Top 5 Places to
"Work From Home"
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DC is full of folks who work remotely: consultants, freelancers, and more. Since working solely from home is a great recipe for cabin fever, we've compiled a list of five great spots to hunker down and be productive.
1. Free Wi-Fi that works consistently.
2. Comfy chairs and tables that are a decent size: your drink, snack, and laptop/books/papers all fit comfortably.
3. Staff that doesn't give you the stinkeye for camping out for awhile.
4. In addition to quality caffeinated beverages and baked goods, they offer solid breakfast and lunch options should you need to work through mealtimes.
5. Bonus: They all have outdoor seating.
Tryst: 2459 18th St. NW (Adams Morgan)
Tryst turns off their Wi-Fi on weekends
, but they also have a full bar
, so we'll let it slide. After years
of permit battles, they are finally able to offer patio
seating out front.
H Street Coffeehouse & Cafe: 1359 H St NE (Atlas District)
Formerly known as Sova,
this coffee shop was taken over and made over by the owners of the neighboring Biergarten Haus
earlier this year. The two establishments share
the back patio, so coffeehouse patrons are only allowed out there before 4pm.
Pound the Hill: 621 Pennsylvania Ave. SE (The Hill/Eastern Market)
This Capitol Hill institution is known for its Nutella
fixation. Enjoy an espresso drink or scone
laced with the infamous chocolate hazelnut spread.
The Coupe: 3415 11th St. NW (Columbia Heights)
The Coupe is three
establishments in one: coffee bar, diner, and full bar. The space is huge
up effectively, so it's possible to get work done on one end while folks are drinking at the other.
Bar di Bari: 1401 R St. NW (Logan Circle)
This Italian-inspired cafe from Aaron Gordon
(Drafting Table, etc.) offers a small selection of hot entrees
in addition to the usual
Spicing Up Downtown
NYC's popular fast-casual Cuban restaurant Sophie's Cuban Cuisine
has opened its first non-NYC spot downtown at 1134 19th St NW. DC native James Lambert
, owner of the DC franchise, tells us there are four
ways to get the Sophie's experience: take-out (downstairs), table service (upstairs), delivery, and catering. The menu offers a range of Cuban classics, including ropa vieja
(shredded beef stew), camarones al ajillo (garlic shrimp), and hot Cuban pressed
sandwiches. More exotic dishes like oxtail
stew and goat
stew are available as weekly specials.
Open Monday through Friday
from 10am to 8pm with many options under $10
, Sophie's is a welcome addition to the office
lunch and dinner scene.
Skip the Soda
are already all the rage at upscale casual restaurants: Hank's Oyster Bar on the Hill, We the Pizza, Founding Farmers, and Ping Pong Dim Sum just to name of few. Now, the trend has made its way into the fine dining
world too. Power lunch
hotspot Blue Duck Tavern
at the Park Hyatt in the West End offers four seasonally rotating mocktails, like the Sparkling Apple
above (made with apple cider, berries, and ginger beer). They recognize that when entertaining clients or closing a deal, getting sauced
isn't always ideal
, and wanted to offer patrons something more exciting
than soda and tea.
Todd Gray's Equinox
, located steps from the White House, is a quintessential downtown
power lunch spot, and so faced the same concerns
about lunchtime tipsyness
as Blue Duck. But beyond
that, Todd's wife and business partner Ellen
explains to us that as a busy mom
, she can't always indulge in an adult beverage. "I have to go to carpool
line after this, you know? I don't want to be that
mom." Equinox also offers seasonally rotating craft sodas and mocktails; our current favorite is their autumnal pear
Italian soda (far right).
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