Breakfast is like a religion in New York. How we start our day dictates how the rest of it will fare, and us New Yorkers don’t play with our options. Whether it’s a quick bagel and coffee stop, or sitting down for a hearty serving of home fries, eggs and French toast, these are some of the best spots in the city for that way above-average start to your day.
1 Cafe Gitane
This French-Moroccan spot will make you feel like you're grabbing breakfast in Europe, not to mention they make the best avocado toast in the city. Breakfast options include their incredible baked eggs, prosciutto on baguette toast and their famous paw print mocha lattes.
242 Mott Street
2 The Grey Dog
Comfort food at its finest, The Grey Dog is a homey, laid-back classic. Whether you're looking to grab a hearty meal of eggs and home fries or a coffee and a quick bite, this is the go-to for when you just want a relaxing start to your day.
This L.A favorite is making its mark on the east coast with a three-month residency inside Chefs Club Counter. The California breakfast sandwich staple has already attracted hordes of New Yorkers since its opening, so be ready to make a line for the best bacon, egg and cheese of your life. On the menu is a New York exclusive: brioche bun, smoked salmon, house-made fromage blanc dressing, Havarti cheese, and a sunny-side-up egg.
62 Spring Street
4 Black Seed Bagels
If a good old hand-rolled, wood-oven-baked bagel is what you crave, or you're hungover and need a cure, look no further than one of Black Seed Bagel's flavorful offerings. Fresh and right out of the wood-oven, their dough is both soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside, i.e. the way every bagel should be. Grab a classic everything with a big smear of cream cheese or explore their creative options, including the pepperoni pizza bagel.
Nolita, Battery Park City, East Village
For a filling, satisfying breakfast, Felice's menu offers pretty much everything you could want in the morning. Highlights: by far the best French toast in the city, authentic Italian baked eggs, and flavorful classics like avocado toast and eggs benedict. But seriously, get the French toast.
Upper East Side and Financial District