Ask anyone learning English in New York City what’s their favourite meal of the day, and the answer will often be breakfast.
From the American classics to the exotic morning meals served by the Big Apple’s vibrant and varied immigrant communities, this is our pick of the best breakfast spots in Manhattan:
Classic: La Bonbonniere (28 8th Ave, New York, NY 10014-1803) - A neighbourhood hangout spot for over 20 years, La Bonbonniere offers an affordable and delicious classic American breakfast in the heart of West Village. Highly recommended are the oozy and delicious blueberry pancakes served with perfectly crisp bacon.
Take-away: Absolute Bagels (2788 Broadway, New York, NY 10025) - The perfect take-away breakfast is the classic New York bagel. Choose from a mind-boggling selection of cream cheeses to smear onto your bagel, which is baked to the perfect consistency: crisp on the outside and pillowy-soft on the inside.
Latin: Choza Taqueria (600 11th Ave, New York, NY 10036) - This stall inside Gotham West Market serves the most delicious breakfast tacos. If you’re in the mood to really fill up, choose the breakfast burrito, which is stuffed with scrambled eggs, cheese, potatoes, peppers, and pico de gallo.
Ukrainian: Veselka (144 2nd Ave, at 9th St., New York, NY 10003-8305) - This legendary 24-hour spot in East Village was established in 1954 by post-World War II Ukrainian refugees. Its huge breakfast menu combines American favourites such as pancakes and bacon with Ukrainian specialities such as pierogis and blintzes.
Japanese: Panya Bakery (8 Stuyvesant St, New York, NY 10003) - For just $11.50 in the heart of East Village, this Japanese bakery will serve you a wonderful and nourishing breakfast spread, including salmon or tilapia fish, rice, vegetables, salad and miso soup with a generous portion of tofu.
Sweet: Doughnut Plant (220 W 23rd St, Between 7th & 8th, New York, NY 10011-2301) - Indulge your sugar cravings at the place which claims ‘to provide the best doughnuts in the world’. Offering an astonishing range of flavours, toppings and fillings, you’ll find three branches of this sweet spot dotted across Manhattan.
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