The Grill Cafe is the casual front area of the Standard Grill, and while you can use it for drinks at the bar while you wait for a table in the restaurant, it’s actually one of the best breakfast and lunch options in the area. The bright white-tiled space has booths that work for casual business meals, and the outdoor seating offers some of the most entertaining people watching in Meatpacking. As you watch a line of tinted SUVs drop off groups dressed like they’re ready for a yacht party in Cannes, you can have some drinks while ordering from the big raw bar menu, or get the dry-aged wagyu burger, which is about as tender as tartare and comes with a ton of crispy shoestring fries.
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