Kobrick Coffee Co. in Meatpacking is a great place to get work done and have a drink. Not only do they have full coffee and cocktail programs, but they also combine the two on some drinks, like a gin and tonic with cold brew and a latte with Jameson. Know, though, that they dim the lights and start playing EDM around 8pm.
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There were exactly zero restaurants we enjoy hanging out in Meatpacking until Santina arrived. Now there’s one.
The lesser of many evils, Paradou is nowhere near as in-your-face awful as many of its neighboring monkey cages. By Meatpacking standards, Paradou is a quaint little French bistro.
The Standard Grill
If you want both high-quality people watching and food in Meatpacking, go to The Standard Grill.
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Sugar Sweet Sunshine
Sugar Sweet Sunshine Bakery makes the best cupcakes and puddings on the Lower East Side.
Rebel Coffee is a tiny coffee shop in the West Village that isn't especially rebellious, although it is a good spot to hang with your laptop.
51st Bakery & Cafe
51st Bakery & Cafe is a neighborhood coffee shop in Long Island City with reasonably priced brunch staples and salads/sandwiches for lunch.
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Del Posto is an excellent special occasion restaurant, located in a big space in Chelsea. Think of it as a more upscale Babbo, or Daniel with pasta.
These days, Employees Only is not the hotspot it once was. But while the crowd might have lost a step, the cocktails have not, and it’s still packed with people every time we stop by.
What we have found at Blind Tiger is a New York City bar that actually has an extensive microwbrew selection AND excellent food. Unfortunately, the place gets very crowded at times.
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