Qathra If you’ve ever stood around awkwardly praying for a table in a cafe while worker bees huddle over their computers, you’ll love the "no laptops on weekends" policy in this Flatbush shop. It’ll allow you to sit back with a brew or lavish in the delicious brunch options, especially on the funny little back patio. Qathra, 1112 Cortelyou Road (between Westminster and Stratford roads), Brooklyn; 718-484-3322.
Blue Ribbon Sushi Tucked away below street-level, Blue Ribbon Sushi keeps a low profile, which is actually a good thing. Given that this sushi-joint offers some of the best quality and selection of fish and seafood with an extensive sake list to pair, we're glad it's so easy-to-miss. Where: 119 Sullivan Street (at Prince Street); 212-343-0404; www.blueribbonrestaurants.com