Irving Farm isn’t, like, a here-a-cluck-there-a-cluck farm. It’s more of a big roastery 100 miles north of the city. They roast coffee beans there, and they use those beans in their little chain of coffee shops in Manhattan. The location on the Upper East Side is a nice, spacious place to sit with some coffee and a sandwich. Or you could even have some wine and a cheese plate. Also, they’re open until 10pm every night.
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2nd Floor Bar & Essen is a semi-hidden bar above 2nd Ave Deli on the Upper East Side. It’s perfect for date night, and the food is great.
Fred's at Barneys NY
Why on earth are we reviewing a famous department store restaurant? Because it’s hilarious, that’s why. Nowhere else will you find such an entertaining mix of blown-out 55-going-on-22 moms, burnt-out post-college city natives, and people who think they look like celebrities but most definitely aren’t.
Earl’s Beer & Cheese
Earl’s menu of pig and cheese heavy snacks pairs perfectly with the small but righteous selection of draft beers that they have on tap. Head up north sometime to check it out, and also visit Earl’s sister restaurant around the corner, ABV.
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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.
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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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.
Bluestone Lane Coffee
The Upper East Side location of Bluestone Lane is in a very pretty old church. It’s a nice place for a quick coffee or a slower brunch.
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