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.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Casa Enrique, Almond, The Ribbon - UWS
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Mexican, Farm-to-table, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:Long Island City, Gramercy / Flatiron, Upper West Side
Party Size
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Date
Time
7:00 PM

Casa Enrique

$$$$·Mexican·
Long Island City
915 reviews
  • Authentic
  • 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 tremendous spot for a bru...

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Almond

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,662 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch
  • 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 anyone visiting to enjo...

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The Ribbon - UWS

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Upper West Side
1,462 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Great for Brunch

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...

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Boucherie - Union Square

$$$$·French·
Gramercy / Flatiron
1,385 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Groups

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 Fr...

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The Smith- Lincoln Square

$$$$·American·
Lincoln Square
8,713 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch

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 plat...

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Most Booked in New York / Tri-State Area
100 people mentioned the Mac Cheese
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Bar Primi

$$$$·Italian·
Lower East Side
1,257 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups

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 f...

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37 people mentioned the Squid Ink Pasta
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Temple Court on 10

$$$$·American·
Financial District
1,257 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

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 a...

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30 people mentioned the Baked Alaska
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Craft

$$$$·American·
Gramercy / Flatiron
6,107 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List

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 ...

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American in Manhattan
286 people mentioned the Short Rib
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Leuca

$$$$·Italian·
Williamsburg
928 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 ...

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Italian in Brooklyn
24 people mentioned the Pistachio Cake

Lafayette

$$$$·French·
NoHo
2,898 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups

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 F...

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51 people mentioned the Croissants
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Sant Ambroeus SoHo

$$$$·Italian·
SoHo
464 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies

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 espresso and cappuccino bar ...

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8 people mentioned the Veal Milanese
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The Dutch

$$$$·American·
SoHo
2,907 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem

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 blockb...

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152 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
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