The place: Crosby Bar at Crosby Street Hotel
The space: It’s
The place: Prima
The space: By night, Prima’s flickering candles cast a romantic, fireside glow that’s reddened further by the exposed brick walls and sexy French accents. By day, stolen kisses are few and the emphasis seems far more on creating an airy, mellow atmosphere for chilling out. The large glass front of the narrow interior is open and unobtrusive, with nothing more than petite autumnal gourds and a few blackboards chalked with the day’s specials.
Nosh: In the morning, fans stop by for a one-two punch of La Colombe espressos and homemade croissants. The lunch menu reveals the delicate, flaky fish (in sandwich form) that the restaurant is known for – a great complement to a mixed plate of oysters from the raw bar.
Business factor: Free WiFi, lots of outlets, and a friendly staff make it easy to settle in for a day’s work. The double-wide tables give you plenty of space and taller-than-usual tables and chairs also encourage good posture. For meetings, it’s best to keep them informal as most of the clientele and music selection are too.
58 East 1st St., 646-559-4823, primanyc.net
(Photos: Courtesy of Pam Vlahakis and Prima)