How to do breakfast at the Javits Center
New Yorkers take their breakfasts very seriously. The array of breakfast options, as with most things that side of the pond is huge. Unless you are at Javits Center... where the choice is limited...There is a Starbucks where the queue is quite literally 30 minutes long, or something where the coffee is hot and black, but not actually coffee as you know it. It’s something entirely different. And not particularly good. The first rule of breakfast at the Javits is: don't have breakfast at the Javits. Here are a couple of local options, that should cater to the Yoga-ists, the foodies or the had-too-many-martinis-last-night-and-my-head-is-going-to-burst-ists.
For the most ridiculous selection of fresh, healthy food you should head just north on 11th a block or two to Sunac Natural Market (600W 42nd Street). Here you can hoover up all your 5 day without even trying. We’d recommend a simple yoghurt and berry parfait to kick off your day of marching up and down the aisles at the Javits.
Friedman’s on 10th offers everything you could possibly ever want from a neighbourhood restaurant: the staff are friendly, the menu is seasonal and changing, the bare-brick decor and booths are welcoming and the breakfasts leave you full and happy. Fried Chicken & Waffles might be outside of your European comfort zone, but it’s heart stoppingly good.
Skyline Diner (402W 34th Street) isn’t the best diner in New York. The service for a non New Yorker is terrifying, the setting is a late 90’s take on a 60’s diner, and the food is OK at best. But it must surely deliver the most authentic New York diner experience. If you have a busy day ahead of you and can’t rely on getting a break for lunch then come here and you’ll feel full and slightly sick for the rest of your day.
Hugo filling his face.