Coffee joints for Writers & Filmmakers in NYC & L.A.


This is just for writers and filmmakers! =}

Writers and filmmakers are often hauling their laptops to coffee houses for writing and working. In New York and Los Angeles, there are many such places, but sometimes they are difficult to find.

Let’s build a list of coffee joints where we like to work.

Besides, we all love the adventure of finding a new place to hang out.

I recommend that you copy the info below, then paste it into a comment to this blog posting and let us know your recommended hangouts.

I’ll start adding some that I’ve found in both cities.

Here’s the form to copy and paste.

CITY:
Name:
Street:
Phone:
Website:
Twitter:
Facebook:
WIFI: [_]Free with purchase [_]Unlimited time [_]pay
AC outlets: [_]Many [_]Precious Few [_]none
Crowded: [_]Always [_]Seldom [_]Never
Atmosphere [_]chatting [_]boisterous [_]library
Crowd: [_]writers [_]tourists [_]mixed
Menu: [_]pastries [_]sandwiches [_]full menu
Price: [_]$ [_]$$ [_]$$$!
Comment:

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15 thoughts on “Coffee joints for Writers & Filmmakers in NYC & L.A.

  1. CITY: New York City
    Name: Argo Tea
    Street: 1792 Broadway (at 58th St)
    Phone: 646-502-7250
    Website: http://www.argotea.com
    Twitter:
    Facebook:
    WIFI: [x]Free with purchase [_]Unlimited time [_]pay
    AC outlets: [_]Many [x]Precious Few [_]none
    Crowded: [x]Always [_]Seldom [_]Never
    Atmosphere [x]chatting [_]boisterous [_]library
    Crowd: [_]writers [x]tourists [_]mixed
    Menu: [x]pastries [_]sandwiches [_]full menu
    Price: [x]$ [_]$$ [_]$$$!
    Comment:

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  2. CITY: New York City
    Name: Starbucks Empire State Building
    Street: 350 Fifth Avenue
    Phone: 212-268-5471
    Website: http://www.Starbucks.com
    Twitter: @starbucks
    Facebook:
    WIFI: [x]Free with purchase [x]Unlimited time [_]pay
    AC outlets: [_]Many [x]Precious Few [_]none
    Crowded: [_]Always [x]Seldom [_]Never
    Atmosphere [x]chatting [_]boisterous [_]library
    Crowd: [_]writers [_]tourists [x]mixed
    Menu: [_]pastries [x]sandwiches [_]full menu
    Price: [x]$ [_]$$ [_]$$$!
    Comment: Large basement with tables, lots of students

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  3. Hey, Michael! I’m actually the wrong guy to ask. Though I occasionally enjoy hanging out in a cafe (I used to especially like Cafe Reggio on MacDougal before it got too touristy, and the cafe at MoMa) I’ve actually only spent limited time in NYC Starbucks (generally the one on like 7th/39th or the one at Astor Place.) I find I do my best writing at home, alone, over jazz or classical music and with coffee far stronger than anything brewed at cafes outside of Paris.

    When I’m in CA I sometimes enjoy the experience of taking my laptop out to write at a cafe; it kinda makes me feel like I’m “on the inside”, writing my script a few hundred yards from a major studio. There’s a Starbucks (or maybe it’s a Coffee Bean) on Main Street in Burbank, and my favorite place of all, the very low key Colombus Cafe on Columbus Avenue in SF. But even t these great places, I usually find myself writing the same sentence over and over and over again.

    I always promise myself I’ll get out more and maybe try to make a serious effort at writing at a Starbucks–I’m always jealous of the folks who are sitting there, Final Draft open and focused on their screens while I’m in line fumbling with the distinction between Grande and Venti (what the fuck is “venti”, anyway?) but it’s a promise I’ve thus far been unable to keep.

    Best,

    Seth

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  4. CITY: NYC (Lower East Side) 

    Name: 88 Orchard
Street: 88 Orchard Street, New York, NY (F, J, M, Z trains to Delancey/Essex St. stop)
    
Phone: (212) 228-8880
    
Website: http://88orchard.com/

    Twitter: @88Orchard

    
WIFI: [X]Free with purchase [X]Unlimited time [_]pay

    AC outlets: [_]Many [X]Precious Few [_]none

    Crowded: [_]Always [X]Seldom [_]Never
Atmosphere [x]chatting [_]boisterous [_]library

    Crowd: [x]writers [_]tourists [_]mixed

    Menu: [x]pastries [x]sandwiches [X]full menu
    
Price: [_]$ [x]$$ [_]$$$!
    
Comment: Always worth the subway trip down to the LES, it has a ground & basement level. Cozy & quaint, the top level can get busy, but there is always a spot in the basement, which is quiet and has outlets and cushions to prop on. Both food and drink menus are great, with daily specials (even serves breakfast!). Even beer or wine is available, if you fancy a stronger sort of liquid inspiration.

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  5. CITY: NEW YORK
    Name: Roasting Plant
    Street: 75 Greenwich Ave
    Phone: (212) 775-7755
    Website: http://www.roastingplant.com
    Twitter:
    Facebook:
    WIFI: [x]Free with purchase [x]Unlimited time [_]pay
    AC outlets: [x]Many [_]Precious Few [_]none
    Crowded: [_]Always [x]Seldom [_]Never
    Atmosphere [x]chatting [_]boisterous [_]library
    Crowd: [x]writers [_]tourists [_]mixed
    Menu: [x]pastries [_]sandwiches [_]full menu
    Price: [x]$ [_]$$ [_]$$$!
    Comment: Fascinating brewing system uses fresh beans for each brew. Friendly!

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  6. CITY: NEW YORK CITY
    Name: Au Bon Pain
    Street: 58 E. 8th St.
    Phone: 212-475-8546
    Website: http://aubonpain.com
    Twitter:
    Facebook:
    WIFI: [x]Free with purchase [c]Unlimited time [_]pay
    AC outlets: [x]Many [_]Precious Few [_]none
    Crowded: [_]Always [x]Seldom [_]Never
    Atmosphere [x]chatting [_]boisterous [_]library
    Crowd: [_]writers [_]tourists [x]mixed
    Menu: [_]pastries [_]sandwiches [x]full menu
    Price: [x]$ [_]$$ [_]$$$!
    Comment: The staff is unaware of Writers and barely aware that they have WiFi. Lots of students from NYU.

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  7. CITY: LOS ANGELES (HOLLYWOOD)
    Name: Solar de Cahuenga
    Street: Franklin Ave and Cahuenga (1847 N Cahuenga Blvd)
    Phone:
    Website: http://solardecahuenga.com/
    Twitter:
    Facebook:
    WIFI: [x]Free with purchase [x]Unlimited time [_]pay
    AC outlets: [_]Many [x]Precious Few [_]none
    Crowded: [x]Always [_]Seldom [_]Never
    Atmosphere [x]chatting [_]boisterous [_]library
    Crowd: [x]writers [_]tourists [_]mixed
    Menu: [_]pastries [_]sandwiches [x]full menu
    Price: [_]$ [x]$$ [_]$$$!
    Comment: Great place, industry buzz, very nice.

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  8. CITY: New York
    Name: Argo Tea
    Street: 75 University Place
    Phone: (718) 530-0520
    Website: http://www.argotea.com/locations_new_york.shtml
    Twitter:
    Facebook:
    WIFI: [X]Free with purchase [_]Unlimited time [_]pay
    AC outlets: [X]Many [_]Precious Few [_]none
    Crowded: [_]Always [X]Seldom [_]Never
    Atmosphere [X]chatting [_]boisterous [_]library
    Crowd: [_]writers [_]tourists [X]mixed
    Menu: [X]pastries [_]sandwiches [_]full menu
    Price: [X]$ [_]$$ [_]$$$!
    Comment: You have to ASK FOR THE WIFI CODE when you make your purchase; it’s good for 2 hours free WiFi

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  9. CITY: Los Angeles
    Name: Stir Crazy
    Street: 6903 Melrose Avenue (between La Brea and Highland)
    Phone: (323) 934-4656
    Website:
    Twitter:
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stir-Crazy-Coffee-Shop/118714631478717?sk=info
    WIFI: [X]Free with purchase [_]Unlimited time [_]pay
    AC outlets: [X]Many [_]Precious Few [_]none
    Crowded: [_]Always [X]Seldom [_]Never
    Atmosphere [_]chatting [_]boisterous [X]library
    Crowd: [X]writers [_]tourists [_]mixed
    Menu: [X]pastries [_]sandwiches [_]full menu
    Price: [X]$ [_]$$ [_]$$$!
    Comment: Nice and quaint, like a rural log cabin.

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  10. CITY: Brooklyn
    Name: OUTPOST
    Street: 1014 Fulton St, Brooklyn NY 11238
    Phone:(718) 636-1260
    Website: http://www.outpostlounge.com
    Twitter:
    Facebook:
    WIFI: [x]Free with purchase [x]Unlimited time [_]pay
    AC outlets: [x]Many [_]Precious Few [_]none
    Crowded: [_]Always [x]Seldom [_]Never
    Atmosphere [x]chatting [_]boisterous [_]library
    Crowd: [x]writers [_]tourists [_]mixed
    Menu: [x]pastries [x]sandwiches [_]full menu
    Price: [x]$ [_]$$ [_]$$$!
    Comment: Very casual, very nice, great staff

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  11. CITY: Manhattan
    Name: Showbiz Cafe
    Street: 19 W 21st St, New York NY 10010
    Phone: (646) 829-0700
    Website: http://showbizsoftware.com
    Twitter: @showbizstore
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/showbizstore
    WIFI: [x]Free with purchase [x]Unlimited time [_]pay
    AC outlets: [x]Many [_]Precious Few [_]none
    Crowded: [_]Always [x]Seldom [_]Never
    Atmosphere [x]chatting [_]boisterous [_]library
    Crowd: [x]writers [_]tourists [_]mixed
    Menu: [x]pastries [x]sandwiches [_]full menu
    Price: [x]$ [_]$$ [_]$$$!
    Comment: Excellent for filmmakers and writers, great place for impromptu meetings, too. This is also a biz software and gear store. Great people as customers and as staff.

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  12. CITY: Bushwick, Brooklyn NY
    Name: Three Angeles by the Park
    Street: 65 Irving Avenue (across from Maria Hernandez Park)
    Phone:
    Website:
    Twitter:
    Facebook:
    WIFI: [x]Free with purchase [x]Unlimited time [_]pay
    AC outlets: [x]Many [_]Precious Few [_]none
    Crowded: [_]Always [x]Seldom [_]Never
    Atmosphere [x]chatting [_]boisterous [_]library
    Crowd: [x]writers [_]tourists [_]mixed
    Menu: [x]pastries [_]sandwiches [_]full menu
    Price: [x]$ [_]$$ [_]$$$!
    Comment: Owner Jerry makes this the friendliest coffee shop in Bushwick. Lots of artistic/creative people from the neighborhood. Beautiful back patio.

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  13. CITY: Los Angeles
    Name: Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
    Street: Santa Monica / Beverly Glen

    WIFI: [X]Free with purchase [_]Unlimited time [_]pay
    AC outlets: [X) Many [_]Precious Few [_]none
    Crowded: [_]Always [X]Seldom [_]Never
    Atmosphere [_]chatting [_]boisterous [_]library – depends on the days
    Crowd: [_]writers [_]tourists [X]mixed
    Menu: [X]pastries [X]sandwiches [_]full menu
    Price: [X]$ [_]$$ [_]$$$!
    Comment: You can stay there all day without ever being bothered.

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