New Yorkers know how to eat breakfast. They eat breakfast like us Brits eat brunch. But seemingly everyday! So, it makes sense, to a foodie soul like mine, to enjoy this side of their culture during a visit. With the help of my husband who spends a huge amount of time in New York, I’ve put together a bunch of the best breakfast places in New York all tried, tested and enjoyed.
High Street On Hudson – West Village/ Meatpacking District
As breakfast places in New York go this one is a ‘must try’ restaurant. Incredible pastries and bread are freshly made on site every morning. The menu is exciting and grown up and includes quality ingredients. The service was really excellent, friendly and efficient.
The restaurant decor is masculine and relaxed.
Newspapers lay ready with the early bird headlines.
You’ll find that tables throughout New York restaurants are weirdly small. seeing as their breakfast portions are weirdly large.
Here the water and coffee comes quick and with a smile. The coffee is really good too.
You can’t see the bakery, but there is an open kitchen here where breakfasts get prepared by men with arms built by kneading dough. Maybe there’s a good tip in there somewhere – check the chefs guns for a good batch of bread!
Of course I had to try something from their ‘pastries’ section. It wouldn’t be a proper American breakfast without something sweet! This little cake was incredibly moist and flavourful. Although I had only intended to eat half of it, I just kept on going until every last crumb was gone.
Another fabulous choice is this house-made yogurt. It was the creamiest yogurt and had no sourness to it at all. The fruit and cardamom honey was wonderful with it, but the addition of hard, sweet pistachios was fabulous!
This was the best oatmeal I had in New York and the apple butter and pears, just delicious. Just be aware that oatmeal over here is a different texture than the very creamy version in the UK.
This manly breakfast burger tasted as good as it looked according to my hubby. The Russian dressing comes in an individual bottle adding a bit of fun.
Their bread is sensational. Make sure you add a side of toast so you get to sample a few.
Find High Street on Hudson at: 637 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014
Vesuvio Bakery – SoHo
It looks like a tiny old-school Italian bakery that has been in the family for generations. But actually it is officially The Bird Bath Bakery and serves the most delicious salads, wraps and other ‘grab and run’ healthy foods. Wisely they have kept the weathered facade which seems popular with tourists who snap selfies outside.
There is one small counter so the choices are limited, but everything looks delicious. Don’t expect anything particularly Italian tho’.
What I love is you can start your day with a really healthy breakfast on the go…
…and also bag a giant cookie for when you get the munchies later.
Find Vesuvio at: 160 Prince St, New York City, NY 10012-5339
Grand Central Market – Midtown
This is one of the coolest breakfast places in New York as it is a market that links to Grand Central station. You can get absorbed into New York culture as locals hurry up and down. It is long and thin, much like a tube station, lined with displays of all kinds of food to grab on the hop.
Some of it isn’t much use unless you have a kitchen…
But there are plenty of pastries, filled rolls, coffee and all kinds of food in bags, cartons and bottles.
There are also a few opportunities to sample tasty morsels.
Find The Grand Central Market at: Grand Central Terminal, 89 E 42nd Street, NY 10017
Maialino – Gramercy Park
This cosy trattoria, Maialino (meaning Little Pig), is a great place for breakfast. It’s part of The Gramercy Park Hotel and overlooks the famous little park.
We found the service to be really friendly and efficient.
There is a smallish but satisfying choice of hearty and interesting dishes. Everything we had was really delicious.
I found that the jams in New York are much less sweet than a typical British jam. They also tend to use different fruits, like this fig jam which came with some crunchy bead (makes a nice change from raspberry).
You can find Maialino’s at: 2 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010.
Asiate – Mandarin Oriental Hotel – Upper West Side
Now for something high end.
Obviously any restaurant in a Mandarin Oriental hotel will be elegant and swish, with outstanding service and style. Asiate is all that, plus it gives you astonishing views of Central Park and New Yorks city scape beyond.
Although the tables by the window give you the best views it can get pretty hot by the window when the sun is shining. So, we opted for a table that is further back, but is raised a little, so you still get a nice view.
I may have got a bit giddy amongst all this luxury…
You can find Asiate at: 80 Columbus Circle at 60th Street, NY 10023
Norma’s – Le Parker Meridian –
This restaurant is a really fun place to eat breakfast in New York. It’s a smart room so serious folk can eat there too.
The menu is full of amusing sounding dishes, such as ‘Donut Even Go There French Toast’ and ‘The Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata’, which (I kid you not) when comes with the 10oz Sevruga Caviar, costs 2000 dollars!
I opted for a bowl of oatmeal.
New York breakfasts can be very sweet, so be warned that Norma’s comes sweeter than most!
The service was quick and cheerful. The large room soon filled up with both business men and families and very soon the atmosphere had a nice buzz.
If I went back, I’d opt for a savoury dish, like this Mexican plate Andy chose.
Find Norma’s at:119 West 56th Street, NY 10019-3318
Dean & DeLuca – SoHo
Dean & DeLuca is a swanky gourmet food store. You’ll find gourmet prepared foods and imported treasures.
There are some healthy choices you could eat from a carton.
Some bits are just nice to sample.
But the best option for a breakfast on the go is the bread and pastry section.
You’ll find a queue right by the cakes, which look lovely, but it’s not what everyone is after first thing in the morning.
It’s the incredible pastries, piled high. Along with a steaming freshly brewed coffee.
You can find Dean & DeLuca at: 560 Broadway, NY 10012. But there is also one in Madison!
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