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We love brunch as much as the next gal, but why should weekends get all the love? You deserve better than a granola bar on the A train. So before you take on the office, take yourself out for a proper breakfast at one of these restaurants, all open at 8:30 a.m. or earlier.

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High Street on Hudson

A breakfast sandwich is only as good as the bread it’s served on. So at this temple of all things baked, the a.m. options are excellent, whether topped with oyster mushrooms, pastrami or beet-cured salmon.

637 Hudson St. (at Horatio St.); 917-388-3944 or

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House of Small Wonder

This skylight-illuminated, plant-filled Williamsburg nook feels like a secret tree house--a treehouse that serves lavender lattes and banana-Nutella croissants.

77 N. Sixth St. (at Wythe Ave.), Brooklyn; 718-388-6160 or

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Two Hands

There’s more than just avocado toast at these Aussie spots (though, yes, their version is pretty delicious). Branch out with smashed peas with prosciutto and ricotta on sourdough, or banana bread with espresso mascarpone.

Two locations in Manhattan;

Related: The Best Avocado Toast in NYC, Ranked

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Looking for a healthy day-starter but sick of the same old oatmeal? Fuel up with banana-topped acai bowls, matcha yogurt and Moroccan poached eggs. (Warning: Your increased energy levels may alarm coworkers.)

49 Canal St. (at Orchard St.); 212-925-1300 or

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Tilda All Day

Morning grumpiness doesn’t stand a chance against Tilda’s cheerily minimalist space and soft-scrambled-egg sandwich with paprika-tomato spread.

930 Fulton St. (at St. James Pl.), Brooklyn; 718-622-4300 or

Related: The 21 Best Breakfast Sandwiches in NYC, Ranked

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The Tribeca location of this Instagram-baiting French café does full breakfast service daily, so you can upgrade your Monday with brioche French toast, quiche or a gooey ham-and-cheese croque “maman.”

211 W. Broadway (at Franklin St.); 646-882-8682 or

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Joy Luck Palace

Fact: Dim sum doesn’t have to be a weekend-only affair. Pop into this Chinatown spot for dumplings, egg tarts and possibly the world’s cutest custard buns (shaped like little pigs, awww).

98 Mott St. (at Canal St.); 212-219-2828 or

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Mile End Delicatessen

For mornings when your standard bagel just won’t cut it, pop in for smoked salmon over latkes or a crispy corned-beef sandwich with jalapeño scrambled eggs. It’s totally fine to be in a food coma during morning meetings, right?

Locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn;

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Clinton Street Baking Co.

Clinton Street Baking Co.

The OG of anytime breakfast, this LES staple makes a convincing case for blueberry pancakes as the ideal pre-work meal. (Sorry, Cheerios.)

4 Clinton St. (at Houston St.); 646-602-6263 or

Related: The Official New York City Brunch Bucket List

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