Taking prime place in Robert De Niro’s trendy Greenwich Hotel, chef Andrew Carmellini’s Italian breakfast menu at Locanda Verde (377 Greenwich Street, Tribeca) includes modern Mediterranean plates like Sheep’s Milk Ricotta with burnt orange toast and Uova Modenese — a cotechino hash served with zucchini flowers. Boasting one of the coolest menus in town, dishes are inspired by Italian classics. Get there early and experience the delights of the bakery, serving freshly made raspberry glazed pistachio donuts and banana walnut bread.
With a unique mix of breakfast traditions from their home countries of Israel and South Africa, Dean and Maya, the couple who founded Jack’s Wife Freda (224 Lafayette Street, Soho) serve an eclectic menu. If eggs are your morning go-to, choose Green Shakshuka, a Jewish dish of poached eggs in a green herb sauce. If you’re looking for a lighter option, Lebanese yogurt served with honey, mint and grapefruit is the perfect energy boost. An eclectic fashionable crowd, charismatic staff and warm wooden decor make for a buzzy breakfast moment.
Take your seat at one of Odeon’s (145 West Broadway, Tribeca) glamorous banquettes or a table in the center of the iconic dinning room, and watch the world go by. Odeon’s brunch has been famous since the early 1980s, and it’s easy to see why with hearty classics like Steak and Eggs, cooked to perfection. For a quick weekday breakfast, wave bye-bye to heavy dishes and choose yogurt with toasted nuts and seasonal fruit.
French imports a rarely more stylish than the charming tea salon, Ladurée (398 West Broadway, Soho). With its Parisian polish and elegant pastry displays, this is the perfect location for a sophisticated breakfast. The menu offers full breakfasts, but the stunning pastries such as pistachio chocolate croissant or croissant aux amandes are what this patisserie have finessed to perfection. Ladurée led the way with macarons, so be sure to pick up a pastel box of the sweet snacks on your way out…