A very specific request (in lower Manhattan)...
Ok, all you NYC 'hounds, I've got a question for you. My wife and I will be driving through lower Manhattan, specifically Little Italy, Chinatown (maybe) and Tribeca, on Saturday, September 29th at approximately 5:00AM. This is part of a much longer NC to ME trip, and we're detouring a bit as my wife has never been to NYC, and wants to see at least a bit of Little Italy as that's where her family first settled when they came over around WWII. Therefore, this will be a quick drive through the area, entering via the Williamsburg bridge and exiting via the Holland tunnel. We don't intend to divert much from what appears to be the straightest shot (Delancy to Lafayette to Canal).
So, the question is, within the context outlined above (very early morning, straightest shot through town), is there anyplace you recommend we stop for breakfast? I use the term "breakfast" loosely as it coincides with the time of day, but any type of food will do; we aren't picky at all. Where shall we eat? I hope something meets our criteria, and look forward to your responses.
The city that never sleeps actually sleeps between the hours of 4am and 8am. Very litte is open. There's probably a 24 hour diner in that area (yuck), but you're lucky you're going through Chinatown - you should be able to find Chinese breakfast that's definitely an experience, though it might be in a dive.
i have one idea that's not too far off your route- aroma espresso bar is open 24 hours....they have good coffee, pastries, some egg sandwiches & platters, salads & sandwiches, though not sure if it is all availble all the time...
I hate to say this, but you're asking for the nearly impossible.
First, Little Italy has been swallowed up to a large degree by Chinatown. There's not much of it left anymore.
Second, that part of town is dead until at least lunchtime. You won't have to deal with the usual traffic but all you'll see are the bags of garbage piled up from last night's restaurants that haven't been picked up yet and the occassional trash truck picking them up.
It's been more years than I care to count, but I used to think of Chinatown as a place that had a few 24-hour restaurants (I want to say Hong Fat used to be open all night). I remember getting Chinese food after the bars closed at 4, so I would suggest driving down a few streets (Mott, Mulberry) and seeing if something is open.