Blank Cafe is a counter-service spot full of people wearing headphones and working on laptops - but its similarity to other all-day cafes ends there. This place is a block from the water in Williamsburg, and serves Japanese comfort food dishes ranging from an omelette with roe in the morning to curry udon later in the day. During Happy Hour (2-6pm daily) there are deals on beer, wine, and sake, and if you decide to take your headphones off at any point, you’ll hear music like Lou Reed and the Talking Heads.
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Chimu Peruvian Cuisine
Chimu is a Peruvian spot in Williamsburg that’s a good option for casual group dinners. The back patio is also nice for summer date nights.
Off the main stretch in Williamsburg is Aurora, a place charming enough for a First/Early in the Game Date, calm enough for Dinner with the Parents, and with an insane, well-greened Outdoor/Patio Situation.
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Trad Room has mostly-Japanese food and a space in Bed-Stuy that looks like they decorated it with all the best items from a vintage thrift store.
Kajitsu in Murray Hill is such a special place that it deserves to be part of the conversation when it comes to essential New York restaurants.
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Freehold is a coffeeshop/workspace by day and a bar by night. They have a great backyard, but expect crowds on peak nights.
House of Small Wonder
House Of Small Wonder is a Japanese cafe in Williamsburg where it feels like you’re eating in a tree house.
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