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

Casa Enrique

$$$$·Mexican·
Long Island City
913 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
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
87% recommended
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Bar Boulud

$$$$·French·
Upper West Side
7,991 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
95% recommended
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Lil' Frankie's

$$$$·Italian·
East Village
746 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
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
93% recommended
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Almond

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,576 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Brunch
  • Sunday Lunch
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
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The Ribbon - UWS

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Upper West Side
1,366 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
  • Casual
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
90% recommended

Boucherie - Union Square

$$$$·French·
Gramercy / Flatiron
1,015 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
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
82% recommended

The Smith- Lincoln Square

$$$$·American·
Lincoln Square
7,915 reviews
  • Casual
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Great for Brunch
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
93% recommended
Most Booked in Manhattan

Balthazar

$$$$·French·
SoHo
7,978 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Brunch
  • Authentic
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
Fit for Foodies in New York / Tri-State Area
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Cookshop

$$$$·American·
Chelsea
5,780 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Brunch
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
95% recommended
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Bar Primi

$$$$·Italian·
Lower East Side
1,149 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
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
95% recommended
Hot Spot in New York / Tri-State Area
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Temple Court

$$$$·American·
Financial District
1,135 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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
95% recommended
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Morandi

$$$$·Italian·
West Village
1,500 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
91% recommended

Craft

$$$$·American·
Gramercy / Flatiron
5,943 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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
91% recommended

La Pecora Bianca - Midtown

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown East
1,050 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
96% recommended
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Leuca

$$$$·Italian·
Williamsburg
897 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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
Hot Spot in Brooklyn
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Lafayette

$$$$·French·
NoHo
2,809 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
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
89% recommended
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Sant Ambroeus SoHo

$$$$·Italian·
SoHo
434 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Brunch
  • Authentic
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
93% recommended
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The Dutch

$$$$·American·
SoHo
2,778 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual
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
88% recommended
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Nix

$$$$·Vegetarian·
Greenwich Village
2,023 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Healthy
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
92% recommended
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Covina - Permanently Closed

$$$$·American·
Midtown East
678 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
95% recommended
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