Coffee Shop

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Its heyday is past, but crowds still flock to this converted diner, perhaps because its sidewalk seating still makes for good people-watching and caipirinha sipping. The tropical drinks are refreshing and there’s still evidence of a gaudy past: The retro glass-and-metal facade, neon sign and ludicrously superfluous velvet rope reflect the joint’s early-’90s glory. The menu boasts Brazilian flavah, but a few dishes prove to be less interesting than described (grilled salmon, for example, comes drenched in mango puree). Sounder alternatives are the paella, rib-eye steak, raw-bar selections and numerous salads. Just imagine how many models have planted their Brazilian-waxed bottoms in your seat.
Venue name: Coffee Shop
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Address: 29 Union Sq West
New York
10003
Cross street: at 16th St
Opening hours: Mon 7am–2am; Tue 7am–4am; Wed–Fri 7am–5:30am; Sat 8am–5:30am; Sun 8am–2am
Transport: Subway: L, N, Q, R, W, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St–Union Sq
Price: Average main course: $11. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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