The 10 Best Breakfasts in NYC

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Breakfast offerings from Buvette
Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but it too often becomes an afterthought, skipped altogether in lieu of a hurried borough-to-borough commute. New York may not be much of a breakfast town -- unless you count the hordes who queue for corner store coffee and a mediocre egg on a roll -- but the city has a lot more to offer than that much-hyped cocktail hour we call weekend brunch. And one could argue that pancakes taste just as good on Monday as they do after an hour-long wait on Saturday.

Here are the 10 best breakfasts in NYC, which range from shops where you can grab sandwiches to-go, bakery/coffee shop duos, and bistros where you can indulge longer mornings playing hooky.

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10. City Bakery, 3 West 18th Street
Open weekdays at 7:30 a.m.

This two-level cafe near Union Square is packed almost any time of the week, but crowds are thin early in the morning, which makes it easier to grab what you want. The place made its name on its enormous and unusual breakfast pastries -- the pretzel croissant, the cinnamon-y baker's muffin -- which share case space with standby muffins and other pastries. The staff behind the coffee bar will make up any single-origin invention you can come up with, and if you're willing to throw down the (admittedly steep) $7.50 for a mug of hot chocolate, you may join the ranks of those you can't stop raving about the stuff, even in the summer months.

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Milk Bar via Facebook
9. Milk Bar, 620 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn
Open weekdays at 7:30 a.m.

Milk Bar occupies a nearly park-adjacent corner in Prospect Heights, and it catches morning sunlight from multiple directions. The small cafe serves a simple menu, which matches the minimalist wooden booths and peaceful decibel level. A number of offerings revolve around toast: Sweet fiends should opt for the syrupy strawberry compote; savory breakfast fans might go with the egg "toasties" with avocado and salsa or ham and Gruyere. Pair your a.m. meal to a cup of single origin coffee.

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8. Ess-a-Bagel, 359 First Avenue and 831 Third Avenue
Open weekdays at 6:30 a.m.

"We don't toast," declares the team behind the spit-shield at this old school spot (the Midtown location is newer). The bagel-mongers wield loaded cream-cheese spreaders and apply the topping at alarming speeds -- they have to if they're going to contend with the line that forms during breakfast hours. During the morning rush, you'll watch a batch of doughy, shiny rounds come out of the oven and be tossed into baskets, only to be pointed at, sliced to order, topped with eggs and cheese or cream cheese and lox, and then wrapped and handed over to a hungry customer within minutes. Bagels aren't toasted here because it's unlikely they'll get cold enough to need it.

Location Info

City Bakery

3 W. 18th St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Milk Bar

620 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Ess-a-Bagel

359 First Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Pies 'N' Thighs

166 S. Fourth St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

Lafayette

380 Lafayette St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Russ & Daughters Cafe

127 Orchard St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Morandi

211 Waverly Place, New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Tom's Diner

782 Washington Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

Buvette

42 Grove St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant


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33 comments
Lila Guerra
Lila Guerra

Vamos Juan Luis, Montse Enciso y Mauricio Muñoz

Djvin Man
Djvin Man

you heard of afternoon delight, well, morning delight is better than breakfast :)

Adam Coyne
Adam Coyne

You cant beat an English or an Irish breakfast after a load of ale the night before. Failing that, a half decent bacon & egg toastie with brown sauce will suffice !

Ted Cantu
Ted Cantu

Like bitching about how much you hate brunch

Cole Forst
Cole Forst

Once again eating donuts as you tag this Royal ...

Djvin Man
Djvin Man

how about a woman for breakfast

Mateo D Leon
Mateo D Leon

Sofia Padilla Melody Moloci I love breakfast haha

David Hellman
David Hellman

Been gone a few years now Christopher... NYC waits for no one...

Christopher McBride
Christopher McBride

they're gone? oh fudge :( I really wanted to try that place too, damn landlords raising rents (or whatever the reason)

Karen Wertheim
Karen Wertheim

SD!!!! Would I EVER steer you wrong??? Come back and let's go!

Sarah Donze
Sarah Donze

Karen Wertheim mmmm buvette your spot!! Xo

Maria Panico
Maria Panico

Io a Ny vengo da Turista!!! Fa tutto tu!!!

Jai Schmidt
Jai Schmidt

Pretzel croissant sounds good but not $7.50 for hot chocolate. How much do these overpriced businesses pay to be advertised?

Roxy Anniuk
Roxy Anniuk

he people and food at AtlasCafe & Bakery 73 2nd Ave(Btwn 4th & 5th St)

Ernest Aguirre
Ernest Aguirre

Toast that resembles slices of burnt firewood, under cooked bacon and runny scrambled eggs. Home cooking, if you live in an isolated shack

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