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Chelsea for Breakfast?

sivyaleah Jul 11, 2008 07:52 AM

I'm so out of the loop these days. Staying overnight Monday in Chelsea and need a recommendation for breakfast the next morning. Something nice, not just a diner.

Maybe even a lunch place now that I think about it. Might decide to be lazy and stick around the area for the day.


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  1. kcijones001 Jul 11, 2008 08:32 AM


    The Tomato

    R.U.B for lunch

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    1. re: kcijones001
      Lucia Jul 11, 2008 11:08 AM

      The Tomato closed long ago and has now been replaced by Markt.
      I find the food at Cafeteria mediocre. I'd rather go to Elmo for diner food, although that's also hit-or-miss

      1. re: kcijones001
        Blumie Jul 11, 2008 06:28 PM

        Agree that Cafeteria is lame. Markt has a good breakfast.

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        kathryn Jul 11, 2008 09:50 AM

        Cookshop has great brunch, if it's a Saturday or Sunday.

        Madeleine Patisserie is also nearby.

        La Maison du Macaron
        132 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

        156 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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        1. re: kathryn
          MMRuth Jul 11, 2008 09:53 AM

          Also La Bergamote.

          La Bergamote
          169 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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          Lucia Jul 11, 2008 11:11 AM

          I agree w/Madeleine and La Bergamote, but both are quick cafe stops.
          Markt and Morandi (W Vill, but close, depending on where you're staying) are both open for breakfast on weekdays.

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            rpk Jul 11, 2008 05:59 PM

            I've been happy with every breakfast I've had at Le Grainne Cafe, 183 9th Ave @ 21st St, which is open daily from 8AM until midnight. I also liked breakfast at Le Petit Bistro, 258 W 15th St, which has similar hours (I think, but I'm not entirely certain). For lunch & dinner I've been happy at Pepe Giallo, on 10th Ave south of 25th St, but, honestly, I'd also be happy to go back to either Le Grainne Cafe or Le Petit Bistro, just to give something else on their menus a try.

            1. sivyaleah Jul 11, 2008 06:11 PM

              Thanks for the recs everyone.

              Sad to hear The Tomato closed. I liked that place.

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                eeee Jul 11, 2008 07:42 PM

                If you're in the mood for it, there's a branch of Le Pain Quotidiene on 17th and 7th.

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                1. re: eeee
                  Feaster18 Jul 11, 2008 08:29 PM

                  Chelsea Market is great for breakfast too! The Milk place has a great skillet egg dish!

                  1. re: eeee
                    sivyaleah Jul 13, 2008 03:45 PM

                    I've been to Le Pain Q. Good for a breakfast alone, I enjoy it but I'm looking for something a little more "sit down and relax for a while" since I'll be with a friend too. I haven't seen my friend in a long time and LPQ doesn't quite seem like it fits the bill. Plus, he's from NY originally and I'd rather find someplace that isn't a chain (although again, for a chain, I do enjoy it).

                  2. sivyaleah Jul 13, 2008 03:42 PM

                    Question: Which of these places makes decent waffles? My friend has a particular passion for them .

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                    1. re: sivyaleah
                      RGR Jul 13, 2008 05:17 PM

                      Hey, sivy,

                      Great to see you here! You've been missed!

                      You won't find waffles at Madeleine Patisserie, but all the quiches are superb, as are the croissants, pastries, tarts, and, of course, the madeleines. They've finally finished the renovations, so there's adequate seating.

                      For lunch, I'd go slightly east of Chelsea to Fleur de Sel, on 20th, b/t 5th & B'way. Or, further over towards Union Square to Tocqueville, on 15th, b/t 5th & Union Sq. Both have superb cuisine, a fine wine list, good service, and lovely ambiance.


                      Enjoy and Bon Appetit!

                      1. re: sivyaleah
                        Lucia Jul 13, 2008 06:50 PM

                        Petite Abeille, which has a location in Chelsea

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                        mrnyc Jul 13, 2008 06:54 PM

                        there is now a downtown outpost, well at least i think it is related not sure, of the french/senegalese Patisserie des Ambassades downtown on w22nd just east of 7th avenue. we ate there recently -- delicious coffee and great for breakfast (if you are not in a hurry).

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