• Diana Wollach

The Best Places for Coffee Meetings in NY, LA & SF


Public Hotel. Photo by Et.hotel

Office meetings can be such a bore. Not just a bore, but also a chore. No windows, creaky chairs, glass walls, booked up conference rooms… We don’t mean to be rude, but sometimes it’s just nice to get the hell out and hold your meetings elsewhere. Like a coffee shop for instance!


Whether you’re just stopping by on business or need to refresh your local go-to’s, we at ICBRKR have tested and approved meeting-worthy coffee shops in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Satisfy your coffee cravings while staying productive and motivated with our quiet yet trendy suggestions below! These are ICBRKR approved!


New York


Downtown & Brooklyn


Crosby St Hotel Restaurant, Photo by tripadvisor

Crosby Street Hotel: The Crosby Bar at Crosby Street Hotel is great for a meeting where you need to impress. It’s classy, spacious, airy and it’s open all day -- from breakfast, lunch and dinner to coffee, afternoon tea and cocktails.


ATLA: NY Mag’s description sums this place up perfectly: “Part alt-milk coffee shop, part juice bar, part California-style breakfast joint, part serious mezcal bar — and top-notch Mexican restaurant -- it epitomizes a new breed of multitasking all-day cafes.” Channel some of that efficiency and success into your next coffee meeting.


Café Altro Paradiso: This inviting café is backed by a delicious Italian menu and offers the perfect setting for a casual or critical external meetup.


1 Hotel. Photo by a hotel life

1 Hotel, Brooklyn Bridge: With a view of Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge, the 1 Hotel offers not one, not two, but five gorgeous options for you to hold your meetings. Choose from Neighbors, their in-house café; The Osprey, their local food joint; the casual but clean and comfy Lobby Lounge; or even the Rooftop Garden and Bar.


PUBLIC Hotel: At PUBLIC Hotel, you can host your meeting anywhere in the common areas from the Louis coffee shop, Diego bar, PUBLIC restaurant to the 360-degree Rooftop is what kept us coming back.


Midtown


maialino. photo by Lauren loves to eat

Maialino: Walk into Maialino and you’ll immediately feel like a million bucks. This place is great to make your guests feel special, and if you’re lucky, you may even spot a celeb or two.


NoMad Hotel NYC: As far as hotels with a variety of different locations to offer, NoMad takes the cake. From the Atrium to the Library, the Parlour to the Fireplace, you’ve got plenty to choose from to find the perfect ambiance.


Union Fare: Sometimes, it’s hard to find a conveniently located meeting spot. What better place than Union Square? Union Fare is not only well-located, it’s also spacious, quiet during the day and offers a multitude of consumption options. Win!


Stumptown Coffee Roasters: As far as coffee shop chains go, this one still keeps its cozy charm that makes it perfect for a professional meeting. It currently has two locations in NYC, one in the West Village and one in the Ace Hotel in Midtown. The latter has plenty of comfortable, communal, or intimate seating options.


Los Angeles


Downtown


NoMad LA. Photo by Curbed LA

NoMad Hotel LA: Sister to NoMad NYC, NoMad Los Angeles offers a different collection of locales with the same impeccable quality. We suggest you try the Coffee Bar, which promptly turns into a Cocktail Bar starting at 5PM.


The Standard Downtown: Standard hotels always exude chic and class and the Downtown LA one is no exception. The Restaurant, Rooftop and Firepit round up your different vibes for different meetings.


Best Girl: If you really want to make an impression, take your meeting date to Best Girl, catered by Michelin star-acclaimed Chef Michael Cimarusti. Cool vibe, great food, can’t go wrong decision.


West Ho


Verve Coffee. Photo by Cool Hunting

Chateau Marmont: We’ve hosted some ICBRKR events here, and we can’t recommend this place enough. The Restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating and the old-timey vibe will relax even your most serious clients.


Mondrian Hotel: Enjoy the expansive LA skyline from the Mondrian’s Skybar. With stunning vines, open-air and fresh design, this pavilion will make you forget this is a work meeting.


Verve Coffee: The Melrose Avenue Verve Coffee is everything everyone loves about coffee shops. Wake up, smell the coffee, embrace the vibe, and appreciate the instant productivity that seizes you upon passing through its doors.


The Assembly: Cafe meets retail meets community space. The Assembly is somewhere you can go with a clear conscience on every front. The drinks you’re consuming, the utensils you’re using, the company you’re enjoying: all ethically sourced. (OK, well, that last one’s up to you...)


Alfred: Their motto is “But First, Coffee.” We recommend that, then your meeting, closed out with their recently launched CBD Matcha.


Venice & Santa Monica


Intelligentsia Coffee. Photo by jiraygroup.com

Intelligentsia Coffee: This Venice coffee bar feels so open -- even breaking barriers between baristas and customers -- you’ll never want to leave. Such a beautiful and clever design inspires productivity and makes it an ideal meeting selection.


The Tasting Kitchen: More of an evening drinks locale, The Tasting Kitchen is fantastic for a professional happy hour.


Shutters on the Beach Hotel: Have a meeting with a view at Santa Monica’s Shutters Hotel Living Room. It has couches. It has a fireplace. It has a the Pacific Ocean. What more could you need?


San Francisco


Coffee Culture. Photo by Michael O'Neal

Blue Bottle Coffee: Though it has multiple locations, we like the Sansome Street or Mint Plaza spots depending on where you are. Great decor meets delicious coffee; you can’t go wrong with this one.


Philz Coffee: If you’re a coffee connoisseur, you’ll love Philz. They pride themselves in finding the perfect blend for each customer, and we all know starting with a good cup of coffee is the ideal way to start a successful meeting. Try one of their many different locations -- we recommend the Hyatt Regency one on Embarcadero Center.


Red Door Coffee: Spacious and quiet, Red Door Coffee, particularly the one on Howard Street, is a fine choice for a casual meeting. They also serve bagels and jam alongside their sweet and savory pastries.


Coffee Cultures: Another spot with a great attitude, Coffee Cultures FiDi, located on Bush Street, will make you leave your meetings feeling good, taste buds pleased and conscience clear that you made the right decision bringing your appointment here.


Stay productive, ICBRKRs! Try one of these during your next business trip in NY, LA or SF, or venture somewhere new as a local. And don’t forget to find your next partner-in-crime in the ICBRKR app, available on iOS and Android.


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