If you’ve spent any significant time in Soho, you’ve probably passed by an ivy archway on Crosby Street with people (tourists) taking photos of themselves. We can’t endorse the archway, but we can endorse setting up with your laptop and drinking some coffee in their front patio area, which looks a little bit like a theatrical set of a forest. There’s a rule that you can’t bring any alcohol out here, but the inside glass-enclosed area is nice for some wine after work or shopping in the area. We can’t, on the other hand, recommend you order the food (we’ve tried). This is kind of a secret drinks move in Soho, so use it wisely.
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St Tropez Soho
The Soho location of St Tropez, a French spot with a bunch of small plates and wines by the glass, works for drinks and a light bite with a date.
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Tom’s Restaurant in Coney Island is a nice place to sit for a few minutes while you eat something with a side of fries.
Foster Sundry is a gourmet butcher shop in Bushwick where you can get coffee and a great biscuit sandwich.
Leland Eating & Drinking House
Leland Eating & Drinking House serves excellent small plates, fresh focaccia, and hot cocktails from its corner shop in Prospect Heights.
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Balthazar is a Soho institution - a French bistro that will get the job done for almost any situation.
The original Au Cheval in Chicago makes one of our all-time favorite burgers, and the location in Tribeca serves a damn good one as well.
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.
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