Quick thinking is the key to success at this classic cafeteria: once the line reaches the counter, you have only a few seconds to place your order, pick a side, order a drink and pay. For breakfast, we like the generous stack of French toast with a side of poached eggs. For lunch, it’s the baked chicken, so sumptuous that the meat falls off the bone. There’s always the question of whether to eat the sweet, cakey biscuits with your meal or save them for dessert; either way, make your choice the first time around. Otherwise, it’s back to the line.
1518 E 53rd St
|Cross street:||between Harper and Lake Park Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon-Sun 5:30am-10pm|
|Transport:||Bus: 2, 15, 28, 55, 171. Train: Elec Main to 51st/53rd St (Hyde Park).|
|Price:||Average main course: $7|