All four Grey Dog locations are solid utility spots that work for everything from 7am coffee to casual dinner with a third-tier friend. The West Village location is best for getting work done with drinks because it doesn’t get as packed as the others. When the words on your screen start to cross the threshold from alcohol-induced creativity to drunken gibberish, get something from the long food menu, which is available till 10pm everyday.
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A falafel sandwich at Taim is the best thing you can get in NYC for less than $10 and also theoretically eat daily without disastrous consequences.
Despite being well known for Celebrity Sightings, it’s the food, Bar Pitti’s classic Italian dishes, that’s the real draw.
Don Angie is a modern Italian restaurant in the West Village that’s best enjoyed with a small group.
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The National is a seasonal restaurant and brasserie in Midtown with solid eats for all meals at prices that aren’t cheap but aren’t abusive.
Eleven Madison Park
Fancy though it may be, Eleven Madison Park is surprisingly lively. But make no mistake, this is fine dining at its most serious.
Although they’re known for their libations at Fort Defiance, this restaurant doesn’t feel like one of those super-cool, pretentious cocktail dens that we all know too well. It has the promise of the perfect neighborhood spot that, if we lived in this hood, we’d frequent all the time.
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Spiegel is a cafe in the East Village that serves Mediterranean food and is useful for coffee meetings, weekday breakfast, or a low key brunch.
Greene Grape Annex
Greene Grape Annex is the neighborhood coffee shop brought to you by the people behind the Fort Greene grocery store The Greene Grape.
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