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Marilyn La Jeunesse
New York City
Writer & self-proclaimed foodie
A loyal Think Coffee fan, I would consider this to be the ultimate study zone for a student or dedicated workaholic. Their drinks can be a bit pricey, but the price is worth the quality. My favorite is the Iced Chai Tea Latte with soy milk. The service is always quick, a thankful change from any Starbucks location in the city. Most locations have plentiful seating (I say most because you never want to go to the NYU location which is constantly packed). Outlets around the shop make staying a few hours an easy feat. Make sure to request a to-stay cup in order to avoid using yet another plastic cup (although Think's are compostable). The atmosphere aids in production with music that isn't too loud and customers that know not to shout at their friend across the table.
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Journalist, aspiring food critic, amateur cook
The Coffee Foundry is an unusual, but practical place to study. There are outlets literally everywhere, which is helpful, and the music is normally motivational rather than catchy. Their coffee is fairly priced, but their service is a bit odd, with a bar-type ordering style. The one downside to this cafe is it closes early to allow guests into their karaoke rooms, which makes late-night studying here a no-go. But, during the day, these rooms can be used for conferences, which is a pleasant surprise.
East village resident, major sweet tooth
First and foremost, yes, you have to pay for wifi, but the upside to that is, if you need to write an essay (or business proposal) without the distraction of the Internet, this is the place for you. The Bean has a nice balance between urban workers and hipster students, depending on the location you visit. I personally love the 1st Avenue location, with the 12th Street location across from The Strand a close second. At The Bean, you're sure to pay the NYC average for a coffee, but it's worth it. The baristas are knowledgable and the atmosphere is conductive to a productive work environment. I often visit in the early morning or late afternoon for ideal seating, and I almost always order the Dirty Chai (a guilty pleasure). And, if you have the app CUPS, they are partnered with The Bean, so you can use your plan there.
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