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Jun 17, 2009 05:56 PM

breakfast on upper west side

Is there a great breakfast place on the upper west side open 5:30-6:00 am on a Friday?

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  1. This may be difficult. Your best bet is probably a 24/7 diner. Big Nick's is decent.

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    1. I haven't tried it, but based on the menu I would suggest French Roast at Broadway and 85th. It's open 24 hours and seems to have an attractive breakfast menu.

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      1. re: alc

        once was enough at french roast. awful service (granted it was sunday am) and pancakes that resembled and tasted like dishrags. avoid. otherwise go w/cimui's picks. viand is a generic old school greek diner as is pier 72 on WEA & 72. believe it's open early and the buckwheat pancakes (an obsession of mine) are better than they have any right to be in such a dump.

      2. Are you looking for a sit-down place? If so, add Viand Cafe to your list of options. It's about the same quality as French Roast (good, not great) and a bit more up-market than Big Nick's. Big Nick's has the advantage of massive portions, though, and delicious, junky (I think it's deep fried) challah French toast.

        If you just want to pick something up quickly, grab a bagel and juice at H&H.

        French Roast
        2340 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

        Big Nick's
        2175 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

        H&H Bagels
        2239 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

        Viand Cafe
        2130 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

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        1. re: cimui

          I had no idea Viand Cafe is open 24 hours. I've passed by late at night and could've sworn that all the lights were off. It is the better option than Big Nick's, I think. The latter has omelettes that are kind of flat and institutional --- the kind I got in my college dorm.

        2. Does anyone know how early Fairway's Cafe opens? I do my shopping at about 7 am and they are open by then (I see people there). Maybe that would work as well???

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            1. re: kathryn

              Oh that's too bad. I wonder if the people I see there at 7 are worker/set-up people. I guess so.