Steamed Eggs at Buvette
A nicer sit-down that's much quieter at breakfast. Steamed-scrambled eggs are our favorites here: feather-light and rich with Parmigiano Reggiano, served with thin slices of prosciutto and crusty bread. At $12 it's something of an extravagance for breakfast, but easy to share over some cups of coffee.
Scones and Pastries at Bosie Tea Parlor
This tea shop does afternoon tea service, but we like it even more in the mornings, with a full pot of excellent Darjeeling and a buttery scone or a couple macarons. But their best pastry may be this Paris-Brest, crisp choux pastry filled with the most hazelnutty hazelnut cream, and topped with crunchy hazelnut crumbles. A sweet, perhaps overly indulgent breakfast, but a great one.
Oatmeal from Oatmeals
This is not your average oatmeal. The chewy steel-cut and soft cold-steeped porridges come with sweet and savory toppings like strawberry, pesto, bacon, and Gorgonzola. You can choose water- or milk-cooked oats and mix and match as you please.
Cuban Diner Redux at Coppelia
If you have more time for breakfast, drop by this 24-7 Cuban diner. Huevos Rancheros ($7.95, above) starts with a bed of rice and black beans followed by a crisp tortilla, runny eggs, and tomatillo salsa with decent heat. Want something sweeter? Blue corn pancakes are there for you.
Toast at Blue Ribbon Bakery Market
The toast bar at this market is worth adding to your morning commute. In addition to using their fresh-from-the-oven breads baked on-site, they offer toppings in sweet and savory variations, like goat cheese with fig and walnut confit or smoked salmon. Read more.
French Pastry at Mille-Feuille
Mille-Feuille's croissants are one of the best pastries in the neighborhood. We're partial to the raspberry-almond filling, a grown-up peanut butter and jelly of sorts.
Breakfast Breads and Pastries at Bien Cuit
The Brooklyn bakery is now also in the West Village, which means you have even more opportunity to dig into their excellent danishes with buttery streusel or their more restrained breads.
Quiche at Patisserie Claude
Serious pastry fans will tell you that the croissants at Claude aren't quite what they used to be, but the quiche is well worth a visit, too. It features big, creamy curds and a delicate, flaky pastry shell, all portioned for one.
Bread at Amy's Bread
We love the cakes most at Amy's, but their leaner breads and breakfast pastries are also pretty good. We love the sharp anise flavors of the semolina loaf dotted with golden raisins. A slathering of butter is all it needs.
Scones at Myers of Keswick
This market has everything for the British expat or anglophile, including fresh, buttery scones much more manageable than the bloated American versions you'll find elsewhere. Best paired with a strong Earl Grey and topped with cream and jam.