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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Zabar’s is a longstanding gourmet deli on the Upper West Side that’s famous for smoked fish.
The Owl’s Tail
The Owl’s Tail is a great, casual little cocktail bar on the Upper West Side that feels more or less like someone’s living room.
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Grill Café At The Standard
The Grill Café is a casual, all-day American spot in the Standard Hotel in Meatpacking with outdoor seating that’s ideal for people watching.
La Mercerie is a cafe and luxury design store in SoHo. It has expensive pastries and expensive furniture, and it’s a great spot for a daytime meeting.
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The East Pole
The East Pole is a restaurant where you should meet a friend for a martini in the east 60s.
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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