These restaurants are perfect for early meetings or leisurely meals.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It's also a meal that many New Yorkers skip. This is a shame because so many restaurants in this city do some amazing things before 11 a.m. Whether it's with a civilized traditional Japanese breakfast, an egg-stuffed burrito, bagels and lox, or outrageously good banana pancakes, here are 29 places to start a day off right. More from Patty Diez at NY Eater: 1 King David Tacos Financial District worker bees now have a breakfast taco option in King David Taco, a Prospect Park cart that has added another in downtown Manhattan. Weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., three breakfast tacos are on offer: BPEC (bacon, potato, egg, and cheese), Queen Bean (refried beans, potato, egg, and cheese), and Or’izo (Mexican chorizo, potato, egg, and cheese). New York NY 10005 2 George's New York Since the 1950s, George’s has been fueling the FiDi work crowd ahead of a day’s work. The no-nonsense diner is serving breakfast essentials like chocolate pancakes, eggs with hash browns, waffles, and many omelets. The familial staff and setting at George’s are hard to find elsewhere. 89 Greenwich St New York, NY 10006 (212) 269-8026 3 Augustine Keith McNally’s aesthetic lends itself to the ground floor of the Beekman Hotel, where Augustine’s yellow-hued dining room presents a lovely setting for a leisurely breakfast. It’s traditional breakfast items on the menu like eggs in a hole and avocado toast, even though prices are along the lines of dinnertime. Get a basket of pastries, provided by the always-stellar Balthazar Bakery. 5 Beekman St New York, NY 10038 (212) 375-0010 4 Bubby's For the last 25 years, Bubby’s has been serving brunch every single day to the people of Tribeca. Classic morning options like eggs Benedict, huevos rancheros, and a smoked salmon bagel are served every day until 4 p.m. For something sweeter, consider the buttermilk biscuits with Vermont butter and homemade jam. 120 Hudson St New York, NY 10013 (212) 219-0666 5 Shopsin's General Store Kenny Shopsin's Essex Street Market restaurant is often super busy during brunch on the weekends, but breakfast Wednesday through Friday rarely comes with a wait (Shopsin's is closed on Monday and Tuesday). The massive menu can be overwhelming to newcomers, but start with the “blisters on my sister” category (essentially a skillet of rice and beans or chickpea stew or really anything else, topped with two sunny-side up eggs), or the pumpkin pancakes. 120 Essex St New York, NY 10002 (212) 924-5160 6 Café Habana Between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on a weekday is an easier time to sneak into this usually packed restaurant. Cuban-Mexican breakfast eats include huevos rancheros, an egg sandwich with black beans, huevos divorciados (like huevos rancheros with salsa verde), and eggs with chorizo. Bonus: 95 percent of the breakfast items at this Nolita restaurant clock in under $10. 17 Prince St New York, NY 10012 (212) 625-2001 7 Atla Atla serves breakfast until 4:00 p.m., but stopping in for breakfast in the morning is a quieter scenario. The chilaquiles are the move. Skip the fake milks. Sit by the large windows. 372 Lafayette St New York, NY 10012 (646) 837-6464 8 Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria For breakfast, this excellent Noho restaurant serves a breakfast sandwich with a fried egg, fontina, and salame rosa; baked eggs with toast and sage; and Tuscan kale with eggs and parmigiano reggiano. Healthier options here include chia pudding with almond milk, agave, and seasonal fruit; yogurt with fresh fruit, granola, and honey; and a hot cereal blend with fruit and maple syrup. House-made pastries like the almond croissant, olive oil cake, and pain aux raisin are also available. 53 Great Jones St New York, NY 10012 (212) 837-2622 9 Buvette The eggs at Jody Williams’s Grove Street charmer are cooked with the steam wand on the espresso machine, normally used to make a cappuccino — and they're perfect. Diners have the option of topping them with either smoked salmon or prosciutto, or the occasional offering of caviar and crème fraîche. A meal at Buvette feels like you’ve escaped to Paris. 42 Grove St New York, NY 10014 (212) 255-3590 10 Veselka This Ukrainian diner offers breakfast 24 hours a day. The menu has challah French toast, pancakes, waffles, and latkes served with sour cream and apple sauce. The blintzes and pierogis are especially great. 144 2nd Ave New York, NY 10003 (212) 228-9682 11 Panya Bakery The $11.50 breakfast special at this Japanese bakery gets you a plank of fish (salmon or tilapia), a bowl of rice, vegetables, choice of salad, and miso soup with a generous portion of tofu. For Robert Sietsema, there is not a more filling or more broad-ranging breakfast in the East Village. 8 Stuyvesant St New York, NY 10003 (212) 777-1930 12 Fairfax Gabriel Stulman's charming aesthetic got a revamp when Perla flipped to Fairfax, an all-day cafe and wine bar resembling a living room. At breakfast time, settle into one of the leather couches or large armchairs for gravlax with challah chips, some eggs, or avocado toast. 234 W 4th St New York, NY 10014 (212) 933-1824 13 High Street on Hudson This is a great place for a breakfast meeting. High Street offers three killer breakfast sandwiches: the pastrami and hash, a vegetarian option called The Forager, and a spin on the classic BEC that comes with malted breakfast sausage and a sage-black pepper biscuit. If you want something lighter, consider the yogurt with pistachios, fruit, and cardamom honey. 637 Hudson St New York, NY 10014 (917) 388-3944 14 abcV Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Paulette Cole’s newest Abc offspring is serving a morning meal that includes sunny side up eggs with smoked potatoes and market vegetables; savory rice and millet congee; and scrambled eggs with broccoli, rupert cheese, and dill. A selection of dosas includes one that's filled with yogurt, avocado, and sprouts. The vegetarian restaurant serves a breakfast that’s satisfying and mostly healthy. 38 E.19th St New York, NY 10003 15 Daily Provisions Fantastic breakfast sandwiches and a quick-serve mentality have made Daily Provisions a commuter’s dream for a morning meal. Get any of the breakfast sandwiches, updated with choices like provolone and smoked Gouda. Of the sandwiches, the Italian and sausage varieties are best of all. Take a cruller to go. 103 East 19th Street New York, NY (212) 488-1505 16 Cookshop Marc Meyer and Vicki Friedman's all day restaurant Cookshop is a fun place to go for breakfast before or after touring The High Line. Seasonal items like a squash blossom frittata are served alongside popular mainstays like buttermilk pancakes, huevos rancheros, and a spinach and cheddar scramble. For a well-rounded breakfast, the bowl of kale, spinach, farro, falafel, feta, hazelnuts, and a sunnyside up egg is a strong choice. 156 10th Ave New York, NY 10011 (212) 924-4440 17 Sullivan Street Bakery Even if unknowingly, almost all New Yorkers have tried the bread from Sullivan Street, since it's sold to many restaurants around the city. The dishes are just as fantastic. Any of the poached egg options are great, and the soft eggs with sausage and gruyere are good, too. 236 9th Ave New York, NY 10001 (212) 243-1105 18 El Rey Annex California-inspired Lower East Side restaurant El Rey has opened an outpost called El Rey Annex inside the Todd Snyder Madison Square store. The menu here at breakfast time features pastries, lemon-cardamom granola with blueberry yogurt, and coconut chia pudding with mango, pineapple, and goji. 25 E 26th St New York, NY 10010 19 The NoMad Restaurant This Eater 38 member does breakfast right. Served in the hotel’s atrium, the vibe is mellow and perfect for an early morning meeting. One of the staples of the breakfast menu is the egg sandwich, which comes with duck sausage and cheddar on a homemade English muffin. There is also a popular French toast with maple-glazed bananas and walnuts. For those looking for a healthier option, the granola with berries and yogurt is solid, too. For $27, a breakfast special comes with juice and coffee or tea; two eggs any style; toast; your choice of bacon or sausage; and potatoes or avocado. 1170 Broadway New York, NY 10001 (212) 796-1500 20 Pershing Square Café The team at this Grand Central-adjacent bistro takes its pancakes very seriously. Traditional buttermilk or 100% whole wheat, options include blueberry, strawberry, banana, or chocolate chip. The pancakes are so fluffy and buttery, a scoop of butter on the side is unnecessary. The rest of the breakfast menu is just like diner fare: not fancy or terribly interesting, but always solid. 90 E 42nd St New York, NY 10017 (212) 286-9600 21 Great Northern Food Hall Claus Meyer’s Great Northern Food Hall starts serving the most important meal at 8:00 a.m. during the week. There are a few power-breakfast options like one that comes with scrambled eggs and salmon, juice, and bottomless coffee for $25. Get any of the pastries. 89 E 42nd St New York, NY 10017 (646) 568-4020 22 Margon The lunch counter is mobbed during lunchtime, but it's peaceful in the mornings before 10:00 a.m. During lunch its magnificent Cuban sandwiches are the clear choice, but breakfast calls for an egg platter or an omelet (all under $7), and a Cuban coffee. Its storefront can be easy to miss. 136 W 46th St New York, NY 10036 (212) 354-5013 23 Choza Taqueria Eater’s senior critic Robert Sietsema is a fan of the breakfast tacos at this stall inside Gotham West Market. For a more filing option, try the breakfast burrito, which comes with scrambled eggs, cheese, potatoes, peppers, and pico de gallo. 600 11th Ave New York, NY 10036 24 White Gold Butchers Chef April Bloomfield's Upper West Side butcher shop has totally nailed the breakfast sandwich. No matter the addition of ham, sausage, or bacon, the egg and cheese at White Gold strikes the balance between high and lowbrow. A poppy-studded kaiser roll sandwiches eggs that are cooked in beef fat with always-solid American cheese. 375 Amsterdam Ave New York, NY 10024 (212) 362-8731 25 Maison Kayser Eric Kayser’s bakery and cafe serves a petit déjeuner that brings in a mix of solo diners and people having business meetings. Kayser may be known for his pastries, but the eggs and tartines shouldn’t be missed either. The menu includes eggs with avocado, feta, and red onions on quinoa bread; and a casserole of smoked salmon, asparagus, eggs, ricotta, capers, and red onions. 1535 3rd Ave New York, NY 10028 (212) 348-8400 26 Good Enough to Eat This Upper West Side restaurant is well-known for its American comfort food, including its morning options. Popular options include waffles filled with bacon, banana-walnut pancakes, and corned beed hash with biscuits. It’s casual all-day food that the neighborhood has been lining up for for years. 520 Columbus Ave New York, NY 10024 (212) 496-0163 27 Barney Greengrass Barney Greengrass is a true New York institution. The menu includes a long list of omelettes and egg sandwiches, but you're definitely going to want to try something with smoked fish. A great first order is the eggs with a side of pastrami salmon. Barney Greengrass is closed on Mondays, but it opens every other day at 8 a.m. 541 Amsterdam Ave New York, NY 10024 (212) 724-4707 28 Sarabeth's East You can’t go wrong with one of Sarabeth’s omelettes or other egg options, served with your choice of scone, croissant, muffin, or toast. The menu also has sweet dishes like a coconut waffles with rum butter and fresh mango. A basket of homemade muffins includes flavors like pumpkin, blueberry, apple, and raisin. 1295 Madison Ave New York, NY 10128 (212) 410-7335 29 Absolute Bagels For a breakfast-on-the-go, this Upper West Side bakery and bagel shop is a fine choice. Like [arguably] the perfect cookie, the bagels here are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. There’s is a wide variety of spreads for smearing, too. 2788 Broadway New York, NY 10025 (212) 932-2052