When you need a meeting place around Union Square or Madison Square Park, check out Devocion, which is located three blocks from both. They roast their own coffee and it's the kind of place where a real coffee nerd could be very happy, but whether or not you’re interested in the various cold brew methods on offer, you can use the tables or leather couches in the bright, attractive space for casual meetings.
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Eataly: La Pizza & Pasta
The food at Eataly: La Pizza & Pasta is perfectly decent, even pretty damn good at times. But it's always just so damn crowded.
Love getting dirty on some BBQ? You'll love Hill Country. This is downtown Manhattan's biggest and baddest Texas style meat market.
Universally appealing, consistently excellent, and one of our favorite places in all of NYC.
I once saw a man at Shake Shack, dressed in a suit and setting a formal table. On the small metal table he placed a white tablecloth, fine silverware, a candle, and some flowers. For a moment, I was overcome with joy at the beautiful event that was about to unfold before me...this man was about to propose to a burger.
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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.
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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