New Yorker’s thrive on coffee. Tucked away on Williams Street in Lower Manhattan, Blue Spoon is one of the few places in the city that serves coffee with Intelligentsia beans, the finest in single origin coffees. Financial District workers snag street-facing bar stools to enjoy espresso in the morning and hot-pressed panini sandwiches at lunch.
Skip the international chains like Starbucks and head here for friendly service, good music and free Wi-Fi. If locals have packed out the few tables and stools, take your breakfast or lunch to go and eat outside at the nearby Elevated Acre park. After, enjoy a self-guided art walk in the Financial District (check the Financial District art walk article). Public art in the area includes three 20th-century sculptures by famous artists Keith Haring, Jean Dubuffet and Isamu Noguchi.
Special tip: Don’t sleep on the gooey Balthazar chocolate chip cookies, baked fresh throughout the day.