Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Breakfast in Manhattan

We had three breakfasts in Manhattan.  Unfortunately, one of them was at the hotel restaurant.  It was free, so I can't complain too much, but it was just a typical "free breakfast buffet" meal, with lots of potential for cross-contamination.  I had a hard boiled egg and some yogurt and fruit.  Good enough, but not nearly as interesting as the other two mornings.
French Toast and bacon at Peter's Restaurant

Peter's Restaurant -- The definite winner in the breakfast category!  Peter's is on the Upper East Side, not far from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which made it the perfect launching pad for our museum day.  Peter's has an extensive GF breakfast menu.  It was so hard to decide what to get!  I settled on french toast with a side of bacon.  Man oh man!  It was great.  So buttery and moist.  Just perfect.  The only downside is that Peter's serves "pancake syrup," that foul imitation maple syrup you find in cafeterias and fast food restaurants.  (Or quite possibly your own home, if you didn't grow up with syrup snobs like my husband and I did. If you think Mrs. Butterworth's is "real" syrup, then you won't have a problem.)  This could have been a deal breaker, except that the french toast was so good, it really didn't need any syrup at all.  It was perfect just the way it was. The fresh squeezed OJ was excellent too.  We tanked up with huge breakfast that carried us through our day at the Met.

Fairway Cafe -- Fairway Market is a grocery store with several locations in NYC.  Their location on the Upper West Side has a cafe as well, where we ate our breakfast on our last day.  First of all, Fairway is truly an awesome place.  I could get lost in there for hours.  Mark had to drag me out of the cheese section kicking and screaming.
Fairway Market on the Upper West Side

The cafe is located upstairs and was a bit hard to find, but worth it in the end.  I had gluten free pancakes with REAL maple syrup.  They had just a tiny bit of a "baking soda" taste, but the syrup covered the flavor, and I ate my whole plate.  For fun, I ordered a Lemon Mint Fizz to drink -- fresh squeezed lemonade with seltzer water and mint.

GF Pancakes at Fairway Market
After breakfast, we bought some cheese, crackers, and dried fruit to serve as our lunch in the airport.  While others in the terminal scarfed McDonald's, we had Cotswold and Herbed Jack cheeses with GF crackers and the best dried apricots I've ever had in my life.  Eat your heart out, fellow travelers!


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