Fairfax

Fairfax is a brand of restaurant that is becoming increasingly popular, but I haven't been in one quite like this. It is an all day cafe opening at 8:30 and closing before midnight. Instead of typical 4-tops and banquettes, the restaurants is made up of a series of unique vignettes with lounge-style furniture and accessories. It is the creation of Bar Sardine restauranteur, Gabriel Stulman. He actually owned the previous restaurant, Perla, but converted it to a much more casual dining experience.

Each area seats between 4 and 8 with a bar area and communal style tables. You can find people eating full meals, while others work on their laptops and sip coffee. It is full service, unlike a typical coffee shop, but there is no sense that people need to leave after they are done eating, and definitely no reservations. 

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The design is very playful with elements that you would find in a Brooklyn apartment. Lots of art, plants, and accessories. It makes sense that I spotted a few CB2 pieces with the residential vibe.  I love the window sill full of little pots with cacti and other plants. I'm also a sucker for all the wrapped and cane furniture, so I prioritized those below. The artwork is very thrift looking - a sheeps head one wall with boxing gloves on the other. Check out your local secondhand store for the most authentic pieces.