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Sep 9, 2010 02:09 PM

Three best weekend breakfasts near Times Square - just add beer ?

Hello all

Staying at the new IC in Times Square Fri Sat Sun at end of this month.

Looking for walkable breakfast and brunch spots.

Ideally one cheap and cheerful - bagels , pancakes , eggs - whatever
One super brunch experience - to slay a hangover
And one - only in New York - you have to go here even if it is expensive option just in case I can persuade my travelling companion to splurge.

Hope you can help.

Oh, and are there any decent threads re best bar hopping or restaurant hopping areas in Manhattan at the moment ?

Am travelling from UK and the guidebooks always seem to be at least six months behind the times. Am ashamed to say that despite a few visits in the past have never had as great a night out in NYC as I often have in Chicago as I find myself having no real clue where to go. Particular likes - real ales ( with decent food ?) - and lively friendly places frequented by slightly indie anglophile types who are in their 30's - 40's and not too up themselves. A tall order, I know, but let's see what you can come up with !

Thanks for any pointers you can give.

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  1. I usually sleep in too late on weekends to bother with breakfast, but your best bet for finding non-touristy/kitschy places is to walk over to Ninth Avenue (above 42nd) and explore. As there are also numerous watering holes on Ninth, you can probably find a brunch place for the morning as you're getting sauced.

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    1. re: nynjfoodie

      Ditto on 9th Ave. Just walk North and you'll find Vinyl, Eatery, ElCentro, Mercury Bar, Rt 66 and many more decent brunch/lunch places.

    2. You could try Cafe Edison at the Edison Hotel, 47 St. between Broadway and 8th, for matzo ball soup, omelets and such - nothing fancy, but cheap, decent classic New York comfort food.

      My girlfriend and I spent two weeks in London in August, and in New York, you simply will not get the kinds of selection of excellent ales and bitters in average bars that you get there. There are some bars that feature good Belgian beers and the like, but unfortunately, places like the Swift Hibernian Lounge on E. 4 St. between Lafayette and Bowery aren't known for their food, and thus, don't get discussed much on this board. That said, the East Village/Lower East Side is an excellent bar-hopping area, though not every bar actually has good ale available. You might as well start by exploring 9th Av., though, and seeing what's there. One American beer to look for is Ommegang, a Belgian-style beer that is excellent though not as good as the best Belgian beers.

      Does the expensive option have to be brunch, or could it be lunch? Also, are you totally jaded on French and French-influenced food?

      I am going to try to think of more ideas for you, because I liked London and the Londoners so much and would like to do you a good turn, but I think the best suggestion I can give you in terms of brunch is really to look through kathryn's incredible annotated list of brunch places throughout Manhattan:

      If you don't see any mention of a brunch place with a good beer/ale list, ask her. She is really the Brunch Queen around here. Cheers!

      Cafe Edison
      228 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

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      1. re: Pan

        Hey all

        Thanks for your replies

        In truth we are looking separately for the best brunch and breakfast places near our hotel and then the best bar hopping areas, principally for a Saturday night. I just linked the two in my post in hope it came across as reasonably intriguing .

        So, any more advice on great breakfasts ?( though I will check out that amazing list )

        And...... more importantly where to go for beers ? You say East Village/Lower East Side - are there any specific streets or bars you have in mind ?

        Oh and is there any decent food available at Yankee Stadium which is not extortionate - or anywhere close by we should grab a bite and a beer pre game ?

        Thanks again

        1. re: willowan

          I hope you're able to get out of Times Square for at least one of your brunches, as I have found great brunches in and around the city and I try not to brunch in Times Square. Plus, if you have a late brunch downtown, you can easily start your beer crawl around 4 or 5pm, yes? :)

          Bar in the Lower East Side/East Village with decent beer selections: there are a good number these days, actually. I'd say that you can do a decent crawl on the weekend as long as you don't mind the crowds. They can tend more towards "frat boy" and "rude" than "indie anglophile," sadly, especially on the LES as the night goes on.

          Spitzer's Corner -- pretty good food, packed on the weekends, decent brunch too
          Marshall Stack -- more of your typical bar food, good for what it is, grilled cheeses and sliders and fries, that sort of thing
          Zum Schneider
          Jimmy's No 43 -- more interesting bar food selections, pretty unique in terms of the small plates/gastropub for NYC, interesting selection that rotates
          Burp Castle -- known for shushing you if you get too loud, sometimes they bring over frites from around the corner, Belgian
          Loreley -- lovely back garden, decent food and service, big portions of German food, pretzels are OK as is the burger, I really like the meatballs
          DBA -- can get loud/crowded on weekends though
          Weschler's -- they have currywurst which I guess is a novelty here, not so much in the UK
          Shoolbred's -- newer, I've not been yet
          McSorley's -- old timey NY where they only have two kinds of beer, light and dark, sawdust on the ground, no standing in the backroom, and a piece of NYC history, loud/crowded on the weekends so we prefer to go in the afternoon. A must visit. There's an unproven rumor that President Lincoln drank here.
          DBGB -- probably the best/more ambitious food you're going to find given that Daniel Boulud is in charge. I really like their sausages and charcuterie. The bar seating is weird, though, it's like this double seat that two people share, but there's tables in the bar room too, as well as a formal dining room. Oh, and they serve brunch here, too! It's also located right on Bowery and Houston, so you can go north afterwards to hit up the East Village spots or south afterwards to hit up the Lower East Side spots
          Vandaag -- brand new spot, very sleek and modern decor, it's a restaurant with specialty beer and bakery and beer cocktails, might be worth a stop. I really liked my meal here last weekend.

          If you're really a beer nerd, though, you should make the trek out to Brooklyn to visit Spuyten Duyvil.

          See also:

          Top 10 Bars for Beer Snobs

          For Yankee Stadium eats, you'll need to post on the Outer Boroughs board.

          7 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

          Spitzer's Corner
          101 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

          Burp Castle
          41 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

          Marshall Stack
          66 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

          McSorley's Old Ale House
          15 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

          197 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

          299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

          Zum Schneider
          229 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

          1. re: kathryn

            I'd like to know more about Vandaag, saw the news of its opening in the NYT in July - do they really have Danish open-faced sandwiches? I've been after those for years.

            103 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

          2. re: willowan

            Downtown is generally your best bet for drinks, beers, etc; however, there is a good beer bar near you to try out: Pony Bar. Not as comprehensive as, say Blind Tiger, but still is pretty serious about their beers, and a nice spot during the day. At night it has started to become pretty crowded. As re brunch options, you could go outside the box a bit and try somewhere like Hells Kitchen or 44 & X, both of which are on the pricier side but among the nicer brunch spots in the area.

            44 & X
            622 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

            Blind Tiger
            281 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

            1. re: willowan

              Some of the good brunch places also have good breakfasts. For example, Cafe Mogador in the East Village is a standby for me. Most of their brunch items are available on their weekday breakfast menu, and you usually don't have to wait at all for a table on weekday mornings, whereas you could be waiting over an hour for weekend brunch.

              Near Times Square, I had an excellent brunch - and a well-priced one, particularly for the location - as part of a party of 3 at Marseille. As I recall, I had the Frittata Verde. Their own site's brunch menu won't download on my computer, so I'm directing you to their page:


              I see they have a decent beer list, too.

              Cafe Mogador
              101 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

              630 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10036

              1. re: Pan

                Marseilles does a very nice brunch, with their south France/north African orientation; I particularly like their merguez scramble and the ratatouille with poached egg along with a Moroccan Bloody Mary (spiced with cumin and spiked with harissa).

                Along more classic American lines, the brunch at West Bank Cafe (42nd and 9th) is fine, the wine list is interesting, and the ambience is relatively calm.

                Not sure if they both serve brunch Saturdays and/or Sundays, so if you're interested, check their websites or Menupages.

                West Bank Cafe
                407 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036

              2. re: willowan

       is a very good overview of the new offerings, which, imo, are MUCH better and more diverse than the old YS. Stadium food and drink is very much a part of the ballpark experience, but if you want truly good food, eat mid-town and then s'way to the Stadium, or just snack and have something afterwards.

            2. For Real Ales try this website


              The Blind Tiger usually has two casks available of American craft beer that does not make it out to the UK. There is a lot of good locally produced beer available around town nowadays. A quick walk to Rattle N Hum on 33rd will also get you good cask ales and other American craft. The food is better at Blind Tiger though. These two are probably the best ones in the city.

              Check out the areas you are going to be, there is usually something good around.

              Blind Tiger
              281 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

              1. I know this is too late for the OP, but I just had a killer brunch at The Three Monkeys on 54th (between 7th and 8th, I think. Or maybe 8th and 9th). Their beer selection is insane. But if you're hungover, you must order the Poutine. Duck Confit, Cheese Curds, Gravy and Fried Eggs over fries. Awesome.

                The Three Monkeys
                236 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019