A good breakfast burrito can cure a hangover without sending you back to bed. The eggs should be scrambled, although there’s at least one example where they work when fried. Meat isn’t required, but a good flour tortilla is. Cheese is the glue that holds it all together, but it wouldn’t be a breakfast burrito without the crunch of hash browns, tater tots, or french fries. Only a handful of spots in New York City meet these exacting criteria. They are arranged below in geographical order.Read More
The Best Breakfast Burritos in New York City
The criteria: crisp potatoes, soft eggs, and a good flour tortilla
G's Coffee Shop
G’s Coffee Shop feels like a tiny diner where customers sit at stools and order fried eggs, pancakes, and burgers. Listed on a separate, handwritten sign is the breakfast burrito. Crispy home fries, gooey cheddar cheese, creamy avocado, and a thin omelet are rolled up in a flour tortilla with the choice of protein. Choose the spicy chorizo.
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The breakfast burritos at Electric Burrito break more rules than they follow. They have french fries in them, and the eggs are fried rather than scrambled. From there, refried beans, cheese, and breakfast meats like chorizo and bacon can be added. For $12 to $14, these are some of the biggest breakfast burritos in town.
Santa Fe BK
The breakfast burritos at Santa Fe BK are inspired by the owners’ home state, New Mexico. They are pre-made with fillings like sausage, bacon, and potato, and kept warm under a heat lamp at the front of the restaurant. When the ingredients are this good, making burritos ahead of time isn’t a bad thing: The flavors of sausage and green chile seep into the soft scrambled egg, and the addition of hash browns makes a handheld burrito feel like a full meal. Santa Fe BK is one of the only restaurants in town to make its own tortillas.
Super Burrito started as a stand on the Rockaway Beach boardwalk in 2017. A half-decade later, it has shops in Brooklyn and Queens. Its breakfast burrito is inspired by San Francisco. It checks all of the boxes: greasy chorizo, ultra-crisp hash browns, neon yellow eggs, and melted cheddar cheese rolled up in a flour tortilla that’s flown in from out of state. It’s one of the best breakfast burritos in the city right now.
Samuel Yoo’s modern diner makes Manhattan’s top breakfast burrito, and it gets extra points for being served all day. The hash browns are fried to a dark brown crisp and the soft scrambled eggs are perfect with melted American cheese. For the full experience, add sausage: It might be the best breakfast meat you taste this year.
Foster Sundry is a Bushwick butcher shop that sells cardamom buns and $20 bouquets of flowers: It’s also the unlikely setting of the area’s best breakfast burrito. Packed inside a griddled flour tortilla, there’s scrambled egg, Oaxaca cheese, burnt hash brown, and lots of Frank’s hot sauce. They come with mushrooms or red chorizo.
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Mama Yoshi Mini Mart
Ridgewood’s favorite breakfast burrito comes from Mama Yoshi Mini Mart, a small Japanese grocer that sells onigiri and chicken katsu sandwiches. Burritos are pre-made with shredded cheese, hash browns, and scrambled eggs. Spam, the breakfast meat of choice, is marinated in oyster sauce.
Ursula serves what may be Brooklyn’s most famous breakfast burrito: Before it moved to Bed-Stuy, the restaurant was nominated as the country’s best new restaurant by the James Beard Awards. The burritos are inspired by New Mexico, where owner Eric See is from. That means: scrambled eggs, cheddar, hash browns, and red or green chile. The smokey chorizo is the superior choice for breakfast meats; bacon and pinto beans are also available.