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The Best Breakfast Restaurants in New York City

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.

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9 Restaurants
Updated January 28, 2021
Restaurants:The Ribbon - UWS, Boucherie - Union Square, The Smith- Lincoln Square
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, French, American
Neighborhoods:Upper West Side, Gramercy / Flatiron, Lincoln Square
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The Ribbon - UWS

$$$$
Contemporary American
Upper West Side
4.2
1632 reviews
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. Accompany the brunch selection with one of the Ribbon's acclaimed craft cocktails or morning drink favorites.

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Boucherie - Union Square

$$$$
French
Gramercy / Flatiron
4.3
1787 reviews
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 brunch is full of French favorites like croque monsieur, salade nicoise, and pain perdu. Try some of Boucherie's trademark absinthe with breakfast or brunch.

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The Smith- Lincoln Square

$$$$
American
Lincoln Square
4.5
9874 reviews
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, oysters, and deluxe platters. There are also eggs, overflowing sandwiches, griddled pancakes, creative brunch cocktails, and house-made sodas. Anyone heading into Lincoln Square should stop by for some of the best breakfast in New York.

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Bar Primi

$$$$
Italian
Lower East Side
4.6
1349 reviews
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 neighborhood. Italian flavors color the brunch menu. Diners can select from dishes including Pomodoro baked eggs, Italian Benedict, or scrambled egg Costino.

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Temple Court

$$$$
American
Financial District
4.8
1260 reviews
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 for a brunch cocktail and some of the best breakfast in New York. Or, grab a table for brunch or the big "Beekman Breakfast" meal. The Beekman Breakfast boasts, eggs, potato roost, toast, and meat, served with in the classic Temple Court style. There's also a smoked salmon salad and steel-cut oatmeal on the menu.

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Craft

$$$$
American
Gramercy / Flatiron
4.7
6369 reviews
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 diners to enjoy their breakfast meals. Seafood is a prime offering here. The fresh dishes include East Coast oysters, mussels, and grilled octopus. Craft is also known for its dry-aged strip loin and huge charcuterie plates of duck or pork.

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Leuca

$$$$
Italian
Williamsburg
4.5
962 reviews
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 William Vale. Brunch and breakfast here feature plenty of coastal Italian fare. There is wood-fired pizza, Southern Italian Benedict, and sheep's milk ricotta. There are also Italian-inspired spritzes and a selection of Bloody Marys to quench diners' thirsts.

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Lafayette

$$$$
French
NoHo
4.5
2984 reviews
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 selection of classic French bakery treats for breakfast and brunch. It mixes sit-down vibes with bustling bakery style. Fresh, warm croissants, muffins, and other pastries come served alongside hearty fare like oysters, lemon pancakes, and omelette provencale. There is a long list of French cocktails and rosé to go with the bakery treats.

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The Dutch

$$$$
American
SoHo
4.5
3002 reviews
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 breakfast food is blockbuster, and The Dutch's "Doughnut Tree" is a decadent treat. This is one of the prime brunch and breakfast options in the entirety of New York City. The Doughnut Tree is a meal of sweet treats featuring peanut butter chocolate, coconut, and original glazed versions. There are also fresh-pressed juice blends for those that would like to eat a little healthier. Pick from the "green clean" juice with kale and apple or the twenty/twenty with carrot and ginger. Seafood lovers should try the "little oyster" sandwiches. There are also eggplant dip, tuna ceviche, steak tartare, and sticky pork ribs on the menu. For a drink with brunch or breakfast, The Dutch's "Bloody Caesar" is a treat. This Bloody Mary also boasts Clamato juice and a shucked oyster.

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