Top 10 Best Breakfasts in New York City

Enjoy a Delicious Breakfast No Matter Your Budget

Pancakes at Clinton Street Baking Company
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Whether you're spending your day at a business conference or sightseeing, it makes sense to fuel up for the day ahead. These restaurants serve up NYC's best breakfasts, from soft-boiled eggs to out-of-this-world pancakes, there is a great choice out there for everyone.

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    Balthazar Restaurant in New York City, New York
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    Breakfast at Balthazar instantly transports you from SoHo to Paris at Keith McNally's bistro. While weekend brunch can be crazy, weekday breakfast is a serene opportunity to enjoy favorites like eggs en cocotte, cafe au lait and pain au chocolate.

    • Address: 80 Spring St. (bet. Crosby St. & Broadway)
    • Neighborhood: SoHo
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    Barney Greengrass
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    Barney Greengrass is famous for its smoked salmon, sturgeon and Nova. Enjoy them with eggs, or a bagel with cream cheese and capers. If you're looking for something different, try the cheese blintzes or homemade chicken liver.

    • Address: 541 Amsterdam Ave. (bet. 86th & 87th Sts.)
    • Neighborhood: Upper West Side
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    Whether you want something healthy, such as a grapefruit with ginger sugar and mint or decadent, like a full English breakfast, April Bloomfield's restaurant in the Ace Hotel is a great choice for breakfast.

    • Address: 16 West 29th St. (bet. 5th Ave. & Broadway)
    • Neighborhood: Murray Hill
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    Buvette
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    Whether you want a croissant served with butter and jam or steamed eggs with prosciutto, there are plenty of options both indulgent and virtuous to enjoy in this easy-going spot.

    • Address: 42 Grove St. (at Bleecker St.) 
    • Neighborhood: West Village
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    Pancakes at Clinton Street Baking Company
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    Since 2001, Clinton Street Baking Company has been drawing crowds for their amazing pancakes. If you want to avoid a long wait for brunch, try to dine during the week or if you're craving breakfast for dinner, they serve a selection of breakfast items in the evening.

    • Address: 4 Clinton St. (bet. East Houston & Stanton Sts.)
    • Neighborhood: SoHo
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    Cronut
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    This SoHo bakery has both counter and table service ​and has a year-round greenhouse/garden area in the back. People love their pastries, as well as their egg sandwiches, making it a suitable choice whether you're craving something savory or sweet. This is the home of ​the original Cronut, which is available in just one flavor per month.

    • Address: 189 Spring St (bet. Thompson & Sullivan Sts.)
    • Neighborhood: SoHo
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    Delicious home-style breakfasts are Kitchenette's forte, including peach or blueberry pancakes and homemade biscuits.

    • Address: 80 W. Broadway (bet. Warren & Chambers Sts.)
    • Neighborhood: Tribeca
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    Landmarc in the Times Warner Center is a great choice for breakfast, whether you're in the mood for oatmeal with brown sugar ​or eggs benedict. Families traveling together will appreciate the restaurant's children's menu with options that are sure to satisfy young palates.

    • Address: 10 Columbus Circle, 3rd Floor
    • Neighborhood: Columbus Circle
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    From classics like eggs Benedict and buttermilk pancakes to inspired creations like waz-za?, a waffle with fruit inside and out and a brûlée top & fois gras French toast, with asparagus and wild mushrooms, Norma's, located in the posh Le Parker Meridien Hotel, offers the ultimate indulgent breakfast.

    • Address: 118 W. 56th St. (bet. 6th & 7th Aves.)
    • Neighborhood: Midtown West
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    If you're looking for an "only in NYC" breakfast experience, look no further than the legendary Shopsin's, inside of Essex Market. Keep in mind the rules: no reservations, no groups larger than 4, and no ordering the same thing as someone else at your table. Otherwise, prepare yourself for the craziest menu you've ever seen, possibly foul language and some pretty delicious food.

    • Address: 120 Essex St. (bet. Rivington & Delancey Sts.)
    • Neighborhood: Lower East Side