Pause Cafe

A cozy cafe operated by 30-year old Armine Sadki, who says he immigrated from Morocco a few years ago with the dream of opening just this sort of casual coffee shop in New York City. The menu includes items like kashi, oatmeal, sandwiches, soups and salads.

3 Clinton Street, near Houston

212-677-4515

Hours Monday-Thursday 8m-9pm; Friday 8am-10pm; Saturday 8am-11pm; Sunday 8am-7pm

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Flowers Cafe

They’re going for a 70’s era hippie vibe at this Grand Street cafe. There are egg sandwiches and bagels for breakfast and an assortment of sandwiches (think alfalfa sprouts and avocado) for lunch.The restaurant is owned by Bill Frazer, who also runs a flower shop a block away and a wine bar around the corner.

355 Grand, at Essex

212-777-8785

Open Mon-Fri, 6:30am-7pm; Sat, 8am-6pm; Sun, 8am-5pm

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Cup & Saucer

Perhaps the neighborhood’s best old school diner. The food is dependable, the service is lightning fast and the chocolate milkshakes will make you want to take a long nap.

89 Canal, at Eldridge

212-925-3298

Open Mon-Fri, 6am-7pm; Sat-Sun, 6am-4pm

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