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I don't care much about neighborhood as long as it is near a subway stop. Not interested in hotel breakfasts unless it is something extradinary. Don't want to spend a fortune since we are going to Gungsik for dinner. And finally, looking for something I haven't been to. The exception on this list is Markt which I have been to for lunch. Your thoughts? Thanks.

Cafe Ronda: 249 Columbus Avenue
Cafeteria: 119 7th Avenue
Cornelia Street Cafe: 29 Cornelia Street
Cupping Room Cafe: 359 West Broadway
Friend of a Farmer: 77 Irving Place
Greensquare Tavern: 5 West 21st
Markt: 676 Avenue of the Americas
Petite Abeille: 401 East 20th Street
Tarallucci E Vino15 East 18th Street

Note: I came up with this list by limiting neighborhoods to easily accessible ones and searching OpenTable. So, of course, open to other ideas.

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  1. Maialino supposedly has a really great breakfast.

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    Maialino
    2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

    1. By limiting your search only to OpenTable, you're leaving out a LOT of great options because they don't take reservations. But it's unlikely you'll face a long wait on a weekday for breakfast. So I would say none of the above! :)

      Although Locanda Verde & The Breslin are located in hotels, I find their breakfasts out of the ordinary.

      I'd also recommend Clinton St Baking Company and Shopsin's.

      You can also have a very nice weekday breakfast at Joseph Leonard, Balthazar, Sarabeth's, or 'ino.

      Some of my favorite dishes:

      Locanda Verde - "tre-stelle" juice (pomegranate, blood oranges and valencia oranges), sheep's milk ricotta with truffle honey and burnt orange toast, pastries, poached eggs with cotechino hash, spinach and tomato hollandaise, shaved porchetta sandwich

      Breslin - lamb burger with thrice fried fries, deep fried PB&J, full English breakfast, grilled 3-cheese sandwich (with cheese on the outside), excellent bacon, great pastries

      Clinton St Baking Co - blueberry pancakes with warm maple butter, biscuit sandwich with cheddar, egg, tomato jam, and bacon

      Shopsin's - sliders, sneaky pete, mac and cheese pancakes, maple glazed donuts, blisters on my sisters, slutty cakes, swine blues pancakes (blueberry bacon), orange julius, milkshakes

      Joseph Leonard - egg croissant sandwich, hash browns, brussels sprouts with sriracha

      Balthazar - fruit foccacia, chocolate bread, brioche, sticky bun, bacon, sour cream waffles

      Sarabeth's - scones, goldie lox, four flower juice, lemon ricotta pancakes

      'ino - truffled egg toast (nuff said)

      Of the list I provided, Locanda Verde, Balthazar, & Sarabeth's takes reservations, the others don't. But LV and Balthazar aren't on OpenTable, hence they won't show up on an OpenTable search. Reserve Locanda Verde or Balthazar via phone.

      Shopsin's also doesn't take parties larger than 4, everyone must order a meal, no allergies/substitutions, but they do have some vegetarian options on the menu. Cash only.

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      1. re: kathryn

        Thanks for the exhaustive list. Been to Sarabeth and Balthazar many times, but the other ideas sound very interesting. I'll post where we finally end up.

        1. re: middleagedfoodie

          Sadly, The Breslin was not my favorite Manhattan breakfast to date. In fact, I'd say in order of places I have been for breakfast, the ranking would go so:

          Cafe Cluny, Balthazar, Artisanal, Sarabeth, the late lamented Florent, Pastis, The Breslin, and dead last, Cafe Breton.

          I didn't love the menu because choices were quite limited and on a Wednesday morning, the service was atrocious. No butter was offered or served with a croisant. This is not Paris. Les Américains comme dans du beurre avec leurs croissants.

          I will use all the good suggestions everyone has provided for future reference. Thanks.

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          Artisanal
          2 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016

          Pastis
          9 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014

          Balthazar
          80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

          Cafe Cluny
          284 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014

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

          1. re: middleagedfoodie

            What do you mean by "choices were quite limited"? The online breakfast menu lists 13 options plus sides and pastries....Did you not get to try the eggs with curried lentils, yogurt and cilantro that you posted about below?

            1. re: kathryn

              While that really sounded interesting, I wasn't sure how I would react to it and I was attending a matinee, ot alert: Other Desert Cities. Caveat, I only want eggs for breakfast and of those, there were only 6 and while fine for any other time, chorizo also would be questionable for me before a performance. I did get the fritata and found it fairly dry.

            2. re: middleagedfoodie

              Ah, Florent - lamented indeed!

              Sorry that you didn't care for breakfast at the Breslin - for weekday breakfast, they're one of my top choices along with Clinton St. Baking Co. and Shopsin's. Locanda Verde isn't too bad either, though I think their breakfast pastries are a tinsy bit overrated.

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

              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

          2. re: kathryn

            Wow, The Breslin looks fabulous. The poached eggs with curried lentils, yogurt and cilantro sounds totally unique. A plus is that it is at a fairly central location to our day's plans. Thanks.

          3. I believe the Petite Abeille in Tribeca doesn;t serve breakfast except on the weekend, the waffles and the omelettes are good there. Taralucci is good for a cappuccino.
            Cafe Orlin on St Marks serves breakfast til 4 PM. The omelettes are all good , especially the Feta Cheese and Spinach omelet it comes with kalamata olives ( how many ways I can spell omellette)., also I like the buttermilk pancakes with Bananas. The eggs are organic. The oatmeal is excellent.
            They have several interesting dishes , at extremely reasonable prices.

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            Petite Abeille
            134 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013

            1. The best weekday breakfast is at Morandi (211 Waverly Place). Absolutely no question. Order the basket of sweet breads to share and then anything with eggs. Trust.

              It's also close to the 1/2 at 14th st. and B/D/F/A/C/E at West 4th.

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              Morandi
              211 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

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              1. re: katzimmer

                1 train to Christopher is probably closest, actually.

                Morandi is good, reminds me that I haven't been back in some time for breakfast/brunch.

                Note to the OP: the folks who run Morandi also run Balthazar, Pastis, etc.

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                1. I would really give the alternative suggestions your getting a good look over the list you came up with. Tarallucci for example is nice for an above average pastry and coffee, but it's not known for the full breakfasts.