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My husband and I are coming to NYC in late January and are looking for some great breakfast places. Anything really - brunches, mexican, traditional, upscale. We will be there from Thurs until Monday.

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  1. Some of the best breakfasts are served at Clinton St. Baking Co. The lines to get in can be pretty insane, but your best bet of getting in without a wait would be getting there Friday morning before they open. (They open at 8am; plan to show up no later than 7:45am.)

    I'm a big fan of the brunches at Cookshop, which takes reservations (either by phone or on opentable.com).

    A search will reveal lots and lots of discussions of breakfast and brunch on this board.

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    Cookshop
    156 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

    Clinton Street Baking Co.
    4 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

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    1. re: Blumie

      When I tried that, arriving shortly after they opened, I was informed that they wouldn't be serving hot food for another couple of hours (like maybe 10AM). So it still would have been quite a wait. I didn't stay. Didn't bother to go back, either.

      1. re: rpk

        When was this, BTW? I think you first wrote about this on CH in 2009?

        Perhaps they have gotten their act together a bit more now, since they have had to expand their hours. I think it was probably a fluke (but they could have handled it better).

        1. re: rpk

          Clinton St Baking Co. is one of Manhattan's best breakfast spots. Are you really going to allow a several year old grudge keep you from trying it? That's just silly, IMHO.

      2. Hecho en Dumbo in the East Village is terrific for brunch, as is the weekend brunch at Prune (though it's usually a long wait for a table; go at about 2:30 for best luck). Maialino is a CH fave; I've been wanting to try it for a while now...

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        Prune
        54 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003

        Maialino
        2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

        Hecho en Dumbo
        354 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

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        1. re: howdini

          I think I have personally come to the conclusion that the Maialino brunch menu is not compelling. I wish they had a waffle or french toast option instead of just pancakes, oatmeal, granola. The 2-3 pastry items I have tried have not wowed me either; really it was the savory food (soup, pasta, sandwiches) that were best, aka the lunch menu. The two egg dishes I tried were good but nothing special.

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          Maialino
          2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

          1. re: kathryn

            Really! That pork-and-egg sandwich thingy sounds so good, tho...

            1. re: howdini

              It is really good and probably the best thing I have tried, but it's the only item I would go back for.

              1. re: howdini

                I may just prefer dinner there.

            2. re: howdini

              Well, I've always thought that Maialino's brunch is just meh, at best. I don't see anything special that's worth raving about.

              1. re: RCC

                My memory must be faulty; thinking again, I believe it's a Serious Eats, not a CH, fave. Apologies.

            3. My top five breakfasts and brunches right now:

              1. The Breslin (all days of the week). No reservations. Decadent. Try the English breakfast, the cinnamon brioche toast, the pancakes (ricotta and strawberry last time I went), deep fried peanut and banana sandwich with bourbon and vanilla (add a side of bacon for maximum decadence), get a side of blood sausage, or some excellent cocktails all named after rock songs. The cheese sandwich with egg is also great -- she puts cheese on the outside of her grilled cheeses! Hip atmosphere.
              http://thebreslin.com/i/menu-brunch.pdf

              2. Minetta Tavern (weekends only). Make a reservation. Rat Pack-esque, lots of caricature of famous people lining the walls, so it feels very throwback NY. Pretend you got drunk with Sammy and Frank last night. Service is excellent. Try the poached eggs on potato latkes, french toast (really really good brioche is used here as the base), the shirred eggs with truffles (or morels if you are lucky, they are probably out of season now), the ham baked in hay (served with the best biscuit I've had in recent memory), or the famous Black Label burger, or one of their famous steaks. Great bloody marys.
              http://www.minettatavernny.com/menus/...

              3. Locanda Verde (all days of the week). Make a reservation. Skip the pancakes and french toast in favor of the breakfast pastries or the rightfully hyped sheep's milk ricotta served with burnt orange toast, truffled honey, and fresh herbs. There's also excellent cocktails, and their poached egg dishes. I like the porchetta sandwich as well as the ouvo modenense with cotechino hash, spinach and tomato hollandaise. The house made juice of pomegranate, blood oranges and valencia oranges is also excellent. Skip the pancakes and french toast here, though, they're not as good as other places.
              http://locandaverdenyc.com/brunch.php

              4. Clinton St. Baking Co (all days but go on a WEEKDAY). No reservations. Biscuit sandwich with scrambled egg, melted cheddar, tomato jam, and do add on bacon. Or try the blueberry pancakes with warm maple butter. Best pancakes in the city, some say. Incredibly light and fluffy. The other items are OK (like the burger or the waffle). They are known more for their pancakes, as they whip the egg whites separately and fold them in at the last second. Simple, delicious, maddeningly long line to get their famous pancakes. Go on a weekday or wait 2 hours. Or have them for dinner! They are served all day long.
              http://www.clintonstreetbaking.com/?p...

              5. Shopsin's (Weds-Sun but go on a WEEKDAY). No reservations. Just get in line. Shopsin's is probably the most "innovative" breakfast place/diner in town. Breakfast sliders, mac and cheese pancakes, slutty cakes, sandwiches with the "bread" made out of french toast or pancakes, made-up soups from around the world (i.e., "this is what I think Kenyan soup would taste like" not "this is the kind of soup they eat in Kenya"). Some people hate it; some people love it. No copying other people's orders. No cell phones. No parties greater than four people. No modifications/allergies/picky eaters. Don't go if you don't like the occasional f-bomb being thrown down.
              http://www.shopsins.com/wp-content/up...

              Honorable mentions: Prune, Blue Ribbon Bakery.

              No reservations at Prune or BRB (though BRB does take them for bigger parties). But at Prune if you show up at 9:30am for the 10am opening you should be fine. Don't miss out on the deep fried monte cristo sandwich, their specialty juice, or the dutch pancake. I also like the coddled eggs and salad dish (very light breakfast), as well as the sausages and oysters platter.

              For Blue Ribbon Bakery, skip the french toast in favor of the bone marrow, the Blue Benedict with Serrano ham, Jarlsberg cheese, and tomato, or the duck club sandwich (overall it is a more lunch-y menu).

              Also for a classic New York-y thing to do, go to Russ & Daughters, get a bagel sandwich to go, and eat it outside on a bench on a nice day. I'm fond of red onion, capers, regular cream cheese, and tomato on mine. Try a few smoked salmons before you settle on one, they're surprising different (and lox is not the same as smoked salmon, because lox is salmon cured in salt brine, and most people actually prefer the more modern, Nova-style smoked salmon). You can get a mini-sized bagel sandwich here, too, if you wish. Takeout only. Note: NYers don't toast bagels.

              Other, quirky items:

              Shopsin's has basically everything on the menu available during their operating hours so you can easily get soup, salads, sandwiches, other cooked dishes for brunch.

              If you go to Aquagrill, you can have any of the over two dozen varieties of oysters on their menu.

              Momofuku Ssam Bar offers scrapple on their weekend lunch menu.

              At Blue Ribbon Bakery, a lot of their lunch/appetizer items are available; we usually spring for the roasted bone marrow.

              I am also fond of the sliders or burger at Little Owl, the duck burger at Perilla, or the Spotted Pig burger.

              The green sauce chilaquiles at Hecho en Dumbo are fantastic and spicy.

              If you’re in the mood for breakfast pizza, try Motorino or Pulino’s, who put egg on their pies during weekend lunch service.

              For artisanal sausages, check out the menu at DBGB’s brunch.

              Tertulia has chocolate and churros, Spanish french toast (torreja), and other like-minded items on their brunch menu.

              At Public, their Turkish eggs are amazing: two poached eggs on Greek yogurt with kirmizi biber butter.

              International/non-traditional brunch:

              The Stanton Social does this well: breakfast bruschetta, huevos rancheros, pierogi, french onion soup dumplings, sliders, fish tacos, pizzetas, and latkes.

              See also:
              Aquavit
              Belcourt
              Boqueria
              Calle Ocho
              Fatty Crab
              Ino/'inoteca
              Morandi
              Pylos
              Tia Pol
              Veselka
              Yerba Buena/Yerba Buena Perry

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

              Aquavit
              65 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022

              Perilla
              9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

              Momofuku Ssam Bar
              207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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

              Spotted Pig
              314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

              Minetta Tavern
              113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

              Stanton Social
              99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

              Little Owl
              90 Bedford Street, New York, NY 10014

              Tia Pol
              205 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

              Aquagrill
              210 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

              Morandi
              211 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

              Belcourt
              84 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003

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

              Pylos
              128 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

              'ino
              21 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

              'inoteca
              98 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

              Calle Ocho
              45 W 81st St, New York, NY 10024

              Boqueria
              53 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

              Public
              210 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012

              Prune
              54 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003

              Fatty Crab
              643 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

              Yerba Buena
              23 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

              'inoteca
              323 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010

              Locanda Verde
              377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

              DBGB
              299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

              Clinton Street Baking Co.
              4 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

              Yerba Buena Perry
              1 Perry Street, New York, NY 10014

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

              Motorino
              349 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

              Pulino's
              282 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

              Hecho en Dumbo
              354 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

              Veselka
              9 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003

              Tertulia
              359 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

              7 Replies
              1. re: kathryn

                Wow kathryn, what a great post! Unfortunately confirms my impression as an upper westsider that I'm mostly stuck with boring unless I go elsewhere.

                1. re: strangemd

                  BUT you DO have Barney Greengrass! Eggs and novie are not to be dismissed!

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                  Barney Greengrass
                  541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

                  1. re: sadie

                    Yeah, I know, but it ain't real cooking. And I can do it myself without a restaurant. Though I have certainly spent many a pleasant weekend morning at Barney's.

                2. re: kathryn

                  This is outstanding, thank you! I would again recommend Hecho en Dumbo, as everything I've had there has been delicious (with the exception of the molletes, which were just ok).

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                  Hecho en Dumbo
                  354 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

                  1. re: kathryn

                    Wow Kathryn this list will keep me busy for a long time. I really appriciate it. Thanks.

                    1. re: kathryn

                      I am interested in Clinton St Baking Co. My only day I can go is on a Saturday morning. They open at 9AM. I need to leave my hotel around 11AM to make it to the airport. In your opinion, will I be able to go to the restaurant (how early should I arrive) and have time to eat and make it back to Midtown in two hours?

                      1. re: lcbailey81

                        I haven't been for a while but, on a Sunday several months ago, we arrived at 8:20am and were second in line. By 8:30am about a dozen others had joined us. We were seated around 9:10am. By then the wait was already 60 minutes if you were at the end of the line. Mind you, this was winter, so the wait outside was in different circumstances. We ordered, ate, paid the check, and were out the door by 10am.

                    2. I'll second Minetta Tavern, Clinton Street Baking Co., and Prune.

                      There's no wait for weekend brunch at Minetta Tavern and I endorse the shirred egg dish. Added bonus is the availability of a few dinner dishes, especially the Black Label burger.

                      CSBC, well, it's homey and good. The pancakes may be the highlight, but egg dishes are almost always good, too. The Fried Eggs with truffle, if available, is one of my prefered dish.

                      As for Prune, well, just be there 25 minutes before open and you'll get a table. You can always buy decent coffeee at the coffee shop near the corner of 1st Ave nue while you wait for Prune to open.

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                      Minetta Tavern
                      113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

                      Clinton Street Baking Co.
                      4 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

                      1. Stanton Social has a nice brunch and takes reservations. Creative menu too.

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                        Stanton Social
                        99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

                        1. My two favorite breakfast places are Clinton St. Baking Co. and Shopsin's. I almost never wait 'cause my "breakfast" time is a lot later than most people - I go on early afternoon on a weekday - but I don't think wait is that bad even during conventional breakfast time as long as it's a weekday. You really can't go wrong with pancakes at either places, and I'm still working through all the egg dishes at Shopsin's.

                          Breslin indeed does a pretty good English breakfast plate. I also liked my recent brunch at Locanda Verde, though I wasn't as enamored with their pastries (too greasy.) For something not-so-gourmet and casual, try Cafe Mogador in EV for brunch. Lots of locals, good people watching, solid food.

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

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

                          Locanda Verde
                          377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

                          Clinton Street Baking Co.
                          4 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

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

                          1. Another good place is Landmarc, in the Time Warner center. I especially like their eggs en meurette, which I haven't seen anywhere else. Poached eggs, bread, toast, wine, bacon and onions; a really outstanding dish. And, on weekdays anyway, there's never been a wait that I've seen.

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                            Landmarc
                            10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

                            1. Haven't seen anyone mention Northern Spy Food Co. in this thread yet. I am new to CH and not native to New York, but I am also traveling to the area soon, and after much internet sleuthing North Spy Food Co. has made it to my list as a place to try for breakfast/brunch.

                              Anyone have input as to it being a worthy entry? The menu looks great!

                              http://www.northernspyfoodco.com/menu...

                              Northern Spy Food Co.
                              511 East 12th St, New York, NY 10009

                              3 Replies
                              1. re: oldkentuckyshark

                                Probably because it is a year old. September 2011.

                                1. re: thegforceny

                                  Yeah I hit send and then realized how old it was. Rookie mistake. Won't happen again

                                  1. re: oldkentuckyshark

                                    Hi any great breakfast place in the midtown? around 40s street and fifth avenue? i am staying at the dylan hotel...