Breakfast gets a shot of Moroccan heat at Café Mogador; it’s the poached eggs in spicy tomato sauce. Other egg dishes, available from 9 every morning, come with roasted halloumi cheese and olives, hummus and tabbouleh, or bacon and grilled tomato. With any of these, rose water advises, “ask for their rich, complex, fantastic hot sauce, and slather it on (to the extent that you can tolerate the heat).” Mogador’s espresso is excellent, too, adds hungrycomposer.
For those leaning sweet rather than savory, weekend brunch at the nearby Grape and Grain includes terrific French toast stuffed with strawberry cream cheese, dense and moist inside, crisp outside. A side of bacon goes nicely with this, says erin07nyc. She adds, “I usually have a hard time finishing my breakfast when I get something sweet … but I finish this one every time.” The Cupping Room Café makes a similar, if crunchier, French toast stuffed with cream cheese, granola, nuts, and raisins, billtron reports.
Among the sweets and snacks at the Korean chain bakery Koryodang, bigjeff has sniffed out a sleeper breakfast bite: the Bacon Dutch. It’s a cylinder of baguettelike dough, topped with a crispy broken crust and filled with several strips of bacon. Sold cold or at room temperature, it warms up beautifully in a toaster oven. “I know,” bigjeff adds, “the fast track to a heart attack … but, just so damn good.”
Midtown’s Olympic Flame Diner serves standout breakfast wraps, llindac reports, especially the Mexican variation: fluffy scrambled eggs, cheese, sausage, fresh peppers, and a dash of salsa tucked into a thin, crisp flatbread. Alongside comes a helping of delicious, nongreasy fried potatoes. Coffee is robust and served in large cups. It’s all great stuff, and cheaper than breakfast at the nearby Holiday Inn, which llindac suggests we avoid.
One hotel where it’s safe to stay in for breakfast is the Marriott East Side, lamaranthe writes. Arrive hungry. The surprisingly scrumptious morning spread at the hotel’s Shelton Grille is all you can eat for $25 (tax and tip included). Don’t miss the waffles.
Café Mogador [East Village]
101 St. Marks Place (between First Avenue and Avenue A), Manhattan
Grape and Grain [East Village]
620 E. Sixth Street (between Avenues B and C), Manhattan
The Cupping Room Café [SoHo]
359 W. Broadway (between Broome and Grand streets), Manhattan
31 W. 32nd Street (between Broadway and Fifth Avenue), Manhattan
Olympic Flame Diner [Upper West Side]
200 W. 60th Street (at Amsterdam Avenue), Manhattan
Shelton Grille [Midtown East]
In the New York Marriott East Side
525 Lexington Avenue (at E. 49th Street), Manhattan
Board Links: Cafe Mogador–What is Their Breakfast?
Turkish eggs at Peasant?
Cream Cheese -stuffed French toast?
koryodang’s bacon dutch
Breakfast..Olympic Diner near Lincoln center…fun!
The Shelton Grille–Marriott ES on Lexington