The West Village location of Dominique Ansel is similar to the original in Soho, just without the cronut. If you can live without that delicious Frankenstein pastry, though, then you'll find similar baked goods - which are some of the best in the city - as well as shorter lines and more seating. In the summer, they offer phenomenal soft serve from a to-go window, which you should eat at one of the outdoor tables on 7th Avenue.
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Bell Book & Candle
This whole farm to table thing has gone too far. We’re putting our foot down on Bell Book & Candles’s urban “aeroponic roof-top” to table. The streets of NYC may glisten with fresh urine, but when it comes to fresh produce, let’s let actual farmers take care of that.
The Loyal is a slightly old-school American restaurant in the West Village from the chef behind Narcissa and Nix. It’s upscale, but not too uptight.
Despite being well known for Celebrity Sightings, it’s the food, Bar Pitti’s classic Italian dishes, that’s the real draw.
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Daymoves is a good-looking cafe and bar in Williamsburg where you should have coffee meetings and daytime dates.
Pi Greek Bakerie
Pi Bakerie is a Greek counter-service spot in Soho with great pastries, pies, and moussaka.
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Balthazar is a Soho institution - a French bistro that will get the job done for almost any situation.
Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream
Van Leeuwen is one of our favorite ice cream shops in New York. The Greenpoint outpost is small and also has coffee and a few pastries.
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