New York City really isn’t all that big. And when you break it down into the trendy tech areas, it becomes a very small world.At certain coffee and drink spots in Flat Iron, Union Square and SoHo, you’re sure to be arms length from VC pitches, networking lunches, and startup parties.
We polled 20 of the cool kids in tech and looked at venues on Foursquare to create a list of 25 tried-and-true tech hotspots in New York. Schedule your next meetings here.
There are a few coffee hangouts where everyone in tech takes meetings. Any of the Grey Dogs (Chelsea, Soho or Union Square) are sure things.
Tarallucci e Vino on 18th is popular with the Flatiron/General Assembly crowd. This picture was taken by Spark Capital's Bijan Sabet, who tweeted about a business meeting here during his last trip to New York.
Coffee Shop in Union Square is definitely not a place to go if you want to be discrete. Every booth is full, and most of them are full of tech people.
Peels is a quaint, sunbathed spot on Bowery that's great for breakfast meetings. You can find investors like Rick Webb and RRE's Adam Ludwin here. It serves breakfast until 4 and has build-a-biscuit egg sandwiches.
Friend of a Farmer and 71 Irving are great for coffee and breakfast meetings in Flatiron. Tech people like Contently's Shane Snow, investor Charlie O'Donnell, and Business Insider staffers have all been spotted here.
Now onto lunch. On a sunny day, the biergarten on top of Eataly in Flat Iron, Birreria, can't be beat. It has more than 9,000 check-ins on Foursquare.
If you need an afternoon caffeine boost, head to La Colombe Torrefaction on 4th and Lafayette. AOL Ventures and TechStars people frequent here.
Or if you're near Union Square, head to City Bakery. It's never a bad time for the amazing cookies, pretzel croissants, or hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows.
Ace Hotel is a good food and drink spot. It's one Alex Taub's favourites. He's Dwolla's New York Biz Dev head.
If you want to run into Business Insider, stroll into Barfly on any given week night. It's our bar of choice.
For dinner and drinks, Lure Fishbar has a nautical feel, nearly 9,000 Foursquare check-ins, and tech people like WeWorkLabs cofounder Jesse Middleton hanging around.
Rye House on 17th and 5th is good for lots of different whiskey, so naturally it attracts tech guys, especially those in the Flatiron neighbourhood.
And of course, no hotspot list would be complete without Tom & Jerry's. With more than 11,000 Foursquare check-ins, it's a favourite of the New York social king himself, Dennis Crowley. It's also a second home for many media folks.
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