Breakfast Served Anytime

You never know what will turn your head or make your day.

There’s a little luncheonette on Lexington Avenue, in the 80s, that’s been there since 1926.    They used it in the beginning of the 1975 film, Three Days of the Condor, when Robert Redford is out buying breakfast, while his office gets casually, well I won’t tell you in case you haven’t seen it.

They still have framed photos on the walls, all autographed, though now, a little faded.

It was run then by the father of the fella who runs it now, so it’s been passed down, like a prized heirloom, and considering how New York changes her clothes business wise, that’s saying something.

Lined up like bowling pins, they have old style Coca-Cola bottles stacked in the front window,  and one of the last places with a counter  where you can have, a tuna melt, chicken club, Burger Deluxe, or a BLT, with an egg cream, on the side.

I pass it often, but today there was a new sign below the Coke bottles, luring me in at 6:45, right before closing.

John, who bears a remarkable resemblance to his dad, complete with the little paper hat and full apron he always wore, smiled and said, “Nice to see ya…been a while…so what’ll it be?”

“How bout, lightly scrambled eggs and well-done rye toast?”

He winked and said, “Wanna a little bacon with that?”



About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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25 Responses to Breakfast Served Anytime

  1. jack rodgerson says:

    I know the place well. Lexington and 82nd. In 1975, I was visiting my college girlfriend and her family and they lived in an apartment directly across the street from that soda shop. The day I was visiting “THREE DAYS” was filming and I remember the maid was screaming that Robert Redford was standing on the corner. In 2013, I was lucky enough to get a call to be in a scene of a John Turturro movie named ” FADING GIGOLO”. The scene only had a few background and I was placed at the counter with Woody Allen and Mr. Turturro. You know what I remember most about those two days? Both days in 1975 and 2013 were freezing!

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  2. micklively says:

    Eggs, bacon and toast: epicurean bonanza. Just needs black pudding and a North Staffs oatcake to make it perfect.

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  3. Awww I love old placed like that. My mom used to take me to a “luncheonette” where I would sit on a stool and order a hot dog.

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  4. Nostalgia for the day! I don’t remember that particular luncheonette, but I saw ones like it. That’s amazing that the son now runs it. And he remembered you!!!! What a day! There is nothing like New York!

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  5. I love to see that sign in restaurants or on menus. 🙂 Leah usually gets that if she can, even at dinner. You’re lucky to live somewhere with so much culture and history around you. Our only claim to fame in this area is one of the guys on the TV show The Bachelor lives 10 miles from here. 🙂

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  6. skinnyuz2b says:

    I never understood why more diners don’t serve breakfast all day. It just seems like a no-brainer.

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  7. Breakfast Served Anytime … oh, those are loving words that go right to my heart as the french toast makes its way to my ass.
    Thank you once again for the fun fact history lesson. This will be on my list of places to visit.

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  8. Gail Kaufman says:

    You had me at egg cream. A quality chocolate egg cream is a signature NY treat.

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  9. I go to Denny’s (local) once a week. There I order breakfast at 6:30PM. I have ordered it at 3:00AM. It is nice to be able to do that.

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  10. Richard O says:

    Your essay brought to mind Steven Wright’s line: I went to a restaurant that serves ‘breakfast at any time’. So I ordered French Toast during the Renaissance.

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