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Sweetleaf is a coffee & espresso bar with a huge selection of baked goods made on the premises. Opened in 2008 and soon stocking Stumptown while they were still new boys on the NY circuit, Sweetleaf expanded rapidly (sideways), and by 2010 had taken the next door space and after 3 month of toiling was ready to unveil one of the most beautiful cafes in NYC. Exposing the building’s original tin walls and ceiling, and playing up the old world feel allowed the beauty of the building to speak for itself. Working on a budget the size of a coffee bean Sweetleaf’s owner Freddy used recycled, original wood from where else but the very same building. With three times the original size and with three distinct sections including a laptop room and a vinyl room for listening to records, they now serve Verve coffee alongside Stumptown brews.


SWEETLEAF (Long Island City, Queens, NY)
Address: 10-93 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101
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72 W. 36th St., New York, NY 10018
at Sixth Ave.

Should Manhattan’s relentless frenzy for change ever wear you down, consider a restorative visit to this steadfast institution for urban carnivores. An iconic chophouse, Keens refuses to coast on its century-plus pedigree, proudly preserving its red-blooded menu along with its clubby Victorian mien. A warren of vintage-1885 rooms—from a splendid antique bar to chandeliered upstairs havens—harbor romantic tête-à-tête, single malt-fueled expense-account blowouts, and post-shopping or pretheater dinners. Many regulars eschew appetizers and desserts, focusing instead on impeccably cut, lovingly cooked, gargantuan slabs of meat. Keens’ signature dish is the mutton chop, a colossal roasted hunk of flavorful mature lamb (otherwise known as sheep).

In 1905, Lillie Langtry, the reigning actress of her day, won women the right to dine at Keens.



474 Bergen St., Brooklyn, NY 11217
nr. Flatbush Ave

One way Joshua Sharkey and Brandon Gillis, chef-partners of Bark Hot Dogs, intend to distinguish their enterprise from, say, Gray’s Papaya is by the method they’ll use to finish their pork-and-beef wieners. Rather than just turning them over casually on the griddle, they’ll baste them like a Peter Luger porterhouse with—get this—housemade smoked lard butter. Another example: making everything from pickles to sauerkraut in-house, and meticulously sourcing the rest from top-notch purveyors. The franks (including an all-beef version) are churned out upstate by a venerable Austrian sausage maker, the beans are of the heirloom variety, and the bacon from Nueske’s.






27-24 Jackson Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 383-2724

The wooden booths, robber-baron-era cocktails made with hand-cut ice, even the ragtime band playing in the sawdust-strewn back lounge—all will be familiar to anyone who has drunk at one of owner Sasha Petraske’s rapidly proliferating cocktail bars. But there’s a game-changing difference here: The drinks are $11 (as opposed to $13 to $15 at Little Branch or Milk & Honey), so you can try a few of the Queens-themed libations.

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