1392 Lexington Avenue.
New York, NY, 10128
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If breakfast is truly the most important meal of the day, then why shouldn't it be the most delicious? At Repast, the charming café located opposite the 92nd Street Y, mornings start with an extraordinary array of homemade specialties: hot-from-the-oven oatmeal rolls, addictive, buttery cinnamon twists, superb scones, flaky croissants, and hearty muffins. (The Morning Glory, which features apple, carrots and pecan, is a particularly big seller, as are the low-fat mixed berry.) The coffee here is also among the city's best, which isn't a surprise once you discover that chef/owner Debbie Brindley is originally from Seattle.Review By: Brian Scott Lipton
Even in the mornings, the occasional customer can be found munching on something from Repast's equally appealing lunch/dinner menu. Among my favorites are the dilled chicken salad sandwich (served on homemade bread), the spicy Santa Fe chicken salad, chock full of peppers, and the excellent Caesar salad loaded with homemade croutons and shredded parmesan. There's always a soup of the day – no matter what's on tap, you can't go wrong – and first-rate quiche. If you can't decide, don't worry; Repast offers a number of combination plates.
Desserts include yummy cupcakes (a recent addition to the menu) and a variety of cookies, including shortbread and chocolate chip; fudgy brownies or luscious lemon bars sometimes appear when Brindley makes them for one of her many catering jobs. One of these superb sweets, accompanied by a steaming cappuccino, comforting cup of tea or glass of homemade lemonade, makes a fine mid-afternoon pick-me-up.
There is some "bad" news: Repast closes by 8 p.m, Monday-Thursday, 4 p.m. on Friday, and isn't open on the weekends. Oh well, you know what they say -- absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Neighborhood: East 90s & Up
Entree Price: <$10