The thing about living abroad is that you wind up missing the strangest things. Particularly strange are the foods and restaurants that lure with a siren’s call each time I return home. These are places that I want to go to each and every time I find myself stateside. Scratch that – need to go to and eat at while stateside. And I’m more than a little embarrassed to say that these must-visit restaurants include the Olive Garden, Dunkin’ Donuts, Chick-fil-A and Denny’s.
I know, I know. I have no excuse. I should be smacked. But there you have it.
So imagine my disappointment when I learned that the only Denny’s in NYC is a bar. Somehow I didn’t think they offered a Grand Slam breakfast platter. I’d have to find another breakfast venue during my stay and try to make do.
Luckily, the New York Luncheonette was right around the corner from my hotel. This small, clean restaurant was a welcome respite from my hotel’s overpriced breakfast buffet. And though it didn’t definitely couldn’t match Denny’s for price, the New York Luncheonette definitely topped them on food quality and service. The pancakes, bacon and even the corned beef hash were top notch. My first breakfast there of waffles and bacon was so good that I knew I’d be returning the next day. And maybe the one after that, too. And as far as a Manhattan dollar goes, the price wasn’t too shabby either.
So though I’m sure the New York Luncheonette might not exactly appreciate the comparison, they definitely made it so I didn’t feel like I was missing out on my Denny’s fix. And for an American who has lived abroad for the past 5 years, that’s a pretty big deal.
The New York Luncheonette
135 E 50th Street
New York, NY 10022
212. 838. 0165
Photo by gailf548.