In town on business? There’s no better way to close the deal than over a croissant. Our haute five business breakfast spots never cease to please.
1. Locanda Verde
377 Greenwich Street at North Moore Street
Andrew Carmellini's urban Italian taverna takes TriBeCa dining to a whole new level through thoughtfully composed dishes and a setting second to none. With no formalities and a warm, serene atmosphere, Locanda Verde's weekday breakfast puts any business gathering at ease. Menu favorites range from savory to sweet effortlessly with Italo-American favorites such as uova Modenese to lemon ricotta pancakes and a standout hazelnut-crusted french toast with citrus and mint. Cleanse the palate with a fresh cold-pressed juice -- or a second helping of pancakes. Attaché Insider: head back after sunset for a post-workday drink in the library. Fireside old fashioned, anyone?
80 Spring Street at Crosby Street
It doesn't get more classic than Balthazar. Keith McNally's New York City staple is tried and true, offering the perfect escape from the buzz of SoHo and turning out French favorites from morning to late night. Snag a table by the window and go for the full petit déjeuner with a side of homemade pâtisseries for good measure. We daresay Balthazar's pain au chocolat is the best in show. Attaché Insider: taking it to go? Head around the corner for Balthazar Bakery, the famed spinoff of New York's favorite brasserie.
3. Nougatine at Jean-Georges
1 Central Park West between Columbus Circle and 61st Street
The quaintly casual sister to Jean-Georges is the perfect setting for a midtown power breakfast with its open kitchen, seasonal fare, and natural light flooding the earth-toned dining room. Central Park serves as the backdrop for Nougatine by day from the confines of the newly renovated space, curated by Thomas Juul-Hansen. Whet the appetite with Nougatine's continental breakfast of assorted pastry, freshly squeezed orange juice, and coffee or tea, or opt for the American breakfast for a more robust, protein-fueled meal to kick things off. Attaché Insider: behind the lush greenery lies Central Park's most stunning terrace, where Nougatine's menu is served night and day. Ask for a patio table in the warmer months.
4. Crosby Street Hotel
79 Crosby Street between Spring and Prince Streets
A sprawling, colorful space with eclectic décor and the perpetual sound of muted chatter echoing throughout: this sets the scene of the Crosby Street Hotel lobby. Let's get down to business. The kitchen's bright, neo-classic fare ranges from light and vegetarian-friendly options to English and American prix fixe and a stunning spread for those who prefer the freedom of choice -- perfect for a morning meeting of any nature. Attaché Insider: Crosby Street's English roots shine in their afternoon tea, boasting both sweet and savory options as well as a dedicated gluten free menu. Keep this in mind for a midday reprieve.
10 Columbus Circle between Broadway and Columbus Avenue
Bistro fare with an Chef Marc Murphy's signature American edge -- now that's what we call breakfast. French and Italian favorites intermingle across Landmarc's menu, showcasing highlights from both cuisines in an approachable format for any palate. The Landmarc egg sandwich is a total crowd pleaser with sausage, sautéed spinach, roasted tomato, and gruyere between an English muffin flanked by hash browns, while the eggs en meurette err on the European side with lardons, mushrooms, and a splash of red wine. Attaché Insider: keep an eye out for Chef Marc himself, a constant presence in his NYC outposts