Set up shop on any New York corner in Midtown, Soho or the Financial District during morning rush hour, and you'll quickly get an idea of what constitutes a New Yorker's typical breakfast. Here's a hint: shrink-wrapped bagels and bruised bananas usually reign supreme. But it needn't be this way.
In a hectic world, everyone deserves to stop and smell the coffee every once in a while. There's something decidedly different about an early morning rendezvous over a plate of bacon and eggs, a business meeting over a basket of fresh-baked muffins or a serene hour scanning your smartphone while someone else toasts your english muffin.
And aside from the decadence of dining out for the most important meal of the day, weekday breakfast is also a great opportunity to snag a table at a popular weekend hang without waiting for hours or elbowing through the hungover hipsters in sunglasses.
So go ahead and saunter up to egg without putting your name on a wait list the length of the Williamsburg Bridge, or take your time as you ponder the menu at Clinton Street Baking Co., though trust us - you should go with the pancakes.
In no shape to choose a restaurant before your first jolt of caffeine? No worries. Below, we've pulled together a list of some of the most iconic city spots for you to peruse.