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10 Best Breakfasts in New York City

Enjoy a delicious breakfast no matter your budget


Whether you're spending your day at a business conference or sightseeing, it makes sense to fuel up for the day ahead. These restaurants serve up NYC's best breakfasts, from soft-boiled eggs to out-of-this-world pancakes, we've got choices for everyone.

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1. Balthazar

A pedestrian walks past the front of the SoHo restaurant Balthazar Janauary 31, 2003 in New York City.
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Cafe au lait ($4.25) and pain au chocolate ($3) at Balthazar instantly transports you from SoHo to Paris at Keith McNally's bistro. While weekend brunch (think 11 a.m. and later) can be crazy, weekday breakfast is a serene opportunity to enjoy eggs en cocotte ($7.50).
  • Address: 80 Spring St. (Crosby & Broadway)
  • Telephone: 965-1414
  • Neighborhood: SoHo
  • Hours: Breakfast from 7:30 a.m., 8 a.m. on weekends
  • Subway: N/R to Prince St.; 6 to Spring St.
  • Price Range: $8 and up

2. Barney Greengrass

Barney Greengrass is famous for its smoked salmon, sturgeon and Nova -- enjoy them with eggs($10-16), or a bagel with cream cheese and capers. If you're looking for something different, try the cheese blintzes($10.50) or homemade chicken liver($10.75).
  • Cuisine: Jewish/New York Deli
  • Address: 541 Amsterdam Ave. (bet. 86th & 87th Sts.)
  • Telephone: 212-724-4707
  • Neighborhood: Upper West Side
  • Hours: Breakfast and Lunch, Tuesday - Sunday from 8 am to 4 pm (5 pm on Sat/Sun)
  • Subway: B/C to 86th St.; 1 to 86th St.
  • Price Range: $15 and up (cash only)

3. The Breslin

Whether you want something healthy (grapefruit with ginger sugar and mint $7) or decadent (full English breakfast $23), April Bloomfield's restaurant in the Ace Hotel is a great choice for breakfast.
  • Cuisine: British
  • Address: 16 West 29th Street (Broadway/5th)
  • Phone: 212-679-1939
  • Neighborhood: Murray Hill
  • Hours: 7 - 11:45 a.m(brunch 'til 4 p.m. on weekends)
  • Subway: N/R to 28th Street
  • Price Range: $4-23

4. Buvette

You might think you're in a neighborhood cafe in Paris when you visit Buvette, which makes it easy to enjoy a delicious breakfast there. Whether you want a croissant served with butter and jam ($5) or steamed eggs with prosciutto ($12), there are plenty of options both indulgent and virtuous to enjoy in this easy-going spot.
  • Cuisine: French
  • Address: 42 Grove St
  • Telephone: 212-255-3590
  • Neighborhood: West Village
  • Hours: Breakfast 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. (10 a.m. on Sat/Sun)
  • Subway: A/C/E or B/D/F/M to West 4th; 1 to Christopher St.
  • Price Range: $5-12

5. Clinton St. Baking Co

Clinton Street Baking Co
Photo by Dyske Suematsu, used with permission.
Since 2001, Clinton Street Baking Company has been drawing crowds for their amazing pancakes. If you want to avoid a long wait for brunch, try to dine during the week or if you're craving breakfast for dinner, they serve a selection of breakfast items on their dinner menu.
  • Cuisine: American
  • Address: 4 Clinton Street (East Houston/Stanton)
  • Telephone: 646-602-6263
  • Neighborhood: SoHo
  • Hours: 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily (no dinner Sunday, counter service only from 8-9 a.m. on weekends)
  • Subway: J/M/Z to Essex Street; F to Delancey or 2nd Ave
  • Price Range: $9-17

6. Dominique Ansel Bakery

Dominique Ansel Bakery
Photo by Thomas Schauer, used with permission.
This SoHo bakery has both counter and table service, and has a year-round greenhouse/garden area in the back. People love their pastries, as well as their egg sandwiches, making it a suitable choice whether you're craving something savory or sweet.
  • Cuisine: French/Bakery
  • Address: 189 Spring Street
  • Telephone: 212-219-2773
  • Neighborhood: SoHo
  • Hours: Breakfast and Lunch, Tuesday - Sunday from 8 am to 4 pm (5 pm on Sat/Sun)
  • Subway: C/E to Spring Street; N/R/W to Prince Street
  • Price Range: $3 and up

7. Kitchenette

Delicious home-style breakfasts are Kitchenette's forte, including peach or blueberry pancakes ($10.25) and homemade biscuits ($3.50).
    Downtown Location
  • Address: 80 W Broadway
  • Phone: 212-267-6740
  • Neighborhood: Tribeca
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Sat-Sun 9 a.m.-11 p.m.
  • Subway: 1/9 to 125th Street
  • Price Range: $6 and up
    Uptown Location
  • Address: 1272 Amsterdam (122 St.)
  • Phone: 212-531-7600
  • Neighborhood: Soha
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Sat-Sun 9 am - 11 p.m.
  • Subway: 1 to 125th Street
  • Price Range: $6 and up

8. Landmarc

Landmarc in the Times Warner Center is a great choice for breakfast, whether you're in the mood for oatmeal with brown sugar ($9) or duck confit hash ($18). Families traveling together will appreciate the restaurant's children's menu which includes green eggs and ham ($12) and cereal ($6) that are sure to satisfy the young palate.
  • Cuisine: Bistro
  • Address: 10 Columbus Circle, 3rd Floor
  • Telephone: 212-823-6123
  • Neighborhood: Columbus Circle
  • Hours: Breakfast 7 a.m. daily
  • Subway: 1, A/C or B/D to 59th Street/Columbus Circle
  • Price Range: $6-18

9. Norma's

From classics like eggs Benedict($21) and buttermilk pancakes($20) to inspired creations like Waz-za?($22), a waffle with fruit inside and out and a brulee top & Fois Gras French Toast($32), with asparagus and wild mushrooms, Norma's offers the ultimate indulgent breakfast.
  • Cuisine: American
  • Address: 118 W. 57th St., in the Parker Meridien
  • Phone: 212-708-7460
  • Neighborhood: Midtown West
  • Hours: breakfast & lunch 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (7 a.m. on weekends)
  • Subway: N/R and B/V to 57th St
  • Price Range: $25 and up

10. Shopsin's

If you're looking for an "only in NYC" breakfast experience, look no further than the legendary Shopsin's, now inside of Essex Market. Keep in mind the rules: no reservations, no groups larger than 4, and no ordering the same thing as someone else at your table. Otherwise, prepare yourself for the craziest menu you've ever seen, possibly foul language and some pretty delicious food.
  • Cuisine: Eclectic
  • Address: 120 Essex St.
  • Telephone: none
  • Neighborhood: Lower East Side
  • Hours: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.; (10 a.m. Sunday) closed Monday & Tuesday
  • Subway: F to Delancy; J/M/Z to Essex
  • Price Range: $8 and up

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