There is nothing quite like a full English breakfast. Whether it be fuel for a hard day of labor, a comforting meal to ward off a dreary day, or the cure for an epic hangover, the "full Monty" or "fry-up", as the breakfast is also called, is a celebration of breakfast. Here are 14 versions of the meal found in NYC, ranked.Read More
Where to Eat a Full English Breakfast in New York City
Here is where you will find the most faithful full English breakfasts on this side of the pond.
1. The Breslin Bar & Dining Room
At $23 the full English breakfast at The Breslin is the city's most expensive, and it doesn't even come with toast or beans. But it is the highest expression of British breakfasting found in NYC. The pork sausage, black pudding, and streaky bacon are all made in-house. The execution is what we expect from a top restaurant, and the lack of conformity is precisely what makes it so English.
Balthazar might be known as a French restaurant but the full English served during the week (and curiously not on weekends), is among the best in the city. It includes Cumberland sausage, house-made baked beans, and fried bread. The only real deviation from the archetype is the use of streaky bacon. $22.
3. Tea & Sympathy
The full Monty at this West Village charmer includes scrambled eggs served with back bacon, sausage, grilled tomato, choice of toast and a beverage for $16.50. Beans and black pudding or mushrooms are an extra $1, well worth the price of admission. While the choice of eggs is limited by the size of the kitchen, the homey, eclectic atmosphere and home cooked feel of the food make it one of the best experiences in NYC.
4. The Atlantic ChipShop
While the Park Slope location sadly shuttered last year you can still find a classic breakfast at the Atlantic Avenue location. It might include only one egg, but it is otherwise a bargain at $10, and if you ask nicely they'll fry the bread for you.
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5. The Shakespeare @ The William
Served on weekends only, this is a fine, fine example of a full breakfast. It features a choice of eggs, with sausages, loin back bacon, black pudding, portobello mushrooms, baked beans, roasted tomato and fried bread for $17.
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6. The Dead Rabbit
The full Irish breakfast at The Dead Rabbit includes sunny side eggs, beans, black and white pudding, bacon, sausages, tomato, mushrooms, and toast $15.
7. Dear Bushwick
It is somewhat hard to rank the offering from Dear Bushwick, which bills itself as an English country kitchen in Brooklyn. Certainly the skillet of ham hock beans, eggs, and skinless sausage is toothsome, but it is so divergent from both the archetype and the other versions around town that it is really its own thing. $14.
8. The Churchill
The English breakfast at The Churchill is serviceable, if not particularly inspired. It features loin back bacon, a particularly generous quantity of sausage, eggs, portabella mushrooms, American style home fries, toast, and beans. $15.
9. Molly's Shebeen
Molly's is once on NYC's oldest and most authentic Irish pubs. The full Irish breakfast includes two eggs, blackened white pudding, bacon, sausage, sad bread and home fries for $16, beans are a $2 supplemental. Over all the breakfast here is not bad, it certainly offer a lot of bang for the buck.
10. Donovan's Pub
This Woodside institution best known for its hamburger also serves a full Irish breakfast on weekends. This one includes both black and white pudding, as well as all the standard fixings for $15.
11. Jones Wood Foundry
Like its sister restaurant downtown,The Peacock, Jones Wood Foundry offers a full English breakfast that also includes fried bread. However, the portions are larger downtown, and the Peacock showed better execution. For example, the beans where rather desiccated at Jones Wood Foundry, and the half slice of bread just feels stingy. $17
12. Central Bar
The full Irish breakfast at Central Bar is rather uninspired, although reasonably priced at $13.
13. Lyric Diner
New York, NY 10010
You can find an Irish breakfast at quite a few diners around NYC. The one at Lyric lacks baked beans, but otherwise has both black and white pudding, sausages, and bacon. Good in the case of a severe weekday hangover (they serve the meal 24/) but otherwise best avoided. $11.95.
14. St. Andrews
We had high hopes that St. Andrews in Times Square wouldn't just be a tourist trap, but unfortunately the breakfast here was pretty shoddy. It does, however, feature two uniquely Scottish ingredients – tattie scone (potato) and Lorne square sausage.