It’s a weekend morning, the sun is out, and the breeze is light. You’re looking to grab a coffee and read the Sunday Style section while enjoying the warm weather. Skip the chaos of a sidewalk cafe brunch and post up at a cozy coffee shop with a relaxing outdoor space. If you’re in New York City, there are more than a few that fit the bill.
224 W 20th Street, Chelsea
Like the idea of a coffee shop but don’t like the atmosphere of laptops that most coffee shops promote? This is the place for you—no Wi-Fi and no laptops allowed. Talk about relaxing. Choose a bench out front to gaze at the tree-lined street or enjoy their back patio for a more secluded experience.
Hours: M-F, 7am to 8pm, Sat. 7:30am to 8pm, Sun. 7:30am to 8pm
180 10th Avenue, Highline Hotel
The beautiful and clean, minimalist hotel courtyard is the perfect place to sip coffee on sunny days. Luckily, it’s not just for hotel guests. Order coffee from the cute little coffee truck, and enjoy the ambience.
Hours: M-F 7am to 6pm, Sat. & Sun. 7am to 7pm
Laughing Man Coffee & Tea
184 Duane Street, Tribeca
Owned by Hugh Jackman, this tiny little Tribeca café has nothing but outdoor seating to offer. The large sidewalk space has oversized benches and sits on a quiet street and square. The story goes that Jackman was inspired by a coffee farmer named Dukale he met while doing charity work in Ethiopia. Naturally, the shop features coffee from Dukale and other farms from developing areas.
31 Crosby Street, Soho
This Soho store is part surf shop, part coffee shop. Surfboards and t-shirts line the walls with a barista station off to the side. Order your coffee and take it out back to their beautifully finished backyard with long wooden benches and tables. It will almost feel like you’re on a beach getaway.
Hours: M-F 8am to 7pm, Sat. & Sun. 10am to 7pm
45 South 3rd Street, Williamsburg
If you want good coffee but your friend wants a drink, this is the place to be. Williamsburg’s Freehold is a hybrid between a bar, restaurant, coffee shop, and event space. You can be a part of something that’s buzzy or relaxing, depending on what you’re looking for. As for the outside space, you can sit out with your coffee or a beer—it’s even large enough for groups. Did we mention there’s also a ping pong table?
Hours: Sun. to Wed. 7am to 2am, Thurs. to Fri. 7am to 4am
55 Greenwich Avenue, West Village
To be honest, the indoor space is so white and beautiful you may want to sit inside. But if you really do want to sit in the sun, there is sidewalk seating that looks out onto Carmine Street and the beautiful Our Lady of Pompeii Church. You can have more than just a pastry with your coffee thanks to their small, fresh menu with options like Avocado Smash.
147 Greene Avenue, Clinton Hill
In Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill, this tiny little French-inspired café serves not just coffee, but wine and food, as well. Their newly-finished backyard has small patio tables and chairs where you can take your coffee.
Hours: Daily 7am to 6pm
Stumptown Coffee Roasters
30 West 8th Street, Greenwich Village
For any book nerds or history buffs, this Stumptown location is more than just a gorgeous Greenwich Village corner store. It’s the old Eighth Street Bookshop where bohemians like Gregory Corso and Allen Ginsberg used to frequent. Stumptown’s spacious sidewalk setup allows you to enjoy a cup of joe while people-watching.
Hours: Daily 7am to 8pm
Published on April 29, 2017