I spotted this place on my way to Blue Ribbon Bakery. Since the bakery was closed I doubled back and tried the place. What a great place for breakfast or lunch. They're closed on Mon. and Tues. and only open until 3 during the week, 2:30 on weekends. The selection is unbelievable. One quarter of the breakfast menu contained no less than 105 selections of named plates. That doesn't include the omletes, crepes, NY putin, enchaladas, roll your own rockets (b'fast burritoes), Blues Bros. specials, crepes cordon bleu, brunch offerings etc., etc. etc. This is one of those places where if you ate here everyday for a year, you might be able to try everything. On top of all else, they have large metal container of pure maple syrup that you get for any pancake/french toast item. The food is great.
This is a family run casual place and certainly not very fancy. If you are offended by the occasional "F" bomb don't go here. But this appears to be a quintessential New York experience. Lots of locals stop in and its definitely not the tourist spot. Once seated if you want coffee just go up to the shelf, grab a mug and help yourself. This place is highly recomended. The address is 54 Carmine at Bedford in the Village. The food is safe since as one sign in the place indicates, "All our chefs wear condoms."