Breakfast

The Next Great Breakfast Destinations in NYC

The Next Great Breakfast Destinations in NYC

We all have stories we tell ourselves – about ourselves – that aren’t necessarily true. For example, I say I don’t care about breakfast. Only to realize that I don’t like mediocre breakfasts: cereal in a bowl, a sad excuse for a croissant, or anything that could be considered ready-to-eat meals.

If you agree with me on this, you’ll be happy to know that Crown heights and Perspective heights in Brooklyn just say no to bad breakfasts.

Crown Heights recently offered diners a number of bold new destinations. Maybe you heard the rumblings, then the uninhibited screams, last spring about chef Eric See’s breakfast burritos at Ursula. They may be the calling card of New Mexico-inspired coffee, but See is a gifted pastry chef, so you’ll also find rosewater conchas and dulce de leche-glazed brioche donuts alongside a breakfast sandwich that might fly under the radar if not for its signature use of hatching chilies. (I really enjoyed reading Rachel Sugar recent profile from See on Grub Street, and I’m sure you will too.)

Just below Eastern Parkway is Counter of Agi, an ode to Eastern Europe and, since the end of February, a brunch destination. Chef Jeremy Salamon, who has roots in Hungary, Austria and the Jewish Diaspora, serves the kind of hearty breakfasts her grandmothers enjoyed. You’ll probably enjoy them too, especially if, like me, dill is your culinary penchant. Try the tuna fondant served on homemade Pullman bread.

Just below Atlantic Avenue in Prospect Heights there is Leland Food and Beverage Housewhere there’s more seafood than eggs on the brunch menu: you’ll find hushpuppy-smoked pollock fritters on a schmear of tzatziki, trout rillettes and citrus-soaked mussels under a shower of parsley – all accompanied by pork sisig and tofu banh mi.

At the Burmese restaurant Yangon, many of the staples from its dinner menu are served for breakfast, including what Pete Wells called the “impressive” lemongrass fish noodle soup placed under a “shaped onion beignet”. trellis”. Add chef Myo Moe’s tea leaf salad with toasted nuts and seeds, and his highly aromatic chicken curry with coconut rice, and you’re done.

So there is Patti Ann’s Bakery (formerly known as Evi’s Backerei). While you will no longer find krapfen filled with milk jam or Fly on the menu there are still amazing versions of crullers and bostock, and a sour cherry financier that will change your mind about sour cherries if you haven’t been a fan before.

Want something tastier? You can find Austin-style breakfast tacos at Tacos King David down the block, including migas in the form of tacos. Or drag up Ciao, Gloriawhich after nearly three years remains one of the most exciting places to grab a really good egg sandwich (think prosciutto, provolone and aioli on brioche) as well as classic Italian cookies like amaretti and biscotti .


  • Although the crust leaves something to be desired, Pete Wells wrote in this week’s restaurant review, the month’s offerings Lucia Pizza in Sheepshead Bay are definitely worth a try.

  • Openings: wan wan, a Thai restaurant in NoLIta focused on Phuket cuisine; coffee with Brazilian influences bica on West 36th Street; and Social Sandwich Missionin Williamsburg, which sandwich lovers will want to check out for the inventive menu.

  • New York’s hottest bagels, popupbagels, are boiled in Connecticut, transported in a refrigerated van and cooked in New York just before pickup, reports Priya Krishna. (Danny Meyer is a fan.)

  • Times nightlife reporter Julia Carmel shared an overview of the city late night food sceneincluding lines of food trucks outside Bushwick clubs and the return of food-centric night markets.

  • Laura Rysman reported on brutallya new art-filled restaurant in Stockholm that attracts a celebrity clientele with its brutalist (read: cooking with only water and salt) approach to food.

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