Saturday, April 15, 2006


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Around the Clock (A.T.C.) [8 Stuyvesant St. (bet. 3rd Ave. and 9th St.) 212-598-0402]
Good and cheap, A.T.C. will get the job done right for brunch or for a late-night snack. It's open 24-hours-a-day and offers large portions for sandwiches and all the standard breakfast options all the time. I had the Lafayette (grilled chicken, mozzarella, tomato, pesto) sandwich on Challah and it definitely did the deed.

Cafe 79 [1514 First Ave. (at 79th St.) 212-734-1655]
I went here once and I liked what I saw...and ate. The Belgian Waffle was light and airy, and my Chocolate Chip Silver Dollar Pancakes had a nice consistency. Best of all, the place is cheap, open 24 hours, and serves beer too.

Carroll Gardens Classic Diner [155 Smith St. (at Bergen St.) 718-403-9940]
Try to sit in the enclosed porch that is the back room if you can in this wonderful Smith Street diner. As with every other diner, you can find anything you want on the menu, but you should probably focus on breakfast dishes. Treat yourself to the chocolate chip pancakes with two eggs and you will not regret it. And if you are really hungry, try the Lumber Jack (it's got everything). You might regret that, but in a good way.

Silver Star [1238 Second Ave. (at 65th St.) 212-249-4250]
An old Berger family favorite, Silver Star is a nice, reliable, Upper East Side diner. The French Toast is particularly good, the pancakes are solid, and portions in general are huge of course.

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