New York City, New York Top 11 Breakfast and Brunch Spots in NYC Mini Guide by Alicia Jones

In the city that never sleeps it's important to get a good start (or end) to your day. Whether it's pancakes, eggs, bagels or pastries, here's my pick for the best breakfasts in NYC.

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Balthazar is a French bakery and brasserie in SoHo. Since it's opening in 1997 it has remained one of the most popular places in the Manhattan. Their croissants are delivered to cafes around the city and their Eggs Benedict are some of the best around. If you can, and the weather cooperates, grab a seat outside and watch the fashionable walk by. Close to the 6 train (Spring St), or the N/R trains (Prince St), for good coffee, pastries, eggs and more, stop by Balthazar.

Balthazar

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A trip to NY isn't complete without a bagel! Not your average bagel, NYC bagels are massive and filled to excess with your favorite cream cheese or other filling. I normally get 2 eggs and cheese on a sesame bagel but the possibilities are endless! Everything bagel with plain cream cheese, Blueberry bagel with strawberry cream cheese, plain bagel with tuna, roast beef or ham, you name it and Ess-A-Bagel will have it! Juice, coffee, tea, cookies and more are also available but for a real New York breakfast, get your bagel now!

Ess-a-Bagel

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Veselka is an East Village institution. This Ukrainian diner is open around the clock and specializes in various Central-European dishes but if it's breakfast you're looking for, it's breakfast they have, any time of the day!

Veselka

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There is no mention of the word 'pancakes' without mentioning Clinton St Baking Company. It's small and therefore fills up fast and you'll often see a line outside. Plain or filled, smothered in maple syrup, this is a true American breakfast feast.

Clinton St. Baking Company

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This two-floor bakery is not only large enough to hold the crowds that come here, it's also conveniently located close to Union Square. Known for their excellent baked goods, there are a variety of breakfast items to get, sweet or savory. Make sure to try their fresh lemonade in the summer and tasty hot chocolate in the winter too.

The City Bakery

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If Huevos Rancheros and Bloody Marys are your thing then Enid's is the place to head. Don't let the trek into Brooklyn deter you, Greenpoint and Williamsburg have long been some of the trendiest neighborhoods around. It's also one of the more inexpensive breakfasts around. Take a walk by the water when you're done and enjoy the Manhattan skyline.

Enid's

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Nestled in this cute part of Brooklyn (Carrol Gardens) is the place to head for the best breakfast sandwiches (or any sandwich) around. Family friendly and inexpensive too.

Court Street Grocers

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ABC kitchen not only looks like a cute farmhouse, it's also committed to serving local, sustainable and organic seasonal produce. Family friendly and one of the best places to head in Manhattan, for a real breakfast or brunch treat, stop by ABC Kitchen.

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The first of the Momofuku milk bars in the East Village is still a local favorite. Whether you want pastries, cakes, buns, soft serve ice cream with cereal, bagels with eggs, or just a tall glass of milk, Momofuku is a truly New York place to go.

Momofuku Milk Bar

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There are plenty of places in Manhattan that will make you fresh juices or smoothies but Whole Foods is still one of the best. Head to their juice bar, design a fruit or veg juice (or smoothie) of your choice, add some fillings and you're ready to start the day. There are locations around the city (Union Square, Columbus Circle or East Houston) if this West Village spot isn't close to you.

Whole Foods Market NYC

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Despite being a great place for burgers and beer, brunch here is also one of the best in town Southern style biscuits, fried chicken and of course eggs! Start your day with a hearty brunch here and then head to the Natural History Museum or Central Park to walk off your meal.

Jacob's Pickles

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