Best Bakery for Breakfast in NYC

The 7 Best Breakfast Spots In NYC

Finding the best breakfast places in NYC isn’t hard; what’s hard is trying to decide on just one spot.

What’s a typical NYC breakfast? There isn’t really one, so you can make it what you want. If you wake up a bit late from exploring the city the night before, then know that brunch in NYC starts at around 11 or 11:30. 

However, plenty of breakfast spots in NYC start serving up delicious eggs and crunchy bacon way before that. Looking for something a bit lighter, like a famous New York City bagel? Or, are you craving a hearty breakfast? Here are our top picks for the seven best breakfast spots in NYC.

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1. Absolute Bagels – Best NYC Bagels

It’s incredibly hard to rank the best bagels in NYC. But, if you’re hungry for an on-the-go breakfast and craving at least one of the best bagels in the city, we suggest going to Absolute Bagels. The no-frills bagel joint is one of the more authentic places you’ll find in the city, and they offer a pretty wide variety of spreads, too.

Best Bagels In NYC

2. Pershing Square Cafe – Best Diner Breakfast NYC

There are hundreds of little breakfast spots in NYC serving up traditional diner food, but if you’re from out of town and are looking for a unique experience, head to Pershing Square Cafe. The pancakes here are perfectly fluffy and the vibes are pretty hard to beat.

3. Daily Provisions – Best Bakery NYC

Daily Provisions is a cafe, bakery, and one of the best breakfast places in NYC all rolled into one little trendy spot. This should be your go-to spot for any breakfast bakery item, but honestly, everything on their breakfast menu is delicious. Try the maple cruller or the cream cheese everything croissant.

Best Bakery for Breakfast in NYC

4. Shopsin’s – Most Unique NYC Breakfast Experience

You’ll have to wander inside of the Essex Market to find this classic NYC breakfast spot, and once you’re there you’ll have to follow a few rules. You can’t order the same thing as someone else at your table. However, with such a crazy menu, it’s unlikely that you’d want to anyway.

5. Balthazar – Best Bistro Breakfast in NYC

You can’t visit New York City and not eat breakfast at Balthazar at least once. If you’re a fan of Paris-themed bistro cafes and are looking for a charming place to sit down and enjoy a pain au chocolate or fresh, hot coffee, then Balthazar is your place.

Best Breakfast Spots in NYC
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6. west~bourne – Best Healthy Breakfast NYC

A Los Angeles-inspired eatery would surely be one of the healthiest breakfast places in New York City, right? The healthy breakfast menu items here range from yoghurt and waffles to wholesome breakfast tacos. However, what we love the most is their community-driven mission.

Where to Get Healthy Breakfast in NYC

7. Barney Greengrass – Best Omelettes NYC

Ask any New Yorker where to find the best omelettes in the city and they’ll likely point you in the direction of Barney Greengrass. Omelettes and egg sandwiches are the most popular menu items here, and anything with salmon is a safe bet for a great breakfast. Anthony Bourdain thought so too, once calling it the spot with the “best breakfast in the universe.”

Best Breakfast Spots in NYC

Elizabeth Thorn

Elizabeth has lived and worked in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, all of which have contributed to her passion for travel writing. When she's not writing, you can find her exploring little hideouts in Colombia or watching photography tutorials on YouTube.

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