Cafe Grumpy in Chelsea has two big things going for it. The first is that there’s no wifi here, so you won’t be surrounded by 23-year-olds who are “thinking about thinking about applying law school.” The second thing is their plant-filled back garden. Sit here when it’s nice out, and drink something cold. Or hot, if you’re unfamiliar with how body temperatures work.
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The Tippler is a big bar beneath Chelsea Market, and it’s the sort of place where you’ll listen to top 40 and talk to a guy in Vineyard Vines.
The Grey Dog
This Grey Dog location is large and spacious - it’s an easy spot for a coffee and a decent sandwich in Chelsea.
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Nostrand Health Foods
Nostrand Avenue Health Food Store has been serving Brooklyn’s Little Caribbean for 26 years with a $7 lunch veggie burger and fresh juice special.
Brooklyn Roasting Company
Brooklyn Roasting Company has a big loft with good pastries and plenty of seating a block from the East River in Dumbo.
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Citizens of Chelsea
Citizens of Chelsea is another Australian coffee shop where you can grab a good small meal.
Think is a pretty big coffee chain in NYC, and we’re partial to the NYU location where you can sit on a couch and eat a grilled cheese sandwich.
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