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’s where to start a day off right. Check out our list of 10 amazing places for best breakfast in New York City!1
Tompkins Square Bagels
If you are looking for one of the biggest bagel sandwiches that you will ever eat in your life, look no further than Tompkins Square Bagels in the East Village. Located in Alphabet City, this spot surely is the most hipster feeling with cold brew coffee taps in the front and eclectic choices like a rainbow flavored bagel.
The space inside Tompkins Square Bagels is big for New York standards and has plenty of seating due to the very large dining room style table that encompasses the majority of the back area. You will be impressed with all of the bagel, cream cheese and sandwich options.
But the best part about Tompkins is the customer service. The line is usually very long, especially on the weekends, but that just means you’re going to have a really fresh bagel. And while you’re waiting in line, you get to watch them making the bagels.
Best Bagel and Coffee
Best Bagel and Coffee specializes in offering hand-rolled bagels baked daily on the premises with all-natural flavors. It focuses on creating a simple yet carefully-prepared menu with thoughtful attention to detail featuring only the freshest and high-quality ingredients available.
A small, quick-moving bagel shop near the Garment District, Best Bagel & Coffee lives up to its name, with customers declaring that it is indeed the best in New York. The line gets long, especially with the hungover Saturday crowd, but the toasted everything bagels can’t be beat.
This is for sure a place to check out if you are in midtown and get a bagel craving.
Jack’s Wife Freda
Jack’s Wife Freda is a lively all-day bistro executing American-Mediterranean cooking & classic cocktails in understated digs. Serving breakfast, lunch & dinner, 7 days a week. Long hours, deep sense of hospitality, playful sense of humor and reasonable prices. Revising familiar twists on everyday food.
Husband-and-wife owners have drawn on their New York restaurant backgrounds (Israel & South Africa respectively) and their family histories to bring appealing new flavor to an urban archetype. Together, they’ve created a hospitable hangout with the understated style and savvy all-day service, infused with their warm, welcoming personalities and foods that remind them of home.
If you were going to give the cuisine a long and unwieldy name, it might be South African Israeli Jewish Grandmother Cuisine.
Russ & Daughters
Russ & Daughters is a family owned deli offering high end smoked fish, caviar & New York-style specialty foods and has been operating since 1914. It was started by Joel Russ a Polish immigrant and named his business Russ & Daughters after making his 3 daughters Hattie, Anne and Ida partners in the store. Specialties include their wide selection of smoked fishes and their signature bagel with belly lox or cured salmon belly which has been salt cured or brined never smoked so it has a silky rich texture served with cream cheese, tomato and capers. To serve you are professional sandwich makers have been there for decades. Watch as they hand cut the fish, smear homemade cream cheese, slide in the tomato and finish it off with a couple of capers, you will taste love in every bit. This store is not just treasured by Jewish immigrants but by their children and children’s children that it has become a New York institution.
Paris Baguette Bakery Cafe
Opening in late September of 2016, Paris Baguette is the newest member of the StuyTown retail family. Conveniently located at 264 1st Ave (between 15th and 16th Street), they are just a short walk from any building in StuyTown. The new casual bakery-café franchise offers a wide selection of high-quality French pastries, gourmet sandwiches, salads, coffee, and other beverages. The eatery features its own signature dough that is lighter and less sweet than your typical French bread dough, allowing customers to enjoy a delicious and distinctive flavor.
Paris Baguette offers a unique experience through a combination of self-serve stations as well as over-the-counter options. The franchise strives to provide customers with a special dining experience by combining a bakery-café together with a stylish presentation usually found in more formal eateries. Paris Baguette has found great popularity and is quickly expanding with more than 3,000 stores across multiple countries in Europe as well as Asia, with seven locations in Manhattan alone.
Little Collins is named after the small street in Melbourne, Victoria and they proudly boast an authentic Melbourne street sign given to them by the Melbourne Lord Mayor. A small cafe on prime real estate in the heart of NYC on Lexington Ave is easy to miss due to the fact the shops are crammed into such small spaces.
Every aspect of the café has been designed with the customer experience in mind. From the chic, industrial interior to the delicious, no-nonsense menu to the music that fills the space, Little Collins hits all the senses and makes people feel transported and completely at home, all at once. This is a place where the barista knows your name and remembers your favorite sandwich.
The cafe’s vibe is warm and welcoming as Unglik presides over a rotating staff of 15, overseeing a customer list that spans local workers and expats. Former prime ministers Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd have popped in, and when Melbourne’s mayor, Robert Doyle, was in town recently he brought with him the Little Collins St road sign that now hangs above the counter, the most visible indicator of the cafe’s connection to the Antipodes.
Bagels & Schmear
Bagels & Schmear opened its doors in 2000 in the Flatiron District. They serve a full line of bakery products and all baking is done on premises. Apart from retail, they also do catering and wholesale, and offer free delivery. Looking for best breakfast in New York City? You found it!
For sixty-one years, customers have crowded into Veselka, a cozy Ukrainian coffee shop in New York City’s East Village, to enjoy pierogi, borscht, goulash, and many other unpretentious favorites. Veselka (rainbow in Ukrainian) has grown up from a simple newsstand serving soup and sandwiches into a twenty-four hour gathering place without ever leaving its original location on the corner of East Ninth Street and Second Avenue. Veselka is, quite simply, an institution.
Veselka remains a family-run business: it is currently owned by Darmochwal’s son-in-law, Tom Birchard, who began working at Veselka in 1967, and run by the founder’s grandson, Jason Birchard. The founders’ son, Mykola Darmochwal, maintains a role as consultant.
Buvette is the sort of place where you pop in for a glass of wine and a snack—hunks of creamy Noble Road Brie; slices of saucisson sec fished from jars filled with herbed olive oil—and three hours later realize you’ve stayed for dinner. You’ve polished off a delicious cocotte of falling-off-the-bone coq au vin (the closest thing to an entre here), plus a fat, beautiful slice of perfectly caramelized apple tarte Tatin.
The food is thoughtfully curated, served on tiny plates and in little jars and crocks, receptacles tailor-made for the restaurant’s very tight quarters. Williams packs an awful lot of flavor into these dishes. They arrive all at once as a bountiful spread, designed to be shared like an indoor picnic.
12 Chairs Cafe offers a broad selection of Israeli wines from boutique wineries that enhance the delicious array of Israeli and Middle Eastern dishes like the shakshuka, jacnun, and hamin. 12 Chairs Café is committed to freshness and quality from both local and overseas markets. Pita bread is flown in from Israel and baked on site while spices, pickles, labneh cheese, tahini and other delights are also delivered from Israel.
Would you rather have breakfast at Tiffany’s? Now you actually can!