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Breakfast cafes and dinners near Aldgate Station

We're staying at the Hotel Chamberlain on Minories St. in East London and would be grateful for any suggestions of neighborhood breakfast cafes as well as simple, post-sightseeing comfort food (British, Italian, French, Asian, fusion) for dinner close by. Also suggestions in the theater district for lunch/dinner. Many thanks.

Aug 08, 2013
madeleinekenefick in U.K./Ireland

Church Association Cafeteria Nr. University?

Thanks a lot! will search chowhand/ for it

May 05, 2007
madeleinekenefick in Manhattan

Church Association Cafeteria Nr. University?

Returning to NYC with a fuzzy memory of a cafeteria below sreet level I stumbled on. I was unable to eat there, but the food looked like what you'd get at a good restaurant only far les expensive. Not far from Barnard, or was it Hunter's? Not only were lots of patrons sitting down to lunch but here were streams of people exiting with food to go. Any ideas of where I was? (name, location, hours?) And is the food as good as it looked?

May 05, 2007
madeleinekenefick in Manhattan

First time Chapeau! report

Hi Emily,
As a long time repeat-attender, I enjoyed reliving my first encounter with Chapeau! as I read your first-visit report. My comments have already been expressed by pistou, but I'll enlarge on them as several others have also complained about the lack of intimacy, the noise, and close seating (the warm welcome and fine food seem to be universally acknowledged.)

Romantic occasions: Book early enough to engage the window-seat table.

Noise level: typical of lively Parisien restaurants; reserve important talk for the trip home. Contribute your share to the animated din. BTW, hearing both sides of a conversation has got to be more interesting than listening to a cell-phone monologue.

Close seating: if ignoring your neighbor's proximity is impossible, you might recognize his/her existence with a friendly nod, or even by asking, e.g., what they're having. You don't have to exchange cards or engage in conversation to acknowledge a stranger who's in the same situation; just taking the edge off the formality helps.

May 03, 2007
madeleinekenefick in San Francisco Bay Area

Neighborhood, not trendy, in Meatpacking Dist.

Lucia, thanks for the breakfast leads. I'm filling a notebook with these and other Chowhound suggestions. Madeleine

May 02, 2007
madeleinekenefick in Manhattan

Neighborhood, not trendy, in Meatpacking Dist.

Thanks, Lucia. I'll look them up. How about someplace in the area for breakfast? Last trip I liked going to the Columbus Cafe for it's sunny view onto the street, good coffee, and huge choice of rolls, bagels and pastries. But an honest, old fashioned luncheonette that does eggs and potatoes right would also be fine.

May 02, 2007
madeleinekenefick in Manhattan

Neighborhood, not trendy, in Meatpacking Dist.

Thanks, zoeterry. Will definitely check out Valdino West. Any other recommendations , not necessarily Italian, elsewhere in Manhattan? I know it would help if I could say what kind of food, but as important as the food is the feeling of being made welcome. Lots of restaurants serve wonderful food, but not that many make you want to come back again and again. I can only think of a couple, one in La Spezia, Italy, and a little French restaurant in San Francisco.

May 02, 2007
madeleinekenefick in Manhattan

Neighborhood, not trendy, in Meatpacking Dist.

We rented a studio to explore this district only to learn it's become the hottest spot for trendy restaurants and clubbing. (We just hope we'll be able to sleep nights.) Are there still affordable good eats in this neighborhood? We'll need breakfasts daily, an end-of -day cafe, and places for a satisfying weeknight meal. Also, if anyone knows of a place with good take-out (with cold beer) in case we just need to collapse on reaching our 4th-floor walkup.

In addition, we would welcome knowing of your favorite (moderate) dinner spots elsewhere in Manhattan. So far, we know we want to re-visit Coppola's, which has a traditional Italian menu, but we're game for other ethnic or American (is there a difference?) cuisines. Thanks.

Apr 30, 2007
madeleinekenefick in Manhattan