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Breakfast in SoHo

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

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    Balthazar
    80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

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    1. re: kathryn

      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.

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      Balthazar
      80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

      Norma's
      118 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

      1. re: RCC

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

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

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

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      1. re: rpk

        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.

        Thanks.

        1. re: Desidero

          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.

      2. 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:
        http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...

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

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        1. re: foodwhisperer

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

        2. 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.

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          Balthazar
          80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

            1. re: TheDescendedLefticleOfAramis

              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.

              1. re: TheDescendedLefticleOfAramis

                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!