New Alternatives looks like one of many independent coffeehouses throughout SF, with a chalkboard menu and mismatched old furniture. It’s friendlier than average and has a homey, thrift store feel. It’s cluttered inside but they do have nice touches like a fireplace and book exchange. Prices are about average.
- Food: 3/5 – They have a lot on the menu – sandwiches, salads, all day breakfast (including omelets, eggs and breakfast burritos), smoothies, bagels, nachos, pastries, tamales and freshly squeezed juices. I enjoyed my fresh avocado and spinach salad but the bagel I had was the small and cheap kind.
- Coffee: 3/5 – The latte was super hot and bitter, with no foam art
- Wi-fi: 5/5 – Free, ask for password at the counter
- Ambiance: 2/5 – It’s in an older building and has an older, thrift store feel, junky
- Noise: 4/5 – Quiet, easy listening music plays softly in the fridge, the hum of the refrigerator
- Plugs: 4/5 – Many outlets along the walls
- Parking: 2/5 – It’s hard to find parking, mostly 2 hour free spaces, try Valley St. for all day parking
- Comfort: 3/5 – Mostly small tables that are close together, two leather couches, chairs are padded but still hard and uncomfortable
- Bathroom: 3/5 – One unisex one for customers
- Art: 3/5 – Nothing for sale
Tips: They have two computers with internet access that patrons can use for free. They might have good tamales – two Latino ladies seem to run the place.
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