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.
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
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.
(104 E. 7th St. – 7 blocks north and 1 /12 blocks east of the 2nd Avenue stop on the F train)
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.
(342 E. 11th St., 3 blocks south of the 1 Avenue stop on the L train)
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.
(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.
(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.
Bluestone Lane’s avocado toast is gorgeous and hearty but so is their gluten-free banana bread with berries, pecans, and cream.
(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!
(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.
(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.
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!