We interviewed Libya Pugh, Actor, Vocalist and Founder of LAVA Art Studios, to help narrow down the best places to grind out work in Harlem. This blog is not about best coffee or most loving staff.
The following cafes have a good balance of Wi-Fi coverage, power outlets, vibe, coffee, food, and favorable seating.
Lenox Coffee – Located in central Harlem, this micro roaster coffee joint is the go-to spot for creative hustlers; lots of regulars. Coffee is taken seriously here and their bites selection, may be limited, their in-house crafted fresh sandwiches make up for the lack of options. A small, cozy space buzzing with students, freelancers and artists, this spot you want to visit if you’re looking for a side of hustle inspiration with your cup of coffee. Check out their open mic events and truly get inspired. 60 West 129th Street
Manhatanville Coffee – Their primary mission is to serve-up a quality cup of coffee, tasty artisan baked goods and a cool vibe feeling. They boast of serving up Intelligentsia coffee, a top-rated independent roaster in the US, source the baked goods and light fare menu items from local vendors and offer that up in cool space adorned with leather sofas, long communal tables with generous power outlets, abundance of natural light, free wi-fi, and chill music (at just the right volume). West Harlem offers up a choice spot to get some work done, take a meeting or just chill and pass some time. 142 Edgecombe Ave.
MIST: This place is large and lofty. Lots of seating but most outlets are against the walls or columns. Several group seating areas that allows small meetings of 3/4 people. A wide range of food and a full bar conveniently located down the hall in case you need something stronger than an espresso is a great added value for this venue. The lobby space that Mist occupies, is shared with a bar, restaurant and event space that host film screenings, lectures, and other group events. 46 west 116th street
Starbucks / 145th. No mistake here. Remember we’re focusing on best places to work. We agree the chairs are comfy, it’s familiar and diverse fellow grinders. The music choice and volume is not distracting. 145th and Bradhurst
Silvana. Artistic and inspirational setting. Very creative. The tables are ridiculously cool but the stools are hardwood. This may limit how long you work before you butt starts to ache. 116th and FDB (8th Ave)
This blog is not Yelp or Experience Harlem. We’ve had a few inquiries about places to work and sip. We hope you find this to be helpful. Suggestions for blogs? Drop a line or two below.