Brunch is a huge deal in NYC, but what about those who want a great breakfast? Many great restaurants open early on the weekends, but for those who want more than a bagel on the run, it can be a challenge to find a delicious restaurant that serves food before noon.
Luckily, more and more restaurants have been opening on the weekdays to serve peckish foodies. With this list, the problem won’t be finding a place to eat a weekday breakfast; it will be making a very difficult, albeit tasty, decision.
It’s not just any diner that can be touted for its great breakfasts, but Veselka isn’t just any diner. This Ukrainian eatery in the East Village is known for its outstanding pierogis, potato pancakes, and hamburgers, all served around the clock. For more standard breakfast fare, go for the homemade corned beef hash topped with a poached egg or any of the homemade breakfast pastries.
Locanda Verde is known for its decadent brunches, but it also serves an elegant weekday breakfast. Heartier appetites will want to go for the uova modenese, which is 2 eggs cooked soft with cotechino sausage hash, spinach, and tomato hollandaise. For those in the mood for sweets, the lemon ricotta pancakes are light and zesty, and the signature dish is the sheep’s milk ricotta with honey and herbs. Creamy and tangy, it is a must order for lactophiles.
Friend of a Farmer in the Murray Hill area looks like it belongs in the countryside of Maine with its quaint wooden interior and charming knick knacks. But the breakfasts are great for city appetites, with hearty omelets and sweet options like pumpkin pancakes. Don’t miss the smoked salmon scramble with tomatoes, onions, and cream cheese for a creamy scramble filled with salty smoked salmon and sweetly caramelized onions.