New York cafés:
» LOWER EAST SIDE:
Cake Shop, 152 Ludlow St, Lower East Side, Manhattan
Our favourite LES cafe. Set in a long, narrow room, the Cake Shop serves a fantastic selection of fresh bagels, home made cakes and delicious soaps. The coffee is superb and there's free wi-fo too.
There's also a great live venue downstairs. Thoroughly recommended!
Pink Pony, 176 Ludlow St, Lower East Side, Manhattan
Arty, boho and very friendly cafe/restaurant with great coffee and fabulous breakfasts. The staff are laid back, the old chairs comfy, and it's a great place to sit back and watch the Lower East Side go by. There's also a large back room used for poetry readings and film screenings.
photo (212) 529-3956
Grilled Cheese NYC, 168 Ludlow St, Lower East Side, Manhattan
CLOSED 2006 . Archive review: Tiny cafe with precious few seats serving sublime cheesy concoctions, salads, smoothies and coffee. I thoroughly recommend the '7-grain portobello mushroom, cheese and garlic' toastie - it's a killer!
(212) 982 6600
Ini Ani, 105 Stanton St, Lower East Side
This small, stylish cafe on Stanton St offers high speed internet access, great coffee (in huge mugs) and a nice uncomplicated selection of pastries and sandwiches. The 'Persian breakfast' was a treat! The free wi-fi meant that it was popular with laptop folks - and if they get fed up looking at their screens, there's a big window for watching the Lower East Side go by.
Café Café, 470 Broome Street/Greene St, SoHo
Friendly, relaxed SoHo cafe with small upstairs balcony - but mind the low pipe! Good selection of salads, toasted sandwiches and fruit juices. The cakes are particularly delicious. Go on! Spoil yourself!
photo (212) 226 9295
Grey Dog's Coffee Carmine Street, Greenwich Village
Superb little coffee shop, offering a great selection of reasonably priced sandwiches, soups, salads, coffees and beers. Check out their awesome breakfast pancakes and muffins - fantastic! The place loves smokers and dogs too, offering free doggie biscuits at the counter!
(212) 462 0041
Café Habana, 17 Prince St (at Elizabeth St), NoLita Manhattan
Hip but inexpensive old-school Cuban/Mexican diner, busy throughout the day but well worth a visit - if you can get a seat!
Space Unlimited Gallery, 133 Greene St, SoHo, Manhattan
Not quite 'unlimited' in space, but it's a sizeable cafe, with regularly-changing exhibitions on the walls. It hasn't got the biggest selection of food, but it's a popular cafe and a good place to meet friends or catch up on some work (there's lots of power outlets for laptops).
(212) 674 1524
Cafe Colonial, 276 Elizabeth St/Houston St, NoLita, Manhattan
This South American cafe serves great entrees and a mighty fine veggie breakfast. If you can grab a window seat, it's a great place to watch the world go by!
photo (212) 274 0044
Tea and Sympathy, 108-110 Greenwich Ave, Manhattan
Looking like a mutant English living room from the 1950s, this tiny cafe packs in ex-pats seeking a decent cuppa along with locals hungry for Brit treats like Branston Pickle, shepherd's pie and beans.
Annie's Blue Moon Cafe 56 Montague Street, Brooklyn
Friendly diner/bar offering a wide selection of food (and great breakfasts!) with prompt and polite service. Montague Street is well worth a visit and is only a short walk from the essential tourist stop off at Brooklyn Heights Promenade
Atlas Cafe 116 Havemeyer St Brooklyn
Described as the 'Southside's only true coffee shop', the huge windows are great for people watching and the bagels were excellent.
There's free Wi-Fi so you can surf while you slurp on the strong dark-roasted organic coffee trucked in from Oakland, California.
Bliss Cafe 191 Bedford Ave, Williamsburg
Popular organic vegetarian and vegan cafe with a pleasingly laid back vibe. The decor is homely, with hardwood floors and an open kitchen serving up vegetable dishes, veggie burgers, tofu sandwiches and vegetarian BLTs with the hoise specialty The Bliss Bowl delivering a large portion of brown rice, beans, kale, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, tofu, seaweed and tahini. It's a BYOB restaurant, so grab yourself some booze from the nearby Brooklyn Brewery.
(718) 599-2547 » See pic
Boneshakers 134 Kingsland Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
This bike themed cafe may be a little out of the way but it's well worth a visit. The food is excellent, the home made cup cakes objects of delight and there's free wi-fi on tap too. We loved it.
(718) 963-0656 » See photo feature
The Diner 85 Broadway, Brooklyn.
Set in a restored 1927 dining car, this hip Williamsburg restaurant has a deceptively simple contemporary American cuisine menu attracting busy crowds at peak times and at night.
(718) 486-3077 » See pic
Hope and Anchor Diner 5347 Van Brunt St, Red Hook
Laid back, chilled out Red Hook hang out, offering fast and friendly service, with an inspired indie music selection. The veggie burger rocked.
Read Café/Bookstore, 158 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, NY 11211
CLOSED 2007. Archive review: We enjoyed an excellent brunch at this laid-back Williamsburg cafe/bookstore. Diners can read a magazine or grab a book from their small, but interesting collection. The atmosphere is pleasant and friendly and there's a nice little outdoor section at back.
(718) 599 3032
Verb Café, 218 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Warm and inviting, this fine Williamsburg café serves up an enticing selection of teas, coffees, muffins, pastries, soup and bagels. Open till midnight, there's also occasional live entertainment with handy internet facilities next door.
(718) 599 0977
web2zone, 54 Cooper Square (3rd Ave/E7th) Manhattan
To be honest, we didn't sample the coffee here, but with its super fast computers, this spacious and friendly webcafe quickly became our favourite!
photo website (212) 614-7151
CYBERCAFE Times Square, 250 W 49th St
website (212) 333-4901
alt.coffee, 139 Avenue A
website (212) 529-CAFE
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Classic cafe! Great food, great vibe.
Good for a cappuccino and a sandwich
Coffee to go!