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Christmas Eve Breakfast?

Looking for a place to have breakfast for two on the east side on Christmas Eve before 11. My brother lives on the UES, I live in the East Village, it doesn't have to be right in between, but convenient to both of us, not too crowded, would be superb. Having a hard time finding anyplace open that early.

Dec 23, 2008
superhans in Manhattan

Red Cat Vs. Cookshop...Finally a direct comparison

Agreed on The Red Cat. I so wanted to love it. The first time I went, I ordered a kaffir lime cocktail that was made with a flavored vodka so gross it tasted like straight Rose's Lime Juice (the bartender also corrected my pronunciation of 'kaffir'). The food: I had read about the zucchini appetizer, which was unremarkable; the polenta only edible because it's covered in cheese; the mashed potatoes pretty flavorless. I went back the same week because a friend enjoyed it. I ordered the chicken, thinking their reputation for solid standards might be in evidence. Dry, nearly inedible. The prices are way too high, the service is only okay.

As for Cookshop, I like that they use fresh farm vegetables but also overpriced and the food, while I enjoyed it far more than my meals at The Red Cat, wasn't memorable at all.

(I sound grumpy...I'm not. But The Red Cat is a little maddening.)

Aug 19, 2007
superhans in Manhattan

Non-Starbucks Super-Strong Coffee in Times Square?

Good to know re: Empire, but yeah, it's out of the way. With the number of people working in this area, it's amazing that there's not a single decent coffee establishment.

Aug 16, 2007
superhans in Manhattan

Can't get into Babbo, what else is hot nearby?

You're not far from (less hot, but no less delicious) Batali outpost Lupa, on Thompson. Same thing with walk-ins, but the bar scene is fun. Otto is also close, but a sight more casual.

Aug 15, 2007
superhans in Manhattan

Non-Starbucks Super-Strong Coffee in Times Square?

Any secret non-Starbucks venues?

Aug 15, 2007
superhans in Manhattan

Non-Starbucks Super-Strong Coffee in Times Square?

For all the horrible corporate idiocy behind Starbucks, their coffee is one of the few joys I have in coming to work in the very center of Times Square every morning. I haven't soured on their hypercaffeinated espresso (forgive me, if I were downtonwn, I'd be at Mud, or Think, or Joe, or any of the fantastic places down there) but the service, specifically at 42nd & Broadway, is horrible. It's like Starbucks 1996, no communication, hideous lines, botched orders. The ritual is rendered stressful and maddening.

Help me. I've tried Juan Valdez across the street, it's not strong enough. Deli coffee is not an option. Cafe Duke is hardly better. Tell me there's a secret coffee spot around 42nd/Bway where the lines move quickly and the joe is as strong as at the Bux.

Thanks.

Aug 15, 2007
superhans in Manhattan