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Which 4 breakfasts in Lower East Side would you choose?

Which 4 breakfasts in Lower East Side would you choose?

We will be staying at Hotel on Rivington, located on Rivington between Essex and Ludlow.

3 weekdays + 1 Saturday

We like:
- Eggs, pancakes, waffles, biscuits, good coffee
- Interesting interiors

From previous threads, these 10 were recommended:

Clinton Street Baking Co.
Russ & Daughter's
Alias Restaurant
Stanton Social
Remedy Diner on Houston
Fatta Coukoo


Which 4 from that list would you choose or recommend and why?

On the Thursday we will need to be at 9-11 Memorial Museum at 10:30am. Should I consider any breakfast places within walking distance?

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  1. Your list is all over the place but I like the first four.

    Sounds like you're here Weds, Thurs, Fri, Sat?

    Clinton St and Shopsin's are good choices but go on a weekday for avoid the line.

    Did you mean R&D takeout from the store or their new sit down cafe? Also a fine choice.

    You have a bunch of places that ONLY serve weekend brunch not weekday brunch on your list. Prune, Stanton Social, Freeman's, Fatta Cuckoo. So realistically you could only go Saturday. I like Prune but the line can be really long (get there before opening to minimize be wait).

    Alias is closed.

    Inoteca is closed.

    Near the 9/11 Museum is Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place, but I think you'll have more breakfast options near where you're staying. May be good for lunch, instead.

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    1. re: kathryn

      Shopsin's closed for vacation 7/21-8/6

    2. Russ & Daughter's Cafe doesn't open till 10, but having eaten there just the other day, is lovely.

      Dimes Cafe has breakfast every day - very cute and great egg dishes, good coffee.


      I was also gonna say Schiller's, but they don't open for breakfast during the week until 11 AM; brunch on weekends starts at 10.

      Shopsin's is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

      Veselka (though the EV) is a classic.

      1. Remedy Diner is horrendous. It's generic, flavorless glop you could find at any (bad) diner anywhere in America. I've eaten in many a diner in my life - I have a great affection for classic diner food - and they were by far one of the worst. The "hollandaise" (if I can even call it that) on the Benedict had the flavor and consistency of flour paste.

        Alias, sadly, no longer exists. Nor does 'inoteca.

        I agree with kathryn: Clinton St. and Shopsin's are good calls, but definitely do those on the weekdays. You might want to peruse the menu for Shopsin's in advance, online, since there are something like 800 options and counting on it.

        Prune's brunch is a neighborhood standby, but it's only on weekends and the lines are loooooooong.

        Russ & Daughters is as classic as it gets, though living in the neighborhood I'm more prone to just going to the shop and getting my bagel & lox to go than eating them at the sit-down restaurant, where they're significantly more expensive. That said, there are a few things at the restaurant you can't get at the shop (like chocolate babka french toast!) - so it depends what you want to order, really.

        A couple other places to maybe check out the menus:

        Public - in Nolita, maybe a ten minute walk from THOR. Very creative brunch on the weekends. Busy, but it's a big room and there's dining at the bar, so even if there is a wait it's usually not a long one. (Actually, I don't think I've ever had a wait now that I think of it...)

        I'm also fond of Joe & Misses Doe (f/k/a "JoeDoe") down the block from Prune - were you try Prune on Saturday and find the line too long, they're a great option. Their Corned Duck Hash (served with poached duck eggs, when they have them) is fantastic, one of the best hashes in town.

        1. Thank you Kathryn, MitchLeeNY, and SGordon!

          >> Sounds like you're here Weds, Thurs, Fri, Sat?


          Here's the summary so far:

          === Weekday Tentative plan:

          Russ & Daughter's Cafe (the sit down place) opens 10am

          Clinton Street Baking Co.

          OR near 9/11 as alternative if Clinton doesn't open in time to be at 9/11 by 10:30am Thursday:
          Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place

          Friday: Shopsins in the Essex Market

          === Saturday-only Options:

          Stanton Social
          Fatta Cuckoo
          Public - in Nolita, maybe a ten minute walk from hotel
          Joe & Misses Doe (f/k/a "JoeDoe") down the block from Prune - Corned duck hash

          === Plan B any day:

          Dimes Cafe 8am weekday, 9am weekend
          Chinatown, Lower East Side
          143 Division St b/t Ludlow St & Orchard St
          New York, NY 10002
          (212) 240-9410

          === Interesting 24/7:

          Veselka (East Village
          )144 2nd Ave
          b/t St Marks Pl & 9th St
          New York, NY 10003
          (212) 228-9682
          Ukrainian perogies
          stuffed cabbage, borscht,
          Breakfast - Blintzes with raspberry sauce were delicious and eggs Benedict with kale

          13 Replies
          1. re: sweet100s

            You got it covered. I don't eat brunch (why skip either breakfast or lunch?) but for breakfast I'd go to any of the places you are.

            1. re: sweet100s

              Sounds like a solid delicious itinerary!
              If you go to Prune closer to when they open the wait won't be as crazy as it gets later in the day. Clinton baking opens at 8am- their biscuits are a favorite.
              And shopsin's menu is insane, this previous thread has some discussion about favorites

              1. re: Ttrockwood

                Just note that if you go to Prune before noon (or is it 11:00?) you can't get their famous Bloody Marys. Made that mistake once.

                1. re: sgordon

                  Is that only on Sundays? No alcohol before noon?

                  1. re: kathryn

                    I think that's everyday, but I've never had a place refuse me before 12.

                    1. re: kathryn

                      I thought it was Sundays only too.

                      1. re: villainx

                        It might only be Sundays, but don't quote me on that. And Prune -has- refused us, offering us "Virgin Marys" instead - that's how I first found out. (Note to self: bring flask of tequila and go early next time)

                        1. re: sgordon

                          It's definitely only Sundays, and I don't mind being quoted on that. :-) And I have absolutely been refused more than once on a Sunday before 12 (I always forget and order something.) It never ceases to crack me up, given that NYC is a pretty secular place.

                      2. re: kathryn

                        Only on Sundays. We had brunch in the EV on Saturday recently and my spicy, Bloody Mary arrived before noon :)

                    2. re: Ttrockwood

                      l've found the greatest success getting tables at Prune by going about a half hour before they stop serving, at about 2:30. There's usually a wait, but not so bad.

                    3. re: sweet100s

                      I used to actively dislike Veselka. Now I think they're OK and maybe good for a few things (I had a Christmas borsht with mushroom dumplings that was in fact downright good), but rarely better than that, and their only advantage for me is that they're open 24 hours and Ukrainian East Village and Stage Restaurant are not. If you go to two or three of those and compare, I'll be interested to see what you think.

                      1. re: sweet100s

                        I would go to Ukrainian National Home if you want pierogi or hand grated potato pancakes. I am a purist when it comes to Pierogi. Or go to Greenpoint (see Outer Borough Board).

                        That said, as Pan posted, Veselka is open 24 hours.

                        1. re: sweet100s

                          Just keep in mind that Shopsin's has a strict rule of not allowing parties of 5 or more to dine at their restaurant.

                        2. My suggestions, as Kathryn said, Clinton and R and D store on the weekdays to avoid the lines. I would suggest El Rey for a good, lighter breakfast. Schillers Liquor Bar is pretty good for brunch. I would skip Remedy and Atlas. Fatta isnt anything special either. Maybe try Blue Bird Coffee over on 1st ave? or Sigmunds Pretzels?

                          1. I am rarely awake for breakfast and usually don't go to brunch, either, but my standby in the neighborhood is Mogador. I don't get pancakes or waffles there, and I don't remember if they have those (probably on weekends, and I almost never go to brunch there except on weekdays), but their egg dishes are excellent, as are their meze plates. I've been there twice this week and they are as good as ever.

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                            1. re: Pan

                              For the OP note cafe mogador is another go on a weekday- weekend brunch waits are epic

                              1. re: Ttrockwood

                                Strongly agreed. Waits for Saturday brunch are typically around 1 hour, last I checked (which wasn't actually recently).

                              2. re: Pan

                                My gf has been going to Mogador for nigh on twenty years, and l've been a regular there with her for the past five. l have difficulty straying from the halumi eggs, with a nice slathering of harissa: so good. The tagines are very good, too, and are on the weekday lunch specials.

                              3. Last year, we were in NYC and stayed at the Rivington (make sure your room is not directly above the bar/music, as mine was). We went to Katz on East Houston for breakfast...good food and quite an experience.

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                                1. re: TaTee

                                  TaTee, did you try Co-Op, the restaurant in the hotel, for breakfast?

                                  I'm wondering if I should keep it on our list as a Plan B.

                                2. I would only choose two. Shopsins and Russ & Daughters Cafe.

                                  Preferably on a weekday. Why? I don't like to wait in line. Especially for breakfast. Shopsins is quirky and in the Essex Street Market. Russ & Daughters Cafe is a only in NYC gem, newer.

                                  I'd go to Russ & Daughters Cafe AFTER the Museum and have a caraway bloody Mary. Plan on at least 2 hours for the Museum. It took me a few hours and I skipped several exhibits.

                                  Les Halles and Financier are not far from the Museum. Jack's Coffee in Historic Front Street (a block from the East River) if you are comfortable walking from Jack's down Fulton Street toward the Museum.

                                  1. How would you compare Barbounia vs Cafe Mogador for breakfast?

                                    I do not care about the booze factor.

                                    Looking at Cafe Mogador made me realize a breakfast very different from what I'm used to or already like would be a good thing.

                                    And for some reason, I had entered Barbounia contact info already on my cellphone with "NYC" after it which means try this on my next trip. (maybe it was on one of food shows?) The pictures of their bread on Yelp look amazing too.

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                                    1. re: sweet100s

                                      I can't speak for Barbounia, as I've never been there, but can definitely vouch for Cafe Mogador, as mentioned above.

                                      1. re: howdini

                                        +1 for mogador, the shashuksa is a favorite

                                        1. re: Ttrockwood

                                          The shakshuka is called "Morrocan Eggs" there, and it's one of my standby orders.

                                          1. re: Pan

                                            Ah! Yes, you're right... Destination worthy dish.

                                          2. re: Ttrockwood

                                            Oo, why have l never tried this?! Next time 'round, thanks!

                                            1. re: Ttrockwood

                                              Recently tried the shakshuka at Meme Mediterranean on Hudson St -- delicious, served with tahini. I also added on merguez. Very pleasant service & sidewalk seating.

                                              1. re: kathryn

                                                Thanks kathryn, Meme's menu looks great. Buckwheat crepes would definitely be ordered by family.

                                                1. re: kathryn

                                                  Ooh, with tahini?? That sounds brilliant....

                                            2. re: sweet100s

                                              I'm not familiar with Barbounia.

                                            3. There's a new place called Root & Bone about 3 blocks away from CSB if the wait is too long. It's really inexpensive and has biscuits, eggs, coffee, etc. and chicken and waffles. I've never watched the show but it's run by two Top Chef contestants. I think it was only open a couple of weeks when my bf and I went.

                                              A really cute spot with great brunch and chicken and waffles is Monument Lane in the W. Village. I love this place for dinner also, lots of small plates, American food.

                                              I've been to Co-Op in your hotel for a party 2-3 years ago but I thought it closed. At the time it was very trendy, a really beautiful place, black chandeliers, etc. It 'd be worth checking out since you're staying there, but the East Village is really pretty ugly in general with lots of great food, lol.

                                              1. Remedy Diner on Houston. Spacious and clean. Good Service. Quality meals. More servings for the buck!

                                                Only i know this one from the list and from my experience.

                                                Oh, and also, ask them for their delivery menu so you can eat meal in room if you choose.

                                                Good Luck! Hope it helps!

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                                                1. re: BAM2014

                                                  Remedy is utterly sub-par. With all of the other excellent options in the area, and given the quality of the other restaurants that the OP lists, l fail to see how anyone can recommend it in good conscience.

                                                  1. re: BAM2014

                                                    Oh my god, Remedy Diner is just the most generic, bland, nothing restaurant. It's like eating photocopies of actual diner food. I'm 90% sure the "Hollandaise" on my Eggs Benedict one time was nothing more than watered-down wheat paste. I think the only reason they remain in business is they're open 24/7 so they get a lot of late-night drunks.

                                                  2. As I described here,
                                                    my sister is recovering from a hospital stay for food poisoning.

                                                    If she still makes the trip, she might be fully recovered or she might have a limited appetite...

                                                    I'm wondering if I should cross Shopsins' breakfast off the list completely given most of their food seems on the heavy side.

                                                    Is there anything "lighter" or gentler on the tummy that you'd recommend for her?

                                                    They do have a good soup selection.


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                                                    1. re: sweet100s

                                                      With 800 or so selections on the Shopsin's menu, it's the very definition of a "something for everyone" place.