Working from home has its perks, but being stuck in a sweltering shoebox apartment sans air-conditioner isn't one of them. We feel you, freelancers, contractors and other work-from-home types. That's why we've rounded up a few cafes with ample space, speedy Wi-Fi and cool caffeinated beverages to keep your productivity —and your temperature — steady all summer long.
158 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn
If you’re passing through the North Side of Williamsburg, stop by Cafe Beit, an artsy barista-owned establishment that recently reopened in March. Don’t let Beit’s basic interior deceive you — this place can whip up some top-notch espresso, tea and baked goodies. There’s a quaint 600 square-foot outdoor patio to boot.
379 Broome Street, Manhattan
Not in the mood for caffeine? Pick up a cup of grass-fed Greek yogurt at Greecologies,the hybrid juice and smoothie bar/frozen yogurt lab. This spacious SoHo creamery offers rose petal preserves, floral and sweet toppings for your customizable froyo, matcha lattes and butter coffee. And if you’re trying to escape the busy New York City streets, Greecologies’ beautiful outdoor garden patio will put you in a peaceful state of mind.
30-04 30th Street, Queens
This artsy Astoria hub offers more than just a wide variety of coffee from roasters nationwide. Astoria Cafe’s ice cream sandwiches from Ice & Vice— made with real cookies with decadent ice cream in the middle — are a delicious and dangerous new addition to the menu. Interested in a different sort of treat to get you through the workday? They also serve beer. Whether you’re into cold brew or craft brews, this is a go-to spot for Queens freelancers (and a destination for those in other boroughs).
318 E 84th St. Manhattan
If you’re looking for a workplace haunt Uptown, then considerCafe Jax, a cozy spotsteeped in coffeehouse culture. With a spacious basement and an outdoor patio, Jax's atmosphere is conducive to keeping your nose to the grindstone. Their Sumptown coffee is a good old standby, or for a ridiculously refreshing treat, try their cold brew floats made with Blue Marble ice cream. Yes, we can’t think of a better combination either.