Upper West Side Coffee Shop: Elite Café and Restaurant

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

186 Columbus
New York, NY

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