Top 10 - Breakfast in New York City

It's a new year and that means New Year's resolutions.  New diets and exercise regimes aside, breakfast is still the most important meal of the day and shouldn't be missed (even if it's organic, low-fat and low-cal).  

When you're in the city that never sleeps, it’s important to get your fill of the most important meal of the day. Breakfast in New York can range from gourmet French bakeries to classic open-all-night diners. Putting the cronut aside, here are our top picks for breakfast in the Big Apple to start 2014 off right. 

1. Tick Tock Diner 

You can’t get more American than a 24-hour diner on 34th street right next to Penn Station. With its neon lights, retro decor and breakfast served all day, Tick Tock Diner is the place to go for a classic Americana dining experience.

2.  Good Enough to Eat

For a taste of real ol’ fashioned American home-cooking, Good Enough to Eat is the first place any New Yorker will head to. Pancakes, eggs and ‘hash’ are all standard fare here but there are vegetarian, vegan and even kid-friendly options. Small or large, healthy or indulgent, everything here really is good enough to eat.

3.  Ellen's Stardust Diner

Home of the singing waitstaff, Ellen’s Stardust Diner gives a 50’s feel to your dining experience. Fun for young and old, Ellen’s Stardust Diner is the best place for the most rockin’ breakfast in the city.

4. Balthazar Restaurant and Bakery

Balthazar is a classic French bistro known around the city for the best croissants and pastries. Sit outside and watch the fashionable residents of Soho walk by as you sip an espresso and enjoy one of Balthazar’s delectable treats.

5.  Junior's

Known for the best cheesecake in all of New York, located in the heart of Times Square is Junior’s. Classic breakfasts of eggs and griddle cakes served with home fries or grits will start the day off right. Come back after dinner to taste their famous cheesecake.

6.  momofuku milk bar

For a more unique take on breakfast come to momofuku milk bar and get bagels, croissants and a side of milk! With locations throughout the city, take home a jug of cereal milk and come back later for their cakes and pies.

7.  Brooklyn Diner 

You don’t need to travel out of Manhattan to get one of Brooklyn’s best breakfasts. Voted ‘Best of New York’ for years running, this diner in the heart of the theater district is the place to go before or after a long day of walking around or catching shows. 

8.  Clinton St. Baking Company & Restaurant

Served daily from 8am-4pm, Clinton St’s breakfast has been a local favorite for years. Come early or expect a wait to taste their famous blueberry pancakes. For lucky visitors in February, Clinton St. celebrates pancake month - pancakes around the clock with new flavors each day.

9. Brasserie Les Halles 

This is celebrity chef Anthony Bourdin’s home base - a classic Parisian brasserie serving both French and American breakfast staples. If you’re lucky you’ll get a glimpse of Mr. Bourdin himself.

10.  Veselka 

This 24-hour Ukranian diner in the East Village has been an institution for years.  Serving Ukranian soul food, Veselka dishes up the best of Ukranian and American cuisine.  All the breakfast favorites are there but for a real treat, try their 'Varenyky' - also known as pierogis or dumplings with a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian fillings. 

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Photo by Paul Lowry