The West Village location of Dominique Ansel is similar to the original in Soho, just without the cronut. If you can live without that delicious Frankenstein pastry, though, then you'll find similar baked goods - which are some of the best in the city - as well as shorter lines and more seating. In the summer, they offer phenomenal soft serve from a to-go window, which you should eat at one of the outdoor tables on 7th Avenue.
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Mary’s Fish Camp
Mary's still makes an excellent lobster roll, but this restaurant has developed some flaws with age. Hit it for lunch or brunch, avoid it for dinner.
Hao Noodle & Tea
A Chinese restaurant in the West Village with awesome food but frequently very confused service.
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The Elk is a coffee shop in the West Village that looks how you’d expect a coffee shop in West Village to look. It’s “cute.” And they sell candles.
Intelligentsia Coffee’s only NYC location is in the High Line Hotel in Chelsea. There’s very nice outdoor seating in the hotel’s courtyard.
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Balthazar is a Soho institution - a French bistro that will get the job done for almost any situation.
Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream
Van Leeuwen is one of our favorite ice cream shops in New York. The Greenpoint outpost is small and also has coffee and a few pastries.
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