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Oct 9, 2010 03:05 AM

early morning near penn station

I will be catching a northbound early morning Amtrak from NY Penn Station to Montreal and, though I love the scenery, I'm not too found of the onboard food on these trains without real dining cars, plus they alway seem to run out of the few choices I might purchase (I like the coffee but not the food). I'd like to bring my own food, but unfortunately the hotel where I'm staying has no fridge so I cannot buy it the night before (nor does it offer any breakfast that I can poach). Obviously I can bring fruit and pastry (which I can buy the night before), but I was wondering if anyone had a recommendation for a place right near Penn Station (I have no time to go far afield) open before 8AM where I can get something interesting for the train--or at least a tastier sandwich or even a fresher bagel and cream cheese. Thank you so much for your advice.

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  1. Where is your hotel located?

    1. The Tick Tock Diner is on the NW corner of 34th & 8th. They're open 24 hrs, and have take-out. When you've got your stuff, just walk down the other side of 8th to 33rd and take the escalator right down to the Amtrak area.

      Tick Tock Diner
      481 8th Ave, New York, NY 10001

      1. Hotel is right near Penn Station. The Tip Tock Diner is a great tip. Any others, especially small delis or a bakery that could be a little cheaper? Or someplace with a little more imaginative foodor tastier baked goods?--or am I dreaming when I think such places might be open so early?

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        1. re: Wanda

          Koreatown is only two blocks away, quite a few restaurants there are open around the clock, their menu can be quite inexpensive and "interesting", bordering mildly exotic. What kind of food do you like?

          1. re: Wanda

            The 'wichcraft kiosk at Broadway and 35th opens fairly early if you're near Koreatown:
            mon–fri 7am–7pm

            So is the Macaron Cafe:

            Macaron Cafe
            485 7th Ave, New York, NY 10018

            Broadway and 35th St, New York, NY 10018

          2. If you walk north on 7th Avenue from 34th St., within three blocks you will find a couple of delis (Al's, Alpine) and a few chains (Au Bon Pain, Bread Factory, Prete, Hale & Hearty Soups, Cosi) that all have breakfast stuff at a reasonable price.

            1. We recently stopped in the Tick Tock Diner for breakfast before catching a train. Both of us were pleasantly surprised at the service, prices, and the meals. It's a good place for eggs but I won't order that with ham the next time. The ham is a slab of that thick salty stuff that's not very good. Try a different meat, and also they have grits if you aren't a home fries person. The grits were good if not very hot.

              Tick Tock Diner
              481 8th Ave, New York, NY 10001