Good Stuff Diner – One Of The Best In Manhattan

Good Stuff Diner Chelsea Manhattan New York
Business Travelers: Do you recommend Good Stuff Diner for

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Co-workers, Colleagues or Customers?
Conducting Business; having a Business meeting?
Dining alone?
Women Business Travelers dining alone?
Friendly staff, patrons and good service?
Enjoyable food?
Meeting other Business Travelers?
Rating: 3.0/5 (3 votes cast)

Continuing our coverage of places open 24 hours, 7 days per week, my next stop is Good Stuff Diner. A diner yes, but a step above your standard plate slinging experience. Good Stuff has a great neighborhood reputation and I was looking forward to checking it out for myself. While technically a counter and not a bar, the selection of liquor available puts it close enough into the restaurant bar category.

We have visited a high end diner, Bowery Diner and 24 hour, 7 day French, Brazilian and Cuban places, French Roast, Coffee Shop and Coppelia respectively. Now it is time for a more typical diner experience.

Good Stuff Diner Experience: Looking for a late breakfast I decide to finally give Good Stuff Diner a try. I’ve heard many good things about the place so my expectations are high. Expecting a tough time getting a seat at the counter, I walk in and am pleasantly surprised to see two seats open. I sit down, order a cup of coffee and take a look at the menu. The coffee is very good so I bet on the same from my meal. I am not disappointed.

The menu is extensive with all of the expected diner offerings, many with a strong Greek influence. What makes this place appealing is the large list of salads and entrees not found on many standard diner menus. I order an egg white omelette with onions, peppers, tomatoes and feta cheese, keeping with the Greek theme, along with a side of turkey sausage. Staff is very attentive, food comes quickly, hot and quite tasty. Portions are good and I thoroughly enjoy the meal. Good Stuff’s name is on the mark.

The counter is a “L” shape with 5 seats on one side and 7 seats on the long end. The chairs are floor mounted swivel seats with backrests. I sit in the middle of the long side with a television right in front of me broadcasting ESPN. I can see partially into the kitchen and the front half of the restaurant and out the large windows onto busy 14th Street. Sit on the shorter side to get a view of the entire restaurant. There is another television higher up on the wall near the door.

Business Travelers: Good Stuff Diner is perfect if you are looking for a typical diner experience, one step up. The large selection of booths and tables, along with the counter seats, makes this a good choice for friends, co-workers, clients or colleagues. All your diner favorites are available along with additional choices you won’t find on many diner menus. The location on the Chelsea and Greenwich Village border provides easy access to many Downtown Manhattan locations. Good Stuff is a neighborhood favorite so if you want to avoid the tourist filled places this diner is perfect to experience New York as the locals do it. Good Stuff Diner is a good place for women traveling on business.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★☆☆ 

Good Stuff Diner
109 West 14th Street
New York, NY 10011
212-929-2555

Good Stuff Diner Menu

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Coppelia – 24 / 7 Cuban Goodness in Chelsea

Coppelia Cuban Restaurant and Diner 24 Hours New York Manhattan Chelsea
Business Travelers: Do you recommend Coppelia for

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Conducting Business; having a Business meeting?
Dining alone?
Women Business Travelers dining alone?
Friendly staff, patrons and good service?
Enjoyable food?
Meeting other Business Travelers?
Rating: 3.7/5 (3 votes cast)

Our Open 24 hours and 7 days per week offerings have been slim so the next couple of reviews will focus on where you can get really good food any hour of the day and maybe a drink as well. Our latest stop is Coppelia, a 24 / 7 Cuban Restaurant and Diner, more Cuban than typical diner and very popular with the local Chelsea crowd, business travelers and tourists.

While 24 / 7 is very appealing, especially in the middle of the night when sleep eludes you or you’re burning the midnight oil for that big meeting or even better, out for a night on the town, our reviews have taken place at lighter hours, namely brunch and dinner. We’ve previously reviewed 24 / 7 outfits Coffee Shop, French Roast and Bowery Diner. Coffee Shop is technically 23 hours but we count it anyway. Now we add Coppelia. Now on BarTaste you can find a great variety of choices for all day and night dining: Brazilian, Cuban, French and a High-End Diner. Tell us where to go next. The three Manhattan IHOP restaurants are 24 / 7, wonder if they have bars?

Coppelia Experience: About 1 P.M. on a Sunday, after a hard-core gym workout, I am very hungry and walk into Coppelia for brunch. It’s peak brunch time, groups waiting for tables and all the bars seats full except for one. Once again my luck comes through and I nab the last seat. Service is immediate and extremely nice and I quickly have a menu and a glass of water.

The waiting groups seem to get seated without much delay making the wait look minimal and seats are turning over at the bar. I see brunch drinks going by and seriously consider getting a Bloody Mary but I have an event later in the day where I know a few cocktails will be served so I decline. I order some homemade iced tea which was unique and quite tasty, I highly recommend you try it.

I order the Huevos Rancheros after eyeing all the delicious food going by, this was a difficult choice but it turned out to be the right one, it was extremely delicious. The bar is long, facing the wall, and I am sitting in the middle near a service break with about 9 seats in a straight line to my left with about 9 mores seats curving around to the wall towards the front of the restaurant. Sit on the curve it you want to see all the of the restaurant happenings or sit along the straight edge to see the bar activity out the front window onto busy 14th street.

The service is fast, extremely nice and the crowd is having a very good time. I am seated almost directly in front of a television with ESPN.

Business Travelers: Although I am here for a Sunday brunch I can see this being a terrific place to go with friends, co-workers, clients or colleagues for a casual yet delicious Cuban meal. The hours make it especially appealing and working late will not leave you arriving as the doors close (do 24 hour restaurants have locks?) Located in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, bordering Greenwich Village, you are centrally located. Coppelia is about a 20 minute walk from Penn Station, near the West Village, Meatpacking District and the Silicon Alley business area in Flatiron. Midtown is an easy cab ride away. Walk West down 14th street to the Meatpacking District’s high-end shopping and bars, to West Chelsea for the galleries and the indoor Chelsea Market. A comfortable spot for women traveling on business. I suggest a cab for late night hours.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★★☆ 

Coppelia
201 West 14th Street
New York, NY 10011
212-848-5001

Coppelia Menu

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Wogies – West Village, Philly Sports and more Cheesesteaks

Wogies Bar and Grill Greenwich Village New York Manhattan Philly Sports Bar
Business Travelers: Do you recommend Wogies for

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Friendly staff, patrons and good service?
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Rating: 2.6/5 (4 votes cast)

We are on a Sports and Cheesesteak roll here at BarTaste, so to continue, here is our review of Wogies. Working to build our selection of Sports Bars. You can track our progress here with our New York Sports Maps. My sadness with the Philadelphia Eagles dismal season has not even been lifted by watching a New York Giants meltdown. This review was a while in coming but again it is time.

Our next review, no sports, is of a wonderful lunch at the bar at  Manzo at Eataly. Stay tuned.

Wogies Experience: I arrive at Wogies at 12 noon for a 1 P.M. Eagles game start. I’ve learned my lesson (see Shorty’s review) about arriving just before kickoff expecting to find a good seat. Even though I am an hour early, all 8 seats at the bar are taken. The place is not very crowded yet but I know to expect it to be packed by game time.  I stand near the bar, order a beer and watch the pregame on the televisions, one at either end of the bar. Several other televisions are placed strategically around the restaurant. Wogies is not a big place but has a great location on a corner in Greenwich Village. Today it is a little cold for outdoor seating but in warmer weather Wogies wraps the seating around both the Greenwich Avenue and Charles Street sides.

One again I am in luck, about 15 minutes before game start a couple gets up to leave the bar, guess they wanted to avoid the mob arriving for the game, it is getting crowded. I quickly settle in for the game with a good television view. Since it time for “brunch” I order the Oscar, a big sandwich with eggs, bacon, steak, cheese, peppers & onions. I always get provolone. It is not fair to compare this to other cheesesteaks in New York since I usually order a pizza steak so I’ll stick to my current best cheesesteak in New York and come back to Wogies again, order a pizza steak, then make a fair comparison.

As I said, Wogies is not a big place but filled with Eagles fans it has me very comfortable. The 8 bars seats face the wall and all have a view of the two televisions. Sit near the window to add a view of the West Village going by on Greenwich Avenue.

Business Travelers: If going for a big game get there early and prepare for the crowds especially if you plan to sit at the bar. If looking for a sports friendly place to go and have a cheesesteak (the wings are delicious I hear) then Wogies is a good choice. Friendly patrons and staff. Philly teams are not always exclusively on the televisions and they will take requests if possible. You can’t beat the central Greenwich Village location so come with friends, co-workers, clients or colleagues. Stroll around before or after and check out the higher end shopping and restaurants (Jeffrey’s Grocery) taking hold on nearby Christopher Street. Follow Christopher to Bleeker, make a right, and you will be in high end shopping heaven. A comfortable Sports Bar for women traveling on business.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★☆☆ 

Wogies Bar and Grill
39 Greenwich Ave
New York, NY 10014
212-229-2171

Wogies Bar and Grill Menu
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Coffee Shop – Brazilian Fun & Great Food for 23 Hours on Union Square

The Coffee Shop Restaurant and Bar Union Square Manhattan New York
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Rating: 3.5/5 (5 votes cast)

Coffee shop is open 23 Hours a day? Their website asks what happens in that last hour, let us know what you think in the comments below. While the name Coffee Shop may mislead you into thinking diner, this Brazilian restaurant is terrific for breakfastbrunchlunchdinner or late night. The crowd is always up and fun, a mix of locals, tourists and city visitors to Union Square. Perfect place to go and check out the bustling and increasing lively, crowded Union Square area.

Sitting on top of the 4th busiest subway station in New York City, Union Square, the many lines stopping here make for easy access and the police station inside the station make all hour access comfortable. A quick cab is also enjoyable.

The Coffee Shop Experience: All of the these BarTaste meals have made me bump up my exercise level to keep up with all of the calories. Sunday morning finds me at a furious boot camp exercise class at the gym. I am famished afterward and decide to go to Coffee Shop for a nice brunch at the bar. The meal quickly cancels all the effort I put in that morning. It is 11:50 AM, I know exactly because I decide to have a Bloody Mary but no booze until after Noon so I take a look at the menu and wait patiently.

I sat down at a bar seat facing the front of the restaurant providing a good view of the door, the street through the windows and the entire restaurant through the large glass wall which separates the bar area (with booths) from the rest of the restaurant. There is another seating area in a room in the back. The bar has the shape of a old school traditional diner counter, an extended s-shape with three loops protruding into the room, seats on all sides and room for the bartender to walk up to every seat. I estimate about 35 seats making for a big selection. Sit on the second loop facing the door for the best view. Bartenders, hostesses and other customers are very friendly.

Coffee Shop has always been a favorite. I go there for all meals, take visitors, friends and colleagues. Sometimes a scene, maybe a gaggle of models, but Coffee Shop is always welcoming with great service and great food. My Bloody Mary arrives and I order Colombian Arepa with Poached Egg, Chorizo, Spinach & a Truffle Hollandaise, a good protein replacement after a crazy workout. Egg whites and oatmeal would have been better for me but why start now? Wow, this is the perfect brunch.

The place starts to fill up for brunch, I meet a few tourists from England and others who are trying to recover from their Saturday night before. Most seats in the restaurant are terrific but the outdoor seating is some of the best as well. Sit outside facing Union Square Park (free wifi). In chillier weather there are gas heaters outside for a little warmth.

Business Travelers: Coffee Shop is the place to go if you want to get just a taste of, not immersion into, the New York evening and early nightlife scene while having a terrific meal. It is not over the top and just far enough downtown from Midtown to put you in the midst of several very fun Manhattan neighborhoods: Union SquareFlatironGreenwich Village, NoMad, East & West Village, Chelsea and Gramercy. Union Square is accessible by many subway lines and or a quick cab. A nice walk down Fifth Avenue to Washington Square Park. Need a late place to cap off the night or have middle of the night meal? Here is your place. Union Square is always crowded. Check out the Union Square and lower Fifth Avenue Shopping (between 14th & 23rd). A comfortable place for women traveling on business. Maybe not many business travelers in Coffee Shop but if you are looking for a casual, fun, New York place where you will feel at ease and welcome, head here with your co-workers, clients or colleagues.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★★☆ 

Coffee Shop
29 Union Square West (16th Street)
New York, NY 10003
212-243-7969

Coffee Shop Menu
Coffee Shop TripAdvisor Reviews

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French Roast – Longtime 24 Hour Fun Village French Bistro

Finishing up bar meal reviews from 2012. We have some exciting plans for 2013. Happy New Year!

French Roast Restaurant Downtown Greenwich Village Manhattan New York

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Rating: 3.1/5 (3 votes cast)

I have enjoyed going to French Roast many, many times over the years, mostly for breakfast. It is a great place to grab a seat in the window in the morning and watch Greenwich Village go by. I did just that on the day I moved back to New York this year from Philly. I sat down then, ordered a Croque Madame, and took in the sights. Never having been French Roast’s bar for a meal, I head over this night to check it out and have a meal at the restaurant bar.

The French Roast Experience: 8:30 P.M. on a Saturday night I head over to French Roast. The place is surprisingly only about half full and I easily get a seat at the bar. The restaurant has well thought out and well prepared Parisian Bistro menu. There are always the typical French classic meals along with some interesting and good specials. I don’t want to disappoint anyone who reads BarTaste, so of course I order the burger with fries. Both are delicious and are perfect for a Saturday night.

French Roast has two locations, Downtown Manhattan in Greenwich Village and the Upper West Side. This meal takes place in the downtown location but I have eaten breakfast, lunch and dinner in both locations and have found them both thoroughly enjoyable.

The downtown bar faces the wall with about 8 seats on the long side and three around the short curve. I sit about fours seats from the end near the service area, good place to observe some of the restaurant and peer out the large windows onto busy 6th Avenue (Avenue of the Americas for the tourists.) There is a new bartender on tonight and she is doing a terrific job, taking control, working fast and keeping the mood very fun.

The uptown location has a bar facing the wall arranged about the same as its downtown sibling. No televisions.

Business Travelers: French Roast is a good, local, casual place with an upbeat vibe, perfect for a leisurely night out. It’s 24 hour availability is especially appealing. Not a rowdy place but lively with the tables close together. A great place for a group of friends, co-workers, clients or colleagues. More locals here than tourists or business travelers. Very good starting or ending point for a walking tour of what some say are the most beautiful blocks in Greenwich Village and the city, West 10th, 11th and 12th between 6th and 5th Avenues. Take a stroll through the streets of the West Village with beautiful residential blocks and shopping. Stop in at the Manhattan location of Brooklyn favorite Bien Cuit and check out their pastries, open until 9 PM. A comfortable place for women traveling on business.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★☆☆ 

French Roast – Downtown
78 West 11th Street
New York, NY 10011
212-533-2233

French Roast – Uptown
2340 Broadway
New York, NY 10024
212-799-1533

French Roast Menu
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The Bowery Diner – An Upscale Diner in a Newly Luxurious Neighborhood: The Bowery – CLOSED

Bowery Diner Manhattan New York

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Rating: 3.2/5 (7 votes cast)

Switching things up a bit I decide to have a big Saturday morning brunch at a place I’ve heard lots about and have been wanting to try, The Bowery Diner. I’ve missed a lot of changes in The Bowery during my time in Philly and was anxious to see for myself. Usually I will review a dinner, this time it’s breakfast, and you will see a few lunch meals coming soon. Besides, I had a nasty summer cold which was screaming for a steaming hot cup of tea.

The Bowery Diner is on Bowery, not “Bowery Street”, “Bowery Avenue” or “The Bowery”, just Bowery. The neighborhood is called Bowery or The Bowery and has a history of both prosperity and seediness.

The Bowery Diner Experience: On Saturday morning, July 14, 2012, I awoke with a nasty head cold. Wanting to get out and get something to sooth my suffering (boo hoo) I decide it was the perfect opportunity to expand my bar meal reviews and I walk into the Bowery Diner about 10:15 A.M., I was not to be disappointed.

It’s a very nice morning and when I walk in Frank Sinatra is playing, cool. The tables and booths are almost entirely full while most of the counter seats are open. The counter faces the wall and has about 4 seats on the short end and 11 on the long end. One television at the end showing CNN. Very cool highchair child seat, clamps on to the end of the booth table. A sign says their sidewalk seating permits are coming soon. I sit towards the front facing the wall.  From here I can see some of the front tables and out through the floor to ceiling windows and watch all the passerby on Bowery. New York is waking up.

Since this is BarTaste, I’ll count the counter as a bar especially since I am facing a wall of liquor from my counter seat. I seriously consider a neat glass of scotch or whiskey to sooth my suffering throat and head. I decide against it and order several hot steaming cups of tea which were perfect. The guy at the bar was extremely nice and attentive as I dallied before ordering food while enjoying the hot tea, did I say hot? Yes, hot, hot, perfect for a summer cold.

The music turned to Blues and I am feeling much better so I order Florentine Benedict and extra crispy bacon. The food is wonderful. Creamy fresh spinach on the benedict and a mound of bacon cut thick and cooked just the way I like it. Yes, two dishes with meat, I need comfort with this cold.

Business Travelers: With all of the new housing, retail and hotel development in The Bowery a local place for any meal is essential. The Bowery Diner is your place. With a menu a full step above a typical diner and a full bar. The Bowery Diner is a very good place for an evening alone or with a group of friends, co-workers, clients and colleagues. The Bowery Diner is open 24/7 and I hear it gets a crowd later into the evening and when all the bars and clubs let out. Happy Hour is 5 to 7 P.M. with 50% off booze and Oysters! Oysters at Happy Hour, what could be happier? Go for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner and make sure you allow time to explore The Bowery neighborhood. Women traveling on business will feel welcome and comfortable in The Bowery Diner and the surrounding neighborhood.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★★☆

The Bowery Diner
241 Bowery
New York, NY 10002
212-388-0052

The Bowery Diner Menu
New York Daily News The Bowery Diner Review

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Bar Six – Greenwich Village Moroccan & French with Sixth Avenue Action


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Rating: 3.4/5 (4 votes cast)

Continuing my neighborhood focus I go up Sixth Avenue a bit to another local favorite, Bar Six.  (For tourists: Sixth Avenue is Avenue Of The Americas). Usually packed with locals and tourists, Bar Six is always a welcoming place. Looks like a French Bistro with a Moroccan twist.  Come to Greenwich Village and eat your way through the neighborhood. I’m extremely happy to be back in New York.

The Bar Six Experience: Sunday, July 1, 2012 about 8:15 P.M . I walk into Bar Six, sit down at the bar and have a glass of wine. Not feeling too hungry I order two appetizers, the Moroccan Spiced Meatballs and a Salad. I usually eat all the food I order and always order too much because it all looks good. My life has become an endless cycle of eating then furious exercise. I get 8 big meatballs and a great salad, more than enough food and quite good, thoroughly enjoyed it. I think I am on to something with the two appetizer plan. Lots more to try on the menu and will be back soon.

New bartender Phoebe is very friendly and doing a great job.  Other patrons are terrific as well.  Bar Six is a good place to hang at the bar and have a nice meal.

The bar has about 8 seats on long side and 6 seat on short.  The bar faces the wall but sitting on the longer side you can see quite a bit of the restaurant with a view extending through the large open floor to ceiling doors out to all the happenings on Sixth Avenue. No televisions, no problem.

NYC I AM BACK!.

Business Travelers: Not many business people on this Sunday night. I’ve seen more during the week. Definitely welcoming if you are traveling on business or want to go out with coworkers or clients. Another great place to watch Greenwich Village go by but this time on busy Sixth Avenue. Stop by Murray’s Bagels (SOUND ALERT – ENOUGH WITH THE AUTOPLAY PEOPLE!) next door for some of the best bagels Manhattan has to offer (get the Norwegian  Salmon). Full of local professionals after work and for dinner during the week. Nice place to watch Greenwich Village go by, especially for those visiting NYC.  Women traveling on business will feel welcome and comfortable in Bar Six.  Check out some of the most beautiful blocks in Manhattan, West 10th, 11th and 12th between 6th and 5th Avenues.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★☆☆ 

Bar Six
502 Sixth Avenue
New York, NY 10011
212-691-1363

Bar Six Menu
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