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Jan 11, 2013 08:09 PM

Looking for breakfast, Kips Bay area and surrounding

In 6-8 weeks, I will have a window for a weekday breakfast in mid-town east, focused on Kips Bay, but with time to go somewhat out of the neighborhood.

Things I'm looking for:
-- sit down, not "scrambled eggs on a roll to go" breakfast on the run
-- savory rather than sweet. No muffins, pastries, or waffles/pancakes. So, that basically means omelets, scrambles, and frittatas. Not eggs benny, as Hollandaise sauce isn't my thing.
-- I like creativity in my omelets/scrambles/frittatas. Something other than the usual Western or spinach and feta omelets.

Good Enough to Eat
is the sort of thing, but it's way too far uptown (and, of course, on the wrong side).

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    1. re: valerie

      Not much to recommend on the omelet menu, unfortunately.

      1. re: valerie

        Penelope is one of our favorites. On a weekday there should not be a line but you can always eat at the counter which is very comfortable.
        Otherwise, Les Halles or L'Express on Park Ave have good breakfasts.

        1. Friend of a Farmer is always nice. I don't think their food is anything special, but the best brunch atmosphere I know in any part of town.

            1. It's not a great area for breakfast, and extended omelet menus are often more of a diner thing.

              You can check the menus at Bluebell Cafe or Breslin.

              There's also Barking Dog, Resto, Mooncake Foods, Le Parisien.

              You could also head downtown to The Smith, or keep going to the East Village.

              1. Well, it's been quite a while since I started this thread, and I will once again find myself in the area on a weekday morning.

                Is it still a breakfast wasteland? Doing a map search, I'm still seeing the same (lack of) choices, going by my criteria in the OP.

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                1. re: Scott_R

                  Best closest non-diner savory breakfast would be Maialino. The cacio e pepe eggs are my favorite, olive oil muffin (not sweet) is also noteworthy. Lived in the area for years, a proper breakfast- or even great coffee- had to be found elsewhere...

                  1. re: Scott_R

                    Sarabeths is there now. Bread and Tulip or something like that near (or in?) the Giraffe Hotel. BlueBell is still there. Places like Penelope, Resto, and Maialino get mentioned for brunches city wide. Marta might be open for breakfasts. Les Halles probably does an okay breakfast.

                    Truthfully, if you just posted for an interesting omelette anywhere in the city, it would be a challenge.

                    1. re: sugartoof

                      Resto isn't open for weekday breakfast from a quick check of their site.

                      Marta has a very short breakfast menu, only 2 egg dishes:

                      1. re: sugartoof

                        Les Halles makes a very good breakfast. Excellent croissants if you just want a continental breakfast. They know how to make eggs too.