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
910 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • 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 tremeRead more
91% recommended
Mexican in New York / Tri-State Area
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Bar Boulud

$$$$·French·
Upper West Side
7,899 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood 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
93% recommended

Lil' Frankie's

$$$$·Italian·
East Village
746 reviews
  • Neighbourhood 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
91% recommended
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Almond

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,575 reviews
  • Group Bookings
  • Neighbourhood 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
93% recommended
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The Ribbon - UWS

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Upper West Side
1,350 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Casual
  • 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
87% recommended

Boucherie - Union Square

$$$$·French·
Gramercy / Flatiron
897 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
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
84% recommended
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The Smith- Lincoln Square

$$$$·American·
Lincoln Square
7,770 reviews
  • Casual
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Comfort Food
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
89% recommended
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Balthazar

$$$$·French·
SoHo
7,972 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Brunch
  • Good for a Date
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
91% recommended
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Cookshop

$$$$·American·
Chelsea
5,780 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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
94% recommended
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Bar Primi

$$$$·Italian·
Lower East Side
1,131 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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
93% 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
91% recommended
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Temple Court

$$$$·American·
Financial District
1,036 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
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
92% recommended
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Morandi

$$$$·Italian·
West Village
1,441 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
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
88% recommended
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Craft

$$$$·American·
Gramercy / Flatiron
5,874 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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
93% recommended
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La Pecora Bianca - Midtown

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown East
1,050 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • 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
95% recommended
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Leuca

$$$$·Italian·
Williamsburg
882 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
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
2,760 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Good for a Date
  • 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
430 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Cosy
  • Lunch
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
84% recommended
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The Dutch

$$$$·American·
SoHo
2,747 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Brunch
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
90% recommended
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Covina

$$$$·American·
Midtown East
678 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood 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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