Your plan was to find an open park bench and get through an entire Sunday Times, but you’re already running behind and that piece on two startup founders trying to find a $2000 two-bedroom in Soho isn’t going to read itself. One of your best quick options is Breads - a bakery and cafe less than a block off the park on the Upper West Side. Grab coffee and a breakfast sandwich, and definitely try the chocolate babka.
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Where to pick up food for a picnic or sit down at a restaurant near Central Park.
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We learned a lot of things from eating at Peacefood Cafe, mostly related to non-violence and how nachos are apparently good for you.
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South Slope Local isn’t anything fancy. But they make some good coffee, and it’s a great place to get some work done in Park Slope.
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A little Italian cafe and sandwich shop on the Upper East Side near Central Park. We love the sandwiches, but hate how much they cost.
Playa Betty’s is a fun place to drink margaritas with a big group on the Upper West Side.
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