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Dubious Breakfast Awards

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Details runs a piece on the "Best Breakfasts in America" and two NYC places make the cut. The appearance of UWS staple Barney Greengrass is no surprise, but the other contender is not one of the famous brunch spots or bakeries that typically make these lists. Instead they pick Chinatown's Mei Lai Wah Coffee House: "The decrepit booths and dinging cash register conjure a glorious time when breakfast, not brunch, was king...the shop’s raison d’être: char siu bao. They resemble dinner rolls, distinguished only by the sheen of sugary syrup painted on their brown tops. But inside each eggy bun lurks pork. And not just pork—really fatty pork slicked with sticky, savory sauce." [Details]

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