Mess Hall shares a backyard with the coffee shop next door. So you could theoretically hang out here all day (and you should, it’s very nice). The inside of the bar space is casual and pretty narrow, but there’s enough room to sit and play board games with some friends or hang out with a date and share a flight of beer.
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La Savane is where you go in Harlem for some casual West African food like lamb shanks, plantains, and couscous.
Double Dutch Espresso
If you want to sit while you drink a cup of coffee and/or do some work on your laptop in Harlem, Double Dutch is your best option.
Pisticci is a neighborhood Italian place in Harlem that’s good for a nice brunch or dinner.
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James is a great Prospect Heights restaurant with a somewhat predictable New American menu, but it’s Perfect For a date or a meal before a Nets game.
Edward’s is a steakhouse in Jersey City that’s best for martinis and oysters at the bar.
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East Harlem Bottling Co.
East Harlem Botting Co. is a neighborhood brunch and burger spot to hang out with friends, your kids, or a TV.
Lido is a neighborhood Italian spot in Harlem that also does a serious bottomless brunch.
The original Patsy’s in East Harlem makes excellent pizza for a sit-down meal or a slice at the counter.
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