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Close your eyes and imagine a New York coffee shop. The picture in your mind’s eye probably is something similar to 71 Irving Place, at least it’s what I think of as the stereotypical coffee spot. It’s tucked away in the basement of an old brownstone just south of NYC’s very own secret garden-Gramercy Park. 71 Irving has exposed brick walls, an eclectic soundtrack, and a mighty fine menu. It’s perfect for studying, meetings, or for a coffee date with a friend.

Food: Try a sandwich, salad, or a quiche. The toasted cinnamon raisin bagel loaded with cream cheese is my go-to snack. Delish! 71 Irving only serves drip coffee, so it’s not as think or bold as the coffee from MUD or Stumptown, but it does the job.

Price: Typical NYC prices, $2.50 for a coffee, pastries run anywhere between $2-$5, and all major credit/debit cards are accepted at the register.

WiFi? Negative. There’s one unprotected network in the area, but it’s really hard to connect to.

Tip: I love coming to 71 Irving for coffee and dessert (try the green tea cookie, it’s delectable!). You may find me sitting at one of the two outdoor tables with a latte in hand enjoying the fall weather.

Where? 71 Irving Place (between 18th and 19th), there is a second location at 56 7th Avenue (between 13th and 14th streets). Take the L, 4 5 6, or N Q R to the Union Square station and walk north east towards 3rd avenue and 16th street.