The Elk is a coffee shop in the West Village, and it’s about as “cute” as you’d expect for that neighborhood. It’s bright and well-designed, with a few tables and some stools in the window. They also do some healthy-ish breakfast/lunch items that you’ll find listed on a big piece of butcher paper. Expect stuff like scrambled eggs with sweet potato hash, a rice bowl with vegetables, and some sandwiches. And if you recently ran out of candles, journals, and succulents, you can buy those things here. They have a small selection.
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Mary’s Fish Camp
Mary's still makes an excellent lobster roll, but this restaurant has developed some flaws with age. Hit it for lunch or brunch, avoid it for dinner.
Toriko is a yakitori spot in the West Village that serves omakase menus focused on excellent grilled chicken skewers.
The Brooklyneer is most definitely a bar with food, not a restaurant with a bar. But in terms of bar food in New York City, this is some of the best around. Oh, and for all you crazy intense soccer fans out there, The Brooklyneer is the place to watch.
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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.
With a reasonably priced menu, welcoming staff, and sleek decor, we’re surprised to find such a perfect Australian coffee shop in Midtown East.
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.
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Bluestone Lane Collective Cafe
Bluestone Lane is all over Manhattan now, and that’s a good thing. But for a full-on meal, we still like the original spot in West Village best.
Cafe Jax is a neighborhood coffee shop on the Upper East Side where you can hang out or get some work done.
Intelligentsia Coffee’s only NYC location is in the High Line Hotel in Chelsea. There’s very nice outdoor seating in the hotel’s courtyard.
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