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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
For 2 people on Wed, 10/16
Party Size
For 2
Date
Wed, 10/16
Time
7:00 PM

Casa Enrique

$$$$·Mexican·
Long Island City
835 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
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
95% recommended
Mexican in New York / Tri-State Area
12 people mentioned the Carne Asada
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Bar Boulud

$$$$·French·
Upper West Side
7,618 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
90% recommended
159 people mentioned the Coq Au Vin

Lil' Frankie's

$$$$·Italian·
East Village
679 reviews
  • Casual
  • 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
89% recommended
15 people mentioned the Rigatoni

Almond

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,484 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • 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 anyRead more
90% recommended
35 people mentioned the Short Rib

The Ribbon - UWS

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Upper West Side
1,257 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Bar Seating
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
81% recommended
43 people mentioned the Prime Rib

Boucherie - Union Square

$$$$·French·
Gramercy / Flatiron
685 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
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
88% recommended
8 people mentioned the Filet Mignon

The Smith- Lincoln Square

$$$$·American·
Lincoln Square
7,184 reviews
  • Casual
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • 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, oystRead more
88% recommended
Most Booked in New York / Tri-State Area
82 people mentioned the Mac Cheese

Balthazar

$$$$·French·
SoHo
7,243 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Brunch
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
90% recommended
Most Booked in New York / Tri-State Area
68 people mentioned the French Onion Soup
There aren’t any available tables for 2 tomorrow at 7:00 pm
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Cookshop

$$$$·American·
Chelsea
5,611 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
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
113 people mentioned the Bloody Mary

Bar Primi

$$$$·Italian·
Lower East Side
1,069 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Casual
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
94% recommended
34 people mentioned the Squid Ink Pasta

Nix

$$$$·Vegetarian·
Greenwich Village
1,817 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
91% recommended
52 people mentioned the Dumplings

Temple Court

$$$$·American·
Financial District
873 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
90% recommended
19 people mentioned the Baked Alaska

Morandi

$$$$·Italian·
West Village
1,292 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
87% recommended
12 people mentioned the Linguine

Craft

$$$$·American·
Gramercy / Flatiron
5,716 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
94% recommended
272 people mentioned the Short Rib

La Pecora Bianca - Midtown

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown East
828 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Lunch
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
93% recommended
11 people mentioned the Tagliatelle

Leuca

$$$$·Italian·
Williamsburg
823 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
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
87% recommended
20 people mentioned the Pistachio Cake

Lafayette

$$$$·French·
NoHo
2,658 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for a Date
  • 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
93% recommended
48 people mentioned the Croissants

Sant Ambroeus SoHo

$$$$·Italian·
SoHo
389 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Lunch
  • Cozy
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
87% recommended
6 people mentioned the Veal Milanese

The Dutch

$$$$·American·
SoHo
2,639 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch
  • 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 breaRead more
92% recommended
129 people mentioned the Fried Chicken

Covina

$$$$·American·
Midtown East
579 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Bar Seating
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
98% recommended
7 people mentioned the Fontina