When you live in New York in a New York-sized apartment, sometimes it’s best to spend a little less time at home. In the morning, that can mean setting up shop in a coffee shop, and in the evening, that usually means frequenting a neighborhood bar. But when your non-stop schedule requires you to switch from workspace to meeting space throughout the day, sometimes you need your living-room-away-from-home to transition seamlessly from morning to evening. These New York spots each start with coffee, tea and pastries and switch to drinks and small bites as the day progresses. It’s an idea so trendy that even Starbucks has been taking note – but let’s just say we beat them to it, shall we?
At any given moment, this place is bustling with the creative types who have come to define Williamsburg. Located just off of the Lorimer stop on the L, a steady stream of young professionals pass through for coffee in the morning and pastries from Balthazaar, the New York City bakery institution. In the evening, you can sit down to a pint of a wide variety of craft brewed beers or choose from a menu of seasonally-inspired cocktails. For those who are not restricted to work in the office, the daytime hours are a peaceful refuge, especially in the warmer months when you can take advantage of the backyard garden.
The West is located at 379 Union Avenue, at the corner of Powers Street.
With two locations in New York City and a west coast counterpart in Los Angeles, the Blind Barber has grown quickly since it launched just a few years ago in NYC’s Alphabet City. A bit of an oddball concept, the Blind Barber is a coffee shop, bar and barber shop all in one. Trendy 20 and 30-somethings make frequent visits to have their coifs trimmed while kicking back shots of Blue Bottle Espresso or small-batch whiskey (or both!).
The Williamsburg location (pictured) is located at 524 Lorimer Street. The Alphabet City location is at 339 E. 10th Street, between A and B.
This West Village stunner brings a touch of Paris to New York City. Located on a charming, picturesque block that radiates the vibe of the neighborhood, fashionable locals (and quite a few Europeans) sit along the floor-to-ceiling windows to take in the sights of passersby. In the summer, these giant windows swing open, which makes for a great spot to sit and take in the morning light or afternoon breeze. Whynot carries a great selection of European wines and offers a full Parisian-style menu. In the evening, patrons can relax to the sound of live jazz or music from the vinyl player. You won’t want to leave.
Whynot is located at 14 Christopher Street.
From the subway-tiled walls to the reclaimed wood furniture and industrial-style light fixtures, The Roost feels just like home – if your home happens to be outfitted as beautifully as a Restoration Hardware catalog. When you step inside, you may not immediately notice the doorway in the back that will transport you from the small coffee shop in the front to the expansive bar in the back. Like many trendy new restaurants and bars, the vibe is industrial-chic, but The Roost is the opposite of pretentious. The staff and patrons are warm and friendly, and so is the light under the massive skylights in the back that sit over plush leather couches.
The Roost is located at 222 Avenue B, between 13th and 14th.