The Upper East Side may have the highest ratio of Starbucks to neighborhood coffee shops of any neighborhood in Manhattan. This, along with the fact that it’s open till 9pm every night, makes Cafe Jax worth knowing about. It’s a casual spot with snacks and plenty of small tables, which are useful if you’re looking to meet a friend or get some work done.
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