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High Street on Hudson

For those up and ready to hit the city early on a weekend morning, finding a good pastry and cup of coffee isn’t a terribly tall order, but finding an excellent full breakfast can be a more difficult task than you might expect. Brunch at many of our favorite restaurants doesn’t begin until 10:00 or 11:00am, which is a bit of a stretch if you’ve been up for several hours by then and are feeling peckish. Thank goodness, then, for restaurants like High Street on Hudson, where the doors open promptly at 8:00am and you’ll be spoiled for choice with a menu that practically demands over-ordering.

Nestled in the West Village, High Street on Hudson is a versatile and multifaceted gem: in the front there’s a small counter for picking up coffee, pastries and cookies, or loaves of excellent bread to go; cozy farmhouse tables fill the middle of the room for those staying to eat breakfast, lunch, or dinner; and the kitchen stretches across across the rear of the space, with three giant ovens that turn out all of the restaurant’s baked goods. The bagels here are some of the city’s best — dense and chewy, served toasted with cream cheese (this morning we opted for smoked onion cream cheese — so good!), tomatoes, dill, and crispy fried capers. More hearty are the egg sandwiches, with fillings like king oyster mushrooms, sautéed kale, swiss cheese, and house-made mushroom mayonnaise. On the lighter end of the spectrum, I adore their house-made ginger yogurt, served with fruit, toasted pistachios, and cardamom honey. Add an order of granola to sprinkle over the top and you will not regret the decision.

While we’ve not yet eaten there for a meal besides breakfast, the lunch and dinner menus look equally appealing and I’m certain that a meal later in the day would be every bit as good as their breakfast. The front counter also makes it a great choice for breads, pastries, or cookies to go, which can fortify you for a visit to the playground across the street (a must for us after a meal).


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