Best Breakfast Spots on the Upper West Side

  Last modified on November 5th, 2018

Breakfast is a great reason to get up!!  Did you know that breakfast is the most important meal of your day? It gives you nutrients to kick-start your mind and fuel your body for the rest of your busy day ahead. Bonus: a weekend breaky or brunch is also a great time to indulge in decadent dishes and catch up with family or friends! Luckily, with an abundance of great breakfast spots on the Upper West Side, you’ll never have to skip out on this energizing (and delicious) meal again! Whether you’re seeking the best coffee, eggs or bagels, leave it to these restaurants on the Upper West Side to feed your belly and start your day in a very tasty way. Here are the best breakfast spots on the Upper West Side!

Sarabeth’s West

Sarabeth’s has been cooking up sweet and savory breakfast on the Upper West Side since 1981. Even until today, the aroma of fresh pastries and cakes wafts across Amsterdam Avenue. This  local landmark has been in business for 30 years, with the UWS location being the first to open. It’s within walking distance to The American Museum of Natural History and Central Park, so there is an array of fun activities waiting for you after breakfast.

Breakfast Spots on the Upper West Side

Sarabeth’s breakfast menu features mouthwatering dishes. The Lemon Ricotta Pancakes served with blackberries, strawberries and pure organize maple syrup ($17.50) are a fan favorite! For a more traditional option, try the Goldie Lox – scrambled eggs, smoked salmon and cream cheese ($16.50). You can also buy a jar of Sarabeth’s famous housemade jam to take home with you.

Its prime location, homestyle cooking and social atmosphere are what keep people coming back. Sarabeth’s does tend to get a little busy for breakfast on the Upper West Side, especially on weekends. So if you’re hoping to be in and out in a timely fashion, make sure to get there at a reasonable hour or be prepared to wait for a few minutes! Sarabeth’s is open for breakfast on the Upper West Side during the week from 8:00am to 3:30pm and on weekends from 8:00am to 4:00pm.

With five locations in the city, Sarabeth’s is also one of the most popular brunch spots in NYC.

Sarabeth’s West

423 Amsterdam Ave
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Piccolo Cafe

The breakfast sandwiches and coffee at Piccolo Cafe earn them a spot on this esteemed list. Their egg sandwiches on fluffy croissants are amazing. I really love their Scottish salmon egg sandwich, as well as the truffle egg sandwich. But all of them are wonderful.

I usually get a small espresso shot, which is only $2 and extremely strong. But Piccolo Cafe is known for their coffee, and actually began as a coffee roasting company.

Best Breakfast Spots on the Upper West Side

Piccolo Cafe

313 Amsterdam Ave
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Good Enough to Eat

Comfort food starts first thing in the morning at Good Enough To Eat. One of my favorite breakfast spots on the Upper West Side, GETE serves amazingly fresh buttermilk biscuits, strawberry butter, fluffy eggs and mouth-watering banana-walnut pancakes would be my top picks.

Good Enough To Eat has been a mainstay of the Upper West Side since 1981, and on a nice spring or summer day, you can see how popular they are!

Best Breakfast Spots on the Upper West Side

Good Enough To Eat

520 Columbus Ave
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Landmarc

This French restaurant near Lincoln Center has an elegant breakfast menu consisting of fancy cheese omelettes, a wonderful bagel with lox, yogurt pancakes and their famous pain perdu. Landmarc would be a good choice for a special occasion, a client meeting or just a day when you want to treat yourself to the finer things in life.

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Landmarc

10 Columbus Circle
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Utopia Restaurant

Okay, so it’s a bit pricier than competing diners. But what really makes this a special place is the staff. I’ve never had to ask for a coffee or water re-fill .. not once. Orders are delivered with lightning speed. The waiter brings me a newspaper. And they remember your name (even if you haven’t been there in over a year).

And as far back as my memory goes .. it’s the same staff that’s always been there.

My go to is a lox omelette … lox on the side, so it doesn’t get warm (yes, they’ll do this).

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Utopia Restaurant

267 Amsterdam Avenue

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Mike Mishkin

Mike Mishkin

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Mike is a native Upper West Sider. He's lived in the Lincoln Center area, Morningside Heights, and pretty much everywhere in between. You can frequently find him eating through the many great restaurants on the Upper West Side or awkwardly taking photos with his iPhone.  

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