There has never been a better time to eat breakfast in New York — or to take a picture of your breakfast, for that matter. These eight new spots are raising the bar for the AM meal, with seriously eye-catching views alongside crullers and grain bowls that will totally upgrade your morning routine.
Norman is the latest project from new Nordic powerhouse Claus Meyer, along with partner Fredrik Berselius and chef Andrew Whitcomb, bringing Meyer's signature Scandinavian touch to dishes like soured oats with almond milk and pear, and a pickled beet and cured salmon breakfast sandwich. The comfy spot is set within the innovative design store, A/D/O, in Greenpoint — with all its clean, white lines and co-working space vibes, it’s the perfect place to catch up on emails or host a meeting.
29 Norman Ave., Brooklyn; 347-966-2092
From Danny Nusbaum, who was behind the perennially popular (but now-shuttered) Tilda All Day, comes Golda — an all-day spot that melds Nusbaum’s Jewish and Middle Eastern upbringing, with dishes like kuku, an herbed Persian frittata, horseradish salmon gravlax, and “foie-tella” toast, a rich, foie gras–infused French toast smothered in strawberry cardamom amba, a tangy Iraqi chutney. The space was designed by the notoriously chic firm, The MP Shift, so you can expect bright blocks of color and custom artwork from local designers like Evan Paul English.
504 Franklin Ave., Brooklyn; 718-484-7065
Perhaps no place has redefined breakfast in New York over the past few months quite like Atla, the sunny cafe from Cosme’s Enrique Olvera and Daniela Soto-Innes. The bright, clean and simple flavors of the food perfectly match the light-bathed, minimally-designed space — and the grey and lime green color scheme of all the signage ties the whole spot together nicely.
You’ve no doubt seen the maple-glazed crullers at Daily Provisions all over your Instagram feed. The fluffy, sugared morsels are the highlight at Danny Meyer’s very pleasant all-day cafe near Union Square. Equally eye-catching is the deep blue-walled interior, which feels like a cozy nook in an otherwise hectic part of the city.
103 E. 19th St.; 212-488-1505
Chef Camille Becerra’s colorful cafe is the hottest spot for a power breakfast right now. Her modern menu has photogenic, feel-good favorites like a grain bowl with cured fish, seaweed and a honey-cured egg, and tahini yogurt with apricot and sumac. Those vibes are matched by the psychedelic neon Virgin Mary statue in the bathroom, the Paul Judd artwork on the walls, and the Everlane uniforms the staff is wearing. De Maria is the perfect embodiment of its stylish Nolita regulars.
19 Kenmare St.; 212-966-3058
Dumbo finally got its own all-day cafe with the opening of VHH Foods, a waterfront spot from the Vinegar Hill House team that draws its inspiration from California classics like Gjusta and Tartine Manufactory. That means an excellent lineup of pastries, including roasted banana and miso brioche, or buckwheat carrot walnut loaf, along with the breezy, bright, and eclectic atmosphere that people have come to know and love about the original Vinegar Hill House.
55 Water St., Brooklyn; 718-243-1569
East One is a snug, Nordic-inspired cafe whose highlight is the on-site roastery that yields the spot's decadent, complex cups of coffee. The centerpiece of the place is the high-tech roasting machine in the back, developed by the restaurant's head of coffee, James Stahon. The translucent walls allow you to literally watch as your coffee goes from bean to brew, perhaps over a stack of malted pancakes with berry compote.
384 Court St., Brooklyn; 347-987-4919
West Village restaurateur Gabe Stulman recently closed his Italian concept, Perla, and in its place opened this new all-day cafe that features items like homemade pecorino romano scones and a Cubano sandwich. The good news is that the newly redesigned space feels more like a cozy living room than a restaurant — with its well-worn leather couches, trendy trinkets and paintings hung on the walls, and gold-coated light fixtures, it's both a cafe and an aspirational home portrait.
234 W. 4th St.; 212-933-1824