This cozy spot in the West Village is full of Parisian countryside charm and definitely worth the wait (forewarning: it doesn't take reservations). This is a carb-fiend haven - everything is warm, fluffy, and soaked in butter, but it's unbelievably delicious that you won't give it a second thought. Recommended (and totally instagram-able) dishes include the steamed scrambled eggs with sliced prosciutto and shaved Parmesan, where the eggs are cracked into a ceramic jar and steamed with the wand of an espresso machine, essentially scrambling them, or choose from a selection tartines and heavenly croissants. After indulging, you can walk it all off by shopping your way through the West Village.
42 Grove Street (Between Bleecker Street & Bedford Street)
Clinton Street Baking Co.
Doors open at 8am, so aim to get there promptly or waiting time will jump to an hour whilst you watch people enjoying what could be yours through the window. Go with the expectation of leaving your name and number with the host and standing out in the cold with a take-out latte while you wait with the other hungry citizens. Don’t let this put you off though – New York Magazine voted their blueberry pancakes as being the best in the city. Twice. This is the place where you can be sure to cross off many bucket-list meals, with eggs sunny side up, sugar cured bacon, and an impressive stack of fluffy blueberry pancakes just bursting with blueberries and served with maple butter. The most interesting dish hands down is the buttermilk fried chicken & waffles – a total guilty pleasure. More please?
4 Clinton St (Between East Houston Street & Stanton Street)
The Fat Radish
The Fat Radish was doing avocado and egg toast before it was cool, which is only one of the reasons to love this place. Reasons two and three are their warm banana bread and the ambience - lots of light, and well-maintained foliage all year round. And, they take reservations. What’s not to like? Menu favourites include the avocado and 7-grain toast with a side of applewood bacon. For evening cocktails, head directly over the road to sister-pub ‘The Leadbelly’, run by the same owners and offering live music and happy-hour oysters.
17 Orchard Street (Between Hester & Canal Street)
Scooch up in style into one of the red leather booths in this old-fashioned brasserie for a morning of celebrity spotting and scrumptious plats du jour. Balthazaar is a sea of tables, chairs, and glowing brass lamps, and feels exactly like you’ve just stepped into a busy café near Le Jardin des Tuileries – the atmosphere is bustling, touristy and typically French, without the snobbery or looks of derision when your ask for Ketchup with your eggs (quelle horreur). Try the hazelnut waffles, the brioche French toast with smoked bacon, or the smoked-salmon tartine with a caper cream cheese, and pair with a mimosa or bellini for a decadent twist. So much choice, it’s hard to go wrong.
80 Spring Street (Between Broadway and Crosby Street)
There’s nothing like a good protein hit to start your day, and with breakfast sandwiches starting from 7am, you can get them in early. With its ‘fresh take’ on the classic bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich, the namesake BEC Classic comes with smoked bacon and sharp cheddar on BEC's signature brioche bun. It’s messy and greasy, but damn-right delicious. For those loading up for a big day ahead, get stuck into a Bistec sandwich with steak, blue cheese, bacon, caramelized onions, spinach, and sundried tomato vinaigrette in a ciabatta. Still hungry? BEC is open until 10pm so you can stuff yourself with breakfast all day long.
148, 8th Avenue (Between 17th & 18th Street)