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Founded in 2002, this small chain of French-inspired pastry shops has since become a favorite in Manhattan. This Stone Street location is the original and almost every single delectable item on sale is absolutely amazing, from the macarons and coffee to their signature French almond cake, there are actually no bad choices. They have since opened several other locations around the city and each one receives the freshest coffee beans straight from the roaster at each storefront within 24 hours. Not to be missed, after your eclairs and coffee, don't forget to wander around the Stone Street Historic District right out the door.
If you want to feel like you are in Palermo, this established cafe is definitely worth a visit. In the heart of little Italy, the friendly staff serves Italian desserts at their best. Sit outside and enjoy tiramisu that is heavenly, eclairs that are sinfully sweet, and their famous cannoli. Wash it all down with espresso or cappuccino, or try a refreshing Italian soda available in a variety of flavors.
Expert Chef Tomoko Kato brings the aromas and natural flavors of East Asia to New York in the form of Cha-an, an elegant Japanese tea room in the East Village.They say good tea tastes better when enjoyed in good company, and Cha-an is a perfect place to spend an afternoon with friends over the choicest of teas and Japanese snacks. The decor has been kept very minimal and traditional, with bamboos and low lights to create an atmosphere of tranquility. Kato has thoughtfully created a good selection of desserts and savories that pair perfectly with the teas like Adam & Eve.
PDT (which stands for Please Don't Tell) is a "secret" bar on St. Mark's Place. A call from a phone booth in Crif Dogs (the adjacent restaurant) is the only way to get in. Once accepted, a secret door opens up in the phone booth, leading to PDT. It's not much of a secret anymore though, because the club is hugely popular. Once inside, you'll find a crowded bar area steeped in darkness. The inventive cocktail selection is superb and a major draw. If you're hungry you can also order from the Crif Dogs food menu, which gets delivered to the club via a small pass. A visit to PDT is quite an interesting experience indeed.
Located on Third Avenue in Gramercy, Taproom No 307 bears its own address as its name. Taproom No 307 should satisfy your craving for a wide selection of beers, since it boasts a massive selection on the chalkboard above the bar. Never fear, non-beer drinkers, there are plenty of other drinks available from the full bar. Although beer appears to be the first priority here, food is available to cater those basic needs. The tables along the bar have stools, but make for a narrow walking space when busy, so it maybe best to grab a table if possible. Several televisions blast a range of sporting events, but they aren't too distracting for those looking for some conversation. Check out the game, bro!
Perfect for casual drinking, Brooklyn Ice House is one of the best hangout places in Red Hook. Famous among locals, it serves decent brews, along with some delicious pulled pork. Most of the seating being outdoors, their patio has wooden tables, iron chairs and a small garden that makes for a perfect ambiance. Cheap food and cheaper booze is what you will find here. The Brooklyn Ice House is for those who love to drink, while listening to music and chatting with friends. Drop by, to blend with the cool crowd and take in the divey ambiance of this place.
Owner/chef Fabiane Lima arrived in New York City over ten-years ago on vacation and as life would have it, she found her dream here in this pastry shop. Since 2001, she has managed this bakery with a strict adherence to healthy ingredients and simple flavors. If you happen to find yourself in Williamsburg, step on in for a great cup of coffee, a bit of flavor from her native Brazil or just the right sandwich to start out your lunch. The combination of the simple and unpretentious food with the cozy atmosphere makes Fabiane's the perfect little misturada (blend or mix in Portuguese) of pastry shop and a place to meet and eat.
Cheer the winning team with wings, fries and beer at Blondies Sports bar on the Upper West Side. With incredible deals, every time is party time as one sits gulping down pitchers of chilled beer while catching the games on one of the many television screens here. The flavorful buffalo chicken wings are especially popular. Blondies is the kind of bar where a group of friends can hang out, discuss the sports scene, hoot and whistle for their teams and generally have a good time. The ambiance is one of pure fun and there is a very casual air about the place, ideal for recouping after a stressful day of work, especially with their daily happy hour.