Just because you're working on a Saturday or Sunday, it doesn't mean you have to be cooped up inside all by yourself. For coffee shops with some personality - and like-minded company - head to one of these worker-prone city spots. And, even better, you won't have to pay for the Wi-Fi (though you should at least get a latte and a scone. It's only polite).
For the long timer Tea Lounge 837 Union St. at Seventh Avenue in Brooklyn Park near an outlet on one of this cafe's comfy couches, put on your headphones and you're good to go. Thanks to Tea Lounge's large selection of coffee, treats, teas, of course, and even cocktails, you can make a day - and night - of it. On weekends the venue hosts live jazz, so you can unwind in style after a day's work.
For the outdoorsman Bryant Park Bounded by 40th and 42nd streets and Fifth Avenue and Avenue of the Americas Thanks to the looming New York Public Library, this midtown park is wired. So you can work on your tan while also working away. And if the sun gets to be too much, you can always head indoors.
This downtown institution is stocked with classic, rare and, most important, cheap books, perfect for those looking for random inspiration. The cafe also offers a large selection of treats to go along with your cup of coffee. For seating, there's plenty at hte cafe's tables, or, if you don't mind perching, the chairs scattered throughout the cavernous space.
For the pastry lover Bluebird Coffeeship 72 E. First Street at First Avenue If, after a few hours worth of work with minimal distractions, you want to reward yourself, you can't go wrong with one of Bluebird's in-house bakeries. And whether you choose the buttermilk pie or candied ginger molasses cookies, you'll be treating yourself right. The coffee's not too shabby, either.
For the coffee snob Think Coffee 248 Mercer St. between W. Third and W. Fourth streets When it comes to coffee, opinions are like belly buttons - everyone has one. But Think Coffee can be counted on for consistent brews and lattes that are reasonably priced and - for those with an eco-conscious - fair trade. There's also plenty of sitting, though, thanks to its proximity to New York University, is often packed and gets a lot of loud traffic. So if this doesn't sound like your cup of tea, you can always try one of Think Coffee's other locations.
For the cool hunter B Cup 212 Avenue B at E. 13th Street With its funky art, killer music selection, and East Village location bringing in all types of artsy types, B Cup wins for atmosphere. Even better, there's plenty of seating and places to plug in, as well as a variety of beverages and savory and tasty treats to choose from. Let the people watching begin.