I recently had the extreme pleasure of lunching at a funny little café in the front of Metropolis Fencing on West 26th Street called Touché Café. The offerings are simple, three or four sandwiches, organic granola, fruit, hot dogs, cookies, and coffee. The counter is a small affair and the few tables are scattered about old video games and displays of fencing ephemera and antiques. The tuna sandwich is wonderful, and big. Coffee is fine and cheap (in the summer, ice coffee is a buck).
Sitting there eating a sandwich and leafing through the paper while a few yards away a few dozen people poke each other with foils and sabers and what-not is somehow very relaxing. Maybe the size of the space or the full glass front that looks onto the sidewalk augments the atmosphere and food inside. whatever it is, it works.
At any rate, I highly reccomend it and was wondering in passing if anyone here knows of any other small eateries tacked onto previously existing establishments in and around the city. Most of these kinds of places tend to be in bookstores and offer pressed sandwiches and a few other things. I like these little sidecar-like things. They make me happy.