot. They have free wireless (except on weekends; I think they got rid of it because too many people were camping out), good coffee (although I'm not a connoisseur), and a lot of breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner options, as well as a bar, flat screens, and a book exchange.
Nussbaum and Wu (B'way and 116th, close to the 1 train) is a popular haunt for Columbia students and has a number of hot breakfast offerings: http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/... The coffee isn't *great*, but I honestly don't know of a place in northern Manhattan that does serve truly great coffee. In any event, N&W's coffee is passable. A lot of folks loiter and read / play Farmville before class, so you shouldn't feel bad for working there.
Actually Nussbaum & Wu is on 113th on Broadway, but yeah, it's definitely one of those places people hang around forever like Hungarian Pastry Shop. LOL @ Farmville comment.
I like SIP quite a bit, but I can't comment on their coffee or any other places' since I'm not a coffee drinker. All the places in the thread, you can hang around for an hour or two no problem.