I've always thought that New York magazine's Robin Raisfeld and Rob Patronite were two of the more thorough food reporters and explorers in this town, so it's no surprise that their list of the 20 best breakfast meals in the city is so varied and thorough.
They correctly identified the breakfast at Egg as the best in town, the Chinese breakfast at Big Wong King is excellent, and the panini at 'ino are exemplary (have the truffled egg toast).
Props to Robin and Rob should be given for including the likes of El Malecon for best Latin American breakfast and the M&G Diner in Harlem for their diner pick (they didn't mention the killer juke box at M&G, but now you know). I also appreciate the fact that they included the Italian breakfast at Morandi, which, at least when Jody Williams was there, was surprising, unique, and mighty fine.
So what did they miss?
The blintzes and the potato latkes at the Stage Restaurant on Second Avenue and 7th Street. Golden brown Eastern European comfort food is my breakfast of champions. The Stage opens at 7 a.m., so you could be eating your crunchy, crisp, fried breakfast matter by 7:15.
Mitchel London's light-and- airy-with-just-enough-exterior-crunch pancakes at the Fairway Cafe. Also, his breakfast potatoes, which are the best hash browns in the city, though they should be renamed lunch potatoes, because that's about when they'll arrive at your table.
They included Clinton Street Baking Company's pancakes, but not the exemplary blueberry pancakes at Clinton Street sibling Community Food and Juice.
Breakfast at Nice Matin is pretty great, especially the sandwiches—the Breakfast BLT, bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayo and a fried egg on a roll; and the New York Heart Attack, two fried eggs, sausage, and cheddar on a roll.
I like the fried chicken and waffles at the Pink Teacup in the Village, but I pretty much like fried chicken and waffles anywhere. It is another breakfast of champions.
I haven't had breakfast at Centro Vinoteca yet, but knowing Anne Burrell, it's got to be good.
What other spots did Robin and Rob miss? Serious Eaters want to know.
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