Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria
Il Buco Alimentari makes some substantial breakfast sandwiches, such as this one with slow-poached egg, Rupert cheese, and two slices of Il Buco salame rosa nestled in foccacia fino. It's large enough to make for two breakfasts. Other breakfast options include a porchetta and egg sandwich as well as pastries and sweet breads like bombolone and brioche.
For those particularly ravenous mornings, there's Puebla, which makes substantial breakfast burritos, huevos rancheros, and chilaquiles: tortillas covered in black refried beans, Cotija cheese, slices of avocado, and sour cream. They're breakfast nachos that don't mess around.
Puebla: 47 First Avenue, New York, NY 10003 (map); 212-473-6643
Doughnuts at Peels are made exclusively on Sundays with rotating flavors each week, but if you're tenacious enough to stick out the ever-changing schedule, one bite of these delicate treats will make you forget all about the trouble. They were, after all, voted the best of the breed. But whether you're planning a grab-and-go or a sit down meal, it would be hard to steer you wrong here. We also enjoy their every day breakfast sweets: muffins, pancakes, and the like.
The breakfast sandwich from Bite is leaner, greener and definitely tastier than the bodega standard, and the brioche version will set you back only $3.50. The breakfast menu may be small with other items like Nutella ciabatta, but it's worth the trip.
Abraço is one our favorite cafes for grownup sweets to pair well with coffee. We love their olive oil loaf, orange blossom and ricotta babka, and this almond cream babka with crunchy caramelized edges. Sweets rotate frequently here, but you can always count on something worth your trip.
There's quite a few reasons this hash was previous featured as a Breakfast of Champions. It's cooked long enough to develop a real crust that's best softened by two eggs, toast, and either grits or home fries—for a little over five bucks. Other notable breakfasts here include challah French toast and blintzes.
The Stage Restaurant: 128 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10003 (map); 212-473-8614
Huevos Racheros at Downtown Bakery
If you're looking for a more casual sit-down meal, Downtown Bakery's Huevos Rancheros will do you right. The soft eggs allow the earthy black beans and bright chili sauce to shine.
Downtown Bakery: 69 First Avenue, New York, NY 10003 (map); 212-254-1757