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Jan 28, 2011 06:15 AM

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!

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  1. Norma's at Le Parker Meridien - pricey, but very good. serves breakfast only - till 3pm daily. come back later and try a burger at the little burger joint, across the lobby from Norma's.

    1. 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

      Amy's Bread
      672 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

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      1. re: kathryn

        Norma's sparks a lot of heated debate, but I think it's worth a try. Reservations are essential to avoid a ridiculous wait.

        Blue Fin, in the W Hotel at 47th and Broadway, serves decent hotel restaurant breakfasts at hotel restaurant prices.

        1. re: Blumie

          They've made me wait even with a reservation at Norma's! :(

          1. re: Blumie

            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! : )

            1. re: Foody4life

              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.

              1. re: Foody4life

                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?

                Barney Greengrass
                541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

                Russ & Daughters
                179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

                Minetta Tavern
                113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

                Five Points
                31 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012

                Blue Ribbon Bakery
                33 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

                Locanda Verde
                377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

                2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

                1. re: kathryn

                  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.

                  1. re: Blumie

                    I did mention the OJ in my post.

              1. re: mahler5

                They do have tables in the back, even though they are small and close together. The OP had noted that she would be interested in bakeries as well. It is a great spot to try out while touring the area.

            2. Walk down 9th Ave. There are numerous restaurants at reasonable prices such as E or Marseille.

              1. 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.

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                1. re: Blumie

                  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!

                  1. re: lancashire

                    Best breakfast and brunch

                    A lot depends on your timing and tolerance for wait (if they don't take reservations -- which many don't). Is this for a weekday? Weekend?