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Dec 8, 2009 07:58 PM

"Grief meal" near East Village?

Kind of an odd request - a good friend recently experienced a death in the family, and I want to buy her a really comforting breakfast. Any suggestions? Sorry for such a morbid inquiry!

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  1. I'm sorry for her loss, Carolinerex.

    I think that maybe Clinton St. Baking Company might suit. Here's their menu:

    The Smith also gets some love on this board. (I've never actually eaten there, though its sister restaurant, Jane, in the West Village, has a pretty good weekend brunch.) I think it's slightly less expensive than Clinton St. Baking Company.

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    1. re: cimui

      I like the food at The Smith, but it's deafeningly loud. Unless the OP is going at an off hour, I'd avoid it like the plague for this occasion.

      Is this for a weekend or a weekday?

      1. re: small h

        Not to mention that the waits at Clinton St., The Smith, and Jane can be murder. You can make reservations at The Smith and Jane. You can't make reservations at Clinton St. Baking Company.

        BTW, Clinton St. Baking Co. serves breakfast every day, as does The Smith. Jane only serves breakfast/brunch on Sundays. Their Saturday brunch menu only has a few breakfasty dishes. The rest is lunch fare.

        Does anything on this list strike your fancy?

        1. re: small h

          Hmm, good point, small h.

          If it's on a weekday, I don't actually think Clinton St. Baking Co. is too loud. I've only been to breakfast there on a weekday, once, but during that visit, there weren't many other customers at all (I think maybe only two or three other tables around 8:30 a.m.).

      2. Blue Ribbon Bakery
        Hill Country

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        1. re: smokeandapancake

          Hill Country serves breakfast?

          NB Shopsin's has funky hours [Tue-Fri 9am-3pm; Sat 9:30am-2pm] and Blue Ribbon Bakery only serves breakfast on weekends.

          1. re: kathryn

            completely overlooked the breakfast request.
            permanent brunch

        2. i think hearth is actually a good idea. the place serves upscale comfort food in my opinion...nothing over the top...service is solid...friendly but professional.

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          1. re: sam1

            Hearth doesn't even serve lunch let alone breakfast. Opens at 6.

          2. You don't specify if you'd like to go on a weekday or weekend. If it's a weekend, and you're willing to go a little out of your geographic range, Alias is always good. There's also rarely much of a wait... and that's comforting too.