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Tom P Feb 1, 2012 10:16 AM

I am staying in SoHo next week with a friend and we were looking for a great place to have breakfast. When in town and staying by the park, we've loved Norma's but that is too long a trek on a short trip! Thanks for any suggestions.

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    kathryn RE: Tom P Feb 1, 2012 10:56 AM

    I assume you mean weekday breakfast? I'd do Balthazar for something more similar to Norma's.

    80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

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      RCC RE: kathryn Feb 1, 2012 11:08 AM

      It's been a while since I've been to Norma's but I don't recall Balthazar being more similar to Norma's. I recall Norma's to serve everything in very large portions (e.g. largest omellete anywhere), with the non-savory items seemingly always topped with very generous amount of sweet gooeey stuff and whipped cream. I even remember being served fresh fruit inside one of the largest melon bowl that I've seen.

      I don't know if this is what the OP is looking for, but I would say that Balthazar's portions, while adequately less generous, are better executed with good French-style ingredients.

      80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

      118 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

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        Tom P RE: RCC Feb 1, 2012 11:40 AM

        I have the Balthazar cookbook.. which I love.. so that sounds excellent to me. Thanks!

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      rpk RE: Tom P Feb 1, 2012 01:09 PM

      For breakfast, I would go to Vin et Fleurs (69 Thompson @Broome), not Balthazar.

      Vin et Fleurs
      69 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

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        Desidero RE: rpk Feb 6, 2012 02:31 PM

        rpk, Vin et Fleurs is a very random (albeit intriguing) suggestion. Would you care to elaborate more on your affection for this off-the-radar spot's breakfast? I've been entertaining a visit, but it doesn't get much attention so I've steered clear so far.


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          rpk RE: Desidero Feb 7, 2012 01:43 PM

          I've only had breakfast once each at Balthazar and Vin et Fleurs, both visits during this last December. My test probe for each was French toast, bacon, and a latte. (This ignores Balthazar's baked goods, which I rather like, OK?) Vin et Fleurs: pretty good French toast, good bacon (and a generous portion), latte OK. Balthazar: good bacon, latte OK, French toast mediocre. I'm kinda grading on a sliding scale here, because Balthazar's French toast is a bit pricey. If I were sitting in a cheap diner in upstate New York, the same French toast would be regarded as pretty good (at a third of Balthazar's price, of course). However, just to be clear, regardless of price, I still like Vin et Fleurs product significantly better.

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        foodwhisperer RE: Tom P Feb 1, 2012 06:04 PM

        Unlike Balthazar, which is big and crowded, for a change try 12 chairs cafe in Soho. Its small and everything tastes homemade and fresh. The challah french toast is great, lots of people like the moroccan poached eggs ( i hate poached eggs), but the potato omelelt is good, the blintzes, hummus is good, and the blueberry pancakes are real good. here's the menu:

        12 Chairs Cafe
        56 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

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          prima RE: foodwhisperer Feb 25, 2012 08:17 AM

          Thanks for mentioning 12 Chairs. Always on the look-out for good blintzes.

        2. Delucacheesemonger RE: Tom P Feb 1, 2012 06:32 PM

          My breakfast at Balthazar, one of my favs in world, is a panier ( Their name for a multi bread basket ) easily serving two and crusts of a miche and lots of their excellent coffee, a good companion, and a good book if need be. Do it every time l overnight in Manhattan. It helps one of my kids lives two blocks away.

          80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

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            TheDescendedLefticleOfAramis RE: Tom P Feb 6, 2012 06:40 PM


            Jack's Wife Freda
            224 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

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              MBovary RE: TheDescendedLefticleOfAramis Aug 16, 2012 08:42 PM

              Obviously too late for the OP, but I will second Jack's Wife Freda. Had a late breakfast there a few months ago and it was not crowded at all--a huge plus in my book, especially in that area--but not because the food wasn't excellent. Very good service and a really charming spot. Had the chicken kebab, which was perfectly juicy and nicely smokey. It came with a brilliantly dressed, bright fresh chopped tomato and cuke salad.

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                roberta thorn RE: TheDescendedLefticleOfAramis Sep 3, 2012 07:14 AM

                had an awful matzo ball soup while staff member inconsiderately swept the floor, kicking up dust. a total disaster. this place will not last...avoid!

              2. coasts RE: Tom P Feb 7, 2012 08:29 PM

                Ceci Cela for a coffee and croissant. confused on where you're staying though? Soho near the park?

                55 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

                1. Delucacheesemonger RE: Tom P Feb 25, 2012 01:23 PM

                  Dominque Ansel on Spring near Thompson had excellent hot chocolate and some superb pastries this morning.. Bonus is skylight seating in the back

                  Dominique Ansel Bakery
                  189 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

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                    michele cindy RE: Delucacheesemonger Aug 18, 2012 02:05 PM

                    I 2nd the pastries there. I also had the croque monsieur (ignore the spelling).

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                      Pan RE: michele cindy Aug 20, 2012 01:24 AM

                      Why? You spelled that correctly.

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                        michele cindy RE: Pan Aug 20, 2012 01:50 PM

                        Thanks Pan! I just figured it would be wrong, as I was too lazy to look it up.

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