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Nice, weekday breakfast place in Manhattan

Christine DiBona | Jan 23, 2001 02:16 PM

My husband and his father will overlap business trips in Manhattan next week, for just a part of a day and they'd like to get together for breakfast in Manhattan.

Does anyone suggestions for a really nice place for a TUESDAY morning breakfast. I know the day of the week makes it harder - Manhattan abounds in brunch places on the weekend, but that's not what we're looking for. When Chanterelle moved downtown, I was the breakfast chef for a little while, and am hoping someone could recommend something similiar - beautiful dining room, really good food, an atmosphere where they'll feel comfortable lingering and talking. On the expensive side is OK if it's worth it. A hotel dining room suggestion would be OK too, BUT it needs to be really superb - like the quality of Campton Place when Bradley Ogden was chef.

They both lean towards the savory (eggs, bacon, etc.) rather than the sweet (pastries, french toast, etc). Barney Gringrass, is as always, on the list for a visit, but even on a weekday I can't imagine it's the most relaxing place to hang out and talk. Searching past messages, one other thought was Balthazar, except that it sounds like the weekday menu is much sparser than on the weekends. Anyone tried it during the week? Otherwise, I didn't see much that fit the bill...

Location's not a big deal, as long as it's still in Manhattan - they'll both be staying in the midtown area, and off to other parts of the city later, so what's one more subway/cab ride? While hubby's happy to go bopping around with me to funky places, pop-in-law is going to be MUCH more comfortable in something kind of nice, so no Taza d'Oro (except the elder DiBona did grow up eating Cuban food in Florida, and _has_ wistfully asked me if I ever cook oxtail... hmmmmm)

As always, thanks in advance to those of you more current with the NYC restaurant scene!

Christine

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