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.
JG Nougatine has a really good egg benedict.
Bouley Upstairs has great omeletes (esp. the lobster) . While probably not the best, I happen to like the omelette at La Palapa. Green sauce with a lot of cheese.
I second the waffles at Balthazar.
Pancakes: (1) Clinton St. Baking Co., (2) Perry St., (3) Good's lemon ricotta pancakes
Waffles: The liege waffles at PetalBelle on Sullivan St. are good, but the service the one time I went left a lot to be desired.
French toast: (1) Alexandra on Hudson St.; (2) Blue Ribbon Bakery; (3) Extra Virgin's banana French toast
Quantam Leap has good waffles and pancakes. healthy too. They can put the berries or apples etc right into the waffle and /or on top of it
My favorites are:
cornmeal pancakes with fruit at Alice's Tea Cup,
pumpkin waffle at Sarabeth's Kitchen,
Moroccan omelette at Cafe Mogador.
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I had a fantastic stack of four at Margie's Red Rose Diner, nice, puffy, golden brown and slathered with butter. Reminded me of what pancakes can be. Downed them with some sage sausage, fluffy scrambled eggs and a biscuit. At about 6 bucks and change, it was cheap, too. The service is about as friendly, gracious and attentive as it gets.
Best French Toast (even though it wasn't on the post title): Angelina Cafe on Ave A. Brioche, fresh fruit, delish! And very affordable!
I actually just went to Sarabeth's this afternoon and it was really good. I ordered the lemon ricotta pancakes, side of strawberries and bananas, bacon, and the four flowers (pomegranate, blueberry, banana, orange). They give you 5 pancakes and like 8 slices of bacon and a huge plate of strawberries.
The pancakes were really quite delicious- would have liked a tad more lemon but they were ultra light most likely due to the ricotta-probably the second best to Clinton Street Baking Co.! Only gripe I have is they only give you like 4 blueberries with the pancakes. For $15 they could give you a little more. Maybe then I wouldn't have spent 8.50 for the strawberries and bananas. But hey in this city thats pretty standard pricing. I had about 4.5 pancakes when I can only usually stomach 3 at the most. After eating these you don't feel like your gut is about to explode like in your local diner. The fruit was really sweet and ripe and the bacon was also quite good, albeit a little too crispy for my taste.
The four flowers juice is fantastic! Really sweet and very filling though and they give you quite a large glass so be careful. Overall, really delicious brunch, a little pricy but basically what one would come to expect in our great city of NYC.
Good to hear they are still going strong. When I first moved to NYC I was hooked on the lemon ricotta pancakes and the four flowers juice, so the point where I tried to make it at home (just was not the same).
To answer MMRuth's question, yes, they absolutely serve weekday breakfast. I think the only one that has a more limited weekday breakfast menu is the Chelsea Market one.