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As part of Housing Works’ larger mission to provide advocacy and services for the HIV/AIDS-afflicted and homeless populations of New York, the Bookstore Cafe contributes 100% of their revenue toward the non-profit’s annual operating budget. A staff comprised almost entirely of volunteers serves Intelligentsia coffee, gourmet libations, and light meals amid the SoHo shop’s seemingly endless racks of books. The menu includes soups from Hale & Hearty, baked goods from Balthazar, and sandwiches made fresh to order.

Despite the shop’s humble intentions, their historic premises are grand: spiral staircases and mahogany bookshelves filled with donated books, music, and movies stretch toward 20-foot ceilings. The dramatic space easily lends itself to weddings and private parties, as well as Housing Works’ own calendar of book-release parties, writers’ workshops, and music performances. When customers run out of fuel for their book-powered cars, the Bookstore Cafe’s collection of 30,000 titles can also be purchased online.

126 Crosby St
New York,
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Located in Times Square, the fourth incarnation of world-famous nightclub The Copacabana celebrates more than 70 years of star-studded revelry with south-of-the-border cuisine, toe-tapping dance fests and a glamorous nightclub atmosphere. The prix-fixe menu whisks appetites away on a three-plate tour guided by experienced Head Chef Alex Garcia. Diners can munch on manchego-cheese and rock-shrimp appetizers in time with the live beats of the Copacabana All-Stars band before wine escorts entrees of steak, slow-roasted pork, and snapper to tables. To cap off meals, traditional desserts, such as flans and tortas, send satisfied sighs ricocheting off the dining room's palm-tree-shaped columns and marble busts of Barry Manilow.

After dinner, guests step out onto the dance floor to sway, dip, and spin to DJ-provided tunes at 9 p.m. in the Supper Club and 9:30 p.m. in the nightclub. A live band takes over the Supper Club at 11 p.m. Tucked-away couches and atmospheric low lighting help guests relive the exploits of The Copacabana's famous past guests, from Frank Sinatra's raucous nights out with the Rat Pack to Martin and Lewis' stirring renditions of Waiting for Godot.

268 W 47th St
New York,
NY
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The Statue of Liberty vigilantly towers in the distance as diners glimpse it through Merchants River House’s glass walls, lending almost as much American flavor to meals as the bistro-style New World cuisine. Many dishes embrace regional culinary traditions while still finding ways to refine them with organic produce or premium ingredients. The bistro’s signature burger of black Angus beef arrives topped with vermont white cheddar, apple-wood smoked bacon, caramelized onions, and spicy barbecue sauce. Local seafood specialties include oven-roasted north atlantic salmon, which sports a tangy lemon-butter sauce. Occasionally, the chefs look to international cuisines for inspiration, as with goat cheese ravioli and the seared ahi tuna burger with pickled ginger and wasabi mayo. Even with these small departures, the restaurant aims to make diners feel at home. Blond wooden chairs flank the high-topped tables, which are each adorned with casual, blue-and-white checkered tablecloths. The main dining area can only seat around 70 people, but as many as 150 can fit on the two outdoor terraces during the warmer seasons. These seats allow guests to enjoy fresh air as well as unmitigated views of the Hudson River and the tightrope linking Manhattan and New Jersey.

375 S End Ave
New York,
NY
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Since 1976, Manhattan Mini Storage has freed up the closet space of more than 200,000 New Yorkers with units spread throughout the borough. Three months of access to Manhattan Mini Storage's dimensioned 4'x4'x4' compartment gives the space-starved enough room for approximately 10?15 medium-sized boxes, plus clothing, sporting equipment, and small items. All storage spaces come standard with around-the-clock video security, and year-round accessibility with exclusive off-street parking. For oversized handbag and baseball-card collections, the storage company offers larger units, some sizable enough to fit an apartment's worth of furnishings or a decade?s supply of french toast. A concierge service assists in the logistics of the move for an additional cost, helping to keep the stress of moving low.

Manhattan Mini Storage has the space and time to accommodate overstocked packrats and urban rolling stones alike. Availability varies by location, so please phone ahead before making promises to your lawn furniture or Flag Day decorations. In the interest of full disclosure, feel free to check out the company's FAQ page online.

161 Hudson St
New York,
NY
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When Ristorante DeGrezia founder Tommaso DeGrezia decided to step out of his comfort zone and open a wine bar, he brought someone familiar along for the ride—his son, Thomas. Together, father and son have curated a list of more than 80 wines from every corner of the globe, each of which they keep at the proper temperature in an oversized wine cooler.

Lined with exposed brick and lit by flickering candles propped up in quartz holders, Sofia Wine Bar & Cafe’s lounge marks a significant shift in tone from the bright, airy dining room of Ristorante DeGrezia. Thankfully, the menu still plays to DeGrezia’s strengths. When servers aren’t using their suspenders to slingshot bottles of wine across the room, they're bringing out rustic Italian pizzas and plates of thinly sliced prosciutto.

242 East 50th Street
New York,
NY
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Bugatti Cafe fully embraces the warm, charming connotations of an Italian eatery with its earthy cuisine and rich mahogany hues. Originally from Parma, Italy, chef Camillo recreates familiar Old World flavors by importing cheeses and cured meats and relying on time-honored techniques for boiling water on a stovetop. His menu includes slow-cooked lamb shanks, veal- and spinach-stuffed ravioli, and grilled Portuguese octopus in red-wine-vinegar emulsion.

Although the eclectically decorated dining room draws eyes to yellow walls and a pair of turquoise doors, poplar floorboards, custom-designed wooden tables, and exposed brickwork keep the space rooted in rustic tones. A mural fuses the two disparate color schemes with a soft depiction of an urban scene, which includes towering skyscrapers, vintage automobiles, and New York's iconic aqueducts.

31-5 34th Street
New York,
NY
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