Famous for its bright yellow cabs, towering skyscrapers and dynamic fashion scene, New York is a metropolitan playground teeming with adventure. But before heading off to explore the best New York City attractions, you’ll want to make sure you kickstart your day with a traditional NYC breakfast.
Whether it’s a sit-down occasion or you’re looking to grab a bite on the go, we’ve rounded up some of New York’s top breakfast and brunch spots to start your day right.
504 W 42nd St
Rustic Table’s philosophy is to serve up fresh breakfast and brunch dishes that offer an exotic Mediterranean twist. Enjoy sandwiches, bagels, pastries and great coffee in this homely vintage spot.
“We wanted to create a quick service, farm-to-table style, Mediterranean food concept,” Rustic Table told us. “It is the collaboration between Guy Weizmann and Jordan Hadani, bringing in breakfast and lunch items with a twist of their Mediterranean background.”
Rustic Table is also looking to expand their indulgent menu by launching a sister concept, Rustic Table Shuk, that focuses on Mediterranean, market-style cuisine. The menu will include Jerusalem bagels, roasted cauliflower and tahini ice cream sandwiches and many more favourites from Rustic Table’s current menu.
What to order
The Early Lunch, The Veggie, The Avocado Smash Sandwich, Shakshuka, Slow Cooked Brisket or Feta Za’atar Scone.
MarieBelle Cacao Bar and Tea Salon
484 Broome St
Have you got a sweet tooth for chocolate? Then start your day right with a charming breakfast at Marie Belle Cacao Bar and Tea Salon. With a vintage, boutique-style interior and a wealth of chocolate luxuries to boot, appreciate the mastery of chocolate-making in this gorgeous Parisian style tea room and chocolate shop.
“MarieBelle Cacao Bar and Tea Salon opened its doors in the year of 2006,” an associate of MarieBelle told us. “The founder, Maribel Liberman, created a tasteful Parisian cafe that will transport you to another era. You will be surrounded by elegant chandeliers, vintage mirrors and marble tables where you will be able to enjoy the hand-crafted chocolate and exquisite MarieBelle hot chocolate.
“We offer a space where you can feel relaxed and enjoy the most exotic sweets, including different kinds of chocolate with spices and levels of cacao to satisfy. Allow us to take you on an adventure of flavour with the amazing techniques and recipes that Maribel has created. Rest assured you will fall in love with chocolate over and over again.”
What to order
Moelleux au Chocolat Molten Lava Cake, Aztec 65% Dark Hot Chocolate or Grilled Chicken Avocado Sandwich with Spicy Mayo.
The Grey Dog
49 Carmine St
If you’re looking for a crowd-pleasing breakfast, look no further than The Grey Dog. Boasting four neighbourhood locations offering traditional American-style maple syrup pancakes, French toast, breakfast tacos and more, this warm and welcoming all-day breakfast spot is where wholesome meets hearty.
Patty, an associate at The Grey Dog told us all about the story behind the café. “The Grey Dog started on a quiet West Village street called Carmine where two brothers, Dave and Pete, without any business experience or even any kind of real plan, decided to open a restaurant. Their mission was simple - create a place where people would want to be. A pair of artists full of spirit and creativity, they used their little shop on 33 Carmine St. as their canvas. They named it after their dogs, Moose and Goose Lane.
“The Grey Dog has been the neighbourhood’s best friend since 1996. It's a welcoming and inclusive second-home hangout that has always been a social centre for the community. This community has always supported us, and it's our aim to use business as a force for good and to give back.”
What to order
The Grey Dog's Breakfast, Challah French Toast, Fried Chicken & Egg Sandwich or Blueberry Mascarpone Toast.
Tompkins Square Bagels
165 Avenue A & 184 2nd Ave
Can you really go to New York and not get a breakfast bagel? The perfect breakfast if you’re on the go, a bagel is a true testament to the traditional New Yorker breakfast. Whether you prefer your bagel sweet or savoury, Tompkins Square Bagels (affectionally known as TSB), has it all and more.
“TSB is first and foremost, a neighbourhood shop, built by neighbourhood craftsmen and artists, to be enjoyed by neighbourhood folks,” says owner Christopher on the Tompkins Square Bagel website. “I wanted TSB to have a warm, homey, welcoming feel similar to the Brooklyn shops I grew up with as a kid. A place where no one could ever feel out of place. College student, actor, policeman, writer, toddler or taxi driver. TSB was built with all of you in mind.”
Although a bagel hotspot, TSB also offers other classic American breakfast dishes such as omelettes, muffins, salads and a variety of baked goods.
What to order
Cinnamon Raisin Bagel, Bacon Scallion with Cream Cheese Bagel, French Toast Bagel or Birthday Cake Bagel.
Blank Slate Coffee + Kitchen
121 Madison Ave #5
Enjoy wholesome food and drink in a welcoming atmosphere at Blank Slate Coffee + Kitchen. Choose between an assortment of healthy and nutritious offerings including sandwiches, salads and small plates to eat in or take away. Whatever you decide to do, Blank Slate offers an open and airy space where you can settle in, take in the sights or come and go as you please.
“Blank Slate Coffee + Kitchen is a modern coffee bar and cafe in the NoMad neighbourhood district of NYC,” says co-founder Ashley Jaffe. “We take pride in offering quality dining with neighbourhood charm. Our menu pushes boundaries and reinvents the classics to deliver distinctive cuisine bursting with fresh flavour. Blank Slate celebrates culinary excellence, gracious service and inspired creativity.”
What to order
Bacon Scramble, Avo & Whites Egg Sandwich, Breakfast Bowl or Avocado Toast with House-made Hot Honey
With breakfast sorted, you’ll be ready for a full day exploring the big apple. Need some help deciding what attractions to visit? Browse our New York attractions today.
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