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In the startup world we often need convenient locations to meet over a coffee. The following locations, near transport hubs, offer somewhere to sit, talk, open a laptop, and unless mentioned to connect with WiFi. The Starbucks locations listed are those with extensive seating, and often two floors – not the little decoy mini locations with minimal seating.

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Manhattan (Midtown)

Starbucks, 40th and Lexington, 360 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10017-6502 (WiFi: Free AT&T Power is under the counter on the left and at two tables on the right hand wall, one permanently occupied by a man with a black hat!)


(Alternatives: Near the Roger Smith Hotel is Juan Valdez, 47th and Lexington until 6pm; In the Bloomingdale’s area is Juan Valdez, between Lexington and 3rd, 140 E 57th Street; West Midtown/Times Square/Port Authority: Starbucks, 39th and 8th, 600 Eighth Ave. (Unfortunately this store no longer offers power), New York, NY 10018; Food: Red Flame Coffee Shop, 67 W 44th St # 1, New York, NY)

Manhattan (Below 20th)

WiX lounge on the 2nd floor of 10 West 18th Street offer a free stop off point in the Union Square area. A location for quiet work rather than active discussion. Drop in and register at the first desk.

A European Style McDonald’s with two laptop lanes upstairs at 6th Avenue and 14th Street. Subway L,F,V,PATH to 14th and 6th Ave.; N,Q,R,W,4,5,6 to 14th Street and Union Square. (WiFi: Free AT&T)

Pret a Manger 17th and Broadway – Large, clean, second floor space but no Wifi.

Tarallucci E Vino, 15 E 18th Street, New York, NY 1003-1903 (No Wifi at all) Near Broadway North of Union Square.

Starbucks, 72 Spring Street, Soho, is a themed Starbuck’s designed to look like a dry goods store. (WiFi: Free AT&T).

Starbucks, 38 Park Row, City Hall / Fulton Street, between J&R and Pace (WiFi: Free AT&T).

(Alternatives Union Square: Barnes and Nobles, North side of Union Square – AT&T,Boingo; Wall Street: Bayard’s  93 Pearl Street – Small two person tables only; Near Varick Street: Cafe Henry, Bedford Street between Downing and West Houston, 27 Bedford Street, 10014-4676 4th St. E Train- No WiFi; Near PATH Startbucks, 510 Avenue of the Americas at 14th Street; Jack’s Coffee, 138 West 10th Street at 6th Ave. – No WiFi or power). The downtown alliance offer free Wi-Fi in a number of locations.

Manhattan (Above 60th Street)

West Side: Starbucks, 2394 Broadway Between 87th and 88th. Subway: 1, B or C also 86th Street Cross town bus from 86th street 4,5,6 train. (WiFi: Free AT&T)

East Side: Starbucks, 80th and York, 1515 York Avenue, New York, NY 10021. Subway 4 to 86th or 6 to 77th Street. (WiFi: Free AT&T)

East Side: A very different McDonald’s at 1499 3rd Avenue and 85th Street, New York, NY 10128. Subway 4,5,6 to 86th Street. (WiFi: Free AT&T)

(Alternatives: Summer Only: Starbucks, 85th and 1st Ave, 1631 1st Ave, New York, NY 10028, Effe’s Coffee Shop, 3rd Avenue between 91st and 92nd Streets)

Manhattan (20’s and 30’s)

The lobby of The Ace Hotel on 29th Street between 5th Ave. and Broadway. Order coffee by the Caraffe (I recommend the small Caraffe not the large one — it is very large!) and ask for the Wi-Fi password.

Starbucks, 29th and Park Avenue South, A large store with plenty of laptop users. Subway: 6 at 28th and Park Ave. (WiFi: Free AT&T).

Starbucks, Empire State Building 33rd Street and 5th Ave., Between Penn, Grand Central and the 6 train. Subway: 6 at 28th and Park Ave. (WiFi: Free AT&T).

Show Biz Software, 19 W 21st Street between 5th and 6th Ave. (Free WiFi)


(Alternatives: Penn Station: Food: Andrew’s Coffee Shop, 316 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001; Madison Square/Flatiron: Zarros, 21st and Broadway, 900 Broadway – No Wifi; Starbucks 21st Street between 5th and 6th Ave.)


Park Slope: Tea Lounge (photos) 837 Union St., Park Slope. Q to 7th Ave, 2/3 to Grand Army Plaza or M/R to Unions St. (Free WiFi)

East Williamsburg / Bushwick: Cafe Orwell 247 Varet St, Brooklyn, NY 11206-3823 is two blocks from Morgan Avenue on the L train and offers free WiFi and great table space. Great meals and pizza can be had around the corner at Roberta’s restaurant.

Brooklyn Heights: Starbucks, Montague Street, 112 Montague Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (WiFi: Free AT&T)

MetroTech: Starbucks, Polytechnic University, Metro Tech, 6 Metro Tech, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (WiFi: Free AT&T) (Limited Seating)


Cafescape, 59-02 Woodside Ave, Woodside, NY 11377 is two blocks from the LIRR and the 7 train. It is reachable from Jackson Heights via two stops of the 7 train.

The Starbucks at 67th and Queens Blvd location has closed. There is a store in Sunnyside which I haven’t explored yet.


Fordham: Splendid Deli, 387 E Fordham Road, Bronx, NY (No WiFi)    Send article as PDF   

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  1. Owen Brunette says

    Starbucks at 39th and 8th has blocked off the power outlets upstairs.

  2. Owen Brunette says

    There does seem to be a general trend in the most popular Starbucks stores (Near Times Square, Union Square etc.) to have closed off power outlets and to try to get out of the public restroom service by blocking off one bathroom as a staff bathroom even if it was the sole restroom. More residential parts of even Manhattan don’t seem to be effected it’s just the high rent areas. In high traffic streets the cost of space at street level is 50c to a dollar per square foot per day so you can see how the hogging of a table and chairs for three or four hours becomes a factor. Starbucks are citing energy saving as the reason for closing off power outlets.

  3. obrun says

    Subtle Tea has closed: See

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