In the hurried rush from borough to borough, breakfast is often overlooked. With breakfast being the most important meal of the day, it is time to go beyond the corner coffee shop and enjoy the breakfast that New York has to offer.

There is much more to offer than just the hyped-up weekend brunch in the city. New York is full of shops where you can grab sandwiches to go, bakery & coffee shop duos, and bistros that offer incredible breakfast. Here are the top ten breakfasts that will keep you satisfied until lunch. Whether you are living in New York or visiting New York, you can have the best breakfast in New York. Depending on your mood and amount of time, there is a fantastic breakfast experience for everyone.

Best Breakfast in New York


Tom's Diner

  • Address: 782 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn

  • Business hours: Open at 7 a.m. Monday – Friday

Since 1936, Tom’s has served many tasty pancakes and egg dishes.

Tall backless stools lining the counter provide the perfect seating to enjoy fluffy pancakes and waffles smothered in delicious toppings. Of course, no breakfast is complete without the eggs. You can enjoy any style of eggs and omelets you like while taking in the décor that takes you back to the classics.



  • Address: 211 Waverly Place

  • Business hours: Open at 8 a.m. Monday – Friday

Take in a taste of Italy at this Italian trattoria.

Enjoy a simple breakfast from the comfortable, rustic farm tables and wooden chairs. Dine on eggs done any way you like with a side of fresh vegetables, or grilled bread with fruit preserves. Get a taste of Italian breakfast fare with a seasonal frittata or breakfast pizza covered with Italian cheeses, pancetta or smoked fish.


Russ & Daughters Cafe

  • Address: 127 Orchard Street

  • Business hours: Open at 10 a.m. Monday – Friday

This Jewish café continues to serve traditional smoked fish and other Jewish staples.

Although the décor may seem a bit simple, the history and food is so much more. Enjoy fresh bagels and breads with a variety of spreads and fish, eggs with potato latkes and fish, or a smoked salmon cream cheese omelet. Russ & Daughters Café also offers a sweeter side to breakfast with babka French toast and blintzes.



  • Address: 380 Lafayette Street

  • Business hours: Open at 7:30 a.m. Monday – Friday

Get the Parisian weekend experience during the week.

Lafayettee can sure make the best breakfast in New York. Enjoy some farm fresh eggs with pommes de rotisserie or oatmeal topped with cognac stewed fruit from the comfortable leather banquettes. With quiche du jour or lemon pancakes with fruit, you are sure to have the full brunch experience any day of the week.



  • Address: 359 First Avenue and 831 Third Avenue

  • Business hours: Open at 6:30 a.m. Monday – Friday

Enjoy a delicious bagel topped with one of several toppings.

Here at Ess-a-Bagel they do not toast their bagels, because they will never cool enough to eat. Rather you get to enjoy a bagel with a generous about of toppings. Experience a bagel topped with eggs and cheese or cream cheese and lox.



Business hours: 

  • Open at 7:30 a.m. Monday – Friday

  • Open at 8 a.m. on Saturday & Sunday

This traditional French bistro is sure to please.

Be transported to Paris while you enjoy pain au chocolate and café au lait. Compared to the busy weekend, you can enjoy a peaceful breakfast of eggs en cocotte during the week.


Barney Greengrass

Business hours: Open at 8 a.m. Tuesday – Sunday

The fresh, hand chosen fish at this Jewish Deli will definitely get your approval.

Enjoy some of Barney Greengrass’s famous smoked salmon, sturgeon or Nova. Add a side of eggs or a bagel with cream cheese and capers. Experience their sweeter side with cheese blintzes, or even a taste of home with their homemade chicken liver.



Business hours: 

  • Open at 8 a.m. from Monday – Friday

  • Open at 10 a.m. on Saturday & Sunday

Buvette truly brings the relaxing feel of a small French café to you.

As one of the best breakfast in New York, one can experience the story behind the food as you enjoy your early morning espresso or croissant with butter and jam. Or, try their steamed eggs with prosciutto. You are definitely going to find something that pleases your appetite. Buvette’s has several indulgent, fresh and local ingredients to choose from.



Business hours: Open daily at 7 a.m.

Located in the Times Warner Center, Landmarc is a great family bistro.

As your kids choose from green eggs and ham or cereal, you can enjoy oatmeal with brown sugar or duck confit hash. This family oriented bistro combines the best of French and Italian cuisines.



Business hours: 

  • Open at 9 a.m. from Wednesday – Saturday

  • Open at 10 a.m. on Sunday

  • Closed on Monday & Tuesday

Get the full New York experience when you indulge at Shopsins.

You will get a unique experience at this restaurant when you follow its unique rules and eat off its crazy menu. As long as you remember that there are no reservations, no groups larger than four and no one can order the same thing off the menu, you will have the most unforgettable New York style experience, as long as you don’t mind a little foul language.


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