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Lunch and breakfast suggestions in SoHo?

What are some good places to go for lunch or breakfast in SoHo on the weekends? I'll be in that area in a couple of weeks. Usually I like to shop around and explore different streets and just eat at places that I happen to come upon, but am thinking it would be nice to have a couple places already picked out. Thanks!

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  1. Upstairs at Bouley Bakery is pretty good, and great bakery downstairs though may be closer to Tribeca

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    1. re: rondaj

      12 chairs is excellent. Blue Ribbon is excellent. Balthazar of course . Bouley is in Tribeca, if you're going there Petit Abeille has a good breakfast/brunch. Odeon also

      1. re: foodwhisperer

        Blue Ribbon Brasserie in Soho is not open for lunch or breakfast. It is open 4pm-4am daily.

        Blue Ribbon Bakery is open for lunch but it is in the West Village. It opens at noon on weekdays, 11:30am on weekends.

    2. On the weekends the Broome Street Bar serves French toast I rather like, which is made with a rum-orange glaze. I really wish they opened earlier than 11AM, but there you are.

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      Broome Street Bar
      363 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013

      1. Balthazar serves a Continental breakfast from 8-10 every Saturday and Sunday, then brunch from 10-4. I haven't tried their breakfast, by when I was there for brunch on Labor Day, the waiter told me that you can just walk in before 10:30 any day and have no wait. If you've never been there, it really makes me feel almost like I'm in a brasserie in Paris, and a very good one, at that.

        http://www.balthazarny.com/

        1. Went to Mercer Kitchen recently for brunch and it was a pleasant surprise. It's in the middle of Soho so location is very convenient, and it's reasonably priced for a jean georges-owned restaurant. They have your usual breakfast fare (omelette, eggs benedict), sandwiches (including a great cheeseburger), and more expensive entrees (i.e. scallops over lentils)

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          1. re: seoulspot

            I went to Mercer Kitchen for brunch today. I had wonderful French toast. It was thin pieces of bread,came with carmelized apples, very yummy. I had a pretty good cup of coffee, too. I loved the interior there, very neat. Also, they far beautiful floral arrangements.

          2. Bread basket serves two at Balthazar and with the NYT, it is heaven, and never had to wait.

            1. fanellis. elephant and castle. actually the lunch list is pretty endless.

              1. Love spring street natural...organic and delicious.

                1. Love both Balthazar and Blue Ribbon. Will add Falai Caffe and Panetteria for breakfast and lunch. Aquagrill also has great brunch.

                  1. Delicatessen got a new chef recently and is kind of a fun scene for breakfast and lunch. It's open earlier than other places!

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