I just moved to Sunnyside, and the first thing I really need to find is a good cafe to work in. I am a writer, and I spend a lot of time working in cafes. My main requirement is somewhere where I won't feel weird pulling out a laptop and sitting for several hours. I prefer somewhere with reliable wireless, plentiful seating, outlets, good coffee, and a low level of noise.
I read about Aubergine on Skillman and went there -- and maybe it's changed recently? -- but it really felt more like a restaurant than a coffeeshop to me. Everyone seemed to be eating a meal, no one was doing any work, etc. Seems like a lovely place for lunch for not for a coffee and a laptop.
I checked out The Grind also, on 39th Place off QB, but it is dark and strange and the tables have tablecloths on them, which makes me feel like it's geared toward the having-a-meal crowd. I'm not really sure what they're trying to do in there.
Then I went to Ave Coffee on Greenpoint Ave & 45th, but it was very loud and didn't seem so conducive to working. Perhaps the most promising of the three, but less than ideal.
So, Chowhounders, help me out here! Does this magic place I seek exist somewhere in Sunnyside?
Right now I'm at Communitea in LIC, and it's more along the lines of what I was hoping to find. If only it were closer.