breakfast on upper west side
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.
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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