Think of toast and it”s likely that clinking glasses or buttered bread comes to mind.

Jefffrey’s Breakfast Toast

It”s hard to imagine as a main course but head to a handful of restos serving up a weekday breakfast and toast now gets title case on the menu along with the ubiquitous omelet and granola topped yogurt.  I”ve actually dreamed about getting toasted at Jeffrey”s Grocery & Oyster Bar – not with the see-and-be-seen nighttime crowds that pack into this rustic West Village charmer but early in the morning when the shop feels like local luncheonette Americana circa early 20th century. Deviled egg salad has a kick with spicy mayo and arugula while there”s a deep freshness to the avocado mash that is tinged with lime and cilantro and topped with a roasted tomato confit.  Factor in the ciabatta toast – it’s rich and chewy with just the right amount of crisp – and the proletariat toast takes on a royal pedigree.

What”s up next for that toaster?  There”s a pricey crostini waiting for you at Gottino and a tartine over at Buvette.  Now, that”s something to toast about!

JEFFREY”S GROCERY & OYSTER BAR 172 Waverly Place, at the corner of Christopher Street, Greenwich Village, NYC. Tel. 646-398-7630

GOTTINO 52 Greenwich Avenue, between West 10th and Charles Street, Greenwich Village, NYC. Tel. 212.633.2590

BUVETTE 42 Grove Street, between Bleecker and Bedford Streets, West Village, NYC. Tel. 212.255.3590

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