The West Village location of Dominique Ansel is similar to the original in Soho, just without the cronut. If you can live without that delicious Frankenstein pastry, though, then you'll find similar baked goods - which are some of the best in the city - as well as shorter lines and more seating. In the summer, they offer phenomenal soft serve from a to-go window, which you should eat at one of the outdoor tables on 7th Avenue.
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Rebel Coffee is a tiny coffee shop in the West Village that isn't especially rebellious, although it is a good spot to hang with your laptop.
We love Piccolo Angolo because it’s the antithesis of every other restaurant within walking distance. There is nothing cool or buzzworthy happening here, just really good, classic Italian food that will make you happy and probably very fat.
Don Angie is a modern Italian restaurant in the West Village that’s best enjoyed with a small group.
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Variety Coffee Roasters
If you need to sit and get some work done and Williamsburg, try Variety. There's always an open seat, the wifi is free, and the coffee isn't bad.
51st Bakery & Cafe
51st Bakery & Cafe is a neighborhood coffee shop in Long Island City with reasonably priced brunch staples and salads/sandwiches for lunch.
Bakeri is a Greenpoint coffee shop/bakery that looks like a modern version of a Jane Austen scene.
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Balthazar is a Soho institution - a French bistro that will get the job done for almost any situation.
Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream
Van Leeuwen is one of our favorite ice cream shops in New York. The Greenpoint outpost is small and also has coffee and a few pastries.
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