The Blog from Oi Polloi presents: by Nigel Lawson •

For this month's eatery we're taking a trip across the Atlantic with guest-eater and Oi Polloi boss Nigel Lawson. Photos courtesy of Josh Rothery.

Until I found La Bonbonniere, I was pretty down on New York. Over the last 20 years I’d been to New York a few times, and I’d always thought it was rubbish, but then I found this place and I was like, “Okay, New York’s alright.”

When I’d lived in Arizona and travelled around the states, I’d get up in the morning and have breakfast at a truck-stop. I’ve always liked the English breakfast, so it was a very homely thing to sit down and have a big breakfast. Admittedly they’d have ZZ Top on and they’d be guys with T-bar moustaches and trucker caps sat there, but the breakfast was so similar to our breakfast that it made me feel at home.

But when I got to New York, I couldn’t find that breakfast—there was no friendliness and none of that home cooked feeling. So when I found this place and saw the menu, it made me feel at home in New York.

It’s weird because with a name like that, it sounds like a French fine dining place, but it’s not—it’s three Mexican guys making hash browns, bacon and chocolate pancakes. It’s just a very old, traditional bit of America that’s been there for years. It’s exactly what you think America is going to be like. You can tell the interior hasn’t changed since the 50s—you know, plastic chairs and Formica-topped tables.

Two eggs, sunny side up, Canadian ham, home fries with white toast and butter. It’s very, very unhealthy, but you don’t need to eat again until tea-time.

If you’re in New York, you should go. It’s that basic, cheap, great food.

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  • PC PLOD

    “question is which has got the better hill to ride your bike down – Jutland street in manchester or bridge street in stockport. And do the cobbles make a difference? Yeah new york’s alright, but fuck me you ever walked past mcvitie’s after midnight fucked off your head and the delicate overwhelming intoxicating smell that makes you go, fucking smart i’m coming up on my pill again… life innit, it’s not where you go, it’s where you find it.”
    thus illustrating the evils of drug abuse..

  • PC PLOD

    opines

  • mike blaize

    Spiegel. .yes its in the village..but by night its a sports bar..
    Waffles, Amazing omelettes and even something for veggies!!
    Guys who own ride bikes..KTM’s for fun

  • MarkEbyGumSmith

    Get yerself to Moonstruck on 3rd Ave. proper and a decent price too, but best thing is its full of fat cops… Eggs,bacon,chips (square ones) and a free episode of Kojak to boot for less than a fiver!

  • markyesmithy

    question is which has got the better hill to ride your bike down – Jutland street in manchester or bridge street in stockport. And do the cobbles make a difference? Yeah new york’s alright, but fuck me you ever walked past mcvitie’s after midnight fucked off your head and the delicate overwhelming intoxicating smell that makes you go, fucking smart i’m coming up on my pill again… life innit, it’s not where you go, it’s where you find it.

  • GhostFaceGriller

    The delis, small cafes, and diners are THE best thing about New York.

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