Essential New York Bagels Brunch Bakeries

Weekends in New York are not the only time to enjoy some comfort food.  To be sure, every day is a good day to indulge in some iconic delights associated with The Big Apple.  As a native, it is my pleasure to offer up the following list of Essential New York Bagels Brunch Bakeries for you.

Russ & Daughters Cafe 

The cafe was the long overdue addition to the landmark Russ & Daughters appetizing delicatessen around the corner.  This is where you want to come to get your lox, whitefish, sable and matzo ball soup.  The sweet side of the menu has

you covered with decadent treats like babka French toast and honey cake.  I could go on but you should just plan a visit.

 

Outstanding New York Eats Russ & Daughters Cafe Essential Bagels Brunch Bakeries

Russ & Daughters finally has a dine-in cafe around the corner from the historic deli.

The pastrami-cured salmon with Muenster cheese, sauerkraut, and mustard on an everything bagel is a thing of beauty.  Wash it all down with an egg cream!

 

(127 Orchard St. – 2 blocks west and 1/2 block north of the Delancy St. stop on the F train.)

 

Rose and Basil 

 

Outstanding New York Eats Rose and Basil lower east side Essential New York Bagels Brunch Bakeries

Rose and Basil is the cutest bakery in NYC!

If you are looking for the cutest and most original bakery in New York City, head downtown to, Rose and Basil.  The owner is creating cakes, chocolates and coffee drinks infused with rose oil extract from roses imported from her Romanian mom’s garden!  The sweets are organic, often vegan and gluten-free.  She is serving La Colombe coffee and espresso which are my favorite coffee roasts.

 

Outstanding New York Eats Rose and Basil Essential New York Bagels Brunch Bakeries

Rose and Basil makes coffee drinks, chocolates, and cakes infused with rose petals from Romania!

(104 E. 7th St. – 7 blocks north and 1 /12 blocks east of the 2nd Avenue stop on the F train)

 

Veniero’s 

 

Outstanding New York Eats Veniero's Essential New York Bagels Brunch Bakeries

Veniero’s is 103 years old and a New York institution!

This cafe/bakery has been a New York institution since 1894 for good reason.  You want to come here when you need a cannoli, tiramisu, Napolean, eclair, cheesecake and much more.  It’s a large place so get comfy, unbutton your pants and don’t feel guilty.  Veniero’s is a rite of passage for New Yorkers and wannabes and one of the essential New York bakeries you need to cross off your to-do list.

 

Outstanding New York Eats Veniero's cannoli Essential New York Bagels Brunch Bakeries

Cannoli and other pastries at Veniero’s is a must-do for dessert in NYC!

(342 E. 11th St., 3 blocks south of the 1 Avenue stop on the L train)

Sable’s

This upper east side delicatessen is a New York staple for great bagels, bialys, and smoked fish.  Their lox, salmon, whitefish, and caviar are top notch.  I stopped in for my ritual smoked tuna salad on an everything bagel and a pickle. PERFECTION!  Make sure Sable’s is on your Essential New York Bagels Brunch Bakeries list.

 

Essential New York Bagels Brunch Bakeries Sable's delicatessen

 

Essential New York Bagels Brunch Bakeries Sable's smoked fish

It’s been way too long since I’ve had these everything bagels and smoked tuna salad!

(1489 2nd Ave. – 5 blocks north of the 72nd St. stop on the Q train; 2 blocks east of the 77th/Lexington stop on the 4,6 trains.)

 

 

Leuca @ William Vale Hotel

This hot hotel restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is sexy and delicious.  My friend, Denyse, and I stopped by on Presidents Day for brunch and we were knocked out by the truly decadent menu.  We loved the French toast with rum-soaked raisins, guanciale, and cream, as well as the Sicilian baked eggs over garlic toast.  Make sure you walk off your meal along Bedford Avenue and check out all the other great eats and shopping in this up and coming neighborhood. 

 

NYC pizza burgers Leuca in Williamsburg, Essential New York Bagels Brunch Bakeries

Sicilian baked eggs are a must-do at Leuca!

 

NYC pizza burgers Leuca William Vale Hotel Essential New York Bagels Brunch Bakeries

Rum-soaked raisin and guanciale French toast at Leuca

(111 N. 12th St. (Take the ‘L’ train to Bedford Ave.)

 

Bluestone Lane Collective Cafe

Whether you are looking to get properly caffeinated or chow down on a delicious and healthy breakfast, head to this essential Greenwich Village spot.  This import from Australia is serving up the perfect flat white coffee which just might ruin you for every other version in New York.

 

New York's food scene Bluestone Lane Essential New York Bagels Brunch Bakeries

Awesome flat white at Bluestone Lane in NYC

 

Bluestone Lane’s avocado toast is gorgeous and hearty but so is their gluten-free banana bread with berries, pecans, and cream. 

 

New York's food scene Bluestone Lane Essential New York Bagels Brunch Bakeries

Australian Bluestone Lane Collective Cafe in Greenwich Village

(55 West Greenwich Ave, 3 blocks south of the 14th St. station on the 1, 2, 3 trains)

 

Dominique Ansel Kitchen 

An essential New York bakery and home to the Cronut® is Dominque Ansel Kitchen in Greenwich Village.  However, if that doorstopper of a pastry is not your jam, get the uber-light matcha beignets. They are a culinary masterpiece!  I will back for the dreamy almond croissants!

 

New York's food scene Dominique Ansel Essential New York Bagels Brunch Bakeries

Matcha beignets at Dominique Ansel Kitchen

(137 Seventh Avenue, 5 blocks south of the 14 St. stop on the 1, 2, 3 trains.)

 

Little Pie Company

This pie shop in Times Square has been baking delectable pies and cakes since 1985.  It is west of 9th Avenue so many locals and visitors miss it.  Trust me, you do not want to overlook this hidden gem.  Everything here is great but my favorites are the signature sour cream-apple pie and the exquisite carrot cake. 

 

NYC pizza burgers Little Pie Company Times Square Essential New York Bagels Brunch Bakeries

Signature sour cream-apple pie at Little Pie Company in NYC

(424 W. 43rd St. – Take the A, C, E trains to 42nd St.-Port Authority)

 

So, there you have them, folks!  Ditch the car and ride the rails to these Essential New York Bagels Brunch Bakeries.  Do you have some favorite New York spots you’d like to share with me?  I would love to hear all about it!  Leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.

Check out my other blog posts about New York food destinations:  Exploring New York’s Food Scene, Outstanding New York Eats You Don’t Want to Miss and 2 Sexy French Bistros in New York.

Headed to Chicago?  Check out my post:  “Chicago’s Best Brunches.”

 

In keeping with the spirit of Feeding Off The Rails, I encourage you to leave your car at home and take the MTA trains and buses to these Essential New York Bagels Brunch Bakeries. Save on gas.  Avoid traffic, road rage and parking. Reduce pollution. Don’t drink and drive!