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zelda2823 Jun 17, 2009 05:56 PM

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

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    kathryn RE: zelda2823 Jun 17, 2009 06:23 PM

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

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      alc RE: zelda2823 Jun 18, 2009 03:10 PM

      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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        mcoleman RE: alc Jun 19, 2009 04:29 AM

        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.

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        cimui RE: zelda2823 Jun 18, 2009 06:09 PM

        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.

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        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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          JungMann RE: cimui Jun 19, 2009 06:11 AM

          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.

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            cimui RE: JungMann Jun 19, 2009 10:02 AM

            So they say!

            http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...

        2. LNG212 RE: zelda2823 Jun 18, 2009 07:39 PM

          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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            kathryn RE: LNG212 Jun 18, 2009 07:44 PM

            Their menu says 8am, unfortunately.

            http://www.fairwaymarket.com/restaura...

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              LNG212 RE: kathryn Jun 18, 2009 07:51 PM

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

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