Originally posted by albinoni
For me, breakfast in NY was always the best deal in town. Every coffee shop/diner has breakfast specials that are served until approx. 10 am--they usually give you your choice of juice, eggs, toast, homefries and all the coffee you can manage. You can't go wrong at any of these places.
I wholeheartedly agree on the breakfast special, and would point out two favorites:
In Midtown, I really like the Renaissance Diner (9th and 51st). The coffee is good and served in a large mug, and the french fries are truly excellent--I ask for them well-done instead of home fries. My favorite there: eggs Florentine, like eggs Benedict but with a mixture of spinach and feta in place of the Canadian Bacon.
My favorite breakfast special anywhere in Manhattan, however, is at Little Poland, 2nd Ave between 12th and 13th. The standard breakfast (eggs, juice, toast, coffee or tea, potatoes) is $2.95, a terrific deal. But it gets better: for no additional charge, you can have kasha with onions and gravy instead of the potatoes. The onions are the highlight: soft and brown, marvelously flavorful and sweet. Then, of course, you can add meat: ham, bacon, sausage or corned beef hash raises the price to $3.95. The real indulgence though, is the kielbasa: you get a piece at least six inches long, split and grilled, highlighting its marvelouslt garlicky taste. The damage is a mere $4.50. One other point: instead of one of the regular toast choices, order the challah. For an extra $.35, you get two huge pieces of egg bread on which to spread the butter, honey, marmalade or other jam placed in the paper basket on the table. The neighborhood has numerous facilities to assist in your recovery.