Times Square is one of The 15 Best Bright Places in New York City.

1. Times Square

Broadway & 7th Ave (btwn W 42nd & 47th St), New York, NY
Plaza · Theater District · 2358 tips and reviews

Vancouverdan9Vancouverdan9: Enjoy the bright lights in the big city :-)

MhmtaliMhmtali: Visitors were fascinated, bright and stylish hotels, restaurants, the world's most famous, the most lively squares! Close to the famous theaters, musical or theatrical follow! :)

Minos D.Minos Dimis: Lovely NYC square! I love this place,crowdy, bright,the best!

Café Integral is one of The 15 Best Bright Places in New York City.

2. Café Integral

149 Elizabeth St (btwn Broome & Kenmare St), New York, NY
Coffee Shop · NoLita · 52 tips and reviews

Amy C.Amy Cummings: Adorable and bright coffee shop. The horchata latte is very good!

Ashley C.Ashley Chan: Amazing coffee (nitro cold brew) and beautiful, bright space in this Peruvian coffee shop. They sell alfajores to pair with the unique coffee drinks. Great place to work/read!

Heba .Heba 🐋: Nice bright place for coffee and pastries 🥮

East Harlem Bottling Co. is one of The 15 Best Bright Places in New York City.

3. East Harlem Bottling Co.

1711 Lexington Ave, New York, NY
Beer Bar · East Harlem · 15 tips and reviews

DoubleDeuceDoubleDeuce: I really enjoyed the bright space here. The beer list is big enough but still simple I did not eat but my group did and it all looked well prepared and tasty. I will happily return here.

Anastasia B.Anastasia Belozertseva: Great neighborhood bar. Bright lovely space, and wide beer selection, both bottles and draft

Brian T.Brian Torpey: Great beer selection and comfortable vibe. Definitely worth a visit!

Boundless Plains Espresso is one of The 15 Best Bright Places in New York City.

4. Boundless Plains Espresso

19 Rector St, New York, NY
Coffee Shop · Financial District · 25 tips and reviews

Kevin S.Kevin Shiiba: Lovely Aussie cafe! Great food and coffee by Parlor Coffee. Bright and airy space to sit, have a chat, or work. Definitely recommended.

Jason D.Jason Davis: Great coffee shop - bright decor, good coffee (I got the flat white), smiling staff. I'll be back many times!

Juan-Jose Z.Juan-Jose Zentner: Awesome bright spot to escape hectic fidi. Best flat white around and great fresh treats to eat too!

Gasoline Alley Coffee is one of The 15 Best Bright Places in New York City.

5. Gasoline Alley Coffee

325 Lafayette St (btwn Bleecker & E Houston St), New York, NY
Coffee Shop · NoHo · 305 tips and reviews

Lisa A.Lisa Aurigemma: A welcome bright spot between the F and the 6 trains at Broadway-Lafayette!

Amy .Amy 🍦: Small, bright space; a tad expensive given that you're practically at La Colombe

Valerie S.Valerie Seckler: Stick with the Intelligentsia ice coffee over the hot version, as this 4-month old pit stop hammers out the kinks. Check the bright red benches out back for a mellow moment.

Rotella is one of The 15 Best Bright Places in New York City.

6. Rotella

468 W Broadway, New York, NY
Art Gallery · SoHo · 3 tips and reviews

Jessica B.Jessica Barlow: Stunning collection with bright and charming folks to show you around & share stories about the photos and artists.

Antonino G.Antonino Geraci: If you like photography don't miss it...

Polina W.Polina Weitz: Beautiful animal and NYC photographs

The Cell Theatre is one of The 15 Best Bright Places in New York City.

7. The Cell Theatre

338 W 23rd St (btw 8th & 9th Ave), New York, NY
Theater · Chelsea · 9 tips and reviews

Stephen C.Stephen Cyr: A lovely small, bright space with wonderful people.

Scott A.Scott Andrews: Insert tip here

I CARE I.I CARE IF YOU LISTEN: The Cell is a wonderful, versatile and modular "Twenty First Century Salon™." Lectures, Art shows, and avant-garde concerts happen here. The piano they own is not the best instrument around...

FROM THE SOURCE is one of The 15 Best Bright Places in New York City.


132 W 18TH STREET (6th and 7th Ave), New York, NY
Furniture and Home Store · Chelsea · 12 tips and reviews

Shelley L.Shelley Lapcevic: Mix and match a variety of wood tops with bases, ranging from rustic to modern. Wide range of industrial steel legs, as well as fun brightly colored powder coated ones. And Bob rules!

Cooper S.Cooper Smith: Start with the showroom up front for inspiration, but the real fun is back in the other 4 warehouses with a variety of beautiful woods to build your own table, desk, bed, and anything else

Brian R.Brian Ries: It's expensive but if you want that raw, hearty reclaimed wood style of furniture, this is your spot. Brands like West Elm source from here all the time.

Saltwater Coffee is one of The 15 Best Bright Places in New York City.

9. Saltwater Coffee

345 E 12th St (1st Avenue), New York, NY
Café · East Village · 31 tips and reviews

Lydia Y.Lydia Y: Bright, cheerful spot. Turmeric latte. Yum.

Heba .Heba 🐋: Only Good vibes and very bright coffee spot

May♍May♍: Bright and cozy. Saltwater is a cute Australian-style coffeeshop with a pretty decent-sized menu. Baristas are super knowledgeable and friendly. I can easily recommend all their coffee drinks!

The ELK is one of The 15 Best Bright Places in New York City.

10. The ELK

128 Charles St (btwn Washington & Greenwich St), New York, NY
Coffee Shop · West Village · 116 tips and reviews

Project Latte: a NYC cafe culture guideProject Latte: a NYC cafe culture guide: The people behind The Elk have transformed the 2nd Wave Mojo Coffee into a bright, airy Sightglass shop with pretty unfinished wood and a good amount of seating. Wifi and plugs. (9/14)

Matthew H.Matthew Hamilton: Hip spot for good coffee. Bright interior, but a bit small. No problem though, since it's a block away from Hudson River Park!

Ashley C.Ashley Chan: Not my favorite place for the coffee, but a fantastic place to work and hang with friends for a casual brunch. Pastries are sourced from Balthazar and the place is social and bright.

Trader Joe's is one of The 15 Best Bright Places in New York City.

11. Trader Joe's

200 E 32nd St (at 3rd Ave), New York, NY
Grocery Store · Rose Hill · 25 tips and reviews

Pierre-ÉliePierre-Élie: Super friendly staff, clean, bright, fair priced, well stocked store. Trader Joes's at its best!

Gajtana S.Gajtana Simonovska: Friendly, efficient service. Great prices and good prepared food and beverage selection.


Soft Swerve Ice Cream is one of The 15 Best Bright Places in New York City.

12. Soft Swerve Ice Cream

85B Allen St (btwn Grand & Broome St), New York, NY
Ice Cream Parlor · Lower East Side · 74 tips and reviews

Barrila T.Barrila Twins: Finally a place you can get Good ube ice cream that isn't located in the supermarket. Their bright interior makes their cafe cheerful & modern

Olivia Z.Olivia Z.: The ube coconut soft serve swirl is amazing!! Clean and bright with great toppings! My boyfriend got the matcha soft serve and it was also fantastic!

Kate F.Kate Furman: Ube is a must if you haven't tried it already, but the matcha green tea / black sesame swirl is also amazing. You can get multiple flavors in a large cup if you want to try them all.

Dante West Village is one of The 15 Best Bright Places in New York City.

13. Dante West Village

551 Hudson St (Perry St), New York, NY
Cocktail Bar · West Village · 12 tips and reviews

DoubleDeuceDoubleDeuce: Definitely a trendy West Village spot. Plenty of brightness, great food, tasty bread (if it doesn't get over-toasted) and great drink options.

Michael A.Michael Anthony: Came for the martinis but the food was actually great too. Loved the steak tartare. Skirt steak and pork chop were both great entrees.

Simran D.Simran Dass: Really enjoyed my baked potato with caviar & the burrata. Also a big fan of the drinks - would definitely come back

Vic's is one of The 15 Best Bright Places in New York City.

14. Vic's

31 Great Jones St, New York, NY
Italian Restaurant · NoHo · 117 tips and reviews

EzgiEzgi: Clean and bright. Great for brunch and hanging with friends.

F. B.F. Bastard: Vic's has never failed me. It's probably my favorite brunch spot in the city: bright and airy, laid back vibe, tasty and original dishes. The staff are pleasant and cheerful, too.

Lou L.Lou Ligouri: Its all delicious. Mezcal negroni is perfect.

Two Hands Restaurant & Bar is one of The 15 Best Bright Places in New York City.

15. Two Hands Restaurant & Bar

251 Church St, New York, NY
Australian Restaurant · Tribeca · 118 tips and reviews

Paul U.Paul Underhay: Bright, clean, funky place with delicious breakfast fare. Coffee, juice, eggs and avocado on sourdough toast all exceptional. Nice vibe, smart service and cool tunes.

RisaRisa: The mushroom toast is hearty, bright, and nourishing. Great spot for meetings, or sitting and working between meetings.

James E.James Edie: Incredible flavour from humble ingredients. Love it.