While the front section of Prince St. Café is a laid-back coffee shop with baked goods and free WiFi, venture to the back and you’ll find a proper dining area where guests dig into artfully plated salads, pastas, and sandwiches. Using fresh ingredients, Chef Gary creates gourmet menu items such as duck confit salad, gnocchi with wild mushrooms, and sirloin burgers piled high with premium ingredients. And like a dentist who specializes in vampires, the breakfast menu is available all day and night, and includes items such as frittatas and banana-stuffed french toast.
For more than 100 years, United Parcel Service's recognizable brown trucks have been showing up on doorsteps in a timely fashion. Founded in 1907 as a messenger company, UPS has grown into a multibillion-dollar corporation by enabling commerce to travel the globe. Now the world's largest package-delivery company and a recognized name in specialized transportation and logistics services, UPS's legions manage the flow of goods, funds, and grandmas' cookies in more than 200 countries. The UPS Store's obliging staff and reputation for reliable package conveyance attracts all types of packers, shippers, and printers. Packers regularly stop in for masking-tape rolls and other do-it-yourself supplies. Alternatively, senders can enlist the skillful packing of the store's staffers, who will deftly seal boxes and cushion contents with bubble wrap or styrofoam peanut-butter sandwiches. In addition to packaging services and supplies, UPS Stores proffer printing services and mailbox rentals. Each independently owned location abides by the company's rigorous cargo standards and solemn Pack & Ship Promise..
Opened in 2009 by four Manhattan-steeped designers, Against Nature in the Lower East Side has made a mission of dressing men to suit their high standards and discerning tastes. The clothing shop achieves its goal with a stock of carefully tailored, slim-cut three-piece suits, ties, cuff links, scarves, and pocket squares—many of which are created right in the back room. The centerpiece of their luxe offerings is the starting at $3,200 Bespoke suit, made with high-end fabrics by Holland and Sherry, Loro Piana and others. The same attention is reflected in the shop’s interior, which carries an equally dapper, somewhat Victorian charm with its antique furniture, wood flooring, red leather sofa and colorful rug.
Drawing from Barcelonan roots, MANGO adorns women fashion followers with the worldly day- and eveningwear that stocks its boutique racks. MANGO's Autumn/Winter 2011 line focuses on classic fabrics such as denim and wool, which are subtly upgraded with sparkle, glitter, sequins, and built-in spotlights. A women's camel v-neck shirtdress ($49.90) spiffs up bodices in a cut that is both casual and cute, while the ladies’ v-neck sweater ($19.99) keeps bodies warm and professional. Handbag selections carry heavy pocketbooks, while accessories include cranium-shading hats and jewelry pieces such as a Natural black cuff with gold studs ($34.90) to shield wrists from feral shirtsleeves.
“Veni. Vidi. Mangia.” Perhaps Novella’s bold motto is what Caesar might have been famous for saying if his focus had been on food and not war. Fortunately, Novella’s diners have their priorities in line. Walking in from the quaint streets of Little Italy, they immediately dive into classic Italian dishes made up to the proprietors’ traditional standards. That means their nine signature Neapolitan-style pizzas are made with flour imported from Calabria and with San Marzano tomatoes; the veal scaloppini, too, comes stuffed with prosciutto and fontina. On top of that, Italian sausage and wild mushrooms decorate made-to-order risottos and rich pasta dishes, any of which can be made with gluten-free pastas or whole-wheat linguine. High-backed leather chairs and a ceiling featuring architectural artwork carry the indulgence of Novella’s dishes from the plate to the rest of the room. At the bar, backlit shelving illuminates countless bottles as bartenders pour wine, mix cocktails, and perfect their maraschino-cherry juggling.