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Mar 22, 2009 09:24 PM

Recs for bkfst/lunch near 114th and Amsterdam

Need to be at St. Luke's VERY early and again later in the afternoon. Looking for a nice, reasonably priced place for breakfast that's open at 7. Not a diner preferably but open to pretty much anything. Will be back later on - need rec. for lunch that's also reasonably priced - also open to essentially any type of food, healthy options would be great. Not really feeling sushi this week for some reason though..


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  1. I'm not sure whether you need the decor to be "nice" or just the food... If the latter, Nussbaum and Wu on 113th and B'way serves better than average breakfast standards like bagels (with cream cheese, lox, and/or other fillings), omelettes, muffins, croissants, danishes, etc... It's a cafe with kind of spartan seating. They're open at 6:30 a.m. (Also serve run of the mill salads and sandwiches for lunch.)

    For lunch, you might enjoy Thai Market or Taqueria y Fonda, both on Amsterdam, north of 107th. Thai Market has a number of low fat options included in their $8 two-course lunch special. Many options at Taqueria y Fonda are not so terribly healthy, but there are a number of dishes that won't give you an instant heart attack (vegetable tacos and sopes, tortas, and chicken, shrimp or fish soups). Decor at Thai Market is eccentric, but "nice"; Taqueria is essentially a hole in the wall.

    There's a place called Saga Grill that I've ordered from a few times, but never visited. They're on Amsterdam at 122nd. Ignore anything on the menu that's not Vietnamese (awful); the Vietnamese offerings I've had have been decent to good. There are lots of healthy soups and salads (including passable pho), summer rolls, bun. Lunch specials are under $7.

    1. You know for breakfast I would try Camille's on Amsterdam and 116th if you can wait to 7:30 A.M. Very cheap and good. I would second Thai Market and Taqueria y Fonda as good lunch options, also my favorite Italian in this neighborhood is Pisticci on LaSalle off Broadway. You can probably find healthy options at Community Food & Juice at 113& Broadway.

      1. I'm not sure whether you consider bagels healthy (arguably, they aren't), but Absolute Bagels, on Broadway between 107th and 108th, opens at 6 AM, according to Citysearch. If you go, get minibagels only.

        1. Community Food and Juice defiantely for lunch, and perhaps breakfast if they open early enough. The hungarian pastry shop opposite St. John's on Amsterdam for breakfast.

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          1. re: Stuffed Monkey

            Thank you for all the great suggestions! It'll be hard to pick just two!!

          2. Kitchenette, Spoonbread (on 110th St.) and Rack and Soul.

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            1. re: Uptownflavor

              Wound up across the street from hospital as partner of person in surgery is not adventerous (sp?) enough to walk a few blocks!!!! Food was mediocre but fine enough - had bagel with egg. Bagel quite lame - egg prepared well...oh well.. I was looking forward to trying the community food and juice place!!