Ruby’s is an Australian cafe, but it’s useful for a lot more than a flat white from a barista wearing a beanie and a baggy T-shirt with partially rolled-up sleeves. The Kips Bay space (which has more seating than the constantly packed Nolita location) works for a breakfast bowl after 9am kickboxing, a smoked salmon salad during a casual lunch meeting, or burgers and wine with friends before a night out.
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A long time Infatuation favorite. Blue Smoke is still serving some of the best BBQ you can find in NYC.
2nd Ave Deli
When the original 2nd Ave Deli closed, lots of New Yorkers channeled some nostalgic rage. At the new Murray Hill location, the old school charm may be gone, but the matzoh ball soup and pastrami sandwich have remained pretty much untouched.
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Dudley's is more about the hang than it is a memorable meal. Go in with the right expectations and you’ll be glad it’s there.
The Musket Room
Interesting flavor and texture combinations litter a menu of impressive hits at The Musket Room. It’s an unassuming restaurant, but one that prides itself on excellent service and a serious Kiwi heavy wine program. Pleasant surprises all around.
A kind-of-healthy menu with reasonable prices make Ruby’s a Soho standby. Stop by for a casual meal anytime of day.
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Two Hands Restaurant & Bar
The Tribeca outpost of Two Hands is a full-blown restaurant that's open through dinner, and serves alcohol. It's a useful all-day neighborhood spot.
Westville East is a great utility spot, especially if you’re looking to eat something kind of healthy.
Bluestone Lane is an Australian coffee shop with several locations throughout the city. Come here for some avocado toast or granola.
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