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Jun 16, 2010 09:34 AM

Next weekend - Warm & intimate daytime coffee shop/wine bar/restaurant in Midtown or Village to reconnect with an old friend

Imagining big comfy chairs/sofas to meet and hang out for as long as we want without spending a fortune ordering or being hurried.

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  1. Go to Think! Coffee on Bowery, get some coffee, walk across the street and sit in the lobby of the Bowery Hotel, which is one of the coziest spots in town. No one will bother you. (I realize this isn't in the Village, but it's close.)

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    1. re: Desidero

      It's nice and it does have couches, but it is always super-duper-duper crowded.

      Try Caffe Dante, if you want somewhere a little quieter/less bother (but without nice chairs) or maybe even someplace small like Local over right under Houston.

      Sorry, but it's hard to think of places with comfy chairs... most places in NY want you out the door quick nowadays.

      -Nick F.

      1. re: Nick F.

        I've been there 15 times and it has never been crowded. If she's looking for comfy chairs, I would think it would be hard to do better than the Bowery Hotel lobby. Also, in the summer, there's the outdoor patio seating, so it's less likely the lobby area will be crowded.

    2. Culture in midtown might work.

      1. Both Ost Cafe and Mudspot in the East Village have lots of seating, and neither rushes you at all. However, no big and comfy chairs. Ost Cafe feels more open. Mudspot has more of a granola crunchy vibe.

        307 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003

        Ost Cafe
        441 E 12th St, New York, NY 10009

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        1. re: downtownchica

          Thanks, everyone! Great suggestions. My hotel is on W. 59th and getting around is no problem. Any upper West Side suggestions?

          1. re: Deborah Miller

            Hudson Hotel - many comfy chairs and couches near the reception area and also in the library bar. The garden should be open also.

        2. I love hanging out in the lobby of the Ace Hotel with some delicious coffee from Stumptown. It's kinda close to Midtown.

          18 W 29th Street, New York, NY 10001