The Eleven Best Breakfasts in NYC, 2015
Depending on your previous night's activities, your morning refueling might call for a bowl of oatmeal cooked with almond milk or a full Irish breakfast piled high with blood sausage and rashers. Though it's harder than ever to carve out time for a proper morning meal in this city, ambitious breakfast menus keep popping up around town at buzzy places like Mission Cantina, Santina, and Ivan Ramen(ina). If you can afford at least a semi-leisurely start, you can partake of breakfast offerings that range from quickly grabbed sandwiches to luxurious sit-down feasts, and reflect this metropolis's multitude of cultures and the diversity of its residents. With that in mind, here are our eleven best breakfasts in NYC.
11. Sariling Atin (89-12 Queens Boulevard, Queens; 718-397-1200) Breakfast at this unassuming Elmhurst Filipino restaurant is a communal affair: Everyone orders at the buffet and takes whatever seats are available in the modest dining room behind the cafeteria's front grocery area. Crispy pata — deep-fried pork trotter — comes piled high next to garlicky fried rice called sinangag. With splashes of sweet and sour, Pinoy cuisine is a guaranteed roller coaster for groggy taste buds. Served from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Courtesy Sariling Atin
10. Taqueria Tehuitzingo (578 Ninth Avenue, 212-707-3916) Now that this beloved Hell's Kitchen underdog has moved to a more central location on 42nd Street, the small space clogs up during prime hours, but mornings are still relatively sleepy. Breakfast tacos, like eggs with ham or two different kinds of chorizo, cost a modest $7 for three. Hangover gut-bombs like chilaquiles — a mess of tortilla chips doused in salsa — or burritos filled with eggs, guacamole, and queso fresco, will sate heavier appetites. Served from 8 a.m. to midnight
9. Lincoln Station (409 Lincoln Place, Brooklyn; 718-399-2211) Veteran Brooklyn restaurateurs Emiliano Coppa and chef Anna Klinger helped put Park Slope on the map sixteen years ago with their Northern Italian gem al di la. The duo's youngest effort (after Slope wine den Bar Carvo) is a cheery Crown Heights café dressed up in exposed brick. Klinger puts an emphasis on quality ingredients, whether that means sourcing local produce or braising and roasting meats in-house for exemplary lunchtime sandwiches. That attention to detail translates to the breakfast menu, where burnished ham and cheese croissants and a gleefully bloated egg sandwich hold court. Served on warm and spongy ciabatta, the wobbly, fried over-easy egg joins crunchy bacon and salsa picante for one messy morning treat. Served from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.
8. Tea & Sympathy (108 Greenwich Avenue, 212-989-9735) While there are fancier places to try a traditional English breakfast (where eggs join a crowded plate heaped with back bacon, sausages, grilled tomato, and beans), this cozy, kitschy canteen operated by British expats offers a hearty rendition that adheres to tradition. An extra dollar yields a side plate of griddled black pudding, completing the porky trinity. Called the "Full Monty," it anchors a breakfast menu that includes a range of sweet and savory home cooking, from scones with clotted cream to Welsh rarebit and bangers 'n' mash. Served from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday through Sunday.Next Page
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