Originally Posted by fredfred
Best coffee house in NYC. Check hours before heading there, though. Austrian-type cafe, very decent food and coffee served on silver platters. 1/2 tourists from the museums who've found out about the place, 1/2 NYCers of the illiteratti type.
And the maitre'd was one of the Sartorialist's early subjects!
Originally Posted by GQ Lawyer
You should definitely walk the Village. Start at Union Square (if you are there on a Saturday, walk around the green market). Then head East on 19th (which is known as block beautiful) and then down 2nd Avenue. Stop at Mud at 9th and 2nd for a cup of coffee (best in the City) and then start heading West (explore 9th Street btwn 1st and 3rd, 7th Street between 1st and 3rd (stopping in at Butter Lane for cupcakes) and then west on 7th (stopping in at McSorley's Ale House). Head West through Greenwich Village and Washington Square Park. Keep heading West to the W. Village and play around. Head over to Hudson River Park, up Commerce Street (Commerce is an amazing restaurant for a late lunch/dinner) and then up to the meat packing district (see the Gansevort Hotel, Pastis, the 14th St. shops, etc.). Then walk up the High Line (at 14th and 10th Ave.). These are just some of the highlights - there is nothing like spending a day in the Village.
If you've got nice weather this would be a great day (although I'd quibble about Mudspot being the best cup of coffee in the city
). Take a peek at Oleg Cassini's townhouse on block beautiful. No. 28 has a new pizzeria on 2nd & 12th (real Neapolitans!) McSorley' is a great spot on a quiet afternoon
- read some Joseph Mitchell in preparation. North Square is a nice spot for dinner right on Washington Sq. - for mature audiences - good food & quiet. For museums, the Morgan Library is a good spot, too (Madison/upper 20s). I love Chelsea Market (under the Highlione). but the last few times we've been it's been insane - again, best on a quiet afternoon.