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Jan 29, 2009 08:20 AM

The Neighborhood?

One of my work colleagues mentioned a place in Union Square called The Neighborhood. He said they offered a great breakfast for little money. Has anyone been there and what are your thoughts on this place?

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  1. In these tough economic times this place really delivers vaule. For the price of your entree you get coffee, a starter of fruit or cream of wheat and a basket of bread. Their menu online is pretty limited; they offer much more and have specials. The place is usually packed on the weekends so expect a wait and during the summer they have an amazing patio. They also serve beer and wine for the weekend brunch crowd.

    1. Opt for the cream of wheat, instead of fruit - your life will never quite be the a good way!
      Personally, I love the Portuguese fisherman's breakfast which is more food than one healthy person should eat....eggs, home fries, toast, fish cakes, chorizo, and one or two other goodies.

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      1. re: Bob Dobalina

        The way the Neighborhood menu works is their specials menu rotates (slightly different each day on the weekend) and while they usually follow certain patterns (portuguese febras/pork chops special on saturdays, something else in its place sunday), things like the Portuguese plate will have different items over time (sometimes salt cod cakes, sometimes shrimp filling patties, sometimes morecela, etc). All the specials are a set price, but approaching $10 and come with the cream of wheat or fruit salad, some pastries, coffee, and juice. I don't believe they offer all the specials, but maybe some during the week, but no recent first hand experience. Since its a lot of food, if you just want pancakes the regular menu maybe sufficient, is less, and still a lot of food.

        In my most recent visits (in the fall) their food had improved over the past -- even the coffee was definitely better, but some folks like it and others don't (comparing their holandaise to henriettas won't be a comparison). There are plenty of other breakfast options, inexpensive and more adventurous, in the area -- Soundbite's, Danny's, and Supreme for starts, Sherman, Simons, and Bloc xxx for cafe's. Pastelaria Vitoria Broadway for a Brazilian breakfast and Cafe Casal for Portuguese (unfortunately they can be a bit inconsistent on the pastries, but still worth a try).

        1. re: Bob Dobalina

          omg the cream of wheat is so amazing. i don't know how they do it. any ideas? butter?

          1. re: rebeccacceber

            They won't say, but my guess is a combination of cream, butter, vanilla, cinnamon and (maybe?) lemon zest.

        2. Also, if you do have to wait for a table (likely) there is usually coffee and pastries to nosh on gratis while you wait.

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          1. re: Dea

            free coffee and pastries while you wait?? Really? Maybe you have to ask, or have a non-
            harried host/ess? Because in the number of times I've gone, that's never been offered.

            1. re: amatto

              In the warm weather they do make these available at the entrance of the patio (by the sign-in), although it can run out. In the past for the inside you certainly had to fend for yourself (even in the courtyard its not frowned upon to step in and serve yourself coffee). Best thing, though, is to go early and avoid the lines.

              1. re: itaunas

                in the summer when waiting for a table, i've gotten full eating the snacks they put up for grabs while you wait. no joke.