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Adam Platt on the Best New Breakfasts in New York Right Now

The Clocktower’s Full English Breakfast.
The Clocktower’s Full English Breakfast.

Our critic woke up extra early to sniff out the best new morning meals, which, thanks to a variety of factors — food-conscious hotels, breakfast-loving chefs, the mini SoCal-style-restaurant boomlet — are as deliciously eclectic as anything you’ll find at lunch or dinner.

British
The Clocktower’s Full English Breakfast (above); $18
Purists will quibble about the toast not being fried and the absence of the requisite mess of baked beans, but if you’re looking for a quick morning fix of two sunny-side-up eggs, sausage, a roasted tomato, mushrooms, and a knob of ye olde blood pudding, chef Jason Atherton’s elegantly composed dish will do just fine. 5 Madison Ave., nr. 24th St.; 212-413-4300.

Santina’s Eggs a Piacere.
Santina’s Eggs a Piacere. Photo: Bobby Doherty/New York Magazine

Italian
Santina’s Eggs a Piacere; $15
The key element here is the spicy potatoes, which are dipped in a mix of tomato and chiles and refried for an extra crunch. If you’re feeling rash, call for a bowl of the great house guanciale e pepe rice ($18) and slide the perfectly poached eggs on top. 820 Washington St., at Gansevoort St.; 212-254-3000.

Pies ’n’ Thighs’ Rob Evans on a Biscuit.
Pies ’n’ Thighs’ Rob Evans on a Biscuit. Photo: Bobby Doherty/New York Magazine

Hungryman
Pies ’n’ Thighs’ Rob Evans on a Biscuit; $10
We love the buttermilk biscuit (as thick and sturdy as a small toaster) and the scrambled eggs (streaked with melted American cheese), but finish the entire creamy, rosemary-rich smothering of sausage gravy and you won’t need to eat much else for the rest of the week. 43 Canal St., nr. Ludlow St.; 212-431-7437.

El Rey Coffee Bar & Luncheonette’s Avocado del Sur.
El Rey Coffee Bar & Luncheonette’s Avocado del Sur. Photo: Bobby Doherty/New York Magazine

All-Day
El Rey Coffee Bar & Luncheonette’s Avocado del Sur (with flatbread and two poached eggs); $12.50
We’re as weary as you are of all the avocado hype, but the most popular dish at this popular Lower East Side-meets-Malibu establishment works as a comforting breakfast, a healthful lunch, or a pick-me-up afternoon snack. 100 Stanton St., nr. Ludlow St.; 212-260-3950.

Dimes’ Summer Tacos.
Dimes’ Summer Tacos. Photo: Bobby Doherty/New York Magazine

Cal-Mex
Dimes’ Summer Tacos; $8
This fluffy (the scrambled eggs), faintly spicy (the mango salsa and hot sauce), West Coast (the inevitable avocado) breakfast delicacy comes two to a plate at this popular little Canal Street operation, which is a good thing, because it’s more or less impossible to eat just one. 49 Canal St., nr. Ludlow St.; 212-925-1300.

Baz Bagel & Restaurant’s Bunny Breakfast.
Baz Bagel & Restaurant’s Bunny Breakfast. Photo: Bobby Doherty/New York Magazine

Nosher Style
Baz Bagel & Restaurant’s Bunny Breakfast; $12
The entire Jewish-appetizing canon is available at this modest Little Italy diner, but if you’ve been gorging on breakfasts for a week, the one we recommend is the Bunny: two sunny-side eggs, a toasted bagel (made in-house), Nova salmon, with a few healthy slices of avocado on the side. 181 Grand St., nr. Mulberry St.; 212-335-0609.

Okonomi’s Ichiju Sansai.
Okonomi’s Ichiju Sansai. Photo: Bobby Doherty/New York Magazine

Japanese
Okonomi’s Ichiju Sansai; $15 to $21
The set breakfast at this little Williamsburg ramen shop looks like it’s been beamed in from one of the more elegant ryokans of Kyoto. At about $20 for your omelette cube, miso soup, pickles, rice, and choice of expertly roasted fish, it’s also roughly four times less expensive. 150 Ainslie St., nr. Lorimer St., Williamsburg; 718-302-0598.

*This article appears in the October 5, 2015 issue of New York Magazine.

The Best New Breakfasts in New York