Manhattan is packed with fantastic places to eat at all hours of the day, but when it comes to breakfast and the most important meal of the day, there are some spots that shouldn’t be missed. Whether you prefer traditional bagels and lox with house-roasted coffee on the go or a civilized and leisurely conventional Japanese breakfast, the city that never sleeps has a restaurant for you. From authentic Jewish delis and cozy Ukrainian coffee shops to contemporary corner cafés and chef-inspired five-star eateries, here are some of Manhattan’s top spots for a healthy, hearty, and happy breakfast.
© The Smith
The Smith is a casual American brasserie with three stylish locations in New York City in Midtown, East Village, and the Lincoln Center, with a fourth location on its way. The restaurants are beautifully appointed and stylishly decorated with tiled floors, wooden ceilings with ambient lighting, and modern finishes with a contemporary feel. The eatery serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week, with breakfast options including smoked salmon toast, Sicilian baked eggs, breakfast sandwiches, steak and eggs, buttermilk waffles, pancakes, vanilla bean French toast, and steel-cut Irish oatmeal with toasted almonds. Grab a hot coffee, cappuccino or espresso, or one of several imported teas to go.
55 Third Ave., New York, NY 10003, Phone: 212-420-9800
Veselka has been serving up traditional Ukrainian food in the heart of the East Village for more than 60 years. Set on the corner of East Ninth Street and Second Avenue, the cozy Ukrainian coffee shop has grown from a simple newsstand serving soup and sandwiches to a 24-hour gathering spot for the community to enjoy a range of traditional Ukrainian fares such as borscht, bigos, goulash, and pierogi. Breakfast offers the usual dishes of eggs, omelets, blintzes, pancakes, and waffles, as well as Ukrainian combo plates, which feature meat, potatoes, stuffed cabbage with mushroom gravy, mushroom and sauerkraut pierogi, beet and horseradish salad, and grilled kielbasa served with sour cream.
144 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003, Phone: 212-228-9682
3.Russ & Daughters Cafe
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Russ & Daughters Café is an award-winning New York store and culinary institution that has been serving Jewish comfort food in a friendly, inviting atmosphere for more than 100 years. Owned by the Russ family, now in its fourth generation, the Russ & Daughters Café serves appetizing classics in a beautiful setting that evokes timeless appeal, history, and “haimish-ness” (the Yiddish word for warmth, comfort, conviviality, and authenticity). Ideal for any occasion from breakfast and brunch to lunch, light nosh, cocktails, and dinner, Russ & Daughters Café offers everything from platters of fresh bread and smoked fish to gourmet sandwiches and boiled bagels. There are also freshly made soups and salads, and sweet treats like homemade blintzes, babka French toast, noodle kugel, and challah bread pudding on the menu.
127 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002, Phone: 212-475-4880 ext. 2
Penelope is a rustic-chic neighborhood café serving American comfort fare for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner in a stylish setting. The charming bistro exudes a warm and welcoming vibe with wooden furnishings, old-school lamps, and mounted ceiling fans, offering a bustling, lively atmosphere. The menu oozes the same classic café feel with traditional breakfast plates of fluffy omelets, egg scrambles, egg sandwiches, buttermilk and punkin’ pancakes, French toast, Irish oatmeal, and homemade granola along with fresh seasonal fruit, homemade muffins, bacon, sausage, grilled ham and cheese, and hand-cut french fries or sweet potato chips. Sweet treats include raspberry sour cream coffee cake – a perfect accompaniment to freshly brewed coffee.
159 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016, Phone: 212-481-3800
© Amy's Bread
Amy’s Bread is a beloved NYC bakery in several locations around the city that serves freshly baked pastries, hand-made crusty bread, healthy salads, gourmet sandwiches, and decadent desserts. An oasis in the heart of midtown, Amy’s Bread in Hell’s Kitchen combines the elegance of a Parisian boulangerie with the coziness of a Midwestern kitchen. Founded in 1992, the little café boasts a wooden storefront that has been beautifully restored to its former glory when it was a fish market in 1896 and can seat 18 people inside the cozy shop. The new, Old World bread shop reflects the bakery’s identity with a marble counter piled high with baked goods, iron racks filled with freshly baked bread, and glass cases displaying sweet treats. Amy’s Bread serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
Hell’s Kitchen: 672 Ninth Avenue (Between 46th & 47th Streets), New York, NY 10036, Phone: 212-977-2670
6.Andrews Coffee Shop
© Andrews Coffee Shop
Andrews Coffee Shop is a family-owned restaurant that serves all-day American comfort food in a comfortable diner-style setting. Established in 1964, the inviting diner has been a New York City fixture ever since and has grown from a humble coffee shop and bakery into a full-service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and desserts. Located in the heart of New York City, just steps from Macy’s on 7th Avenue, Andrews Coffee Shop serves a delightful breakfast with a menu of favorites such as eggs and omelets, hot and cold cereals, pancakes and Belgian waffles, French toast, and freshly baked pastries, with steaming house-brewed coffee.
463 7th Ave, New York, NY 10018, Phone: 212-695-1962
© Barney Greengrass
Barney Greengrass is an authentic Jewish deli and a true New York institution that has been serving locals for more than 100 years. Renowned for their outstanding smoked fish, which ranges from sturgeon to salmon and whitefish, the deli also has a comprehensive menu of delicious breakfast dishes, including a variety of eggs and omelets, gourmet sandwiches, and pickled herrings. Specialties include Nova Scotia salmon scrambled with eggs and onions, homemade cheese blintzes, matza brei, and challah French toast. Barney Greengrass is open for breakfast and lunch from Tuesday through Sunday and offers online shopping and catering services for special occasions.
541 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024, Phone: 212-724-4707
8.Egg Shop NYC
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Egg Shop is a bright little restaurant totally focused on eggs and what goes best with eggs – bacon, avocado, and good bread. Located in NYC’s Nolita neighborhood, Egg Shop is enormously popular and folks wait for an hour for what is basically an egg sandwich. But it is well worth it, because the sandwiches and bowls are divine. They use cage-free, organic eggs and organic, locally sourced produce. The breads are fresh and delicious, the eggs are oozing, the bacon is crisp, and the cocktails are generous and imaginative. The most popular items on the menu are The Beast, a pulled pork sandwich with an egg, and The Spandex, a quinoa bowl.
151 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012, Phone: 646-666-0810
Bubby’s is a friendly neighborhood café that has been serving loyal Tribecans delicious cuisine for more than 25 years. Starting as a small corner kitchen owned by chef/owner Ron Silver selling home-baked pies, Bubby’s now has locations in Tribeca and the Meatpacking District across from the Whitney Museum and is still serving the same hearty fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast and weekend brunches draw crowds, who flock to enjoy classic morning options like eggs Benedict, smoked salmon bagels, and huevos rancheros as well as sweeter treats such as buttermilk biscuits with Vermont butter and homemade jam, Nutella pancakes with mixed berry jam, and steel-cut oatmeal with caramelized banana, toasted walnuts, spiced apples, and sesame seeds. Pair brunch with handcrafted mimosas and freshly squeezed juices.
120 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013, Phone: 212-219-0666
© Buvette Gastrothèque
Situated in the historical and charming West Village neighborhood in New York, Buvette Gastrothèque is a European-inspired café owned by Chef Jody Williams, who brings a sense of story, place, and delight to every plate. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night dining, seven days a week, Buvette Gastrothèque is perfect for a quick coffee and warm croissant on the run, handcrafted cocktails after work, or a long and lazy brunch with friends. The cuisine is prepared using fresh, locally sourced ingredients and served with French flair, with breakfast dishes such as steamed eggs with prosciutto and shaved parmesan, buttermilk waffles with berries and creme fraiche, and a classic croque madame with ham, Gruyere cheese, and a sunny-side egg. Sip on perfectly prepared cappuccinos and espressos in the morning or French-inspired cocktails and drinks in the evenings.
42 Grove Street, New York, NY 10014, Phone: 212-255-3590
11.Clinton St. Baking Company (CSBC)
© Clinton St. Baking Company (CSBC)
Clinton St. Baking Company is a renowned bakery and restaurant that is renowned for its pancakes, freshly baked biscuits, and warm-out-the-oven pastries as well as for being a “brunch magnet” on the weekends. The favorite bakery began as a humble wholesale bakery and grew into the all-day restaurant it is today, with a plethora of accolades for its pancakes, which are light and fluffy on the inside, crispy and golden on the outside, topped with sweet or savory delights, and smothered in warm maple syrup. Other house signatures include brioche French toast, smoked salmon scramble, and buttermilk fried chicken, all of which are served all day. This cult brunch favorite is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Monday through Saturday, and breakfast and lunch only on Sundays.
4 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002, Phone: 646-602-6263
12.Tenth Avenue Cookshop
© Tenth Avenue Cookshop
Set on the corner of 156 Tenth Avenue and 20th Street in the heart of Manhattan, Marc Meyer and Vicki Friedman's all-day restaurant Cookshop serves wholesome and hearty breakfasts, light and filling lunches, and unforgettable dinners in a casual, relaxed setting. Menus have been created using fresh, locally sourced ingredients and artisanal produce, with a focus on seasonal availability and prepared on the grill, split rotisserie, or wood-burning oven. Seasonal items such as squash blossom frittatas are served alongside popular mainstays like spinach and cheddar scramble, huevos rancheros, and buttermilk pancakes. Health-nuts can tuck into bowls of kale, spinach, and farro, topped with feta, falafel, hazelnuts, and a sunny-side egg.
156 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011, Phone: 212-924-4440
13.Fluffy’s Cafe & Pizzeria
© Fluffy’s Café & Pizzeria
Fluffy’s Café & Pizzeria is a casual, family-friendly café that serves a menu of all-American fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week. The long-standing eatery is a favorite spot for breakfast with regular mainstays such as custom-made egg dishes and omelets, egg sandwiches, breakfast burritos, buttermilk pancakes, Belgian waffles, and challah French toast. Breakfast specialties include bacon, ham, and egg rolls, veggie and cheese wraps, and French toast with bacon, ham, sausage, and fresh fruit. Beverages include freshly brewed coffee and espresso from the coffee bar, freshly squeezed fruit juices, and frozen drinks.
370 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019, Phone: 212-245-0440
Friedman’s is a family-run business with locations around the city that serve healthy, wholesome, and hearty fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Named after the famous economist Milton Friedman, who popularized the phrase, “there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch,” Friedman’s opened its first store in the Chelsea Market in 2009 and has grown to five locations throughout Manhattan. Breakfast-goers tuck into classics such as Nova Benny poached eggs with smoked salmon and potato pancakes, blueberry pancakes with maple syrup, or pastrami hash with sunny-side eggs, while healthy options include house-made granola with Greek yogurt, mixed berries, and wildflower honey. The signature avocado toast on rustic French bread served with poached eggs and hemp seeds is a favorite plate. Friedman’s is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, Monday through Sunday.
Chelsea Market: 75 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10019, Phone: 212-929-7100
15.Georgio's Country Grill
© Georgio's Country Grill
Georgio's Country Grill is an all-American diner that serves comfort fare in a casual, family-friendly setting. Located in Hell’s Kitchen and boasting a cozy atmosphere with exposed brick walls, hand-painted murals, warm wooden finishes, and a large open kitchen where diners can watch the chefs at work, Georgio's Country Grill has something for everyone. The breakfast menu features all the regular favorites such as egg scrambles, omelets with a variety of fillings, bacon, eggs and sausages, hash browns, breakfast wraps and sandwiches, and griddle specials like pancakes, Belgian waffles, and French toast. Georgio's Country Grill serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
801 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019, Phone: 212-977-1151
16.Good Enough to Eat
© Good Enough to Eat
Good Enough to Eat is a stylish Upper West Side restaurant that serves casual all-day comfort food in a friendly, inviting atmosphere. Founded in 1981 by Carrie Levin, Good Enough to Eat is renowned for its bountiful all-day breakfasts, which include fluffy omelets and egg scrambles, hot-off-the-griddle pancakes with maple syrup, Belgian waffles stacked with sweet and savory toppings, and buttermilk biscuits and gravy. Also, on the menu are homemade soups and freshly prepared salads, gourmet sandwiches and wraps, classic turkey and meatloaf dishes, and corned beef hash with biscuits. Add freshly brewed house-roasted coffee and fresh-squeezed juices to the mix for an unforgettable meal. Good Enough to Eat serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
520 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024, Phone: 212-496-0163
17.Jack's Wife, Freda
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Jack’s Wife Freda is a comfortable, casual eatery with two locations in Manhattan that are packed throughout the day with locals enjoying the restaurant’s Jewish-inspired comfort food. Owned by husband-wife team Dean and Maya Jankelowitz, this cozy nook starts the day with healthy breakfast options and freshly brewed coffee, offers brunch for late risers, and welcomes early and late lunchers followed by the afternoon wine and coffee drinkers. Dinner is always busy, with an attractive crowd who flock to try the South African-inspired dishes such as green shakshuka stew and fried chicken giblets with peri-peri sauce and a spicy veggie curry bowl with couscous. Breakfast plates range from omelets and eggs, poached egg, pancakes, and waffles to toasted baguettes, along with house-roasted coffee and fresh juices, including the signature cantaloupe juice.
224 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012, Phone: 212-510-8550
18.Junior's Restaurant and Bakery
© Junior's Restaurant and Bakery
Renowned for their out-of-this-world cheesecake, Junior's is a Brooklyn-themed diner with several locations around the city that offers delicious deli fare, a full-service bar, and a lovely outdoor patio for alfresco dining. Begin the day with breakfast specials of classic eggs Benedict, poached eggs on English muffins, corned beef hash, homemade cheese blintzes, and steak and eggs or choose something lighter with regular omelets, eggs dishes, waffles, pancakes, and griddle cakes. Healthy options range from oatmeal with raisins and cinnamon to granola and berries with honey and fresh fruit cups. Sip on freshly roasted coffee or signature cocktails such as Bloody Marys, mimosas, French 75s, and New York Beach Plum Fizz. Junior's Restaurant and Bakery is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, Monday through Saturday.
386 Flatbush Avenue EXT, Brooklyn, NY 11201, Phone: 718-852-5257
© Maison Kayser
Maison Kayser is an authentic artisanal French boulangerie chain with locations around the city that serves freshly baked pastries, cakes, confectionary, and bread on a daily basis. Founded by Eric Kayser in Paris in 1996, Maison Kayser serves a menu inspired by French artisanal bakeries, including breakfast dishes such as eggs Benedict, scrambled eggs with truffles, oatmeal with raisins, yogurt parfait, chia seed pudding, and freshly baked croissants, brioche, and viennoise with white or dark chocolate. Beverages range from a variety of coffees and imported tea, iced coffee and hot chocolate, and fresh juices. Maison Kayser is open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch, seven days a week.
355 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10013, Phone: 212-966-3200
20.Murray Hill Diner
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Murray Hill Diner is a casual, family-friendly diner that serves a lengthy American diner menu of classic all-American cuisine in an old-school corner coffee shop setting. The breakfast menu begins with a variety of fresh juices and freshly roasted coffee, followed by a selection of bagels with various fillings, hot and cold cereals, and a vast range of eggs and omelets with savory sauces. Specialty omelets include the Florentine Omelet with spinach and feta cheese, the Garden Omelet with broccoli, green peppers, spinach, and tomatoes, and the Murray Hill Omelet with ham, bacon, sausage, and cheese. Griddle specialties range from multigrain pancakes and pancakes with fruit to Belgian waffles and homemade cheese blintzes. Murray Hill Diner is open all day for early breakfast, brunch, and lunch, seven days a week.
222 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016, Phone: 212-686-6667
© Pershing Square
Pershing Square is a bustling bistro located opposite New York's Grand Central's main terminal that serves classic American cuisine in an inviting and vibrant atmosphere. Ideally situated for busy commuters to grab a quick coffee or bite to eat, the restaurant offers everything from grilled sandwiches and pasta dishes to fresh salads and a range of breakfast options such as eggs, omelets, pancakes, oatmeal, and brioche French toast. Pancakes are a staple on the menu with a variety of toppings, including blueberry, banana, chocolate chip, and strawberry with dollops of maple syrup. The restaurant's full-service bar is a favorite after-hours stop for cocktails and post-work drinks.
90 East 42nd Street at Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016, Phone: 212-286-9600
© Rustic Table
Rustic Table is a cozy neighborhood spot with several locations around the city that serves authentic farm-to-table fare in a charming setting. Exuding comfort and style with reclaimed wood finishing and vintage fixtures, Rustic Table offers a satiating selection of all-day options such as breakfast bites of homemade honey and date granola, farmers’ omelets with shredded mozzarella, mushroom, and ricotta cheese, or the signature fisherman’s breakfast packed with smoked salmon, red onion, and sour cream. Tuck into warm, slow-cooked brisket sandwiches filled with charred tomatoes, arugula, and lemon aioli on homemade Italian country bread for brunch, accompanied by freshly brewed, house roasted coffees. Rustic Table is open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch, seven days a week.
504 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036, Phone: 212-244-0744
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Located next to Grand Central Station, Scotty’s Diner is a no-frills classic New York City eatery that serves hearty diner fare around the clock. A vibrant restaurant that is open 24 hours, Scotty's Diner has an extensive menu that promises something for everyone for breakfast and lunch to dinner and late-night eats. Breakfast is a delight with a plethora of options to choose from, including fluffy omelets with a variety of fillings from meat and cheese to vegetables, breakfast sandwiches, wraps and gyros, egg scrambles, and griddle specials such as pancakes, waffles, and French toast. Bagels, muffins, toast, and English muffins are also offered, along with berry and cheese blintzes and fresh coffee, hot chocolate, cappuccino, and tea.
336 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016, Phone: 212-986-1521
24.Times Square Diner & Grill
© Times Square Diner & Grill
Times Square Diner & Grill is a classic American diner with eclectic décor, loft-height ceilings, and a bright and friendly ambiance that serves a menu of hearty fare and drinks 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Breakfast-goers tuck into classic plates of fluffy omelets and egg scrambles, fruit platters and homemade granola, breakfast sandwiches, wraps and bagels with various fillings, and griddle specials like pancakes and maple syrup, Belgian waffles, and French toast. Also on the menu are hearty burgers and fries, fried meatballs, freshly prepared salads and gourmet sandwiches, meatloaf, steak and eggs, and an array of sides. Hot and cold beverages range from coffee and tea to fruit juices, milkshakes, and iced coffee.
807 8th Ave, New York, NY 10019, Phone: 212-315-2400
© Westway Diner
Westway Diner is a family-owned and operated restaurant that offers an extensive eight-page menu of all-American cuisine with Italian and Greek touches for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Established in 1988, the family-friendly restaurant begins the day with a selection of classic dishes such as egg scrambles, eggs and bacon, custom three-egg omelets, bagel and lox combinations, cheese blintzes, yogurt parfait, French toast, and pancakes with sweet or savory toppings. Signature dishes include the Westway Omelet, which is filled with peppers, onions, feta cheese, and tomato and served with potatoes and toast. For healthier options, there is homemade granola and yogurt, fresh fruit, and hot and cold cereals.
614 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036, Phone: 212-582-7661
25 Best Breakfasts & Weekend Brunch Spots in Manhattan, NYC
- The Smith, Photo: The Smith
- Veselka, Photo: Veselka
- Russ & Daughters Cafe, Photo: Russ & Daughters Café
- Penelope, Photo: Penelope
- Amy's Bread, Photo: Amy's Bread
- Andrews Coffee Shop, Photo: Andrews Coffee Shop
- Barney Greengrass, Photo: Barney Greengrass
- Egg Shop NYC, Photo: Egg Shop NYC
- Bubby's, Photo: Bubby's
- Buvette Gastrotheque, Photo: Buvette Gastrothèque
- Clinton St. Baking Company (CSBC), Photo: Clinton St. Baking Company (CSBC)
- Tenth Avenue Cookshop, Photo: Tenth Avenue Cookshop
- Fluffy’s Cafe & Pizzeria, Photo: Fluffy’s Café & Pizzeria
- Friedman's, Photo: Friedman's
- Georgio's Country Grill, Photo: Georgio's Country Grill
- Good Enough to Eat, Photo: Good Enough to Eat
- Jack's Wife, Freda, Photo: Jack's Wife, Freda
- Junior's Restaurant and Bakery, Photo: Junior's Restaurant and Bakery
- Maison Kayser, Photo: Maison Kayser
- Murray Hill Diner, Photo: Courtesy of Fotolia.com
- Pershing Square, Photo: Pershing Square
- Rustic Table, Photo: Rustic Table
- Scotty's Diner, Photo: Courtesy of Mallika - Fotolia.com
- Times Square Diner & Grill, Photo: Times Square Diner & Grill
- Westway Diner, Photo: Westway Diner
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Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company
Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company is a traditional bagel and coffee shop that serves authentic freshly baked, hand-rolled, and water-boiled bagels with an assortment of toppings and locally roasted coffee. In addition to delicious bagels, the coffee shop also serves made-from-scratch soups, freshly prepared healthy salads, gourmet sandwiches and wraps, daily-baked Parisian pastries and muffins, and organic steel-cut oatmeal for breakfast. Other breakfast delights include eggs with turkey or bacon and breakfast wraps along with croissants, raisin Danishes, and apple turnovers. Boasting four locations around the city on Broadway, 30th Avenue, Ditmars, and Chelsea, Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company is open for early breakfast and late lunch, Monday through Sunday.
286 8th Ave, New York, NY 10001, Phone: 212-924-2824