Irving Farm isn’t, like, a here-a-cluck-there-a-cluck farm. It’s more of a big roastery 100 miles north of the city. They roast coffee beans there, and they use those beans in their little chain of coffee shops in Manhattan. The location on the Upper East Side is a nice, spacious place to sit with some coffee and a sandwich. Or you could even have some wine and a cheese plate. Also, they’re open until 10pm every night.
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An Upper East Side French restaurant from Michael White with very good food. It's fancy, without being too formal.
Nica Trattoria is an old-school (and cash-only) Italian spot on the UES where you’ll probably meet the owner and eat some gnocchi.
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Citizens of Gramercy
If you want to eat some avocado toast or a grain bowl in Gramercy, go to Citizens of Gramercy. It’s an Australian café, and it’s full of plants.
Freehold is a coffeeshop/workspace by day and a bar by night. They have a great backyard, but expect crowds on peak nights.
Sweatshop is a cool little coffee shop in Williamsburg run by Australians. So, yeah, you can get a flat white and some avocado toast here.
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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.
Bluestone Lane Coffee
The Upper East Side location of Bluestone Lane is in a very pretty old church. It’s a nice place for a quick coffee or a slower brunch.
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