There's no shortage of morning pastries, both sweet and savory, at Falai Panetteria on the Lower East Side. The restaurant is peacefully quiet before the noon hour—ideal for a solo breakfast with a good novel, or early morning coffee with friends. Outfitted in pressed tin ceilings and white chandeliers, it's the right spot for snuggling with a warm cappuccino and pastry. On the savory end, go with the spinach strudel dotted with pine nuts and feta. But the focus here is really on sweet.
Chocolate and almond croissants are hard to pass, but look further for the chocolate-pear turnover. The crisp sugar-speckled pastry encases dark chocolate and sweet sliced pears, one layered above the other. It's flaky in all the right ways, releasing billows of golden crumbs all over your lap—which you'll be very happy to savor later.
79 Clinton Street, New York NY 10002 (nr. Rivington Street; map)