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A Shoppable Feast: Six Boutiques that Also Serve Food

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The Smile's dining area via <a href="http://www.testofwill.blogspot.com/">Femia</a>
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Today's New York Magazine rounds up six newish stores that provide shoppers with sustenance. The list ranges from Noho's the Smile, which has a full dinner menu, to Soho's Saturdays Surf, which serves strong La Colombe coffee. At La Casita Yarn Shop in Carroll Gardens, you can buy empanadas; at Clinton Hill's Urban Vintage, you can find organic sandwiches. As with all things food-related these days, pork plays a big part: The Smile sells pork sausages, and NYC Motorcycle Federation in the West Village will soon start carrying prosciutto panini. And if you need dessert, stop by Organicoa in Soho for hot cocoa and chocolate-chip cookies.

Back in the summer of 2008, a similar mini-trend brought drinks into boutiques. Plenty of shops still throw the occasional in-store party, of course, but we can't help but think the switch in emphasis from booze to food has something to do with the economy. Retailers are hedging their bets; recession-weary shoppers are seeking comfort in sandwiches. As long as no one gets porky fingerprints on the merchandise, everybody wins.
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