Sigh…I miss Bay Area cafes. It’s been many years since I used to hang out at them and I wasn’t there for the transition to wifi and laptop workers, luckily. Some of these sound wonderful. It’s just something we don’t have much of in Manhattan (yes there are exceptions) mostly due to lack of space. And the atmosphere just isn’t the same. It’s not that old, homey, bookstore-with-cats feeling. The closest thing I can think of for atmosphere is actually a pub/bar called The Ginger Man. It’s full of cozy settings with armchairs and old lamps. But not really much in the way of coffee. I believe Brooklyn has more of a cafe culture.
Thanks for the useful writeup!