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Jul 2, 2012 04:41 AM

Breakfast in East Village/Union Square?

Help! I'm hungry and jetlagged after 6 months in Berlin. Where's your favorite breakfast spot in the E. Village/Union Square/Lower East Side? Early morning specials? I'm not normally up this early... Anything but bratwurst or doner!

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  1. Downtown Bakery on 1ave and 4thst.

      1. I hope you do a little write-up on your food adventures in Berlin once you've beaten the 'lag :-)

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        1. re: linguafood

          My report: Don't have high expectations for food in Berlin. The local specialty, currywurst, is essentially a sliced hot dog with ketchup and curry powder. I liked Thuringer Bratwurst, an occasional Doner Kebab, and my favorite restaurants were Renger-Patsch (Alsatian) and Saigon Green (Vietnamese). I went to Berlin for a fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin, where we fellows were lucky (and spoiled) enough to have a great chef so I was not terribly motivated to hunt around for interesting food.

          1. re: hungrycomposer

            Ah, well. If currywurst is your measure for the food that is available in Berlin, your loss '-P

            Glad you were well fed out in the boonies.

            1. re: linguafood

              Not my only measure, but currywurst was one of the specialties that locals recommended most. I loved being in Berlin, but even Germans agreed that food is not the city's greatest attraction.

              1. re: hungrycomposer

                Currywurst is drunk food. It's about as impressive as a Philly cheesesteak.

                Berlin has fantastic food to offer, but one has to know where to go. Glad that Renger-Patzsch at least was to your liking.

                1. re: linguafood

                  I just saw your blog - I wish I had seen it six months ago, it would have been a big help.( And as a native Philadelphian I can say that a good local cheesesteak can be pretty impressive.) I did love the little handle-style roll on a Thuringer bratwust, and also like Pauly Saal. Plenty of good smoked fish and bread to eat at home too. Tian Fu and Selig were good. But we were way out in Wannsee, and so well fed that I took the opportunity to focus more on writing music than finding food. I went to Noto the other night and found it very disappointing.

                  1. re: hungrycomposer

                    Totally agree on Noto. Not sure what Bruni saw in that.

        2. I love City Bakery on 18th Street near 6th. Two words, Pretzel Croissants. Also great coffee and other tasty breakfast foods!

          1. Peels or Northern Spy would be good for some american flavors. Hopefully you have eaten by now...