10 Best Places to Eat a Weekday Breakfast in New York City

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. 



New York is the land of the bagel, but what about the bialy? Maybe you've never even heard of a bialy, the bagel's Polish cousin. Unlike bagels, bialys are baked instead of boiled, and have a depression in the middle (often sprinkled with fresh...  Read More

Flatiron District


You may have heard about The NoMad's famous chicken for two, but far less talked about is the hotel restaurant's top-notch breakfast. With plush velvet chairs and polished tables beneath a vaulted ceiling, it's the perfect place to wake up to...  Read More

Flatiron District


Supplied with the freshest ingredients from nearby Union Square Farmer's Market, this wonderful American bakery specializes in all of the good stuff: scrumptious scones, marvelous muffins and an array of buttery baked goods. The loft-like,...  Read More



Located on North 3rd Street in Williamsburg, egg opens at 7AM midweek and 8AM on weekends, but good luck trying to snag a seat during prime brunch. No matter - let the hordes of locals descend on Saturday and Sunday, while you relax with your...  Read More



A popular dinner joint with the downtown crew, Jack's Wife Freda also dishes up a mean breakfast menu that mixes Mediterranean influences with American favorites. Order up the rosewater waffle with Lebanese yogurt, or opt for the green...  Read More



Heralded as the best brunch in the city by multiple media outlets and New Yorkers, Clinton Street Baking Co. holds up to the hype. Hungry locals and visitors travel from all corners of the city (and the world!) to eat Chef Neil's blueberry...  Read More

Lafayette Grand Cafe & Bakery


Lafayette - sister restaurant of other foodie faves, including The Dutch and Locanda Verde - takes the traditional American breakfast and gives it a high-end French twist. Eggs and hash browns become fresh farm eggs with pommes de rôtisserie...  Read More



Balthazar oozes a cool vibe that's impossible to replicate. Perfectly positioned on a Soho corner, this is the breakfast spot of the rich and famous. It's not uncommon to spot a celebrity, and of course, the food is divine. Billed as a French...  Read More



Opened in 1914, Russ & Daughters still resides in its original location on Houston Street in the Lower East Side. A New York staple, the teeny shop is known for its fish, specifically its bagels and smoked salmon (lox). Topped with a...  Read More



Cookshop is where you breakfast when you're feeling a little fancy. This corner spot is bright and airy with high-ceilings and plenty of sidewalk seating that's actually accessible during the week. The menu leans heavily on fresh greenmarket...  Read More


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