The 10 Best Places for Informational Interviews in NYC



Informational interviews are great to get to know a person and their industry. They provide insight, help, and guidance to the job search. Going into an informational interview can be stressful. What do I wear? What do I ask? Where should we meet?

It is essential to have a plan of where to meet. We reached out to our community members, and the consensus was that the location should be quiet, have plenty of seating, and feature decently priced beverages or snacks. The location should make you feel comfortable and confident, two musts during the informational interview. Based on these qualifications, we put together a list of the best places to meet for informational interviews in NYC by area. Scroll down to see the best spots for conversation and networking!

Lower Manhattan


Name: Kaffe 1668
Location: 275 Greenwich Street (cross streets Warren Street and Murray Street)
What makes it a good spot? Located in Tribeca, this spot is comfortable and interesting with reasonably priced coffee.
Wifi: Yes, free

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Name: Think Coffee
Location: 73 8th Ave (between 13th and 14th Streets)
What makes it a good spot? With a couple of locations in Manhattan, Think Coffee knows all about coffee. This location is big and beautiful featuring restored Coney Island boardwalk and lots of art on the walls.
Wifi: Yes, free

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Name: Grounded
Location: 28 Jane Street (between Greenwich Ave & 8th Ave)
What makes it a good spot? This West Village cafe serves organic coffee and tea and features local bagels in the morning. Perfect for a breakfast meeting!
Wifi: Yes, free

Midtown Manhattan

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Name: The City Bakery
Location: 3 W 18th St (between 5th and 6th Ave)
What makes it a good spot? Part bakery, part cafe, coffee bar and cafeteria, in a two-level space at Union Square, this place has plenty of space for a working lunch.
Wifi: No

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Name: Pret a Manger
Location: 857 Broadway (cross streets 17th and Broadway), and many other locations throughout NYC. See more locations here.
What makes it a good spot? Pret a Manger offers fresh made sandwiches and salads as well as coffee and tea. The Union Square Pret has lots of seats, making it perfect for meetings.
Wifi: Yes, at the Union Square location and certain locations

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Name: Kahve
Location: 774 9th Ave (cross streets 52nd and 9th Ave)
What makes it a good spot? In the heart of Hell’s Kitchen, this trendy coffee lounge serves a rotating array of international coffees along with the typical coffee house fare. The exposed brick and original pressed tin ceiling give it a welcoming and cozy feeling.
Wifi: Yes, free

Upper Manhattan

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Name: Birch Coffee
Location: 750 Columbus Ave (cross streets 97th and Columbus Ave)
What makes it a good spot? Birch offers a quiet spot for coffee and pastries. It has a cool vibe with one of a kind style.
Wifi: Yes, limited hours

Brooklyn


Name: Cafe Martin
Location: 355 5th Ave (between 4th St & 6th Ave in Park Slope) Brooklyn, NY
What makes it a good spot? This intimate stop is know for their coffee and offers a convenient location in Park Slope. A favorite of coffee drinkers.
Wifi: No


Name: Cafe Grumpy
Location: 193 Meserole Ave (between Newel St & Diamond St in Greenpoint), Brooklyn, NY
What makes it a good spot? The original location, Cafe Grumpy in Greenpoint features coffee from their roastery next door and is the most spacious of their locations.
Wifi: Yes


Name: Runner & Stone
Location: 285 Third Avenue (between President St & 4th Ave in Gowanus), Brooklyn, NY
What makes it a good spot? Runner & Stone is a neighborhood bakery and restaurant. They bake all of their bread and pastries in house and feature local ingredients. This is a great place for a fresh baked good or a networking lunch.
Wifi: No


Want to learn how to reach out to industries pros you admire, without coming off like a creep? Join us for our FREE virtual workshop “The Art of the Informational Interview” on Tuesday, April 11th from 8:00pm-9:00pm. Learn more and register here: findspark.com/art-of-informational-interviews

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