The Grill Cafe is the casual front area of the Standard Grill, and while you can use it for drinks at the bar while you wait for a table in the restaurant, it’s actually one of the best breakfast and lunch options in the area. The bright white-tiled space has booths that work for casual business meals, and the outdoor seating offers some of the most entertaining people watching in Meatpacking. As you watch a line of tinted SUVs drop off groups dressed like they’re ready for a yacht party in Cannes, you can have some drinks while ordering from the big raw bar menu, or get the dry-aged wagyu burger, which is about as tender as tartare and comes with a ton of crispy shoestring fries.
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The Standard Biergarten is a big indoor/outdoor drinking spot next to the High Line in Meatpacking.
It is no understatement to say that Catch is the most over-the-top, ridiculous dining operation the Meatpacking District has ever seen. Thankfully though, the service is fantastic, and the food is pretty great as well, despite the absurdity of it all.
The lesser of many evils, Paradou is nowhere near as in-your-face awful as many of its neighboring monkey cages. By Meatpacking standards, Paradou is a quaint little French bistro.
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Comfortland is Queens Comfort’s counter-service outpost with donuts, breakfast sandwiches, and daily specials.
Cuisine By Claudette
If you’re near the Riis Park Beach Bazaar and you want to eat something healthier, go to the Cuisine By Claudette stand and get a cauliflower bowl.
Golda is a tiny coffee shop/cafe in Bed-Stuy where you can sit at a little table and eat some small plates that both look and taste very good.
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Narcissa is an American spot in the Standard East Village with a space you’ll want to hang out in, but food we can’t really recommend.
Danny Meyer’s Gramercy Park Roman Italian restaurant is better than we initially thought, especially for a date or an upscale brunch.
Old Rose is a casual spot in the bottom of a hotel in the West Village where you can get some solid, affordable Italian/American food.
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