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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.

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    Balthazar
    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.

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      Balthazar
      80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

      Norma's
      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.

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      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.

        Thanks.

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

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        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.

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          Balthazar
          80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

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

            http://jackswifefreda.com/

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            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?

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                Ceci-Cela
                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

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                  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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