Black Cat is a coffee shop on the LES where you can read a book or get work done, but it also feels like the common room of a dorm (with leather couches, board games, a piano, and shelves of beer and wine). So you can also meet a friend here and transition from caffeine to booze without getting up from your table.
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Hotel Chantelle is where you go when it's your 21st birthday and you need to dance because your internship is totally stressing you out.
Katz’s Deli isn’t just a Classic NYC Establishment, it’s a landmark that deserves government funding at this point.
The Fat Radish
The Fat Radish is a casual American spot on the Lower East Side that hasn’t changed much since it opened in 2010, and that’s a good thing.
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Birdbath Neighborhood Green Bakery
A reliable lunch option when you need something quick on the Upper West Side.
Brooklyn Roasting Company
Brooklyn Roasting Company has a big loft with good pastries and plenty of seating a block from the East River in Dumbo.
Two Hands is a coffee shop and cafe in Little Italy full of very nice and very good looking Australians. But yeah, you’re there for a latte. Sure.
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Cafe Standard is the cafe/bar in the bottom of the Standard East Village, and it’s open all day.
Spiegel is a cafe in the East Village that serves Mediterranean food and is useful for coffee meetings, weekday breakfast, or a low key brunch.
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