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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Mountain Bird is a poultry-focused French bistro in Harlem, run by a Japanese couple. Sound interesting? It is. It's also excellent.
JG Melon is an Upper East Side burger institution. It's also the best and cheapest thing you can hit for lunch after the Met.
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West-Bourne is an all-day cafe in SoHo where you can eat a great mushroom reuben or a bowl of vegetables that tastes better than it should.
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.
La Mercerie is a cafe and luxury design store in SoHo. It has expensive pastries and expensive furniture, and it’s a great spot for a daytime meeting.
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Bluestone Lane is an Australian coffee shop with several locations throughout the city. Come here for some avocado toast or granola.
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East Harlem Botting Co. is a neighborhood brunch and burger spot to hang out with friends, your kids, or a TV.
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