- The Grey Dog’s Coffee
33 Carmine St., nr. Bleecker St.; 212-462-0041
90 University Pl., nr. 12th St.; 212-414-4739
It’s tough to find a restaurant that will open early, tolerate and amuse little ones, and ply parents with some high-quality caffeine. The Grey Dog’s Coffee, a pair of NYU-student hangouts–cum–friendly neighborhood cafés, manages to do all of the above. Both Village locations open at kid-ready hours: 6:30 a.m. on weekdays, 8 a.m. on weekends. They have booster seats and don’t mind if kids line up their toys along the windows (the larger University Place location is more stroller-friendly). And the food’s a little more refined than the average greasy spoon. The thin, crêpelike pancakes shaped (bemusingly, to some parents) like doggie bones instantly turn kids into flapjack addicts. Moms and dads, meanwhile, can indulge in plates of fluffy eggs and thick-cut bacon as well as bottomless cups of coffee. Owners and brothers Peter Adrian and David Ethan special-order their beans from a roaster upstate.
Best Breakfast Spot
From the 2009 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).