30 East 30th St., Nomad
This little Italian cafe in the Redbury Hotel feels straight out of Rome. In the morning, we come here for some of the best espresso in the city, plus amazing Italian pastries, non-tooth-breaking biscotti, and great frittata paninis, which they'll pack up for you to take into the office. Around the lunch hour (and until 6), they serve light pizzas, sandwiches, and soups to a grab-and-go lunch crowd. We love to sneak in right before six for an affogato or a cocktail; they always have a white and red wine, plus Italian drinks like Peronis, Aperol spritz, and negronis.
225 5th Ave., Nomad
This fusion joint mixes Mexican cooking techniques with American barbecue, resulting in some unique twists on old favorites, like shrimp jambalaya enchiladas, or smoky carnitas. It’s a great spot for a quick lunch or dinner to-go, but we like it best for happy hour: Order some margaritas (or one of their excellent bourbon-based cocktails), Mexican corn, and the guacamole, which is served with watermelon radish chips. There are two locations, in Times Square and NoMad.
55 W. 26th St., Nomad
These grilled cheese aficionados have four locations in Manhattan—with two outposts in Midtown (50th Street between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue, and 8th Avenue between 52nd Street and 53rd Street) along with one in Lower Manhattan, they pretty much have the lunch rush figured out. (Pro tip: They have a slick online ordering system that lets you skip the 1pm line.) Those with gluten allergies will appreciate that all of their indulgent, melty sandwiches are available with gluten-free bread. There's also a location in NoMad.
Stumptown Coffee Roasters
18 W. 29th St., Nomad
This Stumptown outpost is the one you want to go to if you’re in it for the long haul. It’s conveniently set up right next to the lobby of the Ace Hotel, which means access to food from the lobby restaurant and your pick of comfy couch and chair seating; communal tables come with personal outlets. There’s a second location in Greenwich Village.
1216 Broadway, Nomad
New York is no stranger to coffee shops and teahouses, but Chalait is the first one to feature such a matcha-heavy menu. For the uninitiated, our favorite matcha latte—creamy and not too bitter—is a good intro to this potent, antioxidant-rich green tea. For nonbelievers, there’s Counter Culture coffee and a variety of loose-leaf teas. While there is no Wi-Fi, it's a good spot to get some work done.
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