Breakfast in Midtown Center/ within ten mnutes walk of Times Square.
I am heading to New York in early March for a long weekend. Staying at the Crowne Plaza Times Square. Breakfast isn't included in the hotel price, so we will be dining out. Any breakfast recommendations, preferably not more than ten minutes stroll from the hotel? I would prefer a sit-down restaurant with waitress service, but any top-notch bakeries/other suggestions will be most welcome. Many thanks and roll on Spring Break!
I just reread the original post, and now am wondering why the OP is limiting him/herself to the Times Sq. area. Presumably after breakfast the OP is going to venture further than a 10-minute stroll from Times Sq, so why not venture further for breakfast: it opens up some wonderful possibilities, starting with Kathryn's list.
Blumie, you are spot-on.
After breakfast we will no doubt be heading to see the delights of New York, so why not just grab breakfast en route?
Kathryn's list looks pretty good - but is there anywhere else where you would say is unmissable for breakfast? Price isnt really an issue - as breakfast is usually the cheapest and best value meal of the day... Will probably fill up at breakfaast then just have coffee and cake later on...
We are planning on visiting the Village, Nolita, Meatpacking District, Hells Kitchen, so any recommendations in those areas will be most welcome!
Not too far from 49th and Broadway is:
Amy's Bread - 9th Ave and 47th, one of the better bakeries in town
DB Bistro Moderne - 44th St., b/t 5th & 6th, Daniel Boulud of Daniel fame
Le Pain Quotidien - 6th Avenue and 50th St a chain but a good one although a bit pricey
Norma's is a bit further away and I'm not a big fan.
DB Bistro Moderne
55 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036
672 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036
We also like breakfasts at the Blue Fin. Consistently very good for being in the center of Times Sq. We prefer the busier street level dining room versus the more sedate upstairs room.
Yep, Norma's can be a zoo and reservations are a must, but we've always enjoyed starting the day there! : )
What people who visit Norma's need to understand -- in addition to the high prices, which one can see in advance -- is that their breakfasts are big (very big), sweet (very sweet), and over the top. Some people like that, and even those of us who don't usually can find something they like on the menu.
What do you like on the menu? I've not found anything yet. Maybe you can recommend something? Here are the things I've tried at Norma's:
Coffee: brackish tasting and watery
Peanut butter-chocolate waffle: overloaded with sugar, unfinishable
Berry waffle: OK, semi-loaded with sugar
French toast: passable but you can get better elsewhere
Lobster-asparagus omelet: overcooked lobster meat, became very chewy
Artichoke benedict: lacked flavor and seasoning
Orange juice: delicious and freshly squeezed
Smoothie of the day: excellent, but pricey
Maybe you have dishes you love and I'm just ordering badly, but personally I'd rather go to Cookshop, Five Points, Clinton St, Prune, Locanda Verde, Maialino, Shopsin's, Blue Ribbon Bakery, Minetta Tavern, Barney Greengrass, Russ & Daughters, Jane.... (Granted those aren't in Midtown.) YMMV.
Help me "get" Norma's, please? Because I really just don't get it. :( What's really good there in your opinion?
541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024
Russ & Daughters
179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002
113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012
31 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012
Blue Ribbon Bakery
33 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014
377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013
2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010
You seem to have a hard time with people disagreeing with you. I like the places you suggested better than Norma's, but none is within a 10-minute walk of Times Sq. I haven't been to Norma's in years, but always did well with the pancakes, french toast and waffles, but without all the stuff and sauces in/on them (or requested on the side). The quesadilla also was decent, even if big enough to feed a family of four. Their oj also is really good.