If you spend a decent amount of time in downtown Manhattan, Think Coffee is a useful chain to know about. There are a bunch of locations, and all of them have a good amount of seating. They also all do the same food, which includes soups, salads, and some pretty good grilled cheese sandwiches. Not every location has wifi, although the one near NYU does - and it’s usually packed with students.
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Quick, specialty fast foods are something lower Manhattan now thrives on, and Tortaria deserves to be mentioned alongside their fellow low-cost, high-reward brethren. There’s a Mexican sandwich and a taquito for every palate.
Village Taverna is a casual Greek place in Greenwich Village with a big menu and plenty of room.
Sweetwater Social is somewhere between a big bar and a club, and it tends to get a lot of action at peak times. Use it for larger groups.
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Andrea Salumeria is an Italian deli in Jersey City that serves some of the best subs anywhere around NYC.
Pisillo is one of the best places to get huge, Italian sandwiches in Manhattan and makes for great delivery if you spend time in FiDi.
Tiny’s Giant Sandwich Shop
Tiny’s Giant is an all-day spot on the LES that serves big sandwiches and salads.
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Grounded is a homey coffee shop on a quiet street in the West Village, and it's good spot to read a book or do some work while you eat something.
The Roost is a bar that happens to also a be a coffee shop in the daytime. So feel free to work here during the day then bring a date at night.
The City Bakery
City Bakery is a bi-level café near Union Square known for its baked goods, hot chocolate, and pricey (but pretty decent) salad bar.
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