your favorite manhattan pancakes, waffles and omelettes??
and let's not forget eggs benedict.
Best Pancakes: Clinton Street Baking Company because a) they whip the egg whites and b) maple butter. Stanton Social's chocolate silver dollar ones and Shopsin's would be my runners up, especially Shopsin's bacon and egg pancakes or the slutty cakes. Or the mac and cheese pancakes.
Best Waffles: Balthazar's with sour cream and fresh fruit. Excellent texture, right amount of crispness vs. fluffiness. RIP Devin Tavern's oatmeal waffles with strawberry butter.
Not a huge omelet person but the cheddar/apple one at Good Enough to Eat is good, as is are the ones at Popover Cafe (partial to the cranberry, bacon, cheddar one).
Best Eggs Benedict:
Blue Ribbon Bakery's Blue Benedict. Serrano ham, Jarlsberg, and tomato on toasted challah. RIP Eleven Madison Park's version with prosciutto on buttermilk biscuits.
My best brunch in Manhattan list:
I do not eat eggs benedict. But omelets and waffles and pancakes i do eat. i like le petit abeille, odeon, 12 chairs. Popover is Ok. Big Nick is not good at all. Theres a place on Greenwich Ave. an Argentinian restaurant with great fritatas which i prefer to omellettes. I cant think of name , its acrss from Day-o
It's called La Palette. I haven't been, so I can't vouch for quality.
Pancakes: Clinton St. I don't order pancakes often, but I've also enjoyed them at Spotted Pig and Fairway (for the plain ones)
Waffles: Petite Abeille. I like my waffles doughier, so I'm not a fan of Balthazar's waffles.
French toast: Jane, good, Extra Virgin, Blue Ribbon Bakery
Eggs benedict: I don't have a favorite. The Smith makes some nice twists on it.
Never been a fan of BRB's french toast was I prefer mine done with brioche bread. My fiance is a HUGE french toast fan and his top french toast hierarchy goes:
1. The Neptune Room (I hope this stays on the menu when/if they reopen)
3. Balthazar (texture for whatever reason is not as good as it is at Pastis, maybe the bread is older at Pastis which makes better french toast?)
4. Jane (cut too thick)
Second the waffles at Petite Abeille, though I also loved the waffle at E.U. (the ONLY good thing on the menu).
Eggs Benedict: The Smith's potato waffle. I also like the egg concoctions at Five Points and Hundred Acres.
French toast: The Smith, The Flea Market Cafe
Omelette: Nolita House
Good Enough to Eat. The lumberjack special so you don't have to decide between pancakes and eggs. Love that Bacon.
My roommate raved about the french toast at Westville East, and their egg scrambles and frittata specials are good too, if you want a more casual brunch spot.