There used to be lots of old-fashioned breakfast restaurants on the Upper West Side. Most have converted to the kind that serve eggs, potatoes, meat and toast on a disposable plate. They’re fine, just less satisfying places to hang out for a third cup of coffee. But there remains a holdout: Utopia, 267 Amsterdam (between 72nd and 73rd), has booths and tables, and they let me have a booth all to myself (if they are not too busy), spread out my NY Times, and linger while I watch the crowds on their way to the subway station across the street. I always see lots of regulars, a hustling, no nonsense staff and receive very quick service. The waiters are classic: attentive, quick, unintrusive.
My breakfast special usually consists of two eggs, toast, potatoes, bacon (or other meat), coffee and fresh orange juice. Directly across the street from the 72nd Street subway station (1/2/3 Trains), it is a great launch pad for a walk and visit to such places as the Museum of Natural History and the New York Historical Society.
I always get a warm welcome, expedited service, and often a Daily News or a New York Post, if I ask kindly for a house newspaper. They will not have the New York Times.
It’s my neighbourhood go-to breakfast joint but I see lots of patrons eating their dinner there in the evenings, when I walk by.