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Jan 18, 2009 05:08 AM

Last minute trip

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
Eleven Madison Park

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  1. 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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    1. re: princeofpork

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

    2. 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.

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

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

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

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

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      1. re: RGR

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

        1. re: princeofpork

          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. 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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        1. re: vatl619

          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.

          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.