If breakfast is your favorite meal, then The Chef – a breakfast cafe may become your favorite Manhattan morning restaurant. First opened in the 1940s, this wildly popular eatery re-opened in 2008, after more than 20 years hiatus. Today this downtown restaurant wakes customers up with a cobalt ceiling and sunshine-colored walls as well as a whimsical clock that resembles a giant fried egg. Then there’s the food, which Food Network Magazine has already praised. Egg lovers may enjoy a bacon- and sausage-rich smothered breakfast burrito, or the very popular Smoked Salmon Benedict. House-made granola or PB&J pancakes satisfy a morning sweet tooth and kids have their own menu. ‘Sammies’ and salads are also available. On weekends order an Irish coffee, a Prosecco float, or another ‘adult beverage’ to make long lines more tolerable.