The Smile’s Breakfast Menu, Our Cheap Eat of the Day


The breakfast menu at The Smile (26 Bond Street, 646-329-5836), $3.75-$10

Pop in for a meeting at this downtown mainstay and order a little breakfast — even if it’s mid-afternoon.

Head to this trendy downtown mainstay on a weekday, and you’ll likely find it full of creative types holding meetings over a cup of coffee and a pastry. We find the proposition compelling — the restaurant serves a roster of humble fare, dealing in eggs and toast, fancied up sandwiches, and thoughtful salads. The breakfast menu is a deal, especially when you order it at lunch; not a single item costs more than $10, and the kitchen will serve you these morning dishes until 4:30 p.m. We like the simplicity of the softly scrambled eggs, buttered sourdough toast, and lightly dressed greens, but we’ve also been known to opt for the homemade granola or pair a scone with a side of juicy breakfast sausage. Or go all out with the continental, a platter of cheese, fruit, pastries, and spreads.

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Restaurants open at a dizzying pace in New York City, and keeping up with what’s hot takes some serious cash. If you — like us — need the occasional reprieve from a food-forward spending spree, you’re likely always on the lookout for cheap eats of high quality. In this space each day, we’ll highlight a tasty dish that rings in for less than $10, spotlighting places worth checking out when you’d like to get full while giving your wallet a break.