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Saturday morning high end breakfast ?

ElizabethReed Mar 11, 2013 09:55 AM

We will be on the upper east side in a couple weeks and were hoping to get some suggestions for a 6;;30 breakfast. The richer the better. Thanks.

  1. sgordon Mar 12, 2013 09:38 AM

    Cafe Boulud opens for breakfast at 7:00, as does (not quite UES) DB Bistro Moderne. Also in Midtown, The National actually has a pretty interesting breakfast menu - more creative than most, not just your standard hotel-priced eggs & potatoes.

    Further South, Maialino makes a solid breakfast I've heard.

    Most of the fancy places that do breakfast, though, are essentially hotel restaurants who don't put much thought into breakfast chow. $24 Eggs Hollandaise that are as good as you could find elsewhere for $10 less, only with perhaps a drizzle of "truffle" oil to make them feel fancier, if you're lucky. (Or unlucky, as I personally find "truffle" oil revolting...)

    The Carlyle has a fancy breakfast - lobster omelettes and such.
    Arabelle starts breakfast at 6:30
    The Mark starts breakfast at 7:00

    Closer to Midtown you could check out Tenpenny or Monkey Bar.

    If you were to go West, Noughatine / The Terrace at Jean-Georges does breakfast. Couldn't tell you how good it is, the menu doesn't look terribly interesting though.

    Also, keep in mind that some places only do "breakfast" on weekdays, and weekends are strictly "brunch" (which may not be available until a little later - you'd want to check the websites.

    1. pikawicca Mar 11, 2013 06:01 PM

      Not exactly UES, but worth a walk: Palm Court -- best damned high-end breakfast I've eaten in all my 63 years!

      1. ipsedixit Mar 11, 2013 02:32 PM

        The Garden Restaurant at the Four Seasons.

        Breakfast service starts at 6:30 a.m. Sharp.

        Depending on the size of your party, they'll open up earlier upon request and with a deposit.


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          kosmose7 Mar 11, 2013 05:55 PM

          Yes! The Garden @ Four Seasons will be another option.
          We had Park Avenue Set and Japanese Breakfast Set some time ago.

        2. njmarshall55 Mar 11, 2013 01:59 PM

          A quick tour of UES places on Bing Maps shows many "upscale" places open for brunch around 11:30. The only one I found in that timeframe is the Garden, at the Four Seasons. Haven't been there in years, but it sounds like what you're looking for.

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            ElizabethReed Mar 11, 2013 01:48 PM

            Any thoughts on the Ritz?

            1. kosmose7 Mar 11, 2013 12:31 PM

              You could try Asiate, which opens at 7am for breakfast. Normally their window tables are hard to get, but be there by 6:50am and they are all yours! (I sometimes do that myself)

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                ElizabethReed Mar 11, 2013 12:01 PM

                7:00 ?

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                  RebelWithaCause Mar 11, 2013 12:04 PM

                  Shaking my head.... ;)

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                    kathryn Mar 11, 2013 01:18 PM

                    If you can wait until 8am, Maison Kayser opens then I believe; I would to call to confirm as their site doesn't say. Yelp says 7am but the NYTimes says 8am.

                    If you want to stay close-ish to the UES, Ess-a-bagel opens early as well.

                    Ma Peche opens for breakfast daily at 7am, not sure what they've serving these days -- no menu online.

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                    RebelWithaCause Mar 11, 2013 11:31 AM

                    yikes. 6:30 am?! I don't think you're getting that unless you're at a hotel or diner.

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