Soft-Boiled Egg & Cappuccino

65 Bleecker Street bet. Broadway & Lafayette Street

Believe it or not, it's not that common to find soft-boiled eggs offered on a breakfast menu, but I can always count on Le Pain Quotidien. I figure it's because the cooking time requires a level of sensitivity and precision that some kitchens can't handle. (For example, there's a noticeable difference between a 3-minute egg and a 4-minute egg.) Personal preferences vary: I like mine with the yolk runny–but warmed up–and the whites just set. Though it's served with a small variety of breads, my favorite one to dip in the yolk is still the baguette, dabbed with softened, salted butter. It's good to have a nice sit-down breakfast before work every now and then, just to collect your thoughts and have a "civilised" start to the day.