Miansai is a purveyor of leather goods and minimalist jewelry, and at their little store on Crosby Street, you can also get some tea or on-tap kombucha. The best place to consume those things is in the little back garden that nobody seems to know about. It’s always quiet out there, and there are a few tables where you can either have a private conversation or just sit by yourself and stare up at the sky while you drink artisanal tea and contemplate purchasing a brass cuff or a wallet.
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Nagomi is a non-descript sushi restaurant on Prince Street that can be summed with one new tag on this website: Perfect For When You Can’t Get In to Blue Ribbon Sushi. It’s a solid stand-in for when you can’t get into the more exceptional spots in the area.
Emilio’s Ballato is an old-school Italian place in Soho that doesn’t take reservations, serves great food, and feels kind of like a clubhouse.
Pi Greek Bakerie
Pi Bakerie is a Greek counter-service spot in Soho with great pastries, pies, and moussaka.
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Variety Coffee Roasters
If you need to sit and get some work done and Williamsburg, try Variety. There's always an open seat, the wifi is free, and the coffee isn't bad.
Coffeed is a chain with a few outposts in Queens as well as one in Manhattan. The location in Chelsea is particularly good for getting some work done.
Bakeri is a Greenpoint coffee shop/bakery that looks like a modern version of a Jane Austen scene.
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Greecologies is a coffee shop in Nolita that sells $8 yogurt and coffee with butter. And it’s actually pretty great.
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