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Best Breakfast

  • The Breslin Bar & Dining Room

    16 W. 29th St., nr. Broadway; 212-679-1939

    The next time you have to go to a meeting, take it at the Breslin. Suggest that your client meet you for breakfast in April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman’s a.m. clubhouse at the Ace Hotel. Arrive a few minutes early, take a seat at the bar, and scan the paper while you drink a cup of Stumptown coffee. Greet your client and vie for a table with nice sight lines to the door—you’ll want to be aware of who’s walking in so you can stage-whisper notable names to your dining partner. Share a plate of pastries, then dupe your stomach with half a grapefruit sprinkled with ginger sugar and mint. The centerpiece is the Full English: fried egg, sausage, bacon, tomato, and mushrooms. The grilled ham-and-three-cheese sandwich is formidable; with an egg it’s unnerving. Other eggs are baked, poached, or frittata’ed. Bloomfield’s breakfast is not the most important meal of the day, it’s the only one you’ll need.

From the 2010 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine