Sometimes, you have a little extra time before you head to the office. Or maybe you want to get up extra early and treat yourself to a little me-time. Either way, there are plenty of places for a luxurious, sit-down breakfast that you can hit up during the workweek for more than a bagel or doughnut (though we love those, too). Here, some spots to go for a peaceful morning.
Tilda All Day
On the corner of Fulton Street and St. James Place is this gem, serving coffee and plated dishes that are far more gorgeous than they need to be. The menu changes often, but recently there was this swirl of thinly sliced zucchini with pureed pine nuts that was pretty to die for. They’re not shy with butter here, so if you’re dairy-averse, make sure to note that when you order toast or potatoes. According to owner Samantha Safer, they’re currently on an unexpected break but should be open for business again shortly.
Perhaps you’d like to argue with me, but you won’t convince me otherwise: Tinto has the best cold brew in Crown Heights. They also happen to have a lovely breakfast menu that they serve all week, including pepita-studded avocado toast on thick bread and a generous helping of Greek yogurt with granola.
This Bushwick restaurant is open for brunch seven days a week, starting at 8 a.m. on weekdays. While you probably shouldn’t start a Tuesday with a Mega-mosa (their pint-size version), they do have bottomless coffee for $3.50 and a rather large menu: You can get everything from mofongo to a breakfast brioche sandwich to a kale salad, if you’re feeling virtuous.
It’s hip, yes, and also quite undeniably good. This is where you go when you want a big plate of pancakes on a random Thursday morning, or if you want to sit on a fashionable corner in Greenpoint to eat your steel-cut oats with banana, walnut and brown butter currant while jotting down a to-do list.
There are delicious vegan baked goods here. For me, that’s all that counts, but there’s more, like the oat and chia pudding; the Avocado Smash with pickled shallot (a phrase that is music to my ears); or the smoked whitefish sandwich. The Counter Culture coffee is also excellent, and the scene is a perfectly serene space in which to start a busy day.