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Jul 22, 2010 11:31 AM

Best coffee house to study with WiFi in the East Village/LES?

I have work to do. My apartment is hot. I don't like the Bean very much. Ideas??

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  1. My husband's been getting a lot of usage out of the free wifi at minibar on East 7th. It's not as popular as Ost...yet. Ost is another good option if you can actually get a seat. Both are in the EV.

    For something closer to the LES, Manhattan branch of the Cafe Pedlar is nice. Not huge. And there's always the Bowery Whole Foods, though I'm not sure if they still have free wifi.

    Ost Cafe
    441 E 12th St, New York, NY 10009

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    1. re: kathryn

      Also in the LES are Cocoa Bar and Atlas Cafe

    2. What about Falai Paneterria? I love the atmosphere there, and I'm pretty sure they have wifi. At least I've picked up a signal there.

      Falai Panetteria
      79 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

      1. The Bean is the worst.
        Try Arlo and Esme on 1st St between 1st Ave and 2nd Ave. I doubt the coffee's any good, but it's sunny, pretty, and the wifi's free. Every time I walk by, nobody seems to be in there (which is why I bet the coffee's no bueno). Yet every time I pass I think: if I worked from coffee shops, this would be my home base. Quite charming.

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        1. re: picklesister

          My favorite is the Ninth Street Espresso on 9th between C&D.

          They make good espresso drinks. Their coffee/ice coffee is decent. the pastry is bit lacking, but besides that they have a free wifi and good desk space to spread your laptop plus books. Most times you can find a seat which is a plus (it helps to have an extension cord with you because some seats are located far from outlets and they are often used)

          Ninth Street Espresso
          700 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009

          1. re: picklesister

            Wait, Arlo & Esme is open during the day again? They were closed a while ago and I assumed permanently...

            Arlo & Esme
            42 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003

            1. re: asiansupper

              I know they are open during the day on the weekends, at least the last time I walked past.

          2. I like Falai Panetteria, although you might feel odd spending hours there - it's not terribly crowded during the day so it'd be hard to fade into the background if you're not ordering things. But they're pretty friendly, so they might not care if you just nurse some coffee.

            EarthMatters on Ludlow is a recent find that's good. There's an upstairs area where you can sit, a sun room above that if the weather's nice, and you could spend the whole day there without anyone noticing or bothering you. And the food ain't bad for hippie grub if you get hungry.

            177 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

            Falai Panetteria
            79 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002