The latest dining trend in the city: burgers (still). And a close second - bakery/cafe hybrids. There's Michelle Bernstein's Crumb on Parchment which has the power of her name and touch to make it an instant hit. And little farther south in Midtown there's Sweet Point Bakery, an unpretentious spot that instantly won me over.
The menu's not very exciting - the usual sandwiches/salads/pastas you'd expect - and they're sort of oblivious to the whole eco-locavore-seasonal trend that other places are so quick to tout. But the cakes are good, the staff is friendly and there's plenty of room to spread out with your laptop and toddler (that's how I roll these days) and take advantage of their strong coffee and free wifi.
Also - all their baked goods are half off after 9p, a nice touch.