The Best Breakfast Restaurants in New York City

The OpenTable Team

As the saying goes, breakfast is the most important meal of the day—and New York City's fine restaurants make sure that the city's diners have the best breakfast possible. The city's diverse population and cutting-edge atmosphere combine to produce some of the most creative morning-time dishes in the world. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. From breakfast tacos to croissants, biscuits to egg-topped pizzas, there are countless ways to start the day off right in the Big Apple. Grab a cup of coffee and dig in.

Restaurants:Casa Enrique, Bar Boulud, Lil' Frankie's
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Mexican, French, Italian
Neighborhoods:Long Island City, Upper West Side, East Village
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Casa Enrique

$$$$·Mexican·
Long Island City
881 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
The hip Long Island City Mexican spot Casa Enrique is one of the most happening restaurants in New York City. Boasting a creative menu of Mexican favorites, Casa Enrique is a tremeRead more
92% recommended
Mexican in New York / Tri-State Area
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Bar Boulud

$$$$·French·
Upper West Side
7,792 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
The acclaimed chef Daniel Boulud created this Lincoln Center establishment. Designed in a relaxed, Parisian bistro style, Bar Boulud is a go-to spot for a comfortable weekend breakRead more
93% recommended
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Lil' Frankie's

$$$$·Italian·
East Village
724 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Cozy
Lil' Frankie's is full of big tastes. This is a cash-only spot in New York's trendy Bowery neighborhood. Lil' Frankie's is a relaxed place that serves up dishes that make up what cRead more
92% recommended
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Almond

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,546 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
  • Casual
This much talked-about French bistro is right in the heart of the Kips Bay/Flatiron area of Manhattan, only a few steps away from Washington Square Park. It's an ideal spot for anyRead more
96% recommended

The Ribbon - UWS

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Upper West Side
1,322 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Bar Seating
This is a blue-ribbon experience. Boasting one of the most beautiful dining rooms in all of New York City, The Ribbon is a prime brunch spot for anyone visiting Midtown Manhattan. Read more
85% recommended

Boucherie - Union Square

$$$$·French·
Gramercy / Flatiron
821 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
Boucherie—or “butchery” in French—is one of the most acclaimed French restaurants in New York City. It's a little slice of Paris in the middle of the West Village. The Boucherie's Read more
81% recommended

The Smith- Lincoln Square

$$$$·American·
Lincoln Square
7,607 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
This Lincoln Square institution offers New York City visitors and local diners one of the best brunch menus in the Big Apple. There's a huge seafood selection, with shellfish, oystRead more
89% recommended
Most Booked in New York / Tri-State Area

Balthazar

$$$$·French·
SoHo
7,777 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
Balthazar is among New York City's best French bistros. It offers a relaxed but exciting atmosphere that makes it ideal for a brunch get-together. Day-after-partying patrons can enRead more
92% recommended
Most Booked in New York / Tri-State Area
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Cookshop

$$$$·American·
Chelsea
5,740 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
Cookshop is the brainchild of chef-owner Marc Meyer. The 10th Avenue favorite is one of the city's most popular brunch locales. Cookshop serves up everything from cold-pressed greeRead more
94% recommended

Bar Primi

$$$$·Italian·
Lower East Side
1,110 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Bar Primi serves as a prime option for those looking for a weekend brunch option. The rustic, chic interior is an excellent backdrop for those walking in from the nearby Bowery neiRead more
97% recommended

Nix

$$$$·Vegetarian·
Greenwich Village
1,956 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Vegan
  • Creative Cuisine
Nix is a cutting-edge modern restaurant close to New York University. Nix delivers a menu of creative vegan and vegetarian brunch and breakfast dishes that are worthy choices for aRead more
90% recommended
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Temple Court

$$$$·American·
Financial District
963 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
The Temple Court restaurant at the Beekman Hotel is a heavenly brunch experience. It's one of the more stylish restaurant experiences in the entire city. Stop by the lavish bar forRead more
92% recommended

Morandi

$$$$·Italian·
West Village
1,396 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
This chic restaurant from celebrated New York City chef Keith McNally is a Waverly Place institution. It's a warm and calm spot for a brunch and breakfast meal, with plenty of candRead more
90% recommended

Craft

$$$$·American·
Gramercy / Flatiron
5,823 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Another exquisite New York location from the acclaimed restaurateur and chef Tom Colicchio. Craft is an expansive, high-ceilinged, wine-rack-tinged space with plenty of room for diRead more
94% recommended

La Pecora Bianca - Midtown

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown East
979 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
The midtown staple La Pecora Bianca is the place to go for a few cheerful spirits during a fine brunch or breakfast meal. For a reasonable price, La Pacora Bianca offers unlimited Read more
97% recommended

Leuca

$$$$·Italian·
Williamsburg
864 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
The epicenter of New York hipster cool is in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the location of this fine Southern Italian restaurant. Leuca is a hip joint inside a hip hotel called The WilliRead more
86% recommended
Notable Wine List in Brooklyn

Lafayette

$$$$·French·
NoHo
2,732 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for a Date
The bistro/bakery called Lafayette is one of the to-go spots in the Bowery/NYU neighborhood and a strong candidate for the best breakfast in New York. Lafayette features a grand seRead more
87% recommended
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Sant Ambroeus SoHo

$$$$·Italian·
SoHo
421 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Cozy
  • Great for Lunch
Those needing a jolt of caffeine alongside their breakfast and brunch will adore the selections at Madison Avenue's stylish Sant Ambroeus. The elegant restaurant offers an espressoRead more
82% recommended
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The Dutch

$$$$·American·
SoHo
2,722 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch
The Dutch is a must-try in Lower Manhattan. It's a hot spot for cinephiles, as it is only a short walk away from New York's Film Forum and the Angelika Film Center & Cafe. The breaRead more
84% recommended

Covina

$$$$·American·
Midtown East
646 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
This comfy and atmospheric brunch hot spot delivers Mediterranean-inspired brunch favorites. Diners can find it inside the lovely Park South Hotel. Morning eaters can select from bRead more
99% recommended
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