Some places that I checked out in New York ...
Cafe Grumpy, Chelsea - Love this place! Good quality coffee without the attitude.
Pequena, Fort Greene - Great cheap Mexican restaurant with strong margarita. Porgy thinks it has the best margarita.
Clover Club, Carroll Gardens - 1920's inspired bar with great drinks.
Egg, Williamsburg - Somewhat decent but the wait was way too long so it's just 'ehh' for me.
Roebling Tea Room, Williamsburg - Good food, decent (not too expensive) price.
Van Leeuwen Ice Cream Truck - Artisan, local and organic ice cream truck.