Are you a freelancer? Digital nomad? A working weekend warrior? Maybe you just want a quiet place to read—we get it. With all the chaos in this city, sometimes you just need somewhere to zone out (or in). That’s why we went all around Manhattan (and Brooklyn) to discover the best cafes to get on the grind. Check out our top 10, all with free Wi-Fi, and discover your next fav haven:


This café is the epitome of “chill”. With comfy couches on elevated wooden platforms and basket swings in the entrance, this open space is not only laid-back, but it’s the perfect atmosphere to crank out that report. Also, Dough Donuts—need we say more?

Lower East Side

116 Suffolk St

New York, NY 10002

b/t Delancey St & Rivington St

Blank Slate

Looking to work while you brunch? Blank Slate has a modern, vibrant feel, long wooden tables, and offers everything from avocado toast to steak sandwiches (try their bacon scramble!) We recommend getting there early to hold down your spot, as it can get busy during mealtimes.

121 Madison Ave

New York, NY 10016

at @ 30th Street

Union Fare

Seeking a large open space? A croissant? Some lunch options? Maybe you just need a drink to take the edge off. Luckily, Union Fare has it all. With enough space to fit a small marching band, and a variety of food kiosks to feed it, this place allows you to spread out and camp out—seriously, it offers everything you need.

Union Square, Flatiron

5 E 17th St
New York, NY 10003

b/t W Union Sq & Broadway

Ninth Street  Espresso

Check out this hidden gem in Alphabet City. Ninth Street Espresso is exactly what you imagine when you hear “coffee shop”—quaint, great coffee, small wooden tables, outdoor seating (when weather permits), and no frills. It’s the perfect place to plug in and get some work done with no distractions.

Alphabet City, East Village

700 E 9th St

New York, NY 10009

b/t Avenue C & Avenue D

The Green Grape Annex

From lounge window seats, to long communal tables, the seating here is diverse and plentiful. Enjoy a beer on tap or peruse the affordable menu. This shop offers all the living room vibes and is perfect for settling in and hitting the books.

Fort Greene

753 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11217

b/t Oxford St & Elliott Pl



We know what you’re thinking—and yes, we were there until 3 am last Saturday, too. Even though this is a hot spot on weekend nights, during the day it’s a digital nomad’s dream. Freehold has plenty of space to claim as your own—from an abundance of couches, to rows of picnic tables on the back patio, you can type up that paper in comfort (before the lights dim and the frat bros come in).

Williamsburg—South side

45 S 3rd St
Brooklyn, NY 11249

Ground Support

Ground Support has a homey vibe, offering communal tables and outdoor benches.  Located in Soho, it’s the perfect place to finish your work before getting some much-needed shopping in (you worked hard, treat yoself!)


399 W Broadway
New York, NY 10012

b/t Watts St & Broome St



If your workload’s got you down, have no fear—Gotan is here (in Tribeca)! Really though, the industrial space offers ample seating, plenty of outlets, and a communal table by the window where you can people-watch for inspiration. Gotan is the perfect place to spend an afternoon and power through the spreadsheets. Believe us—the location is great and the coffee is even better.


130 Franklin St
New York, NY 10013

b/t Hudson St & Varick St

Kave Espresso Bar


With an industrial feel, Kave Espresso bar is cozy, old-fashioned, and will cater to all your remote-working needs. Whether you want to enjoy the sunshine on the patio, or relax while listening to live music, the flora and ambiance here will get you in the perfect state of mind to meet that next deadline.


119 Knickerbocker ave

b/t Knickerbocker & Porter Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237


Talk about natural lighting. Devocion features a massive skylight, exposed brick, a flowing ivy- covered wall—just the calming ambiance to keep you focused. They’re known for their farm-to-table Colombian coffee, so be sure to try the brew while you settle into one of their leather sofas.

Willamsburg North side

69 Grand St
Williamsburg, NY 11249