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Mar 29, 2012 02:42 PM

American breakfast for family - Union Square area


Will be with family in NY for 4 days in April, staying in Union Sq. Looking for a typical American breakfast place within 15 mins walk for eggs, pancakes, good coffee etc. All suggestions gratefully received!


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  1. Is this for during the week or on a weekend day (when most places will be serving brunch, not breakfast, and may be opening later)?

    3 Replies
    1. re: kathryn

      Since they're staying for four days, at least two of those days will be weekdays, so that means breakfast.

      One place I can think of in that general vicinity that serves a typical American breakfast -- and, for that matter, brunch -- is Friend of a Farmer. I've never had breakfast or brunch there, but our daughter has, and she has positive things to say about it.

      1. re: RGR

        Good point.

        My picks off the top of my head would probably be The Smith or Grey Dog.

        1. re: RGR

          Had a poor experience at Friend of a Farmer for brunch but maybe it's better for a weekday breakfast (the lines at brunch did not justify the service and quality of the food).

          In case you're looking for an alternative to pancakes and eggs you could try City Bakery, 71 Irving Place Coffee and Tea, Ess-a-Bagel or David's Bagels for pastries/bagels and coffee.

      2. I'm ready to be flamed, but Max Brenner had some awesome, cheesy scrambled eggs. There were 7 of us there for brunch and everyone found something they loved, whether it was sweet or savory. The kids menu is fun for adults as well. They are open at 9 every morning. It ain't cheap, but it was memorable.

        The one closest to you is on Broadway btwn 13th & 14th Sts.


        1. Coffee Shop - Union Sq West and 17th St.