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Need BIG country-style breakfast in NYC (other than Clinton St Bakery)

Hi. My (always hungry) friend just moved into the city and is on a mission to find some seriously big country style breakfast spots... nothing fancy, just huge pancakes, thick bacon, omelettes, biscuits, ... the trucker type of breakfast. Over the top, offensive sizes are ok... actually preferred, but food must be good.

He lives in the Financial District, but ANYWHERE in the city works... holes in the wall, diners, wherever... just not Clinton St. Personally, I love it, but he would starve waiting in those lines.

Any suggestions?? Thanks.

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  1. If he doesn't want to wait in lines, he just needs to find a local diner that he likes.

    1. Junior's maybe. You'd have to trek to downtown Brooklyn, but they certainly have huge portions. And their breakfast menu, unlike their lunch and dinner, is pretty good. And although they have a restaurant in Tmes Square, I'm not sure if they have the same menu. I don't see why not.

      www.juniorscheesecake.com

      1. Any decent diner will do for this purpose.

        1. Shopsins?

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          Shopsin's General Store
          120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

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          1. re: ConOrama

            2nd Shopsin's.

            Would also look into Peels. And (in Brooklyn) Pies 'n' Thighs.

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            Peels
            325 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

            1. re: kathryn

              Peels would work for the style of food, but I found the portions to be on the small side.

          2. Thanks, but Junior's (being in Brooklyn) is a bit too far. Shopsin's has great food, just not aware of their breakfast food & portions.

            Diner's would of course totally work... but we all know, not all diners are the same. So any specific diner suggestions would be great.

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            1. re: viniferaNYC

              I find it helpful to use Google Image search or Flickr's photo search capabilities if I want a look at restaurant dishes. It can help with gauging portion size.

              1. re: kathryn

                Take a look at Shopsin's breakfast menu: http://www.shopsins.com/wp-content/up...

                My go to spot for a massive breakfast. But yeah, most diners in your hood will get the job done.

                1. re: ChiefHDB

                  Shopsins... massive b'fast... definitely trying it!

                2. re: kathryn

                  Agree. As well as Yelp photos... they seem to be more raw.

                3. re: viniferaNYC

                  Junior's isn't very far away from the financial district. Hop on the 2/3 at Wall St. and get off three stops later at Hoyt.

                4. This is a case for cooking breakfast at home, or going to any old Greek diner.

                  Best is to cook a breakfast for your friend. Such an easy meal to make. Resturants never serve you enough bacon to really satisfiy ones desire to eat alot of it!!!

                  If you are set on eating out, all the places i know have horrendous lines. But fit the bill for your request.

                  Good Enough to Eat
                  http://www.goodenoughtoeat.com/

                  Sarabeth's
                  http://www.sarabeth.com/restaurants.asp

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                  Good Enough to Eat
                  483 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

                  Sarabeth's
                  423 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10024

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                  1. re: dewi

                    Not a big fan of Sarabeths, bland. But Good Enough to Eat might me an option... the lines kinda suck though. And I agree... home breakfast (of almost all kinds) is thee best!

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                    Good Enough to Eat
                    483 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

                  2. Agree with gutsofsteel. The closest of that species is the Pearl Street Diner (212 Pearl St. @ Fletcher). You won't walk out hungry or dissapointed.

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                    Pearl Street Diner
                    212 Pearl St, New York, NY 10038

                    1. AOC Bleecker puts out a nice egg, potato, bacon platter

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                      AOC
                      314 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

                      1. Square Diner is pretty close (tribeca), and I'm sure they'll fill him up.
                        @ Leonard and W Broadway.

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                        Square Diner
                        33 Leonard St, New York, NY 10013

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                        1. re: UWSEater

                          Good idea, wondered about this spot. I always pass this place in my way to Bubby's... where I always leave disappointed... overpriced :(

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                          Bubby's Pie Co.
                          120 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013

                        2. How about Friend Of A Farmer?

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                          Friend of a Farmer
                          77 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

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                          1. re: prime rib girl

                            Thanks, just checked out their food pics http://www.yelp.com/biz/friend-of-a-f... & looks like they definitely have the portion size he's looking for.

                            1. re: prime rib girl

                              I'll vouch for Friend of a Farmer. The Breslin also serves a pretty mean English-style breakfast.

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                              Friend of a Farmer
                              77 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

                              The Breslin
                              20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

                            2. Friedman's Lunch

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                              Friedman's Lunch
                              75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

                              1. Go to the uptown branch of Clinton St - Community Food & Juice. Much shorter lines - get there at 10 or so - or go on a weekday - and you won't have to wait long.

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                                Community Food & Juice
                                2893 Broadway, New York, NY 10025