Chill Spots for New Yorkers to Kick Up Their Feet During a Hectic Workday

Chill Spots for New Yorkers to Kick Up Their Feet During a Hectic Workday


In a city known for crowds and noise, pleasant, quiet spaces can be a rare blessing when it’s time to cool your heels for a moment- or use a clean restroom while out and about. Paris has countless spots to sit on a lovely shaded bench to pause during a hectic day- NYC- not so much.  

As a real estate broker I find myself running around to various spots in Manhattan every day, often with gaps between appointments. And other than a brutally crowded Starbucks- with the terminally closed restrooms and seats populated by all day freelancers- I'm often at a loss. I love Joe and the Juice but it's louder than Studio 54.

Approximation of daytime energy levels at Joe and the Juice

Approximation of daytime energy levels at Joe and the Juice

Here’s a short list of my favorite spots to chill:


West Side


The David Rubenstein Atrium - 61 West 62nd Street (West of Broadway)

An impressive and soaring indoor public space, which often hosts performances and an on-site Wichcraft. (Link)


Alice Tully Hall - 1941 Broadway (Between 65th and 66th)

Perfect spot for an afternoon bite- a stunning glass pavilion- always available seating and great people watching. (Link)




The Plaza Food Hall - Plaza Hotel (59th and 5th)

Lots of great fast casual dining options and the perfect spot to take out-of-towners. (Link)


Rose Reading Room, New York Public Library (42nd and 5th)

Straight out of Harry Potter's fantastical world- one of our city's great treasures. (Link)




Foragers in the Gem Hotel - 300 West 22nd Street

Popular spot for digital nomads- a freelance favorite with a trendy vibe and incredible homemade self-serve food. (Link)


Greenwich Village


The Marlton Hotel - 5 West 8th Street

One of my all-time favorites, just north of Washington Square Park.  (Link)



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Spacious - Various Locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn.  

Cool new co-working concept: beautiful dinner restaurants outfitted with high-speed internet, open during the day to Spacious members only (guests allowed for a nominal fee)

Pictured above: Spacious seating at The Writing Room, 1703 2nd Ave on the Upper East Side. (Link)


I'd love to show you any of these in person- and of course, any real estate questions- for yourself or anyone else you know- that’s what I’m here for. Referrals are my bread and butter.

FeaturesMark Bello