Review: Kona Coffee and Company in East Village, New York City | Covering the Intersections of Race, Culture, Sexuality, and Fashion | 48min

Review: Kona Coffee and Company in East Village, New York City

With technology, more and more people are working remotely these days, myself included.

I’ve personally jumped around New York City (mostly Manhattan but parts of Brooklyn too) to find my go to cafes to rotate through on any given week. I’ll share that list with you later, but today, I wanted to review one of my new favorites: Kona Coffee and Company.

If you also work remotely and are on the hunt for an East Village cafe that doesn’t get too noisy or crowded, but also has tasty coffee, a nice environment, free wifi, and power outlets, Kona Coffee and Company is a great spot to check out for your needs.

Kona opened in the Fall of 2017. They have enjoyed a nice reception thus far. They’re located at 57 2nd Ave. between 3rd/4th St. The little Hawaiian-inspired cafe is open from 7AM – 11PM and is a great space to work at any time of day. There’s a lot of cafes in the East Village, but not all of them put it together like Kona.

Kona’s specialties include the “hawaiian latte” which has macadamia nut and coconut, 100% Kona coffee, acai bowls, and an assortment of pastries.

The vibe of the cafe is a bit commercialized with just a hint of that laid back Hawaiian flare we all love without being kitschy.

It has a moderate amount of seating and that’s partly why it’s nice to work in. That said, it can be frustrating if all the tables are taken and you can’t find a spot to sit, but that rarely happens here. I do appreciate that it doesn’t feel stuffy or loud when it is busy like many other cafes since there is more open space.

If you’re picky and specific about where you work-at-home, don’t take any chances and stick with Kona. If you like risks and rolling the dice, then stick with online casino games, but don’t spend your precious time looking for another cafe. Overall, Kona Coffee and Company is a great spot to get a cup of coffee and to plant yourself to work a few hours.

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