For a totally solid breakfast place—nothing fancy here despite the name—try Elite coffee shop on Columbus at 68th. That’s where I met my friends Ron and Ellie the other day for a late breakfast.
My lox was surprisingly fresh and delicious, only a slight cut below Barney Greengrass. Ellie pronounced her omelet with tomatoes and feta completely satisfying, while Ron devoured his sandwich of salami and cheese.
This is the kind of place, scruffy and diner-ish though it may be, where everyone knows your name. Ellie and Ron are regulars and the staff greeted them like long-lost family.
Elite Cafe and Restaurant
New York, NY
Anthos, Chef Michael Psilakis’s Greek eatery, was awarded one Michelin star. It’s located at 36 West 52nd Street; 212 582 6900.
Burgers for breakfast? Well, why not? My daughter eats pizza and Chinese food for the first meal of the day. Me, I’m a cereal girl. At New York Burger Co., they’re introducing a breakfast menu, including:
Breakfast Burger: a beef or turkey burger + fried egg + cheese on brioche Bun
Texas Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs + beef or turkey chili + cheddar+ sour cream + cornbread toast
If you lean toward more traditional breakfast fare, maybe this will be up your alley:
Morning Sunshine Smoothie: homemade granola + strawberries + bananas + OJ+ greek yogurt + honey
I’m not a big one for eating breakfast out nor am I a fan of getting all dolled up to eat brunch at some restaurant. I prefer to wake up slowly in my own kitchen with my bowl of cereal and cup of tea. Having to face the world first thing in the morning is just not my style.
But this past Sunday, the cupboard was bare so we all trekked over to the Hellenic Snack Bar in East Marion. Word on the street (actually from our friend Paula) was that the babka French toast was to die for. Now, I’ve heard of challah French toast, but babka French toast was a new one on me.
At first the waitress said, “Sorry, we’re done with breakfast,” when we ambled in around 11:30 a.m. But then I adopted my best stricken look and asked if she could, pretty please, make an exception and cook us up a batch of this mythic breakfast food.
So she prevailed on the cook and I must say this was first-rate French toast. In fact, maybe the best I’ve ever eaten: buttery, crispy on the outside, and moist on the inside. You could taste the cheese babka shining through but you could also taste the egg. Thanks to the waitress. We’ll be back for more.
Hellenic Snack Bar
East Marion, NY