Kick start your day with a good breakfast

Eating Breakfast Out–Upper East Side

on October 26, 2013

If you’re here on the Upper East Side of Manhattan around East 72nd Street to visit a friend at New York Hospital, to see an exhibition at the Whitney, or to watch the NYC marathon, there are breakfast options galore.

Our “local,” Finnegans Wake on First Avenue at 73rd Street makes a delicious Irish fry of eggs, bacon, white and black sausage, and scones. Here are Chuck and Grace at an outside table a few summers ago. If this pub weren’t here, I’d have to open it. It’s everything a pub should be: friendly, cozy, and damn-near cell-phone free!

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If you’re a coffee lover, you’ll want to pop into Java Girl on East 66th Street between First and Second Avenues. This has the vibe of a 1950s East Village “club,” tiny tables, a cushioned window seat, lots of rough ceramics for sale. I could spend hours in here–and have!

If you crave a classic NYC diner experience, The Green Kitchen on First Avenue at 77th Street will oblige (down to service with a snarl, according to some reviews on-line, though I’ve never had that happen). It’s been there since the 1940s, was renovated a couple of years ago, and I’ve used it as a treat after running around the Reservoir in Central Park. Nobody cares if you’re in sweaty running clothes.

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Finally, le hot hot hot boite for UES breakfast: Maison Kayser  on Third Avenue at 74th Street. Such a pretty looking French patisserie, but since the wait to get in has always seemed an eternity, I haven’t been able to try it. Tout le monde of the young parent set has to be seen here with beautifully dressed infants in tow.  If you can’t bear the wait but want an incomparable French nibble, you can walk down to Ladurée on Madison Avenue between 71st and 72nd Street for macarons.


I’m so hungry now, I’m going to head to The Green Kitchen, Saturday Times in hand, for an order of Adam and Eve on a raft, burn the British.


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