Bluestone Lane is basically a coffee shop empire at this point, but if you’re looking for a more full-on daytime meal, head to the original location on Greenwich Avenue in West Village. Pretty much everything about the experience will be attractive, from your Australian server to the string lights to your yogurt bowl. There will be many people Instagramming their food instead of talking to their dining companion, but you’ll be too content with your well-made latte and actually pretty great food to be annoyed. It gets crowded on weekends, so get there early or be prepared to wait.
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Fedora is in the basement of a townhouse in the West Village, and it feels like a dinner party in a speakeasy that your friends happen to own.
This Scottish cocktail bar is best used for a cold night and/or any night you’re looking to eat some haggis and drink too much. So...every night?
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Keens is a Midtown steakhouse with tons of history, but even if you don’t care about Albert Einstein’s smoking pipe, you’ll eat some great meat.
Lighthouse is our go-to spot in Williamsburg for a casual, kind of healthy, but still impressive meal.
Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill
Somehow, the Blue Ribbon brand’s new spot is just as excellent as its other outposts, despite being in a Midtown hotel. This place is, however, insanely expensive.
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Dimes is a good little LES restaurant, as long as you’re on a first name basis with the staff. If not, expect to be treated like the stranger you are.
People are waiting an hour for egg sandwiches at Nolita’s Egg Shop. Is it worth it? Time to investigate.
Banter is a good-looking coffee shop/restaurant in Greenwich Village where you’re guaranteed to hear an Australian accent.
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