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Looking for breakfast, Kips Bay area and surrounding

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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
http://goodenoughtoeat.com/menus/
is the sort of thing, but it's way too far uptown (and, of course, on the wrong side).

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  1. There is Penelope on 30th and Lexington.

    http://www.penelopenyc.com/index.html

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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. re: valerie

          Penelope for sure.

        2. 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. Breakfast at Maialino is very good.

            http://www.maialinonyc.com/

            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.