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best non-american breakfast

shirlotta Jun 13, 2007 01:57 PM

have hounds got suggestions for non-american breakfast and brunch? best places for any kind of non-american breakfast, like taiwanese breakfast (oh how i wish i could get some here in manhattan), huevos rancheros, and other kinds that i am not aware of.

japanese breakfast? ethiopian breakfast? spanish? thai? i don't even know!

downtown would be preferable, but i'd like to hear about places anywhere in the city or outer boroughs.


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    RGR RE: shirlotta Jun 13, 2007 02:28 PM

    Turkish Kitchen, on 3rd Av., b/t 27th 7 28th Sts., has a Sunday brunch buffet. We've had countless lunches and dinners there but have never done the brunch because I detest buffets. However, I'm sure the wide array of Turkish dishes on it are excellent.


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      randumbposter RE: shirlotta Jun 13, 2007 02:39 PM

      You can do dimsum for a brunch at jing fong in chinatown. Basically some waiters wheel around some carts and you get to pick out what you want to eat.

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        randumbposter RE: randumbposter Jun 13, 2007 02:45 PM

        Oh yeah you can sit in the bakeries and cantonese eateries and eat cheung fun(white flat noodle) and congee. XO on hester does a variety of cheung funs. I like spare ribs and blackbean sauce on my cheung fun.

        I think pho is also eaten for breakfast in vietnam.

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          shirlotta RE: randumbposter Jun 13, 2007 03:12 PM

          mmm yes. i am well acquainted with chinese breakfast, being, well, chinese. i should have mentioned that! thanks for the recs - i like golden unicorn for dim sum. and dim sum go go. i didn't know that pho was eaten for breakfast in vietnam! i'll eat pho any time of day.

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        RCC RE: shirlotta Jun 13, 2007 03:41 PM

        Tia Pol has Spanish breakfast.
        It's not bad ... and it's non-American.

        1. Miss Needle RE: shirlotta Jun 13, 2007 05:14 PM

          Many of the Korean restaurants in Koreatown are 24 hours. You can order seaweed soup, etc. at any hour. Woorijip opens at 9A and has fixins like kim-bop and abalone congee.

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            pellegrino31 RE: shirlotta Jun 13, 2007 07:12 PM

            Cendrillon - a Filipino restaurant in SoHo. Modern atmosphere and the owners are very gracious. Really nice tea list as well. Granted it's not the most authentic place for Filipino food, but for brunch they have this dish of beef tapa (sliced beef with a somewhat sweet and sour taste) that is served with garlic fried rice and sweet plaintain. Best part is on top of the fried rice is a sunny side up egg. The dish is fantastic. The other brunch items are delicious too but the beef tapa is the best IMO.

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              richardiculous RE: pellegrino31 Jul 12, 2007 01:23 PM

              The above dish is called tapsilog--its name comes from smashing together the names of its main ingredients: tapa (beef tapa), sinangag (delicious garlic fried rice), and itlog (egg) = tap+si+log.
              On the porkier side of things are similar traditional dishes: longsiglog, where longganisa (sweet, fatty, filipino pork sausage) replaces the tapa; and tocilog, where tocino (my personal favorite) is used--tocino is sweet cured pork pieces; it's filipino "bacon" and it rocks my socks.

              Try Grill 21 (on 21st near 1st Ave., which serves these breakfast dishes all day) and Krystal's on 1st Ave or in Queens. Not sure if Pistahan serves breakfast.

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                shirlotta RE: richardiculous Jul 12, 2007 02:42 PM

                WOW that sounds so good. i'll definitely try it. yummm.

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              kobetobiko RE: shirlotta Jun 13, 2007 07:32 PM

              Wallse, Blaue Gans, and Cafe Sarasky (all below to the same owner) serve some interesting hearty European breakfasts and brunches.

              I have only been to the brunch at Aquavit once, but I thought it was quite good, and quite different in the food compared to American.

              Snack Taverna has a lot of Greek dishes that are served all day.

              I like Paladar for their cheap Latin American fares, both brunch or late night!

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                shirlotta RE: kobetobiko Jun 13, 2007 08:34 PM

                ooo these are all great suggestions! i'm especially excited about filipino breakfast. mmm.

              2. DarthEater RE: shirlotta Jun 13, 2007 09:17 PM

                Sanur on Doyer st sells stir fried breakfast noodles at 8-11am.

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                  Lau RE: shirlotta Jun 14, 2007 05:31 AM

                  i found a place serving taiwanese breakfast (hard to find outside of flushing)...i wrote a post about it


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                    shirlotta RE: Lau Jun 14, 2007 09:11 AM

                    really??? china fun? who woulda thunk it. thanks! if they have xian dou jiang they out to have tian dou jiang as well, right? i like mine sweet. ^_^

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                      Lau RE: shirlotta Jun 14, 2007 02:41 PM

                      they do have tian dou jiang though i didnt try it, its probably fine b/c the xian dou jiang was fine. Although alot of places in the US make it horrible, its all weird and chalky with a ton of sugar

                  2. DarthEater RE: shirlotta Jul 7, 2007 04:50 PM

                    Oms/b opens 8am. They specialize in japanese omusubi.
                    45th street between lex and 3rd.

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                      shirlotta RE: DarthEater Jul 12, 2007 12:50 PM

                      do they do japanese breakfast?

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                        DarthEater RE: shirlotta Jul 15, 2007 04:56 PM

                        No, just the omusubi.

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                      cbw RE: shirlotta Jul 15, 2007 09:28 AM

                      I had brunch recently at Calle Ocho recently on the UWS. Domican or Cuban food. Not Mexican. Brunch was surprisingly good. And free sangria. Not sure if it was because it was because of the day or if it they have the sangria for every brunch, but I would definitely recommend and it was very reasonable.

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