Breakfast in/nearish Greenwich Village
I'm coming to nyc for the weekend and staying at a friend's house in greenwich village. We've got Friday night, Saturday and Sunday meals pinned down but for one breakfast. I know we'll be hitting up H&H for bagels one morning (hopefully Sunday so I can tote some home to D.C. and distribute the day old bagels to friends and say "THIS is a bagel!"), but the other morning is up in the air. Sit down or take out, bakery, diner, or legitimate restaurant, I want this meal to count just as much as saturday night at Babbo will. Suggestions?
Lots of options. If the weather improves, take a stroll east to Balthazar on Spring, or north to Pastis. Each has its merits, both are great for breakfast. Call to book. Breakfast is no longer a guarantee if you're walking in.
Closer to home, I love Sant Ambreous on Charles Street. They have delicious scrambled eggs and some of the best coffee in New York. There's always a high celeb quotient too (this week, Andre Gregory, of 'My Dinner with Andre' fame)
That'll get you started.
Many places do not open for breakfast on weekends, just brunch. My favorite brunches in the West Village are (in no particular order): Deborah, Jane, good, Extra Virgin, and Blue Ribbon Bakery.
For breakfast pastries, try Patisserie Claude or Rocco's, or, if you want to explore further out, head to Chelsea Market.
I just ate at Blue Ribbon Bakery last week, phenomenal, I had eggs benedict with Serrano ham that was just superb, eggs poached just right. I highly recommend it if you want someplace casual and good.
Tavern on Jane, corner jJane and 8th avenue has a nice weekend brunch menu. Sam Rockwell was there last time.
Want a more gritty experience - try Bonbonierre, just doen 8th avenue (between jane and 12th Street). Old time greasy spoon, lots of locals, always packed, you share tables, huge portions.
If you like soul food, there's always brunch at The Pink Teacup, at 42 Grove Street (between Bedford & Bleecker), which has been around forever.
Second the Pink Teacup. two orders for three people will fill you to the max. Salmon croquettes, blueberry pancakes.... side order of fried chicken or pork chop: YUM.
No booze, but BYO if you are inspired.
I also agree with the suggestions for Jane as well as the Pink Teacup. However, the Pink Teacup is small and last time i was there there was a really long wait but if you are willing to wait it out its really cute. Another cute place is Tea and Sympathy on Greenwich Avenue. Its a traditional British teashop and they have amazing scones with clotted cream as well as finger sandwiches. Also you could try Noho Star which is extremely popular especially for its brunch menu. I probably go there for brunch every other Sunday.