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Jul 10, 2010 11:52 AM

Best Breakfast and quality/price in Manhattan

I will be visiting Nyc with two of my friends for the world basketball festival in August. I would like to know what is the best breakfast place in Manhattan and i would like to know which restaurants i cannot miss?
Thank you

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  1. This is an impossible question to answer without knowing your constraints. There are literally THOUSANDS of restaurants in NYC. What is a "can't miss" to one is a "skip" or "can't afford" or "that's gross!" to another.

    Are you planning around sightseeing, museums, Broadway shows, shopping, meeting up with other people, basketball activities? How much are you willing to spend, including tax, tip, AND drinks/wine?

    What is your preferred neighborhood? Where are you staying (intersection please) and where will you be spending your time (days and evenings)?

    What are your preferred cuisines? What kinds of foods do you really like or dislike? Where are you traveling from (your hometown may have specialties you should avoid in NYC)? Anything in particular you're looking for while you're here? Are you willing to wait for a table at a hot spot or do you want to make reservations in advance? Any picky eaters in the group or people with dietary restrictions or allergies?

    Best breakfast and brunch:

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    BTW, I highly recommend RGR's self guided Lower East Side Gustatory tour but sub in Pickle Guys for Guss' Pickles:

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    Additionally, you can peruse the menus of many restaurants on And is handy for making reservations for places that do take them (a lot of restaurants don't, especially the more casual ones, since it makes the dining room more efficient in terms of turning tables).

    However, not all restaurants are on Open Table, and for the ones that are, they don't put up every single available table, so call if you can't find the time and date you want. The good ones will try to accommodate you or put you on the wait list.

    Restaurants in NYC take reservations usually 31, 30, 28, days in advance or similar. Sometimes restaurants take them by phone 28 days in advance but ALSO limit OpenTable to 27 days in advance. So the OT limit might be different from the phone limit. It's not a perfect tool but extremely helpful if you're not dead set on the MOST popular places.

    The most popular places will book up the day they open up their books. BUT you can ask to be put on the waitlist or call day on the day of and ask about cancellations.

    The hardest restaurants to get into are Babbo (one of the most popular in the city), Momofuku Ko (they only take reservations online and have only 12 seats), Rao's (every table "belongs" to a regular), Waverly Inn (did it ever officially "open"?), Minetta Tavern (non VIPs usually get stuck with the 6pm or 10pm slots), Gramercy Tavern (democratic but VERY popular), and Union Square Cafe (ditto). Places that recently opened and have gotten good reviews can also be hard to get into if you don't call early enough (like 4 weeks in advance or 10am on the dot 1 month in advance). It might be a little less hectic right now because of the economy and the fact that it's summer and lots of NYers leave during the summer.

    Also, there are only a handful of places left in NYC that are jackets required, and none require ties (not sure how much upscale dining you wish to do but planning the right clothing can sometimes be difficult for travelers).

    The short list of restaurants that require jackets:

    If anything catches your eye, feel free to post a rough itinerary or list of spots you want to hit and we can give feedback that way. I find it's nice to do a mix of different genres of food, varying levels of fanciness, etc. to get a feel for the rich and diverse NYC dining scene.

    Good luck and have a great trip!

    Pickle Guys
    49 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

    Gramercy Tavern
    42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

    110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

    Minetta Tavern
    113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

    Momofuku Ko
    163 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

    Waverly Inn
    16 Bank St, New York, NY 10014

    1. Where are you staying? Do you want to travel or eat close to your hotel. Are you willing to travel to any area for dining? How much is your budget per meal? What kind of food are you interested in? NYC has over 8,000 restaurants serving food representative of every country in the world almost. Give us some more ideas.

      7 Replies
      1. re: Littleman

        We rent an appartment 5 minutes from time square. We are looking for the best food at cheap price.

        1. re: jbob23

          There's a Friday's at 1552 Broadway and a Planet Hollywood at 1540 Broadway. Both should work fine. Virgil's BBQ is excellent also. They serve breakfast.

          Virgil's BBQ @ 152 West 44th Street, New York, NY 212 - 921 - 9494.

          Planet Hollywood
          1540 Broadway Frnt 2, New York, NY 10036

          1. re: Littleman

            Other places to consider for breakfast:

            Fairway Cafe
            Barney Greengrass

          2. re: jbob23

            These threads might help.

            Foreign Street Grub -- eat your way around the world without leaving Manhattan!

            Cool, cheap eats in Manhattan.

            Looking for Best Cheap Eats in Manhattan

            Angeleno in NYC looking for cheap eats

            Top 3 cheap eats that are NOT street food

            Time Out New York's cheap eats list for 2010 just came out

            Don't forget that there's also which has a wealth of information on places to eat in Midtown, and also a lot of artisanal food trucks popping up lately with baked goods, schnitzel, burgers, dumplings, and more. Check out also the Brooklyn Flea and Hester St Faire.

            1. re: jbob23

              "best food at a cheap price" is an entirely different question than "restaurants I can't miss."

              Please support local businesses and don't eat at chain restaurants while you're here.

              1. re: jbob23

                jbob23 - could you please clarify "cheap price" by defining a price range per person?

                1. re: jbob23

                  Food from street carts and trucks is typically pretty cheap.

                  Check out this link.

              2. Shopsin's
                Norma's at the Parker Meredien - pricey
                Barney Greengrass

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                1. re: Chuck Lawrence

                  Second Shopsin's, also Clinton St. Baking Co.

                  I went to Norma's recently (not my choice - had out-of-town guests staying at the hotel) and I thought it wasn't worth the price. You can get similar quality food for much cheaper, IMO.

                2. My favorite breakfast these days is Maialino.

                  2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010