If you want to start the day someplace very low-key, get breakfast at Pearl Diner. Between the swivel stools, booths with rips covered in duct tape, and regulars screaming across the room about their coffee and tuna fish sandwich to go, it feels like things probably haven’t changed much since this old-school diner opened more than 50 years ago. The huge menu ranges from omelettes and pancakes to triple decker sandwiches and shrimp marinara. If you come in the morning, try the big, fluffy Belgian waffles with eggs and bacon that costs about $8, and for lunch, get one of the more than 40 types of burgers, like the one with ideal proportions of ham, mushroom, and fried onions.
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Beaubourg, the restaurant at Brookfield Place inside the French marketplace Le District, is easily forgettable and should generally be avoided.
Schilling is one of very few nice little spots in the Financial District, making their Austrian-Mediterranean blend ideal for either a dad or a date.
Chubby Princess is a counter-service Chinese spot in FiDi from the people behind MáLà Project.
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Westville East is a great utility spot, especially if you’re looking to eat something kind of healthy.
Eastfield’s is a sort-of-healthy restaurant on the UES where you can bring a date and pretend you’re downtown.
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Leo’s Bagels arguably has some of the best bagels in the city and their egg and cheese sandwich will make your FiDi mornings better.
B & H Dairy
B&H Dairy is a cash-only diner in the East Village that’s great for a soup or giant sandwich at lunch.
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