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30 Excellent Spots For Weekday Breakfast

The best places for an early-morning meal in NYC.

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Breakfast, we’re told, is the most important meal of the day. And nowhere does that saying ring truer than in New York City. For some, breakfast might mean a reheated egg sandwich and stale coffee consumed in front of a computer. But for others, breakfast is a time for people-meeting, deal-making, and side-hustling.

And while there are plenty of places to get some trendy eggs and toast on your “sick day,” picking the perfect spot for your given getting-sh*t-done scenario is trickier business. Here are the places we rely on across the city.

The Spots

Russ & Daughters Cafe

$$$$
$$$$ 127 Orchard St.

Opens at 9am

The original Russ & Daughters is an institution that’s been around for over 100 years, but it has one major flaw: nowhere to sit. But at the newer cafe just up the street on the LES, you can enjoy your bagel and smoked salmon from the comfort of a cushy booth. There are also some egg dishes, lox platters, and even cocktails on the menu.

Thai Diner

$$$$
DinerThai  in  Nolita
$$$$ 186 Mott St

Opens at 7:30am Tuesday-Friday, Closed on Monday

People were talking about this new Thai breakfast spot from the Uncle Boons team long before the unveiling of its wooden exterior and colorful awning. To no one’s surprise, the food at this Nolita spot is incredible. But since the weekend brunch lines could put the Supreme store to shame, you should come early on a weekday for a plate of Thai tea babka french toast.

Emily Andrews

Daily Provisions

$$$$ 103 East 19th Street

Opens at 7am

There’s no better donut than a Daily Provisions cruller. Try us. And while you’re at it, find us another BEC that makes $7 seem like a low-cost, high-return investment. Still searching? You’ll be hard-pressed to find a spot with more consistently excellent breakfast sandwiches and toasts than the ones at this all-day spot from the Union Square Cafe team.

Kopitiam

$$$$ 151 E Broadway

Opens at 9am, Closed on Wednesday

Kopitiam is an affordable counter-service place with a wide range of Malaysian food on its menu. Starting at 9am, you can order things like fish ball soup, nasi lemak, or a hot plate of sugar-coated French toast, which you’ll inevitably describe in vivid detail to your desk neighbor as soon as you make it to the office.

Buvette

$$$$
$$$$ 42 Grove St.

Opens at 7am

Buvette is a quaint French bistro in the West Village where you should stop by on a weekday to eat a croque madame with prosciutto or a waffle sandwich that comes in a pool of butter and maple syrup. It’s too cramped for a whole group, but you’ll always find room on your table for a personal side of their espresso machine-steamed eggs.

Golden Diner

$$$$
$$$$ 123 Madison St

Opens at 10am

From the BEC on a soft scallion milk bun to the buttery tuna melt on rye filled with salt and vinegar chips, the diner riffs at this tiny spot in Two Bridges make the original versions taste like they’re missing something. Nearly everything on the menu at Golden Diner has Korean, Japanese, Thai, or Chinese influences, and the food tastes especially good when consumed on a swivel stool facing the open kitchen.

Balthazar

$$$$
French  in  SoHo
$$$$ 80 Spring St.

Opens at 7:30am

Balthazar isn’t just a tourist attraction. This French Bistro in Soho is a quintessential New York experience. If you want to know why, stop by before work for a full english breakfast and a side of fresh-squeezed orange juice. It’ll make you feel more proud to live here than walking past a pile of someone else’s trash lying on the sidewalk ever will.

Win Son Bakery

$$$$ 164 Graham Ave

Opens at 7am

If all Mondays started with a meal in the bright, open space at Win Son Bakery, our therapists’ jobs would be much easier. Stop by this counter-service spot in East Williamsburg anytime before 2pm and test our theory. You’ll find Taiwanese pastries like mochi doughnuts and pine nut cookies on the menu, plus one of the city’s best BECs. It comes on a milk bun with raclette, but we recommend paying the extra $4 to get it on a warm, chewy scallion pancake. And yes, it will ruin all other BECs for you.

Frankel's Delicatessen

$$$$
$$$$ 631 Manhattan Ave

Opens at 8am

Frankel’s in Greenpoint isn’t your standard deli. ’90s hip-hop plays from the stereo, and the bagel sandwiches are just like the ones from you favorite bodega - if they were made by the hands of god. From the lox and latkes, to the pastrami, eggs & cheese, we haven’t eaten anything here that doesn’t impress. And even though there are only fifteen seats inside this counter-service bagel shop, you’ll have no problem securing one on a weekday morning.

Gertie

$$$$
$$$$ 58 Marcy Ave

Opens at 8am

Morning is the ideal time to be at Gertie. That’s when the light shines into this counter-service spot that could pass for a California-themed diorama. The BEC is dense and cheesy and comes on either a bialy or an English muffin, both of which are housemade. Plus, the focaccia, buns, and muffins are consistently some of the best baked goods in the neighborhood.

Sullivan Street Bakery

$$$$ 533 W 47th St

Opens at 7am

Hell’s Kitchen’s Sullivan Street is a great place to stop by for an egg sandwich or a breakfast bowl. It’s counter-service, but there are some nice little tables, and it’s a good option if you don’t feel like dealing with a server. Just stop in and get some kind of bread/egg combo the next time you have anxiety dreams about work and need something extra to get you through your day.

Pastis

$$$$ 52 Gansevoort St

Opens at 7:30am

If you woke up feeling nostalgic about the early 2000s, throw on the largest aviator sunglasses you can find and go eat some quiche at this French spot in Meatpacking. That’s probably what Lindsay Lohan and Sandra Bullock would have been up to on a weekday morning during the TRL era. No, Pastis isn’t cool anymore. But it’s still a solid option for steak and eggs or smoked salmon before 11am - just be prepared to do it in a room full of tourists and people who appreciate a good mirror selfie.

Noah Fecks

Ciao, Gloria

$$$$ 550 Vanderbilt Ave

Opens at 8am

If you need a quiet place to get some work done in Prospect Heights, but also want food motivation to get you out of bed, make your way to Ciao, Gloria. You’ll have no problem getting a table at this counter-service spot, and unlike most Brooklyn coffee shops with big windows and lots of natural light, the food here - like the prosciutto, egg, and cheese or any of the baked goods - is all stuff you’ll actually want to order, rather than deal with in exchange for free wifi.

Indian Road Café

$$$$
American  in  Inwood
$$$$ 600 W 218th St

Opens at 8am

If you ever wake up on the Henry Hudson Bridge on a Thursday morning, head to Indian Road Cafe. It’s a casual all-day spot at the northernmost tip of Manhattan where you’ll find breakfast classics like toast, sausages, and eggs any way you want them. And even if you aren’t the protagonist of a Black Mirror episode based in Inwood, this is a solid choice for weekday breakfast in the area.

Hole In The Wall

$$$$ 15 Cliff St

Opens at 7am

If you spend many mornings in Fidi, you probably already know Hole in The Wall exists. This Australian cafe is your best bet for things like chili scrambled eggs or avocado toast in the area, and the bright interior will make you rethink those black-out curtains in your bedroom. If you want something more interesting than the usual eggs and toast, ask for a plate of the pulled pork benedict or a few slabs of bacon (which are served hanging from a miniature clothesline).

Little Collins

$$$$
$$$$ 667 Lexington Ave.

Opens at 7am

This Australian cafe is an anomaly in Midtown East. The whole place is about the size of a barber shop, all of the surfaces are made from wood that seems like it was cut yesterday, and the ceiling is lined with miniature globe lights. It’s perfect for a day when you want something on the healthier side. The breakfast sandwiches are excellent, but you can also get some amped up toast or a breakfast salad.

Banter

$$$$ 169 Sullivan St

Opens at 8am

Come here on a Saturday morning, and it’ll be full of hungover people trying to take pictures of their turmeric lattes. On a weekday morning, however, it should be pretty quiet. So you can sit, have some eggs, and use your highly advanced smartphone to catch up on the latest celebrity gossip. This is a nice little Australian coffee cafe on a relatively quiet street in Greenwich Village, and it’s both bright and cozy.

abcV

$$$$ 38 E.19th St

Opens at 8am

If you have a breakfast meeting with a vegetarian, take them to abcV. It’s a bright white space with high ceilings and chandeliers, and they serve food like gluten-free almond pancakes, smoothies, breakfast dosas, and a bunch of different egg dishes. For vegetarian stuff, the food is actually pretty satisfying. And if you need to buy a carpet after breakfast, you can do so in the carpet store this place is attached to.

Veselka

$$$$ 144 2nd Ave.

Open 24 hours

Veselka is open 24 hours, and it’s pretty much a Ukranian diner. They do breakfast all day, involving things like pancakes, latkes, omelettes, and blintzes. So either wake up early and come here before work, or take a morning off, get a table outside, and catch up with a friend. Or if you really don’t have time for any of this, stop by for some eggs and bacon at 2 a.m. Have a few drinks beforehand, or risk being the only sober person here.

Kirsh Bakery and Kitchen

$$$$ 551 Amsterdam Ave

Opens at 7am

Kirsh is both a restaurant and a bakery, and that means you should order something with bread here. Something like French toast. They do it sweet and savory, and it’s some of the best we’ve had. They also make some pastries, along with most other things you’d want to eat in the morning - oatmeal, steak & eggs, an English breakfast (for some reason). So take a morning off and get food here. It’s a great spot for kids, in case you have to feed a few of those.

Cafe Mogador

$$$$
$$$$ 133 Wythe Ave

Opens at 9am

Mogador will always be a solid brunch option, although it does get busy. So if you want to eat here in the daytime, but you aren’t the sort of person who waits for tables, come on a weekday and get breakfast. Have something like Moroccan eggs or the house-made sausage. The East Village location is older, but we prefer the Williamsburg one. It’s more spacious, and there’s a nice greenhouse-like area all the way in the back. And if you sit there, you won’t have to worry about your boss or your kids seeing you and wondering why aren’t doing your job.

The Smile

$$$$
$$$$ 26 Bond St.

Opens at 8am

The Smile is a great place to be on a weekday morning. Unlike on the weekends - when the restaurant is mobbed by people who rolled out of bed at 2pm and/or people who just got out of their Noho SoulCycle class - weekday mornings are when you essentially get the restaurant to yourself. The scrambled eggs with cheese are so good we’ve ordered double servings of them on multiple occasions.

Sadelle's

$$$$
DinerSandwichesCafe/BakeryBagels  in  SoHo
$$$$ 463 W. Broadway

Opens at 8am

We love you, Sadelle’s, but we absolutely hate your brunch sh*tshowiness. Terrible waits, overwhelmed service - we can’t hang. But Sadelle’s on a weekday at 8:30am? This is bagel bliss. If you want to be a hero, plan your team’s next working breakfast here, order a bunch of bagel towers (and at least one french toast), and go off to the office in a happy food coma. It’ll be the best decision you make all week.

The NoMad

$$$$
American  in  FlatironNomad
$$$$ 10 W. 28th St.

Opens at 7am

For the times when impressing someone at 7am is absolutely necessary, The NoMad is here for you. A $14 smoothie? $19 granola? $36 for eggs any style? These are the prices you pay for feeling f*cking fancy.

Viand

$$$$
$$$$ 673 Madison Ave.

Opens at 6am

The Upper East Side has many diners, but Viand is one of the best. Our breakfast order is always the turkey omelet (they roast their own turkey every day). If you need to meet someone on the Upper West Side, there’s a location there, too. And if you’re an insomniac (or have to be at work at an ungodly hour) Viand’s ready to serve you starting at 6am.

Opens at 8am

Need breakfast near Columbia? Community Food & Juice is great for diner-y food with a slightly healthy slant (and possibly the best blueberry pancakes in the city). Even more convincing: there’s a weekday special from 8am to 9am that gets you those blueberry pancakes, orange juice, and bottomless coffee, all for $12.

Cafe Gitane

$$$$
FrenchMoroccan  in  Nolita
$$$$ 242 Mott St.

Opens at 8:30am

Eat breakfast at Cafe Gitane and you’ll suddenly realize that Europeans have had it right all along. Get the avocado toast, have some coffee, feel really civilized - all before you haul off for the day.

Comfort Diner

$$$$ 214 E 45th St

Opens at 7:30am

The Comfort Diner is everything its name promises - a real, actually-good, actually-pleasant diner in the armpit of Midtown East. This is the kind of place where you can come and order pretty much anything off the menu and know it’s going to come out exactly like you’re expecting. And sometimes, especially in this part of town, that’s all you need.

Joseph Leonard

$$$$
$$$$ 170 Waverly Pl.

Opens at 10:30 a.m. Monday, 8 a.m. Tuesday-Friday

Joseph Leonard is the sort of place where you’d get breakfast with someone who’s doing a profile on you. In the profile, they’d mention how cozy and quaint the space is, and you’d seem super thoughtful and down-to-earth. It’s in the West Village, and it feels like a neighborhood restaurant despite being near super-touristy Bleecker Street. So this is a great place to have an egg sandwich and stare out a window while a reporter notes how pensive you are. Although if no one’s doing a profile on you, feel free to stop by for a solo breakfast with a book.

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