Barney Greengrass

This amazing staple situated on the Upper West Side is the real deal. Don't let the location fool you. Except for the overheard conversations about weekends at the Hamptons, this is as down to earth as you get. When you walk in the door, you feel like you have been transported to a different time, when life was simpler and the local breakfast spot was also where you could pick up your favorite food items to take home.

Barney Greengrass has been in business for over 100 years and it shows. It is a breakfast spot/ mini food market/ central hang-out hub. It specializes in fish, but it has a little bit of everything you would find in a breakfast spot. When I went there for the first time, I was confused because nobody came up to me to give me a seat. I asked the man behind the counter and he just said, "seat yourself." So I did. Immediately my server came up to me and handed me a menu without saying anything. After deciding what I wanted, the server was there in 30 seconds. It's as if he was watching me to see when I was ready. This staff knows what it's doing! I placed my order and it was there in no time. Then I began eating. This is when I fell in love with the place. I ordered the sturgeon scrambled eggs and onions, a bagel with cream cheese, and coffee. Delicious! It was one of the best meals I have had in a long time. The omelette melted in my mouth and the bagel was second-to-none.  The coffee was brewed just right, and I am picky when it comes to coffee.

When visiting the city, I highly recommend checking out this place. In fact, some of my friends and I are getting together for breakfast at the end of the month, and where do you think I recommended that we go? Make sure you bring cash, though, because it's cash only. They don't take reservations so if you go on the weekend, get there early. It is well worth the trip! You can find more information at


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