House of Small Wonder is an easy place to miss. It’s an unmarked space a couple blocks from the Bedford stop in Williamsburg, surrounded by restaurants full of people wearing Stan Smiths. When you realize that this place isn’t a yoga studio and walk inside, you’ll find a cafe serving French and Japanese breakfast and lunch items like a croque madame and rotating sashimi bowls. There won’t be groups of people photographing their bacon Bloody Marys here, but you may feel the need to take a picture of the huge tree growing up through the floor in the middle of the space.
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Grimm Artisanal Ales
Grimm is a big brewery in East Williamsburg where you can drink an imperial stout and mingle with beer nerds.
Devoción is probably the best-looking coffee shop in Williamsburg. So if you have a work meeting or an essay to write, grab a table here.
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Sushi on Jones (West 10th)
Sushi On Jones in the West Village is an omakase sushi spot with two strictly timed tasting options.
Llama San is a Nikkei restaurant in the West Village from the people behind Llama Inn. It’s pricey, but the food is incredibly delicious.
Sake Bar Decibel
Sake Bar Decibel is a very cool sake bar in the East Village that’s good for a drink with one or two friends.
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Frankel’s is a Jewish deli in the same vein as Russ & Daughters, but on its own level entirely.
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