While the quality of the WiFi connection may seem to be first and foremost to those looking to get some work done while in a public space, the quality of the WiFi connection is only half the allure. For most digital nomads, setting and atmosphere are just as important.
The following locations have solid, free connections but also get good marks in cleanliness, square footage, working space (tables, chairs), style and flow.
PRET @ 28th and Park Ave South
For an easy place to get online in NYC without being bothered.
It’s super clean: When it comes to cleanliness, not all coffee and café hotspots are created equal, but PRET seems to put more of a premium on this making it feel more professional.
Never crowded: While PRET’s management may not appreciate this fact, someone looking to get a little work done without chaotic background noise and people cramming your style, will.
They have 3 different types of tables/chairs for working; single square wood tables with comfortable soft benches; long wooden tables with short padded stools if you need more table space; long metal counter with adjustable metal/wood stools that looks out on Park Ave.
Plenty of food and drink options: While they have ample coffee options, they also have more lunch options than a standard Starbucks with various sandwiches (1/2 or whole), wraps, soups, salads, fruit cups, yogurts and cold drinks.
X-Factor: nice, mellow vibe with friendly, professional people…aka…not a lot of rif raf.
Lobby of Ace Hotel
For a trendy environment where you can a little people watching while brainstorming
Atmosphere: The lobby offers a trendy and creative ambiance, conducive to focused work while enjoying a unique environment.
Ample Seating: Comfortable seating arrangements, including couches and tables, provide ergonomic workspaces for extended periods.
Reliable Wi-Fi: The hotel is known for providing stable and high-speed Wi-Fi, ensuring seamless connectivity for work tasks.
Café Access: On-site café offers easy access to refreshments and snacks, minimizing interruptions to work sessions.
Low Noise Level: The lobby strikes a balance between buzz and tranquility, making it easier to concentrate on tasks without excessive noise.
Lobby of Ludlow Hotel
For a super clean, chic atmosphere with lots of natural light
Chic Setting: The lobby’s upscale and chic decor creates an inspiring work environment that appeals to a creative crowd.
Natural Light: Large windows allow plenty of natural light, creating an inviting atmosphere for productive work during the day.
Wi-Fi Quality: The Ludlow Hotel offers reliable and fast Wi-Fi, ensuring smooth online operations and video conferences.
Elegant Seating: Plush seating options provide both comfort and style, accommodating extended work sessions.
Ambient Music: The lobby’s background music enhances focus and productivity without being overwhelming.
Grand Central Apple Store:
For a quick download that requires optimal WiFi speeds
Fast Connectivity: The store provides robust Wi-Fi for efficient internet access, ensuring seamless communication and tasks.
Cutting-Edge Environment: Though it’s not intended to be a “work space” The Apple Store’s sleek and modern design sets the stage for a QUICK, tech-savvy work session.
Tech Support: Knowledgeable staff can assist with technical issues, making it a great place for troubleshooting work-related technology—though try not to make it obvious you are simply there for their WiFi.
Inspiring Surroundings: Surrounded by innovative tech products, you’ll find inspiration for creative tasks and projects.
Central Location: Being in Grand Central Terminal, it’s conveniently accessible and allows for efficient work before catching a train.
NY Public Library (40th St)
For a timeless ambiance that is ideal for concentration…it’s a library after all
Serene Ambiance: The library’s hushed atmosphere lends itself to focused and concentrated work, suitable for tasks requiring deep thinking.
Reliable Wi-Fi: The library offers free and reliable Wi-Fi, catering to those who require a quiet space without sacrificing connectivity.
Vast Resources: Access to a plethora of books, research materials, and digital resources can aid in comprehensive work or research projects.
Diverse Spaces: Various reading rooms and study areas cater to different preferences, from solitary work to collaborative endeavors.
Cultural Immersion: Being in the heart of New York, the library provides an intellectually stimulating environment that can enhance your work.
Starbucks Roastery in Empire State Building
For an iconic location that will inspire you
Iconic Setting: Working in the Empire State Building’s Starbucks Roastery offers a unique and inspiring backdrop for your tasks.
Premium Coffee: Access to high-quality coffee and beverages can keep you energized and focused throughout your work session.
Efficient Workstations: The layout is designed for productivity, with well-placed outlets and comfortable seating arrangements.
City Views: Enjoy impressive views of the city while working, adding a touch of inspiration to your tasks.
Ample Space: Despite being a busy location, the roastery provides ample seating and space to find a spot that suits your work style.
Starbucks West Village @ 7th Ave and 11th/12th Street
For a cozy workspace in one of the city’s coziest neighborhoods
Cozy Ambience: This neighborhood Starbucks exudes a cozy and inviting atmosphere, making it feel like your personal workspace.
Community Vibes: The local clientele creates a friendly and communal atmosphere that can be conducive to productivity.
Reliable Wi-Fi: Though not the fastest, Starbucks is known for offering dependable Wi-Fi, ensuring smooth online connectivity for work tasks.
Convenient Location: Situated in a charming area, it’s a great spot to work between meetings or while exploring the West Village.
Variety of Beverages: A wide selection of beverages and snacks ensures you can refuel without leaving your workspace.