Our 10 Best In-Store Dining Experiences

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Robert Sietsema
Waiting for veggies at Eataly's Le Verdure.

6. Le Verdure (Eataly) -- OK, so it's probably to be expected that a mega food store would have some decent in-store dining options, and Eataly is no exception. Along with Manzo, the beef restaurant, Le Verdure, which specializes in veggie fare, is one of the best bets (skip the pizza and pasta restaurant, though). Get the bruschettas or fritto misto if available. 200 Fifth Avenue, 646-398-5100

5. Brooklyn Farmacy (Kiehl's) -- Beauty and facial care shop Kiehl's rocks the old-school look and charm (the shop has been around since 1851, after all), so it shouldn't be surprising that it would feature a Manhattan outpost of Carroll Gardens' Brooklyn Farmacy, which sells classic soda fountain treats like egg creams, root beer, and seltzers. 109 Third Avenue, 212-677-3171

Lauren Shockey
No jewels in here. Just hearty mushroom soup at Café Kristall.

4. Café Kristall (Swarovski Crystallized) - While perusing for crystals (because who doesn't spend afternoons looking for shiny baubles?), check out this new Austrian restaurant from Kurt Gutenbrunner. The food is actually a lot better than it needs to be, and includes hearty Austrian fare like chunky wild mushroom soup and venison with chestnuts and Brussels sprouts. Plus the wine selection is worth noting -- down some glasses and then decide if vajazzling is in your future. 70 Mercer Street, 212-274-1500

3. 40 Carrots (Bloomingdale's) -- Before there was Pinkberry or Red Mango or any other company that combines a color and fruit, there was the original iconic fro-yo restaurant, 40 Carrots. The Bloomingdale's restaurant, opened in 1975, offers a selection of sandwiches and salads, but it's the slightly sweet, slightly tart frozen treat that really soothes the soul after a day of shopping. 1000 Third Avenue, 7th Floor, 212-705-3085

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Village Voice
No. 1 is the way to go at Banh Mi Saigon Bakery.

2. Banh Mi Saigon Bakery (unnamed jewelry store) -- You've gotta love that some of the city's best Vietnamese sandwiches are found in the back of a store peddling jade jewelry. True, after the shop moved from Mott Street to a larger location on Grand Street, the banh mi sandwiches gained larger prominence, and the shop finally added seating. But, happily, the jewelry store came along, too. Not that many people are buying the jewels. 198 Grand Street, 212-941-1541

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