When looking for a low key New York City breakfast or brunch spot, try the West Village’s La Bonbonniere.
It’s located at 28 Eighth Avenue between Jane and West 12th Streets.
The French name means a box containing bonbons or candy. To look at the no-frills marquee over the door with faded black letters on a white background, you may not expect anything too tasty to come out of their kitchen. But you’re in for a surprise.
For more than a quarter of a century, the cozy eatery has been a favorite among West Village habitues and residents. Even some boldface names — including Ethan Hawke, Rudy Giuliani, Kate Winslett and Julianne Moore are known to stop by. In fact, you might see a picture of Moore on the wall alongside other pictures of celebrity patrons and press clippings about La Bonbonniere.
On a recent visit, the actor Darren Criss, best known for his role on the FOX TV series “Glee” was chowing down at a nearby table.
One of the tastiest items on the menu: the classic Spinach Feta and Tomato Omelette with a side of fries. The eggs are always fresh and fluffy.
Another favorite among La Bonbonniere regulars: the Greek salad, It is always chock full of feta cheese, fresh tomatoes, cucumbers and Kalamata olives. (I like to add grilled chicken seasoned with oregano!)
If you’re not a fan of eggs or salads, don’t despair. The menu also offers soup, hamburgers and sandwiches. Breakfast and brunch items are served as long as the eatery is open. But it closes every day at 4pm, with the exception of Fridays when it closes at 7pm.
Of course, you must wash it all down with some of the best diner coffee in the city. It’s served just the way a cup of joe should be served –on a saucer in a beige stoneware cup.
Prices are reasonable. Two entrees and two coffees (with free refills) costs about $40. Leave the American Express and Visa cards at home. La Bonbonniere is a cash only joint.
That’s the Lowdown!
For a great place for dinner in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood, try Seamore’s!