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Aug 28, 2009 01:51 PM

Best Breakfast items

Anyone who's got some great breakfast item tips to give away?

I love Momofuku's pork buns but need to add some variety. Not just looking for Clinton Street's pancakes because I've tried them enough - I want something different but still outrageously yummy... Thanks!

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    1. re: kathryn

      Kathryn, how is Asiate in the Mandarin? I was looking for a great view to have breakfast on a sunday am. thanks ps 2 couples never been to NYC

      1. re: kevin25

        Never been. But in my experience, restaurants with views in NYC have mediocre food because they don't have to try very hard to attract clientele.

        1. re: kathryn

          very true, where would you go with spouse and othr couple? sat am we are going to get bagels and go to central park to sit outside and eat weather permit. so sunday is our day indoors. thanks

          1. re: kevin25

            What neighborhood, are you willing to wait in line or not, and any budgetary constraints?

            1. re: kathryn

              no budget limit, no neighborhoods we wouldn't go to.

          2. re: kathryn

            "But in my experience, restaurants with views in NYC have mediocre food because they don't have to try very hard to attract clientele."

            That may be true of places like the Olive Garden in Times Square (although I can't for the life of me figure out why there's always a line at their Chelsea location), but certainly there are many excellent restaurants in NYC that also have stunning views. Per Se comes to mind.

            1. re: Blumie

              Who else besides Per Se, in Manhattan, has a stunning view?

              1. re: kathryn

                Not technically Manhattan, but I think River Cafe counts.

                I don't want to pipe in on Asiate, because I have not eaten there personally, but I've heard very good things.

                Jean Georges has a pretty decent view (and amazing breakfasts!).

                But the bottom line is that the "every restaurant with a view has bad food" cliche is just that, a cliche. There may be plenty of examples of great-view-bad-food restaurants, but it's just silly to rule out all great view restaurants based on a cliche.

                1. re: Blumie

                  Agreed, Asiate does have a great view and I liked the food.
                  BG (Bergdorf Goodman's restaurant) has a nice view.


          3. re: kevin25

            i've only gone there for dinner but the food is decent so i'm assuming the breakfast would be the same. besides, the lobby, the restaurant interior and the views are gorgeous so i would recommend going there. note: they add a 15% gratuity onto the check but the service was excellent so that shouldn't be an issue.

            here's some other options you might want to look into

        2. AOC-Bleecker St-back garden

          1. Jane for the creme brulee battered French toast. Shopsin's for the mac and cheese pancakes and the slutty cakes.

            1. not a big fan of sarabeths but i love the lemon ricotta pancakes. sour cream hazlenut waffles at balthazar are great. also, lobster eggs benedict at essex.. although you could probably find it better elsewhere.

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              1. re: tkm616

                OH yeah I forgot about Sarabeth's. The lemon ricotta pancakes are awesome. And oh get the four flowers juice.

                1. re: tkm616

                  The UWS Sarabeths has a fantastic savory potato/scallion waffle w/ chicken apple sausage, house made applesauce, and sour cream that is fantastic. It's not on the menu at the central park west location.

                2. Im dying to try everything on the brunch menu at Destination

                  Breakfast Sushi
                  Eggs and Cheddar Cheese wrapped in Maple Bacon
                  Jalapeño-Bacon Benedict Tacos
                  Scrambled Eggs, melted Jack Cheese, bacon and Jalapeño’s, wrapped in a Soft Flour Tortilla, topped with Destination Hollandaise sauce
                  Salmon Bagel Bruschetta
                  Two homemade, fresh salmon bruschetta toppings on top of mini-bagels with cream cheese
                  Bacon Infused Sliders
                  Choc Chip Cookie Dough Pancakes
                  Served with homemade maple butter