Living in Melbourne you can grow tired of everyone and anyone ordering smashed avocado on toast, with fetta and gluten free toast. However, it’s only when you travel to New York City that you realise just how great Melbourne’s cafe scene really is.
New York is a very big place, making even the most resourceful vegans and breakfast lovers look like rookies when searching for good quality food . Most Americans love their Starbucks chai lattes or a percolated coffee, and breakfast usually consists of scrambled eggs on toast with bacon and loads of butter.
So having been to the big apple twice now, on separate occasions, I have gathered a few hot spots for you to look at saving you hours of searching online as well as by foot!
Two Hands will make you feel like you are in between NYC and Melbourne, serving up a hybrid style breakfast encompassing both Melbourne and New York-style cuisine. It is run by Aussies, leaving you with this bizarre home away from home feeling. Last but not least the coffee is right up there with the best and is sure to draw Instagram likes from the motherland.
Location: 164 Mott Street, New York, NY 10013
Tobys Estate is another Aussie run cafe that is making waves in Brooklyn. Famous for their coffee as well as a more Aussie approach to breakfast, the cafe offers Aussie influenced dishes from Vegemite on toast as well as a Coffee brew school to infect Americans with Melbourne brew skills.
Location: 125 North 6th Street
Brooklyn, New York 11249
Lotte Palace Hotel
Lotte Palace Hotel, New York has a special place in my heart, as they happen to have one of the best room service menus in Manhattan. Fluffy pancakes and waffles smothered in Maple Syrup with berries had been the highlight of New York’s breakfast offerings. Whilst you need to stay in the hotel to consume these fluffy delights, you may also order from a similar menu downstairs that is open to the general public. The hotel is a tourist hot spot during Christmas time as they offer one of the more authentic Christmas experiences Manhattan has to offer.
Location: 455 Madison Avenue at 50th Street, New York, New York
Dough Donuts is exactly as scrumptious as it sounds, Brooklyn has this Dough gem, providing an array of flavours for breakfast. A donut and coffee is the Brooklyn way and will offer you a more local experience outside of Manhattan. Toasted Coconut, Salted Caramel, and Cafe Au Lait are just some of the delicious favorites.
Location: 448 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205
Kava cafe is one that is a personal favourite as it is the first half of my last name, and what all my friends call me. Other than that they actually offer a great coffee and brekkie to go scenario for New Yorkers in a mad rush.
Location: 803 Washington St, New York, NY 10014
The Smile has to be one of my favourite spots in all of NYC. It’s a real New York experience right from the get go. With a tiny door leading you to an underground cafe with fireplaces and a rustic decor about the place, you feel right in the thick of NYC. A personal favourite is the breakfast sandwich, which arrives as a muffin with bacon, egg, and melted cheese. A real heart stopper!
Location: 26 Bond Street, New York, New York
I hope that you enjoy the NYC brunch hunt, it’s impossible to find every brunch spot in one stay, It took myself two separate visits to the big apple to compile this short list of fantastic eats.