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East Village
Taking its name from a fashion term popular during the Japanese jazz age, this 11-seat coffeehouse specializes in East-meets-West fare. During the day, the East Village spot serves siphon brews made with Porto Rico and Counter Culture blends, along with dishes such as omurice (a rice-stuffed omelette) and katsu pork sandwiches. When the sun sets, sidle up to the wooden counter for Far East beers (Yona Yona, Echigo Koshihikari) and sake cocktails.
Venue name: Hi-Collar
Address: 214 E 10th St
Cross street: between First and Second Aves
Opening hours: Mon, Wed–Sat 8am–6pm, 7pm–1:30am; Tue 7pm–1:30am; Sun 8am–6pm
Transport: Subway: 6 to Astor Pl
Price: Average dish: $8. MC, V
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Jaime B

This is such a great place, perfect for a slow, rainy day. The counter is small, so come alone or with a friend. When I was there last, I order one of the famous pork katsu sandwiches (Tasting Table just featured it in an article), which was simple, unlike a lot of other places that go too over the top in trying to impress, and juicy and flavorful. And filling! They apparently only make 10 per day. I also had a slice of lemon pound cake, which was the perfect accompaniment to my tea. Also, they have one of those really awesome toilets like they do in Japan.