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Great Diner/Not-too-greasy-spoon Breakfast near Park & E. 30th

Hi there - I'll be in NYC in a couple of days and am looking for a place near where we'll be staying to grab a great breakfast - of the diner or not-too-greasy-spoon variety - nothing too upscale. We'll be at East 30th near Park Ave. I've searched the board and didn't find anything that jumped out at me as being in that neighbourhood, but I could have missed things for sure, so any suggestions will be appreciated even if it's to point me to an existing thread. We love great home fries/hash browns, pancakes, and I'd certainly be interested in trying any US breakfast specialties we don't get up here (grits??) Thanks a ton!

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  1. I managed to find this place - Big Daddy's - http://www.bigdaddysnyc.com/ - is it any good? The Web site is a little - um - over-the-top. ;-)

      1. not far south enough for grits.

        Euro Diner on 36 & 3rd, Moonstruck Diner on 38 & Mad are good standard diners.

        1. Penelope at 30th Street & Lexington Avenue serves excellent breakfasts. If that's too packed there's a generic type diner one or two blocks up from it but I don't recall the name.

          Big Daddy's is a retro-style diner and very loud.

          When you arrive you'll see lots of places near your hotel. No worries.

          1. Grits aren't a New York thing. They probably offer them at most diners but I suspect they wouldn't be very good. Penelope's has the best breakfast in the area. Its on 30th and Lex and get ridiculously crowded on the weekends after say 10:30ish but not so during the week.
            You could also try L'Express on 20th and Park. Its a busy french bistro that serves a good breakfast. A little hectic though. For a real NY scene there is also the Coffee Shop on 16th and University in Union Sq.

            The true diners in the area are ok. The best is probably Sunflower on 26th and 3rd.

            Big Daddy's diner is just an overpriced kitschy diner. Nothing worth going out of your way for, although they do have tater tots there.