Overall: 9/10, if I were an Upper East Sider, I’d make it my home away from home.
Power Outlets: Yes, but you have to fight for them.
Noise Level: Low-Moderate
Seating: Plenty in the front and back of the store
Student Discount: Yes
Snuggled next to Hunter College on Manhattan’s Upper East side and beside the 68th street 6 train, Shakespeare & Co. proves itself to be a cozy place to read or study with ample ambient noise. Frequenters include a blend of hipsters in neon beanies, reasonably stressed college students, and old, rich people. The bookstore itself feels somewhere in between an independent shop and a Barnes & Noble.
The dark wood bookshelves give it a warm feel. The golden oldies and lyric-less smooth jazz music sounds as though it’s being gently scratched from a gramophone. Upon entering, you’ll be greeted by a display case of carb-ful pastries, from croissants to bear claws. The space isn’t terribly tight, but your butt may invade your neighbor’s space when trying to sit down at the two-person tables in the cafe area. However, the frequent rustling of wax-paper pastry bags and the soft hiss of espresso machine steam is music to any reader’s ear.