The Breakfast of Champions: Top Places for Breakfast in New York

New York City is famous for its breakfasts, and what better way to start your day than eating your most important meal in the Big Apple. From blueberry pancakes to bacon and crispy hash browns to eggs cooked however you like them, here are our top picks for breakfast in NYC.

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Joseph Leonard
There are only a handful of tables available in the flea market-esque café in the West Village, so it’s well worth getting down there early to enjoy the wooden floors, white brick walls and an array of vintage-style trunks, photographs, art and antique mirrors.

Joseph Leonard is renowned for its excellent Ethiopian coffee and inventive egg dishes, and you can even find breakfast-style Brussels sprouts on the menu. For an early morning gourmet feast try the egg sandwich with Manchego, sprouts, bacon and spicy Thai sauce, or opt for a classic with a great choice including oatmeal, granola and jam toast.

Pershing Square
Situated in a unique location underneath the Park Avenue Viaduct on 42nd Street, Pershing Square is a busy American brasserie offering a vibrant and eclectic choice of breakfasts. From Irish oatmeal with bananas and berries to cream cheese and salmon bagels and a huge selection of egg dishes served with interesting ingredients such as lentils and quinoa, this is one of the best places to fill up in New York. It gets busy due to its convenient location close to Times Square, Grand Central Station and the Empire State building, but its relaxed vibe means you’ll never feel rushed.

Kitchenette
Kitchenette is all about comfort food and inside this pink and black polka dot 1950s style café you’ll be tempted by shelves of delicious pastries, cakes, muffins and cookies. Pancakes are the speciality here and they’re served up by the bucket load with bottomless coffee and jam jars of fresh orange juice. Choose from sweet toppings such as the classic lemon and sugar, or go all out with a stack topped with bacon and drizzled in maple syrup.

Those with a hearty appetite should go for the Lumberjack pancakes or Lumberjane French toast breakfast, both served with egg, bacon or sausage. Those lacking a sweet tooth will also find delicious treats such as Chipotle turkey hash with sweet potatoes and build-your-own omelettes.

Kitchenette has two branches in Uptown and Tribeca, and serves breakfasts until 4.30pm – perfect for late risers!

Peels
Cheapflights offer great deals on flights to New York, and this is the place to head to as soon as you’ve touched down. Situated in the NoHo neighbourhood, Peels is a regional American restaurant that also serves up a full brunch menu for lazy weekends.

Elegant and airy inside, the restaurant’s huge windows, exposed brickwork and white wood panelling give it a relaxed and stylish atmosphere, while outdoor seating is available when the sun is shining. You’ll find all of your favourites on the menu including oatmeal and buttermilk pancakes, but the restaurant’s Build-a-Biscuit extravaganza is the star of the show with these savoury scones available with a selection of fillings including cheese, avocado, ham, eggs and sausages.

Balthazar
Parisian style is on the menu at Balthazar and inside you’ll find deep red banquette seating, dark wood and huge mirrors to accompany the French cuisine. Food is simple but delicious and you’ll be spoiled for choice from stylish dishes such as Eggs en Cocotte, croissants and brioche French toast with bacon.

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Article by Marina Kuperman Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 10+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!
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