ING Direct, the online bank known for their higher-than-average interest rates, has opened cafes in a number of U.S. cities, including New York, in order to promote their products and services. The cafes offer coffee and pastries at prices way below prevailing market rates. A cup of coffee, the size of a Starbucks tall, goes for a mere $1, and unlike Starbucks it's actually good coffee. The ING direct cafes serve Peet's, an excellent California coffee mainstay that's almost impossible to find on the East Coast. You can also get pastries for a buck each. The one muffin I tried was respectable if unremarkable, but the anise seed biscotto was quite good.
968 3rd Ave, at 58th St.
45 E. 49th Street, between Madison and Park Avenues.Click for a list of all ING Direct cafes.