As experts (and mom) have been saying for years, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It can increase productivity and metabolism (none of us can escape the beach season, after all) and will keep your body humming for hours.
Lately, we’ve noticed restaurant hot spots opening their hearts to this ever-important meal. These 10 über popular eateries have killer weekday breakfast menus, chock full of deliciousness to kick-start your work day. Trust us, it’s worth getting out of bed a few minutes earlier.
2 Lexington Ave., 212-777-2410. Breakfast: 7:30-10 a.m.
Known for Danny Meyer’s signature Italian spin, this Flatiron spot serves cozy dishes like Cacio e Pepe eggs, soft scrambled with pecorino and black pepper, and savory seasonal frittatas.
2. THE GENERAL
199 Bowery, 212-271-7101. Breakfast: 6 a.m.-2 p.m.
With a bakery turning out breakfast delights like Fruity Pebbles donuts with cereal milk and pastrami and egg and cheese pretzel bites, The General will perk up your morning in a snap.
325 Bowery, 646-602-7015. Breakfast: 7:30-11 a.m.
With a Southern flare and idyllically warm vibe, Peels has long been serving the Bowery area buttery biscuits and lots of wine — and their breakfast menu is no let down. Egg dishes like shrimp and grits served with a fried egg, house-made tasso bacon and jalapeño grits are hearty, while the lighter “spa eggs” made with goat cheese and sautéed spinach are perfect for the diner looking for a healthier start.
4. THE BUTCHER’S DAUGHTER
19 Kenmare St., 212-219-3434. Breakfast: 8-11 a.m.
This vegetarian hot spot will please veggie lovers and carnivores alike with the New York favorite “Bagel & Schmear,” served with herbed cashew-cream cheese, tomato and cucumber. Also try the hearty breakfast sandwich, which is stacked with cashew cheese, kale and tomato jam and served on a toasted English muffin.
54 Prince St., 212-226-0211. Breakfast: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Delicatessen is known for its mac and cheese service — and going for breakfast doesn’t mean you have to give that deliciousness up. Alongside more traditional morning options like a signature breakfast burrito and raspberry and cream cheese stuffed brioche French toast, SoHo neighborhood locals have access from 7:30 a.m. on to the full Mac Bar menu.
6. MARBLE LANE
355 W. 16th St., 212-229-2336. Breakfast: 7-11 a.m.
Located in the trendy Dream Downtown hotel, Marble Lane has something for everyone; from eggs to crispy bacon and Challah French toast, Marble Lane takes the ordinary and adds their own fresh spin.
7. LEXINGTON BRASS
517 Lexington Ave., 212-392-5976. Breakfast: 7-11 a.m.
This Midtown East eatery takes the basics up a notch for breakfast, with dishes like pumpkin spice gluten-free waffles and deliciously light buttermilk pancakes.
8. THE SMITH 55 Third Ave.
212-420-9800. Breakfast: 8-11:30 a.m.; 956 Second Ave., 212-644-2700. Breakfast: 7:30-11:30 a.m.; 1900 Broadway, 212-496-5700. Breakfast: 7:30-11:30 a.m.
The Smith’s three locations — East Village, Midtown East and Lincoln Center — all serve up breakfast dishes worthy of their heralded name. Try the mushroom omelet with fontina cheese and home fries, or opt for a heartier dish like thick vanilla French toast topped with maple butter and caramelized bananas
9. HILL COUNTRY CHICKEN
123 Broadway, 212-257-6446. Breakfast: 7:30-11:30 a.m.
This menu features more than just fried chicken. Think sweet treats like pecan raisin sticky buns and eggs “Armadillo”: a poached egg atop a buttermilk biscuit smothered in sausage gravy.
102 Third Ave., 212-529-8880. Breakfast: 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Feast, the newly opened “nose-to-tail” haute spot in the East Village, focuses on perfectly executed pastries, baked on premises with raw dough delivered fresh from the Savoy Bakery in Harlem.