Black Cat is a coffee shop on the LES where you can read a book or get work done, but it also feels like the common room of a dorm (with leather couches, board games, a piano, and shelves of beer and wine). So you can also meet a friend here and transition from caffeine to booze without getting up from your table.
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The Grand Delancey
The Grand Delancey is a beer bar in the bottom of Essex Market on the LES and it’s a great place to bring a group.
Wayla is a fun spot on the Lower East Side, and it’s on our shortlist for best Thai food in NYC.
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Streetsweeper Cafe & Lounge
Streetsweeper is an all-day cafe in Prospect Lefferts Gardens with a pizza-focused menu.
Toby’s Estate Coffee
Toby's Estate is a coffee company based in Williamsburg, and this is a quality coffee shop attached to the roastery.
Freehold is a coffeeshop/workspace by day and a bar by night. They have a great backyard, but expect crowds on peak nights.
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Cafe Standard is the cafe/bar in the bottom of the Standard East Village, and it’s open all day.
Good Thanks is an Australian coffee shop on the Lower East Side where you can get breakfast all day.
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