The Best Breakfast in Downtown NYC

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For many, breakfast in New York City means coffee and a bagel–procured, of course, from a sidewalk cart. And while this is a local culinary tradition we revere as much as the next New Yorker, there is much more to be had. Herewith, allow us to direct you down the path of undeniable morning tastiness.

buvette nyc breakfast

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Buvette is one of those neighborhood bistros that’s as perfect for breakfast as it is for lunch as it is for dinner. It’s a great place to sit down with a friend and have a beverage, alcoholic or otherwise. In the mornings, the menu usually features its fare share of wonderful cured meats (by land and sea) piled atop fluffy eggs and crunchy toast.

42 Grove St, New York, NY 10014

bubby's nyc breakfast

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Located just down the road from SIXTY Soho, Bubby’s Tribeca is where the neighborhood’s poshest residents come for simple, home-cooked comfort food. The menu features hearty classics like gravy and biscuits, banana nut pancakes, and eggs benny. Come here in the a.m. and fill up for the day (and then some).

120 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013

little park nyc

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Little Park

Another good bet (and also near SIXTY Soho) is Little Park. The food here is a little more adventurous than Bubby’s, with a menu sporting such relative exoticisms as duck confit hash, brioche French toast, and coconut/spelt pancakes.

85 W Broadway, New York, NY 10007

high street on hudson breakfast

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High Street on Hudson

Do yourself a favor and start your morning at High Street on Hudson before walking the High Line. Their spins on morning staples are perfectly rendered, with tasty treats like the beet-cured salmon bagel and malted granola. If you’re feeling antsy, see about getting one of their excellent egg sandwiches to go. It’s a beast–bring napkins.

637 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

dudleys breakfast

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Further east, around the corner from SIXTY LES, Dudley’s holds court as the corner cafe of note. In the summer, windows open wide onto the street where diners sit. In cooler months, the inside is perfectly cozy and welcoming. The Aussie outfit delivers on its promise of fresh and healthy fare. Expect lots of avo, plenty of brown rice, and a ton of veg.

85 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

the smile nyc breakfast

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The Smile

Speaking of getting cozy in winter, The Smile is the place to be once a chill hits the air. The cafe is down a set of stairs and nearly subterranean, giving it the feeling (and appeal) of a New York City den. The food skews American and Mediterranean, and their baked goods are divine. The weekday breakfast menu is short and simple. Order the scrambled eggs and gussy them up to your liking. Looking for something in the summer sunshine? Check out their Smile To Go outfit on Howard.

26 Bond St, New York, NY 10012

cafe habana

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Café Habana

It feels like Café Habana has anchored the same corner of Prince and Elizabeth for forever. It’s a bit of Old New York, if you think that being around since 1997 is deserving of the title. (We do.)  The breakfast menu is robust, and stars plenty of Cuban-infused favorites.

17 Prince St, New York, NY 10012

ATLA nyc breakfast

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ATLA is chef Enrique Olvera’s more accessible answer to his super-popular Cosme restaurant. Atla gets praise all-around, but breakfast here is the thing to do. The chia yogurt is delicious, the flaxseed chilaquiles are solid, and the ranchero eggs are not to be missed. They serve it every day until 4 p.m. Late-risers, rejoice.

372 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012



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