Many students find it convenient to open a local bank account. While some banks require social security numbers, they may waive that requirement for international students. The bank will require all immigration documentation, including Form I-20, Form I-94 and a valid passport. Many will also require proof of address in the United States. This proof can be in the form of a bill that has been received at a local address with the student’s name on it or a registrar’s letter indicating full-time student status and verifying that the student has an address on file with the school.

The banks nearest Cardozo are:

HSBC Bank                 14th & Union Square West
Chase Bank                 14th & 5th Ave.
TD Bank                      14th & 5th Ave.
Citibank                      16th & 5th Ave.
Capital One                 17th & Broadway

Post Offices
The Post Offices closest to Cardozo are:

70 W. 10th St. (btw 5th & 6th Aves.)

93 4th Ave. (@ 11th St.)

For information on postal services, postage rates and other office locations, visit the United States Postal Service.

Grocery Stores
Garden of Eden              14th & 5th Ave.
Food Emporium              14th & Union Square East
Trader Joe’s                   14th btw Irving Pl. & 3rd Ave.
Whole Foods Market       14th & Union Square East (near Broadway)

Drug Stores
Walgreens                    13th & 4th Ave. (24-hour pharmacy)
Duane Reade               14th & Union Square East


A Salt and Battery
112 Greenwich Ave. (btw 12th & Jane Sts.)

An authentic British-style “chippie,” where mouth-watering deep fried fish comes wrapped in newspaper, chips are cut with a real British chip cutter, and you can get your mushy peas and English beer fix. While its motto is “In Cod We Trust,” A Salt and Battery is committed to sustainability, substituting pollock for the over-fished cod. Note: It’s tiny, so takeout may be the best option.

238 E. 14th St. (@ 2nd Ave.)

Cardozo alum, outsized-food personality and chef Eddie Huang opened Baohaus in 2009 with his brother Evan to serve pillow-soft Taiwanese steamed buns reinvented for NYC. Most popular are the Chairman Bao, filled with braised pork belly, and the Birdhaus Bao, stuffed with all natural fried chicken. All contain a mixture of cilantro, crushed boiled peanuts and Taiwanese red sugar. This miniscule space has a hip hop/skater vibe. Huang writes, it “isn’t just a restaurant, it’s a futuristic YMCA where brothers in snap backs and Nike boots can find that motivation.”

City Bakery
3 W. 18th St. (@ Broadway)

Two things to know about City Bakery: Their pretzel croissant is perhaps the most perfect baked item ever—crispy, salty and studded with sesame seeds on the outside and soft chewy goodness inside—and their hot chocolate is to die for. You can even get a different hot chocolate every day in February during their Hot Chocolate Festival. Excellent fare served buffet style and paid for by the pound.

Dorado Tacos and Quesadillas
28 E. 12th St. (@ University Pl.)

Unlike run-of-the-mill taco chains, this relative newcomer with its bright turquoise awning hopes to capture the authentic flavors of Baja Californian street food with deep fried and grilled fish and shrimp tacos wrapped in soft corn tortillas. Dorado also has something you won’t find on a Mexican street corner: goods served on “greenware” and a selection of tasty vegetarian and gluten-free options.

Dos Toros
137 4th Ave. (@ 13th St.)

The New York Times praised its “simple, succulent food, stripped-down cooking.” San Francisco-style tacos, burritos and quesadillas make up the simple menu. Dos Toros emphasizes sustainability by using compostable utensils and local products—like tortillas from Tortilleria Nixtamal in Corona, Queens, the lauded tortilleria that grinds corn for its own masa. No take-out or delivery at this location.

Grey Dog
90 University Pl. (@ 12th St.)

The dog may be grey, but this café is colorful and a bit chaotic, especially during weekend mornings when it’s packed. With a menu that includes everything from breakfast bagels to salads, burgers, soups, “Michigan sandwiches” and small plates, Grey Dog is a reliable place to get good grub.

Kambi Ramen
351 E. 14th St. (near 1st Ave.)

The key to Kambi Ramen’s popularity is in its savory, soul-satisfying broth, or “charshu,” made from vast quantities of pork and chicken bones as well as seaweed, bonito flakes and shiitake mushrooms. The menu tells you what kinds of noodles—thick, thin, wavy, wheat or bean—go best with each type of broth.

The Meatball Shop
64 Greenwich Ave. (@ 11th St.)

Beloved as a post-bar-hopping favorite, this shop’s piquant and spicy pork, beef and chicken balls are vehicles for sauces ranging from pesto to mushroom gravy. Customers customize their own platters, choosing “naked” balls with sides of sauce or tucking their meatballs into sliders or heroes.

Murray’s Bagels
500 Avenue of the Americas ( @ 14th St.)

Consistently rated as one of NYC’s top bagel spots, Murray’s is packed with students who can’t get enough of their hand-rolled bagels, smoked fish and other “nosherai.” This is a real slice—maybe toasted and with a “schmear”—of quintessential New York City.

Reservoir Bar
70 University Pl. (@ 11th St.)

This is the classic dive bar—as in, “dive into the reservoir”—with beat-up, comfy couches, TVs aplenty, a pool table, worn wood paneling, Tiffany lamps and popular $1 tacos on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


While there’s always Starbucks for reliable coffee and free Wi-Fi, Cardozo students frequent these cafés for high-quality coffee, tea and a place to hang out with fellow students, pour over casebooks, or just take a well-deserved breather.

Argo Tea
75 University Pl. (@ 11th St.)

What Starbucks is to coffee, Argo strives to be for tea—a growing chain with tea varietals prepared just so and a wide range of “signature” tea-based drinks and tea-infused snacks. Maté-tea-poached turkey panini, anyone? Free Wi-Fi and spacious digs for studying are a plus.

Bourbon Coffee
43 W. 14th St. (@ 6th Ave.)

Bourbon advertises its “Signature coffees of Rwanda,” and its mission is to introduce fine African coffees to its customers as well as to improve the lives of African coffee growers. Patrons rave about the high-quality coffee, gooey cookies and spacious surroundings—large enough for an entire study group to sit comfortably.

Joe the Art of Coffee
9 E. 13th St. (btw 5th Ave. & University Pl.)

Anything but the average “joe,” this is one outpost of a relatively new small chain that has fast gained renown for its flawless espressos, lattes and cappuccinos. Customers praise the extremely talented baristas. The space, however, is cramped, ill lit and doesn’t have Wi-Fi, so this may not be the place to settle in with your laptop.

107 University Pl. (@ 13th St.)

Newsbar is distinctly old-fashioned, with racks of magazines and newspapers lining one wall. Yet, along with its locally roasted coffee and menu of hot sandwiches and hearty homemade soups, Newsbar does offer—for a fee—more modern amenities like Wi-Fi access, computers and printers.

O Café
482 6th Ave. (@ 12th St.)

Coffee comes with a Brazilian flair at O Café, the first coffee bar in the city to serve coffee brewed from high-quality, hand-selected Brazilian beans. This artsy, eco-friendly café also provides Brazilian snacks, like pão de quiejo (cheese bread) and pão de mel (honey bread).

There are several nearby parks in which to stroll, jog or kick back and take a breather.

Several blocks south of Cardozo sits Washington Square Park (bordered by 5th Ave., Waverly Pl., W. 4th St. and McDougal St.), with its renowned fountain and triumphal arch. Once the heart of the 1960s folk music scene, Washington Square is known for its chess enthusiasts, street musicians and performing artists.

North of Cardozo is Madison Square Park (stretching from Broadway to Madison Ave. btw 23rd and 26th Sts.), which boasts a gorgeous fountain, stately trees, a dog run, rotating world-class art displays, free concerts and the Shake Shack, with its popular burgers and shakes.

The High Line (beginning at 30th St. just west of 10th Ave. and extending south to the intersection of Gansevoort & Washington Sts.) is a 1-mile-long restored elevated railway-turned-public park on which you can enjoy unique river and city vistas while strolling above Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood.