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Jul 2, 2007 09:22 AM

Post-run breakfast near Central Park

My boyfriend and I plan to run in Central Park on Wednesday morning and would like to have breakfast afterwards, at around 9:30-10:00.
We won't smell (promise!), but we'll be in our running clothes & shoes, so casual atmosphere is a must. Would also like the option of outdoor seating. But most important are good coffee & excellent eggs and toast, so I'm really looking for the best diner options. I can arrange the run to end on either the East or West side, so recommendations for either are welcome.

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  1. If you feel like ending on South, try Sarabeth's on Central Park South bet 5th and 6th Ave. Great food...excellent breakfasts/coffee although no outdoor seating. Not super pricey either.

    More in my hood (100's on West Side) I can wholeheartedly recommend Cafe du Soleil (104th/105th and Bway on west side of street). Outrageously good coffee/omlettes, outdoor seating. A good step or two above the diner thing...

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    1. re: Vinoguy

      The Sarabeth's on West 80th has outdoor seating and will most likely have no line that early in the morning.

      For really casual, you can drop by Bouchon Bakery in the Time Warner Center. And Landmarc, too, I suppose. Not outdoors, but they do have a bit of a view of the park.

    2. If you want straight-forward diner fare, Shining Star is a good bet (Amsterdam at 78th). They also have outside seating.

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      1. re: LNG212

        Thanks for the recs! I know Sarabeth's, but I think it's a little too nice for the way we'll be dressed. Shining Star sounds right up our alley.

        1. re: grovermonster

          They don't do bacon and eggs, but my favorite place to stop after a walk (no running!) in the park is Via Quadronno on E. 73rd for their cappuccino. Nectar is a pretty good diner up Madison - maybe at 79th - for breakfast.

      2. I don't know the East side at all, but on the West, there are tons of options.

        In the 50s, you can go to Vynl or Eatery.
        In the 60s, try Le Pain Quotidien - it's a chain, but a good one.
        In the 70s, there are tons of diners, or you can always brave the endless menu at Big Nick's (the eggs are great, stay away from the more "ethnic" stuff).
        I vote for Cafe Con Leche in the 80s.
        Higher up, I'd hit Zanny's Café or Crepes on Columbus (the brekkie destination of the Columbia Roadrunners)

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        1. re: piccola

          There's also Barney Greengrass on the West Side.

          Barney Greengrass
          541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024