8 International Breakfasts You Need to Try
Catching an international flight out of JFK may be a stretch during the work week, but you can still sate your wanderlust (and be back in time for work) by way of a scallion-pancake breakfast wrap or a cheese-stuffed blintz. Here, eight global a.m. meals you need to try ASAP.
SHANGHAINESE: YASO TANGBAO
Just steps from Grand Central Terminal, Yaso Tangbao’s bilevel Midtown quick-service restaurant serves up Shanghainese street food starting at 8 a.m. Skip the line at Starbucks and grab a coffee or tea to go with taco-style scallion pancakes folded with eggs, congee with pork, savory you tiao crullers (aka Chinese doughnuts) and chicken sticky-rice dumplings.
A true Williamsburg gem, Okonomi (which becomes Yuji Ramen at night) serves a traditional Japanese breakfast on weekday mornings, offering a set menu of local seafood, vegetables, egg, miso soup and seven-grain rice to chow down on in the calm, petite space.
150 Ainslie St., Brooklyn; okonomibk.com
Caribbean: Suzy’s Roti Parlour
Make breakfast a tropical occasion with bake and saltfish, an a.m. speciality of many Caribbean nations (you’ll find varying iterations in Trinidad, Guyana and Jamaica, for starters). “Bake” refers here to a puffy, light-as-air fried flatbread, which then gets stuffed with flaky cod that’s been seasoned and sautéed with spices.
907 Church Ave., Brooklyn; 718-282-8190
Every morning in East Harlem, Lupita’s doles out huevos galore. Choose from huevos rancheros doused in spicy red sauce, huevos a la Mexicana (scrambled with onions, jalapeños and tomatoes), huevos con chorizo or crunchy chilaquiles. (You’ll also find huaraches—pictured above—which aren’t a breakfast food, but are delicious.)
2049 Second Ave.; lupitasrestaurantnyc.com
English: Tea & Sympathy
Put on your best British accent (or don’t, that’s cool too) and sit down to a traditional breakfast at this adorable Greenwich Village tea shop. Opt for bangers and mash (translation: sausage and potatoes), Welsh rarebit (a melty cheese sauce over toast) or scones with jam and clotted cream. Oh, and a cup of—what else?—English Breakfast.
108 Greenwich Ave.; teaandsympathy.com
We’ll take a wild guess and say you’ve ended up here after one or two late nights in the East Village. But the institution is just as worth a visit in daylight: Think blintzes stuffed with farmer’s cheese, potato pancakes fried to a crisp with sides of applesauce and sour cream, and omelettes with kasha (an Eastern European grain).
144 Second Ave.; veselka.com
Korean: The Kunjip
One of many K-town restaurants open 24/7, this traditional Korean restaurant offers endless access to bubbling soups like doenjang-jjigae (soybean paste stew), homemade mandu (dumplings), seafood pancakes, steamy bibimbap bowls, kimchi pancakes and much, much more.
32 W. 32nd St.; kunjip.com
Australian: Little Collins
Everyone’s obsessed with an Aussie brekkie, and this quaint Midtown coffee shop doesn’t disappoint. To go with your flat white, get an avocado and feta mash served on crusty bread with a sprinkle of chile flakes and pepitas, muesli topped with cinnamon jam and berries, and for those who can handle it, toast with a smear of Vegemite (FYI, a little goes a long way).
667 Lexington Ave.; littlecollinsnyc.com