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Jul 12, 2010 08:46 PM

Breakfast just outside NYC off Taconic

Driving from NYC to Great Barrington. Would love a breakfast recommendation not too far from NYC. Funky is fine, so is excellent coffee and homemade baked goods.

I'm new to the route, so am appreciative of any advice.


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  1. The Taconic starts a ways up from NYC. Do you want to wait until you get to the Taconic before you have breakfast, or are you just giving us a sense of the route you'll be taking?

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    1. re: Elisa515

      If you are willing to consider breakfast in White Plains a little bit south of the Taconic / Sprain merge, consider City Limits. The baked goods are excellent and breakfast is wonderful. Place is clean, neat, and attractive. The next good place I know on the Taconic is North of 84 (I'm sure that there are good places in Northern Westchester by the Sprain, I just don't know of them)

      City Limits Diner
      200 Central Ave, White Plains, NY 10606

      City Limits
      1557 W State St, Olean, NY 14760

      1. re: dridr

        The 84 Diner in Fishkill is vastly superior to City Limits and the prices are much, much better.

        Oh, and if you want places closer to NYC that are vastly superior and cheaper than City Limits, you have The Star and The Eldorado in WP and Elmsford, respectively.

          1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

            Over City Limits? You betcha.

            But The 84 Diner is better than The Eldorado, I admit it.

          2. re: anonymouse1935

            These places are not convenient to the Taconic, however. Not going to argue about whether I think they are better.

            1. re: Elisa515

              The I84 diner is more convenient than the City Limits Diner. If White Plains is preferred, the White Plains diner is better than the City Limits.

              And if all else fails, there's the Taghkanic Diner in Ancram.

              1. re: anonymouse1935

                At the risk of seeming like I'm engaging in "he said, she said"...I-84 diner is fairly convenient to the Turnpike and very convenient to Rte. 9, but it's at least 15 minutes out of the way (with no traffic) from the Taconic. City Limits is really close to the Sprain, 5 minutes with no traffic, 10 if things are very busy.

                I often meet friends at both City Limits and I-84 Diner. I like both, so this isn't about which is better.

                Personally, in a total choice, I'd go to Wobble Cafe. It's the most homey and personal and delicious of all the places mentioned (besides the place in Millwood, which I haven't been to and therefore have no opinion about).

                1. re: Elisa515

                  Yup, Wobble Cafe is better than I-84 and light years better than City Limits.

                  For most convenient, I'd have to go with Taghkanic Diner in Ancram.

                  City Limits
                  1557 W State St, Olean, NY 14760

                  1. re: anonymouse1935

                    Oh, I've always wanted to get to the Taghkanic Diner -- pretty far up the Taconic--but it's supposed to be a great, vintage-y diner.

                  2. re: Elisa515

                    I'm a fan of the Wobble Cafe...only place I know of where you can get migas--be sure to ask for the homemade mango hot sauce! I am also a fan of City Limits--personal vendetta against the owners by a poster here aside--C.L. is far from an overpriced diner, yeah, their food is a couple dollars more that adam and eve on a raft from the typical greasy spoon, but their baked goods, corned beef hash, smoked salmon, etc. are housemade, they serve real maple syrup, and they have different inventive breakfast dishes.

          3. re: Elisa515

            Oh. No, I was just, as you surmised, giving you a sense of our route.


            1. re: mhughu

              Then I second the recommendation of City Limits Diner. If you want to go further (not much) north and don't mind a brief detour, get off at the Rte. 133/100 exit and head west on 133 itself. After a few miles, you'll come to an intersection with a traffic light; turn right onto Campwoods Road. Wobble Cafe is a couple blocks down, on the left, very inconspicuous. Great breakfast, funky, totally independent.

              1. re: Elisa515

                City Limits has a great breakfast that is on par in terms of price with many Westchester diners but the food is vastly better, so I third that recommendation. Elisa515's Wobble recommendation is also great, especially if kids are involved. If you're looking for something even more out of the ordinary, hit up Quimbaya a little further along 133 where it intersects with Rte. 9 for their great coffee drinks and some yummy Colombian pastries including empanadas.

                193 Main St, Ossining, NY 10562

          4. if you don't mind driving for an hour and 20 minutes on the taconic, daily planet diner in lagrangeville off of rt. 55 is pretty good. you can also go to fishkill (you need to get off the taconic and drive for a little while on Rt. 84 to fishkill) and enjoy a breakfast at pamela's java hut. pamela's great and her cafe/restaurant is definitely funky.


            1. I'd recommend Tazza in Millwood. Easy off and on from the Taconic. They have a full array of baked goods and coffee drinks. Driving North on the Taconic, you'd get off the exit for Route 100 / Millwood and make a right at the light. Go the 2nd light, make another right (at the Mobil) then left into the A & P shopping center. Its to the right of the A & P. Its about 45 minutes from Manhattan.

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              1. re: fragnet

                There's nothing wrong with Tazza, but I don't think it's a destination-worthy stop.

                1. re: Kat_in_Ossining

                  I didn't think the originator of the thread was looking for a "destination-worthy" stop. It was only offered because it is right off the Taconic (within 1/4 mile), has decent coffee and pretty good baked goods. These three qualifications fulfill the request. Most of the other places mentioned are far from the Taconic.

                  1. re: fragnet

                    Actually both City Limits and Wobble Cafe are within 10 minutes of the Sprain/Taconic, probably less.

                    Is Tazza where Jean-Jacques used to be? Is it a place to stop for coffee and a muffin, or a real breakfast place?

                    1. re: Elisa515

                      jean-jacques closed? that was a great spot to read and eat decent food...

                      1. re: applesauce23

                        They still have the place in Pleasantville, lots of space, full menu, open until late evening (10 or 11 p.m. depending on the day of the week).

                        1. re: Elisa515

                          Their place in Pleasantvile is probably the most convenient to the Taconic among all that have been posted.

                          1. re: MisterBill2

                            Good point! Take the Pleasantville Rd. exit off the Taconic (just slightly north of where the Sprain turns into the Taconic), turn right at the end of the exit ramp, then continue on Pleasantville Rd. into Pleasantville (a couple miles at most). Go through the first light, then turn right at the next light. Jean-Jacques is actually on the corner where you turn, and there's a parking lot immediately after you turn.

                            Great for breakfast, coffee, lunch, patisserie, everything. All made fresh right there.

                            1. re: Elisa515

                              Actually the better way to get there is to take the Route 117 exit just before Pleasantville Road, and it will take you right there. It may be a little more confusing but it's much more direct (if you go up to Pleasantville Road, you're heading north then back south).

                              1. re: MisterBill2

                                That's the way I go. :-) But I thought the other way might be less confusing to someone who isn't from the area. If you take the Rte. 117 exit, you have to turn right just after the 7-11, then right again at the corner where J-J is. If you take the Pleasantville Rd. exit, there are no turns until one is at J-J.

                                Regardless, it's a great place and very convenient to the Taconic, Saw Mill, and 9A.

              2. Take the Saw Mill merge and go 3 exits to Chappaqua. A wonderful breakfast to be had at a REAL restaurant, Le Jardin du Roi. Beautiful garden outside if weather is good. (My favorite is the Pain Perdu-- {french toast}).


                1. ooops. I replied to you, one response down. Yes, you are right. I just wanted to give our route. I have no idea how far the beginning of the Taconic is from NYC.



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                  1. re: mhughu

                    Taconic starts as the Sprain Pkwy just north of NYC. Chappaqua is about 20 minutes up the pkwy.

                    1. re: menton1

                      You forgot to mention the part about exiting the Taconic for the Saw Mill in there. Chappaqua is not off the Taconic.

                      Saw Mill
                      501 South Ave, Schenectady, NY 12305