Best Avocado Toast in NYC

A fashionable breakfast
August 29, 2014
by Zagat Staff

Get your cell phones ready - these NYC spots serve up some of the most Instagram-worthy avocado toasts around.

Joseph Leonard
New American · West Village · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.2

“Original” , “deeply satisfying” takes on New American standards draw “super-cool” folks to Gabe Stulman's West Village “neighborhood joint” that ups the ante with open-all-day hours; the “hiply rustic” , “lumberjacky” setting is so “tiny” that “crowded” conditions and long “waits” are a given.
Five Leaves
New American · Greenpoint · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.9 · Service 3.6

This all-day Greenpoint “staple” “remains a favorite” in “hipsterville” for “out-of-this-world” burgers, “incredible pancakes” and other “reliable” New American eats; despite often- “crowded” digs and occasional “attitude” , it’s pretty “perfect for brunch” – with the “long lines” to prove it.
Two Hands
Australian · TriBeCa · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.1 · Service 3.9

Packed with “super-chic” diners, these “always busy” Aussie kitchens are known for “fresh but hearty” fare including “memorable” breakfasts, standout avocado toast and “fantastic” flat whites; the “cute” Little Italy original is daytime-only while its sunny TriBeCa sequel adds dinner and a full bar.
Bluestone Lane
Coffee · West Village · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.8

Those looking “for a true Australian coffee experience” head to these Melbourne-style shops pouring “terrific espresso” , long blacks and “proper flat whites” paired with Down Under bites like “amazing avocado smash” , lamingtons and gluten-free options; weekends can mean “packed” conditions, but “good-looking” , “happy” staffers make up for it; P.S. a few locales offer table service.
The Butcher's Daughter
Vegetarian · NoLita · $$
Food 4.2 · Decor 4.0 · Service 3.9

A “go-to” for a “fairly healthy” bite, these “sceney” vegetarian cafes/juice bars provide “delicious” all-day fare (toasts, grain bowls, pizza) upgraded with “interesting twists” ; the “funky” , “cheerful” spaces offer seating inside and out.
Jack's Wife Freda
Mediterranean · SoHo · $$
Food 4.2 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.9

“Simple but delicious” American fare gets a “modern” and often “Mediterranean spin” at these “well-priced” bistros, making them a “pretty-people” favorite; they’re especially “sceney” at brunch ( “if you can get in, you've made it in life” ) when the “cozy” digs fill up fast.
Australian · Lower East Side · $$
Food 4.2 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.1

Local ingredients drive a menu of Australian-inspired American eats at this “cozy” LES all-day cafe and bar serving everything from pancakes to steaks, plus custom cocktails and regional brews; “cool without being pretentious” , the “tiny” corner spot has a marble bar and sidewalk tables.
The East Pole
American · East 60s · $$$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.0 · Service 3.9

“Downtown moves Uptown” via this Fat Radish offshoot that's “enchanting” Upper East Siders with its “farm-to-table-done-right” , British-accented New American fare and “original” cocktails served in airy, “hip” quarters; despite “pricey” tabs, it's generally “crowded” – especially at the “fantastic brunch" , while its Fish Bar location focuses on seafood and oysters.
Cafe Gitane
Cafe · NoLita · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.8 · Service 3.8

A “cool crowd” packs into these “hipster-chic” French-Moroccans for “delicious” couscous and other “satisfying” dishes (including that “famous” avocado toast); the “small” NoLita original “fills up fast” while the Jane Hotel sequel is “less crowded” , but both are “great for brunch.”