Why locals love it
In the mornings, you'll see locals dropping in The West for a mean espresso, cappuccino, or Americano. After 4pm, you'll see locals pulling up barstools at The West in order to drink their way through the draft beers on tap.
Why you should visit it
The West is about as "divey" as a coffee shop can get. It is no-frills but serves up a great coffee and has plenty of seating and outlets, convenient for remote working. You should definitely visit if you are around the Lorimer/Metropolitian stop and need an afternoon pick-me-up or a late-night nightcap.
CASH ONLY (but they have an ATM conveniently located in the back of the coffee shop.)