The 10 Best Breakfasts in Brooklyn

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If you're looking for some of the best breakfast spots in the country, Brooklyn doesn't disappoint. Obviously you can wait until the weekend for a lazy or boozy brunch to satiate your breakfast food craving before you spend the day exploring Brooklyn, but it’s also nice to sneak in a morning breakfast during the week. 

Although Brooklyn might be home to some of the best bagels in the country, it's also home to plenty of diverse breakfast options, ranging from Japanese-style breakfasts to New Mexican fare and classic Polish pastries. From timeless Brooklyn diners to notable restaurants that have an all day breakfast menu, here’s the inside scoop for breakfast lovers visiting Brooklyn.

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Five Leaves

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The Vibe: This Greenpoint staple partially founded by the late Australian actor Heath Ledger is a beloved staple of Brooklyn breakfast crowds. Modern with a rustic twist, this is where north Brooklyn's most fashionable come to fuel up on Australian-style breakfast favorites like the "big breakky" (two eggs any style with hash browns and toast), mushroom toast, and a Moroccan scramble. Tables on weekends fill up fast, but you'll have an easier time snagging a spot on the weekdays.

What to Order: The ricotta pancakes with honeycomb butter, banana, strawberries and blueberries is the hands-down the most popular dish at this establishment. One bite and you'll see why.

What to Do After: Greenpoint's Franklin Avenue is a shopping paradise. Make sure to stop into vintage favorite Awoke Vintage as well as indie clothing boutique Alter.

Address
18 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222, USA
Phone +1 718-383-5345
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Egg

Egg
Address
109 N 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11249-3923, USA
Phone +1 718-302-5151

The Vibe: If you're visiting NYC, you must fit a breakfast at Egg into your itinerary, the Williamsburg restaurant consistently always lands on both local and national best brunch and breakfast lists, and it deserves all the recognition it receives. Originally started as a pop up shop at a local hot dog restaurant, the restaurant has certainly grown in the past decade and you can expect long lines on weekends.

What to Order: Eggs Rothko, which is an easy-cooked egg in a slice of brioche and topped with cheddar, is one of the most well known dishes. If you happen to love breakfast but not eggs, order their homemade granola or pancakes. 

What to do After Breakfast: Egg is located in the heart of Williamsburg. While you wait for the shops on Bedford Avenue to open, head to the scenic East River State Park and stroll along the waterfront at this seven acre park with stunning views of Manhattan. Also many of the side streets are home to fantastic shops. For instance vinyl collectors must stop at Rough Trade NYC, just a few blocks from Egg. 

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Milk Bar

Milk Bar
Milk Bar
Address
620 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238, USA
Phone +1 718-230-0844

The Vibe: Since 2009, this local and cash-only restaurant in Prospect Heights has been serving strong coffee and a stellar breakfast. Just to note, Milk Bar isn't a part of the popular NYC chain Momofuku Milk Bar, but a separate restaurant, and worth a visit. 

What to Order: You have to try the eggs, so order the salmon eggs with sourdough toast with smoked salmon, pickled shallots and a poached egg. Milk Bar also has an extensive menu of toasts from an avocado toast to an eggs and beans toast.

What to do After Breakfast: The area is a short walk to The Brooklyn Museum, The Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the library's main branch. You could also could also spend the day exploring Prospect Park, which is nearby.

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Cafe Mogador

Cafe Mogador
Cafe Mogador
Address
133 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA
Phone +1 718-486-9222

The Vibe: For the past five years, the Brooklyn outpost of Cafe Mogador has been charming Brooklyn diners. The Moroccan restaurant with its Middle Eastern decor is a breakfast destination. 

What to Order: Moroccan eggs served poached with tomato sauce and pita bread. Other Middle Eastern dishes include Halumi eggs. However you can dine on the classics including extremely tasty buttermilk pancakes, french toast, and a selection of omelets. 

What to do After Breakfast: Explore the lively Williamsburg neighborhood and shop in the many stores or pop in some galleries. Cafe Mogador is located near East River State Park, a waterfront park with views of Manhattan. 

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Tom's Restaurant

Tom's Restaurant
Tom's Restaurant
Address
782 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238, USA
Phone +1 718-636-9738

The Vibe: This old school diner has been a neighborhood favorite since 1936. The décor evokes images of Brooklyn’s diner culture that is sadly fading. Sit at a table and feel like you’ve stepped in a time warp at this family friendly beloved restaurant that is apart of Brooklyn’s history and soak in the charming ambiance. 

What to Order:  The blueberry-and-ricotta pancakes are a local favorite, but everything on the menu is especially good—even the toast! Don’t forget to wash your food down with an old-school egg cream or a cherry-lime rickey.

What to do After Breakfast: Located in Prospect Heights, it’s a short walk to The Brooklyn Museum, The Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, or you can explore the shops on Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights. 

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Ursula

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The Vibe: This hole-in-the-wall spot in Crown Heights pays tribute to owner Eric See's Albuquerque roots, serving up New Mexican-style breakfast burritos to massive crowds of adoring customers. The fresh flour tortillas can be stuffed with hash browns, scrambled eggs, chorizo or vegan pinto beans, and come smothered in either red or green chile sauce. The only New Mexican-style breakfast burrito in New York City, you'll need to get here early to get your hands on one: Ursula only serves them until noon each day.

What to Order: If you're looking for a breakfast burrito you'll be thinking about for days, this is where to go. The LGBTQ-friendly spot (80 percent of Ursula's staff identifies as queer) also serves up "Queer Brunch" on the weekends, where customers can snag takeout orders from queer-identified New York City chefs.

What to Do After Breakfast: Ursula is just a quick walk from the Brooklyn Museum and Brooklyn Botanical Garden, both great options after satiating yourself on an overstuffed burrito.

Address
724 Sterling Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11216, USA
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Okonomi

Okonomi
Okonomi
Address
150 Ainslie St, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA
Phone +1 929-295-0480
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The Vibe: This twelve seat cozy restaurant in Williansburg is only open for breakfast and lunch, and in the evenings becomes YUJI Ramen, a seperate restaurant with a totally different menu. The good news is each morning you can enjoy a traditional Japanese breakfast without having to hop on a flight to Japan.

What to Order: At Okonomi, you can have Ichiju sansei, "a traditional style of Japanese set meal. Consisting of seven-grain rice served with miso soup, roasted fish, vegetables, and an egg." Just to note, there is no menu and you "are invited to come and choose from [the] daily selection of fish prepared in four different ways: shio yaki (salt-roasted), saikyo miso (sweet miso), sake kasu (sake lees), and kombu jime (dry kelp cured). At Okonomi, "everybody gets the same set meal like a family." 

What to do After Breakfast: Located in Williamsburg, you can take the subway or walk to to the the Bushwick Art Collective, where you'll find vintage clothing shops and huge street art murals.

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Black Walnut

Black Walnut
Black Walnut
Address
140 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
Phone +1 929-337-1280

The Vibe: Recently opened in the Hilton in Downtown Brooklyn, Black Walnut is not just your standard hotel restaurant. Opened by Carroll Gardens chef & restaurateur Rob Newton (Nightingale Nine; Wilma Jean; Smith Canteen), the breakfast menu puts a sophisticated twist on the classics like nachos and pretzels and the space is airy and welcoming.

What to Order:  Choose from one of the four breakfast sandwiches including a sandwich with Japanese milk bread, shaved ham, arugula, fried egg, and piave cheese. Or order the classic pancakes with maple-butter and mixed-berry compote.

What to do After Breakfast: Downtown Brooklyn is a shopping mecca. Walk down Fulton Street and check out the stores. Downtown Brooklyn is also home to City Point with Century 21 and the Alamo Drafthouse. An added plus for breakfast lovers, there are discounted tickets to all flicks shown before 2 p.m. at the Alamo Drafthouse. 

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Cafe Luluc

Cafe Luluc
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Address
214 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201-6437, USA
Phone +1 718-625-3815

The Vibe: This casual French restaurant on Smith Street in Boerum Hill has a moderately priced and extremely tasty breakfast, as well as a very European feel. Grab a magazine from the wooden rack on the wall, and read while you dine at this local favorite. During the warmer months, you can choose a seat in the backyard patio.

What to Order:  Brioche French toast, spinach and goat cheese quiche, pancakes, eggs benedict, should sit at the top of your list. Make sure to take a trip to the ATM before you head to Cafe Luluc, because it's cash only.

What to do After Breakfast: Stroll down Smith Street, the main shopping drag in Boerum Hill. Once you reach Atlantic Avenue, make a right and continue down toward Flatbush. Atlantic Avenue has numerous boutiques that are perfect for a post-breakfast shopping spree.

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Peter Pan Donut and Pastry Shop

Peter Pan Donut and Pastry Shop

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The Vibe: It doesn't get more iconic than Brooklyn's Peter Pan Donut and Pastry Shop, arguably home to New York City's most famous donuts. Here you can find old-school Polish-style donuts (think extra fluffy) most of which will run you just one dollar. Early birds will get the worm here: most donuts sell out by 10 a.m. or earlier, so make sure to grab a coffee and prioritize a pit stop here.

What to Order: The shop's best sellers are the honey-dipped and red velvet donuts, but you really can't go wrong with any choice at this classic institution.

What to Do After Breakfast: Head to nearby McCarren Park for a scenic stroll while you munch on your breakfast pastry.

Address
727 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222, USA
Phone +1 718-389-3676
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