The next time you’re out exploring Greenwich Village, target Hudson Café for a refreshing recharge. This neighborhood spot has a casual atmosphere that’s ideal for catching up with friends. You’ll notice the thoughtful décor right off, with reclaimed wood beams overhead, and marble tables complementing subway tile. Industrial-chic lighting will have your crew feeling downtown stylish. There’s nothing like caffeine to jumpstart conversation, and the Caffè Costadoro beans here produce rich brews you’ll love to luxuriate over. Let yourself be tempted by the owner’s pastry chef sisters, who put out a daily array of fresh breads, muffins, and cakes. Brioche French toast isn’t hard on the eyes, and it nails the balance between custardy inside and crisp finish. If your rest stop covers the lunch hour, you’ll get four homemade soups to choose from. Even if your group includes a vegan, you’re covered, with a daily offering like baby kale and white bean. Opt for a sandwich and you’ll find everything made from scratch, like roasted lamb, rounded off with housemade tarragon mustard. On the far side of your Village day, you may find yourselves circling back to the café. You’ll notice the lights are down now. There’s beer and wine to go with entrées, and memorable finishes, as those pastry chef sisters rotate through pecan-bourbon bundts, Kahlua mousse, and a killer tres leches cake.