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dwake Jan 18, 2009 05:08 AM

We are meeting my husband's business partner and his wife this Thurs. for the weekend. We'll be staying at the Gramercy Park Hotel and I was hoping for some good suggestions for breakfast in the area.

I would also welcome input regarding restaurant choices for our stay and also some lunch recommendations. We'll be primarily shopping on Thurs. and Fri.( mid-town and Soho) and will possibly do a matinee on Sat. (Billy Elliot)

Thurs. dinner: David Burke Townhouse

Fri. dinner: Daniel

Sat. dinner: Buddakan

I know Buddakan isn't particularly known for their exquisite food (though I find the food to be OK), but I've been there before and I know that this particular couple will enjoy the lively atmosphere there. Open to other suggestions for a lively atmosphere....

Some other restuarants we had considered:

The Modern
Gotham
Eleven Madison Park
Veritas

  1. princeofpork Jan 18, 2009 05:52 AM

    For breakfast in the area try Penelope on 32 and 3rd. Get their before 10 or expect to wait about 30 min.

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      RGR Jan 18, 2009 06:02 AM

      As noted in my post below, the correct location for Penelope is corner of Lex & 30th.

    2. r
      RGR Jan 18, 2009 06:00 AM

      Re: breakfast.

      I highly recommend Bar Breton, on 5th Av., b/t 28th & 29th Sts., which focuses on cuisine of Brittany, the region where the chef/owner comes from. Delicious galettes, freshly-squeezed o.j., etc. Friendly service and very nice atmospherics.

      http://www.menupages.com/restaurantdetails?restaurantid=56345

      Friend of a Farmer, on Irving Pl., b/t 18th & 19th Sts., serves traditional breakfast fare in a cozy country cafe-style setting.

      http://www.friendofafarmernyc.com

      71 Irving, on the same block, is a coffee house with a less extensive breakfast menu.

      http://www.menupages.com/restaurantdetails?restaurantid=2636

      Penelope's, on the corner of Lex & 30th St., serves a traditional breakfast menu in a small space with kitchy decor.

      http://www.penelopenyc.com

      Note: On Saturday, Bar Breton, Friend of a Farmer, and Penelope serve brunch instead of breakfast.

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        princeofpork Jan 18, 2009 07:55 AM

        Please keep in mind all the places RGR mentions have HUGE waits on weekend mornings.

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          r
          RGR Jan 18, 2009 08:55 AM

          Bar Breton takes reservations. As far as the others are concerned, the earlier you get there, the less likely there will be a long wait.

      2. v
        vatl619 Jan 18, 2009 11:25 AM

        l'express on park ave south and...19th (i'm guessing, not positive) is very close to your hotel, is a french bistro, open early to very late and has above average egg and lunch dishes and excellent coffee.

        RGR has made some other very good breakfast lunch suggestions as well.

        also your other restaurant ideas above are all top spots. i havent been to veritas, but have heard excellent things, particularly in the wine department. would remove gotham as an option - it is a step below the others i think in terms of food, service and atmosphere. are you considering substituting one of these for one of the dinners you already have booked? alternatively -you could do a lunch at EMP...they do all meals beautifully, and it is quite close to your hotel.

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          r
          RGR Jan 19, 2009 09:16 AM

          L'Express is on the corner of PAS and 20th St. When it first opened many years ago, the food was quite good. But from my experience, the quality has gone way downhill, though the last time I had a late breakfast there quite some time ago, the quiche was competently prepared. (I don't care to eat eggs in restaurants.)

          Re: Veritas. Yes, Chef Gregory Pugin is putting out superb French cuisine there.

          A very good lunch (and dinner) option in that area is Allegretti, on 22nd St., b/t 5th & 6th AVs. Truly wonderful Provencal cuisine, excellent service, and lovely ambiance. Lunch is served Mon.-Fri. They are not participating in RW.

          http://www.allegrettinyc.com

          As for EMP, they always participate in RW lunch, so at this point, I doubt there are any tables available on Thursday and Friday; however, it may be possible to get a seat at the bar. Lunch is not served on Saturday. Since they do not do RW dinner, reservations may be obtainable.

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