Wednesday, May 30, 2007

NEW YORK CAFÉ (757 Broadview Ave.)

THE CONNOISSEURS: Chris & Tomas

RATINGS:
FOOD: 4+
PRICE: 4+
SERVICE: 3
AMBIANCE: 3+


ALL-DAY BREAKFAST: YES (special 7am-11am)
COFFEE/ESPRESSO BAR: NO
COFFEE INCLUDED: YES
FREE REFILLS: NO (exceptions made)
LICENSED: YES (full bar)
HP SAUCE: YES
PATIO: NO
BOOTHS: NO
OPEN-KITCHEN: NO

So New York Café is this diamond in the rough...actually...it's not really in the rough being at the corner of Broadview & Danforth at what you could call the entrance to GreekTown, one of Toronto's most up and coming neighborhoods. It's more like a diamond in with a bunch of other, much lesser carrat diamonds. We discovered this place a while back and god only knows why it took us so long to go back.

BREAKFAST SPECIAL:
2 eggs
bacon, ham or sausage
homefries
toast
coffee
$3.75+tx.


THE FOOD: From the perfectly fried eggs to the "why the hell does this bacon taste so good?!" to the flawlessly spiced homefries, there is not a single complaint that can be made. As far as the potatoes go, this place knows what's up. The first time around getting breakfast here, we ordered the standard breakfast (not the special) and were introduced to a marinated, boiled and fried whole potatoe that I'm pretty sure I saw two homeless dudes fight to the death over in the alleyway. Not to take away from the special potatoes however, as Tomas said were "...like every homefrie was tended to individually." All in all, it was a near perfect breakfast.
PS- There were 4 pieces of bacon.

THE PRICE: WTF! $8.55 for the both of us, $10 with the tip?! Should have gotten one for the road.

THE SERVICE: She was nice...but. Our initial coffees didnt arrive until 5 minutes after we ordered and we were never asked if we wanted refills, however we did recieve water without asking. We waited for the bill longer than necessary, but on the other hand, the breakfast itself arrived quicktimes. Could have been better, could have been worse.

THE AMBIANCE: NEW YORK NEW YORK! We could have sworn we were on Broadview...wait a minute. The place was not crammed by any means, and the decor is on point. The wall is painted with a large mural of the New York skyline, Statue of Liberty and all. The place is divided into two sections, with faux stone archways connecting them. The table we sat at was was situated beside large, open, street-side windows. The best thing about this place is when you're sitting, enjoying your breaky, you don't feel like you're in Toronto, which for somebody who doesn't get out of the city much, is fucking refreshing.

To conclude...go here. NOW. Like seriousely. Dropped whatever you're doing and go. (preferably before 11)

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