Startups & the New York Spring

The New York Spring is off to a brisk but beautiful start. With the cafes starting to spill onto the sidewalks, the streets lively with natives & tourists and color returning to the parks, the city is operating at its finest. New York’s urban landscape in the Spring becomes a brilliant backdrop for doing business. The city encourages you to get out of the office and feed off of the energy, richness and unpredictability to build stuff with others.

For startups, where developing new relationships is a critical part of the growth and development cycle, it’s an ideal time to find potential partners, clients, investors and advisors. As I meet with folks in my new role in mobile BD at Braintree / Venmo, here are a few of my favorite New York spots for business & professional meetings:

Cafes & Coffee Shops:




  • Madison Square Park – #1 choice by far -> least chaotic, central, beautiful
  • Union Square Park – perfectly located, but can be hectic
  • Washington Square Park – the renovation has created some quiet spots for chats
  • Bryant Park – beautiful and comfortable, although a bit far from “central” Flatiron / Chelsea / Union Sq area

My list skews heavily toward downtown Manhattan, so all suggestions on other great places to do business outside of the office are much appreciated!

Madison Square Park in full bloom


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  1. Michael Kauffman (@michaeljoel)

    Nice list Mike; always good to get beyond the Starbucks on every block. A few of my favorite midtown media-centric lunch options include Patsy’s (W 56; Sinatra’s favorite) and Michael’s (W 55; grand central for media power brokers) with happy hours spent at The Carnegie Club (W 56; for cigar smokers ONLY) or Del Frisco’s bar (W 49; for that bustling 6th Ave view). I also found the bar at Landmarc in the Time Warner Center to be a productive spot to grab a killer burger, boot up, and get some work done mid-day (just ask the bartender for the wifi password). Kudos on the blog!

    1. mikedudas

      Love Landmarc – perfect Midtown spot! Will have to check out the others 🙂

  2. Jake McGraw

    Bleeker/Bowery/LES Picks:

    B Bar – Tons of outdoor seating, great for lunch, if too crowded hit up the taco stand next door

    The Wren – Great food, great drinks, you can usually a get table without too much wait early evening
    Peels – Also great food, great drinks, lots of seating upstairs, another early evening favorite

    Coffee Alternative
    Grom Gelato – Get icecream instead of coffee

    1. mikedudas

      Yum – gelato instead of coffee. Love it! And B Bar is another favorite – love how much outdoor seating there is. I’ve only been to Peels for brunch on the weekend; will have to check it out during the work week.

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