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An egg sandwich from Fairfax in the West Village.
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24 Great Breakfast Options in Manhattan

Settle in with fluffy pancakes and Japanese breakfast sets or grab breakfast burritos and egg sandwiches to go

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An egg sandwich from Fairfax in the West Village.
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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s also a meal that many New Yorkers skip, which is a shame because so many restaurants in this city do amazing things before 11 a.m. Whether it's with a modern Japanese breakfast, a paper bag filled with Colombian cheese breads, egg-stuffed tacos, bagels and lox, Chinese buns, or outrageously good banana pancakes, here's where to start a day off right.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Salento

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This small panaderia and cafe in Washington Heights remains one of the best places in Manhattan for Colombian pastries and assorted South American snacks. Swing by in the morning for the sweet-salty pandebono cheese bread, chicken-filled corn empanadas, and calentado, the traditional Colombian breakfast platter of rice and beans paired with a fried egg, chicharron, and an arepa.

A yellow corn empanada sits on wax paper in an outdoor garden Ryan Sutton/Eater NY

Harlem Biscuit Company

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It’s not unusual to encounter a line snaking out the door at this ongoing Harlem pop-up shop, and for good reason. Chef Melvin Johnson started Harlem Biscuit Company during the pandemic and quickly amassed fans for the shop’s buttery, flaky biscuits, sold alone and as the base for a range of stuffed biscuit sandwiches. Solid entry points include the Langston, piled high with fried chicken, pickles, onions, and chili garlic honey; or the Frederick, featuring a pork sausage patty, egg, cheese, and jerk honey.

A close-up photo of an unwrapped biscuit sandwich stuffed with fried chicken, pickles, and onion slices.
The Langston biscuit sandwich, made with fried chicken, pickles, onions, and chili garlic honey.
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Part of Eli Zabar’s east side empire, E.A.T. is a diner-cafe mix that blends American breakfast classics with Jewish fare. Sit in the checkered room for dishes such as a ratatouille omelet, cheese blintzes with apple sauce, or a bagel with sturgeon.

Old John's Diner

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Upper West Side restaurant Old John’s Luncheonette was brought back to life earlier this year as Old John’s Diner, a revamped take on the 70-year-old neighborhood staple. Find breakfast diner classics like ham and cheese omelettes and chocolate chip waffles available every day from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

A person holds a bottle of carbonated water and pours some of it into a brown drink with white foam on top and a red and white straw sticking out of the side.
A chocolate egg cream at Old John’s Diner.
Molly Tavoletti/Eater NY

Criollas

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This tiny Argentinian empanada stall at the Columbus Circle Turnstyle Market is a solid choice for a quick, light Midtown breakfast on the go. Consider the flaky beef turnovers, studded with salty green olives, or the excellent caprese variety, teeming with tomatoes and stretchy mozzarella — think of it as a pizza roll of sorts. Open from 10 a.m.

A mahogany-hued beef empanada and a lighter caprese one sit on a white and yellow decorative plate.
Empanadas from Criollas.
Ryan Sutton/Eater NY

Sullivan Street Bakery

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Even if unknowingly, many New Yorkers have tried the bread from Sullivan Street, since it’s sold to many restaurants around the city. The dishes are just as fantastic, especially the soft eggs with prosciutto on brioche, which come highly praised, as well as the square tomato and zucchini pizza slices. The bakery opens daily at 8 a.m.

A small pancetta and egg sandwich is held in a hand.
The pancetta and egg sandwich at Sullivan Street Bakery.
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This Times Square counter is mobbed during lunchtime, but it's peaceful in the mornings before 10:30 a.m. During lunch its magnificent Cuban sandwiches are the clear choice, but breakfast calls for mangu (mashed plantains) with salami, eggs, and cheese ($10), plus a Cuban coffee. This storefront can be easy to miss.

Wedges of lime sit next to a plate of roast pork topped with pickled onions.
Pork roast and salad at Margon.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

Spanish Diner

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Humanitarian chef Jose Andres’ Hudson Yards food hall Mercado Little Spain houses a full-service diner that offers a lovely breakfast starting at 11:30 a.m. daily, or at 11 a.m. on weekends. Pair eggs with rich morcilla or nutty jamon iberico, or try a variety of classic Spanish tortillas.

A brightly lit dining room with an open kitchen space to the left and a dining area to the right with wooden tables and chairs
Spanish Diner at Mercado Little Spain.
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King David Tacos

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Early risers near Madison Square Park have a breakfast taco option in King David Tacos, originally a Prospect Park cart that’s added this location in Manhattan. On Friday and Saturday starting at 8 a.m., breakfast tacos are on offer, including the BPEC (bacon, potato, egg, and cheese), Queen Bean (refried beans, potato, egg, and cheese), and Or’izo (Mexican chorizo, potato, egg, and cheese).

A hand holds a breakfast taco half-wrapped in foil with a view of Madison Square Park in the background.
A BPEC from the King David Tacos cart in Madison Square Park.
Erika Adams/Eater NY

Daily Provisions

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The breakfast menu here may not have a ton of variety, but of the handful of options, it’s impossible to go wrong. Bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches arrive hot and melty on pillowy brioche buns; the cafe’s legendary crullers are refreshed often with seasonal flavors — maple and cookies-and-cream are the current offerings.

A close-up photo shows a plate of egg gougères, with one broken apart to display scrambled eggs inside.
Egg gougères from Daily Provisions.
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Fairfax

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Gabriel Stulman's charming aesthetic got a revamp when Perla flipped to Fairfax, an all-day cafe and wine bar resembling a living room. At breakfast time, settle into one of the leather couches or large armchairs for Old Bay tots, cheesy egg sandwiches, or avocado toast with cucumber, labneh, and za’atar. Served until 11:30 a.m. on weekdays.

Buvette

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The eggs at chef Jody Williams’s Grove Street charmer are cooked with the steam wand on the espresso machine, normally used to make a cappuccino — and they’re perfect. Starting at 8 a.m. daily, diners have the option of topping them with either smoked salmon or prosciutto. A waffle sandwich and plenty of pastries are also available at this petite restaurant.

Bartenders dressed in white pour glasses of wine for customers who are sitting on barstools.
The bar at Buvette.
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Brooklyn Kolache

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Brooklyn Kolache, long a neighborhood staple in Bed-Stuy, expanded with a West Village outpost earlier this year. Order a handful of the sweet and savory Czech-Tex pastries — the jalapeño, egg, and cheese; and the cherry compote and sweet cheese options are not to be missed — and wash it down with a cup of coffee sourced from favorite NYC roaster Kitten Coffee.

A powdered sugar-topped, jam- and fruit-filled kolache pastry.
A puffy, sweet kolache.
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Veselka

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This normally 24-hour Ukrainian diner offers breakfast all-day during its revised mid-pandemic operating hours, starting at 8 a.m. The menu has challah French toast, pancakes, waffles, and latkes served with sour cream and apple sauce. The blintzes and pierogis are especially great.

People gather on bikes outside Veselka while a patron in a white t-shirt and blue patterned shorts walks out; most are wearing face masks.
An afternoon crowd outside of Veselka.
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Black Seed Bagels

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Black Seed is an East Village go-to for wood-fired bagels, offered with spreads or in sandwich form topped with bacon, egg and cheese; pastrami smoked salmon and scallion cream cheese; or egg and cheese. Seating inside the shop is limited, but the restaurant added a small outdoor patio to its space during the pandemic.

A bagel sandwich stuffed with pastrami and melty cheese is photographed on a light green and white background.
A pastrami, egg, and cheese sandwich from Black Seed.
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Downtown Bakery

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When the morning calls for tamales, tortas, or breakfast burritos, head to Downtown Bakery. The small shop is stocked with a particularly wide variety of the cheesy, stuffed burritos — including chorizo, steak, and veggies. The bakery opens at 9 a.m. sharp everyday.

A foil-wrapped breakfast burrito cut open and the two halves placed side by side to show the insides with potatoes, cheese, egg, chorizo, and beans.
A breakfast burrito from Downtown Bakery.
Erika Adams/Eater NY

Thai Diner

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Ann Redding and Matt Danzer’s all-day spot attracts nocturnal diners with expensive shellfish platters, spicy laab salads, and aromatic curries. But in the morning hours, patrons come for fat slices of babka French toast, designed for drenching with salty condensed milk. There’s also a fine roti wrap stuffed with soft eggs, cheese, and with fragrant Thai sausages. Breakfast is served until 5 p.m. Open from 11 a.m. on weekdays, and 10 a.m. on weekends.

A spread of dishes shot from overhead, including verdant cabbage rolls, phat Thai noodles with pink head-on shrimp, fried chicken larb, and Thai tea pain perdu made from marbled babka
A spread of dishes from Thai Diner.
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Davelle

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Open at 8 a.m. during the week and 9 a.m. on weekends, this stylish but sparse Japanese cafe serves breakfast toasts that run $10-$12. Choose from pretty options like honey lemon, ham and egg, spicy cod roe, and cheese curry.

A snug cafe with high ceilings, a mirror, a single table, and a coffee menu written in cursive on paper.
The compact dining room at Davelle.
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Shopsin's

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The late Kenny Shopsin’s kids have kept this beloved diner going in its most recent iteration inside the Essex Market on the Lower East Side. The massive menu can be overwhelming to newcomers, but start with the “blisters on my sister” category, where anything from enchiladas to a skillet of rice and beans comes topped with two sunny-side up eggs. The banana pecan brown sugar pancakes are also a top choice. Note that Shopsins is closed Mondays and Tuesdays, and breakfast starts at 10 a.m.

An open kitchen with wooden booths and and high-top counters in the Essex Market
Shopsin’s at Essex Market
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Mei Lai Wah

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Breakfast is the ideal time to stop by Chinatown stalwart Mei Lai Wah, as they often sell out of their fresh-baked treats later in the day. Load up on puffy roast pork buns, pineapple pork buns, and custardy cocktail buns for a guaranteed good start to the day.

Kopitiam

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All-day Malaysian cafe Kopitiam made a splash with its reopening a few years ago, expanding its menu to include more savory options, too. The sunny, colorful space, owned by chef Kyo Pang, kicks off breakfast service at 10 a.m. with dishes like kaya toast, half-boiled eggs with soy sauce and pepper, and fish ball soup. Don’t forget to pick up one of the wonderful sweets, like the pulut inti: morning glory sticky rice topped with grated coconut surgar.

Potted plants hang from the ceiling in a naturally lit dining room with bar stools, high-top counters, and exposed brick.
The dining room at Kopitiam.
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Golden Diner

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Sam Yoo’s all-day establishment in Two Bridges continues to serve nourishing diner fare with eclectic Asian overtones. Starting from 10 a.m., Yoo sends out creations like green tea coffee cake, Thai tea tres leches cake, breakfast burritos, honey butter pancakes, vegan nachos, and a monster of a hash brown egg sandwich on a Chinese-style scallion bun.

An fluffy egg sandwich with pieces of bacon and a thick hash brown patty rests on a diner plate.
An egg sandwich from Golden Diner.
Ryan Sutton/Eater NY

Hole in the Wall Cafe and Bar

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This Australian cafe — with other locations in Murray Hill, Flatiron, and Williamsburg — offers up the breezy, down-under dishes for which the country is known. Avocado toast and flat whites are standout, as is the iced coffee come summer. Plus, there’s ample seating for a pre-work drop-by or a meeting, starting at 9 a.m. on weekdays.

Avocado toast is topped with lemon, cheese, tomato, egg, and black sesame seeds
Avocado toast from Hole in the Wall.
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George's New York

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Since the 1950s, George’s has been fueling the FiDi office crowd ahead of a day’s work. The no-nonsense diner is serving breakfast essentials like chocolate chip pancakes, corned beef hash, waffles, and omelets. The familial staff and setting at George’s are hard to find elsewhere.

The exterior of George’s with a large restaurant sign spelling out “George’s” displayed over the entrance.
George’s in FiDi.
Erika Adams/Eater NY

Salento

A yellow corn empanada sits on wax paper in an outdoor garden Ryan Sutton/Eater NY

This small panaderia and cafe in Washington Heights remains one of the best places in Manhattan for Colombian pastries and assorted South American snacks. Swing by in the morning for the sweet-salty pandebono cheese bread, chicken-filled corn empanadas, and calentado, the traditional Colombian breakfast platter of rice and beans paired with a fried egg, chicharron, and an arepa.

A yellow corn empanada sits on wax paper in an outdoor garden Ryan Sutton/Eater NY

Harlem Biscuit Company

A close-up photo of an unwrapped biscuit sandwich stuffed with fried chicken, pickles, and onion slices.
The Langston biscuit sandwich, made with fried chicken, pickles, onions, and chili garlic honey.
Erika Adams/Eater NY

It’s not unusual to encounter a line snaking out the door at this ongoing Harlem pop-up shop, and for good reason. Chef Melvin Johnson started Harlem Biscuit Company during the pandemic and quickly amassed fans for the shop’s buttery, flaky biscuits, sold alone and as the base for a range of stuffed biscuit sandwiches. Solid entry points include the Langston, piled high with fried chicken, pickles, onions, and chili garlic honey; or the Frederick, featuring a pork sausage patty, egg, cheese, and jerk honey.

A close-up photo of an unwrapped biscuit sandwich stuffed with fried chicken, pickles, and onion slices.
The Langston biscuit sandwich, made with fried chicken, pickles, onions, and chili garlic honey.
Erika Adams/Eater NY

E.A.T.

Part of Eli Zabar’s east side empire, E.A.T. is a diner-cafe mix that blends American breakfast classics with Jewish fare. Sit in the checkered room for dishes such as a ratatouille omelet, cheese blintzes with apple sauce, or a bagel with sturgeon.

Old John's Diner

A person holds a bottle of carbonated water and pours some of it into a brown drink with white foam on top and a red and white straw sticking out of the side.
A chocolate egg cream at Old John’s Diner.
Molly Tavoletti/Eater NY

Upper West Side restaurant Old John’s Luncheonette was brought back to life earlier this year as Old John’s Diner, a revamped take on the 70-year-old neighborhood staple. Find breakfast diner classics like ham and cheese omelettes and chocolate chip waffles available every day from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

A person holds a bottle of carbonated water and pours some of it into a brown drink with white foam on top and a red and white straw sticking out of the side.
A chocolate egg cream at Old John’s Diner.
Molly Tavoletti/Eater NY

Criollas

A mahogany-hued beef empanada and a lighter caprese one sit on a white and yellow decorative plate.
Empanadas from Criollas.
Ryan Sutton/Eater NY

This tiny Argentinian empanada stall at the Columbus Circle Turnstyle Market is a solid choice for a quick, light Midtown breakfast on the go. Consider the flaky beef turnovers, studded with salty green olives, or the excellent caprese variety, teeming with tomatoes and stretchy mozzarella — think of it as a pizza roll of sorts. Open from 10 a.m.

A mahogany-hued beef empanada and a lighter caprese one sit on a white and yellow decorative plate.
Empanadas from Criollas.
Ryan Sutton/Eater NY

Sullivan Street Bakery

A small pancetta and egg sandwich is held in a hand.
The pancetta and egg sandwich at Sullivan Street Bakery.
Ryan Sutton/Eater NY

Even if unknowingly, many New Yorkers have tried the bread from Sullivan Street, since it’s sold to many restaurants around the city. The dishes are just as fantastic, especially the soft eggs with prosciutto on brioche, which come highly praised, as well as the square tomato and zucchini pizza slices. The bakery opens daily at 8 a.m.

A small pancetta and egg sandwich is held in a hand.
The pancetta and egg sandwich at Sullivan Street Bakery.
Ryan Sutton/Eater NY

Margon

Wedges of lime sit next to a plate of roast pork topped with pickled onions.
Pork roast and salad at Margon.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

This Times Square counter is mobbed during lunchtime, but it's peaceful in the mornings before 10:30 a.m. During lunch its magnificent Cuban sandwiches are the clear choice, but breakfast calls for mangu (mashed plantains) with salami, eggs, and cheese ($10), plus a Cuban coffee. This storefront can be easy to miss.

Wedges of lime sit next to a plate of roast pork topped with pickled onions.
Pork roast and salad at Margon.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

Spanish Diner

A brightly lit dining room with an open kitchen space to the left and a dining area to the right with wooden tables and chairs
Spanish Diner at Mercado Little Spain.
Alex Staniloff/Eater NY

Humanitarian chef Jose Andres’ Hudson Yards food hall Mercado Little Spain houses a full-service diner that offers a lovely breakfast starting at 11:30 a.m. daily, or at 11 a.m. on weekends. Pair eggs with rich morcilla or nutty jamon iberico, or try a variety of classic Spanish tortillas.

A brightly lit dining room with an open kitchen space to the left and a dining area to the right with wooden tables and chairs
Spanish Diner at Mercado Little Spain.
Alex Staniloff/Eater NY

King David Tacos

A hand holds a breakfast taco half-wrapped in foil with a view of Madison Square Park in the background.
A BPEC from the King David Tacos cart in Madison Square Park.
Erika Adams/Eater NY

Early risers near Madison Square Park have a breakfast taco option in King David Tacos, originally a Prospect Park cart that’s added this location in Manhattan. On Friday and Saturday starting at 8 a.m., breakfast tacos are on offer, including the BPEC (bacon, potato, egg, and cheese), Queen Bean (refried beans, potato, egg, and cheese), and Or’izo (Mexican chorizo, potato, egg, and cheese).

A hand holds a breakfast taco half-wrapped in foil with a view of Madison Square Park in the background.
A BPEC from the King David Tacos cart in Madison Square Park.
Erika Adams/Eater NY

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