Looking to find a place in the Upper West Side???
Not far from the 72nd St 1/2/3 is Boule and Cherie.
This place is a good no frills kind of place not far from Lincoln Center, Columbus Circle and that Fordham campus.
Boule and Cherie
Neighborhood: Upper West Side
Address: 172 Amsterdam Av
New Yorker Translation: 69th and Amsterdam
Plug Situation: Eh, not ideal but it does exist. If you’re going to swing by, Have a bit of a charge.
Seating: Decent options! There are tables for two and four people, a couch, and eight stools facing the window. It is a bit tight but doable.
Bathroom Situation: Yep. It exists but there is a code. It’s on the receipt so keep that.
Wifi: It’s not slow but I wouldn’t say exactly fast. If you are downloading or uploading something in a rush. This maybe isn’t your best bet.
Food: It’s not bad but fairly standard. Seems like no frill sandwiches and the kind of pre-made salad you’d find at any more generic cafe anywhere.
The pastries are a different story. There is a bread pudding muffin but I had this banana walnut coffee cake chocolate muffin. It’s a solid choice but not super memorable.
Honestly, if I wasn’t writing this post while I’m in said coffee shop I probably wouldn’t remember what I ordered. Coffee is good, including the decaf.
Noise Level: Music doesn’t appear to be a thing here really but lots of people talking. The acoustics suggest it's not a quiet place.
Lighting: Fluorescent overhead lights with a few overhead sconces by the windows.
Overall: It’s a solid place to go in between meetings if you are in the area. It’s not a bad place to answer some emails for an hour or so but not somewhere I’d want to post for an extended period of time.
The ground rules of course for any coffee shop. Don’t be a dick and read the room. Order food and drinks if you are going to post up. Unless, you get the vibe otherwise try not to spend more than like two hours. This is a pretty basic (but also personable guide) to the top coffeeshops in New York City to get work done — great for remote workers, writers, and students alike.