Finally checked this out. I have been looking for a good place to work on my book that isn't my apartment, and Think on Mercer St. was perfect. Good coffee and sandwiches. Music volume not too loud. Free wifi. Nice ambiance. Will definitely return.
Yeah most of Manhattan simply doesn't have them as far as I can tell. But Alphabet City definitely represents. Although there's at least one bizarre outlier, in Hell's Kitchen, that's actually really great. hunch.com/item/hn_2208293/ Oh and Café Grumpy in Chelsea is also very good. hunch.com/item/hn_1764803/