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Decent breakfast near W. 57th and 9th?

Going to NY with my former New Yorker husband for 3 days.

We'll be staying at the Holiday Inn on 57th between 9th and 10th. WHen I travel solo to NY I am pretty happy with a bagel with a schmear of cream cheese and coffee - but my husband needs an egg or two.

Any recommendations in the general vicinity for a decent, "regular" breakfast (eggs, toast etc) without paying $20 a person?

Although if there is a spectacular breakfast offering in the area I'd like to know that too!

Thanks so much chowhounds.

We have Don Antonio by Starita and various other places on the list for meals, will be glad to do a TR when we return.

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  1. Route 66 Cafe is pretty good. On 56th and 9th.

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

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    Route 66 Cafe
    858 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

    1. You're right by Columbus Circle, so I think this thread will help:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/815711

      For under $20pp, if you're including tax, tip, and a cup of coffee, that may tough. Perhaps at La Bergamote or Landmarc.

      http://labergamotenyc.com/images/menu...
      http://landmarc-restaurant.com/menu.p...

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      Landmarc
      10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

      La Bergamote
      515 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

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      1. re: kathryn

        Thanks Valerie - that looks good (lox benedict, yum)
        And Kathryn that thread is very helpful also Great responses!

      2. Is it sacrilege to suggest that the best breakfast in that vicinity is at worldwide chain/clone Le Pain Quotidien, at Seventh Ave./58th St.? Bread and breakfast pastries, hot cereal, yogurt with fruit and granola, and a variety of other choices make a good start to a day of walking around NYC. Prices are fair and, unlike other NYC LPQs, I have found the service pretty decent at this location (forget about the service at LPQs Lincoln Center location).

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        Le Pain Quotidien
        922 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

        1. I'd go with AQ Cafe, on Broadway just below Columbus Circle. They serve a wide variety of quality, Swedish inflected breakfasts, for around $10, plus they bake all of their pastries in-house, and many are fairly unique for NYC. But they still have basic egg dishes and croissants and whatnot. Coffee is well prepared but is only as good as the basic source material, which is La Colombe. The room is large, with a similar aesthetic to the previously-mentioned LPQ, but with far better food and gentler prices.

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          AQ Kafe
          1800 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

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          1. re: Peter Cuce

            famdoc I have no problem with a chain if its decent quality and one that I don't have in my area.

            Peter - AQ Cafe looks really interesting, will have to check that out!

            Thanks!

          2. Eatery on 53rd and 9th. Its a very popular neighborhood joint.

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            Eatery
            798 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

            1. Jean-Georges is one of the best bargains in town for breakfast. It's a power crowd, that's for sure.

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              Jean Georges
              1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

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              1. re: mahler5

                Two eggs any style at Nougatine are $16.

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                Nougatine
                1 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

                1. re: mahler5

                  I love breakfast at Jean-Georges, but would never include the adjective "bargain" when describing it.