If you want to start the day someplace very low-key, get breakfast at Pearl Diner. Between the swivel stools, booths with rips covered in duct tape, and regulars screaming across the room about their coffee and tuna fish sandwich to go, it feels like things probably haven’t changed much since this old-school diner opened more than 50 years ago. The huge menu ranges from omelettes and pancakes to triple decker sandwiches and shrimp marinara. If you come in the morning, try the big, fluffy Belgian waffles with eggs and bacon that costs about $8, and for lunch, get one of the more than 40 types of burgers, like the one with ideal proportions of ham, mushroom, and fried onions.
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On the roof of Pier 17 in the Seaport District, The Greens is a big outdoor space where you can drink while playing lawn games with a group.
The Shake Shack in FiDi might as well be Goldman Sachs’ company cafeteria because it’s essentially right next door and full of suits eating burgers.
Harry’s is a classic steakhouse and cocktail bar a block from Wall Street in the Financial District.
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Fieldtrip is a counter-service spot in Harlem that specializes in rice bowls, and it’s good for something quick and affordable.
The Uptown Garrison
The Uptown Garrison is an all-day spot in Washington Heights that works for coffee at 8am or cocktails and bar food at midnight.
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Leo’s Bagels arguably has some of the best bagels in the city and their egg and cheese sandwich will make your FiDi mornings better.
B & H Dairy
B&H Dairy is a cash-only diner in the East Village that’s great for a soup or giant sandwich at lunch.
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