Say there’s very loud construction next to your office or you’ve temporarily banned yourself from your open-floor plan desk until you can actually finish your project, the next step should be going to Ole & Steen on 48th Street. This is a cafe where you can sit down, eat a nice salad or turkey sandwich, and use your laptop for a few hours (there’s free wifi). It’s primarily a Danish bakery that specializes in different breads and pastries, but there’s a whole menu of lunch and breakfast things. And in the case that Sandra wants to have your weekly one on one out of the office, this spot also works nicely for a coffee or lunch meeting.
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Run by the same folks that brought Totto Ramen to Midtown, Hide-Chan also opened this summer and we’re glad to report that it’s another solid addition to Midtown eating.
An authentic Japanese establishment, all the way down to the robata grill. Aburiya Kinnosuke is a Midtown East experience you should have.
Agern is a Nordic restaurant inside Grand Central that’s perfect for lunch or dinner when your company is paying.
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Hungry Ghost is a well-designed coffee shop in Prospect Heights where you can grab a sandwich and attempt to snag an armchair.
Milk & Pull
If you live in Ridgewood, Milk and Pull is where you should be drinking coffee while you write poetry or emails or whatever it is you're working on.
Smile To Go Dumbo
Smile to Go is a counter-service version of the original cafe in NoHo that’s good for a quick snack and coffee while you walk around Dumbo.
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Gai Chicken & Rice
Gai is a tiny takeout spot in Midtown East specialising in Hainese-style steamed chicken. It’s great for a quick, simple lunch.
There are a few Souvlaki GR locations in NYC, including this one in a small basement in Midtown East. Stop by for some great, casual Greek food.
You’ve probably heard of Sweetgreen. It’s a big chain where you can get a pretty-good salad, and there’s one location in Midtown East.
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