The Australian Cafés Taking Over The NYC Breakfast Scene
Australians are slowly taking over the breakfast scene in New York, serving us amazing food and even better coffee. And with so many new Australian cafés opening lately, it’s about time we rounded up our favorites in the city.
Two Hands Café
Two Hands is by far the most popular Australian café in New York, or should we say the most Instagrammable one. Serving breakfast all day from a bright setting, and with so many healthy options on the menu, it comes as no surprise it’s always busy at Two Hands Café. Staple items on the menu are the avocado toast with creamy scrambled eggs, a very aesthetically pleasing acai bowl or the granola bowl. More filling options include Zoe’s Market Plate or the corn fritters with a refreshing beet relish. If you haven’t been yet, make sure to go on a weekday to avoid the wait.
Two Hands Cafe, 164 Mott Street
Two Hands Restaurant & Bar
After the success of the first location, the people behind Two Hands Café decided to give us even more awesome Aussie food. Two Hands Restaurant & Bar serves dinner as well as breakfast, showing us they can do more than just bacon, avocado and eggs. The breakfast menu involves more interesting and even healthier dishes – less bacon, more bowls. The brassica bowl comes with charred broccolini, Brussels sprouts, kale, hummus, soft-boiled egg, avocado and seeds, guaranteeing you a nutritious and delicious start to the day. The banana bread is basically the best thing since sliced bread, topped with an amazing espresso mascarpone. Of course, there is also that all-important addition of a bar where they serve a range of wines, beers and healthy-sounding cocktails. The restaurant is less busy during dinnertime, serving classic dishes such as salmon, a burger and veggies.
Two Hands Restaurant & Bar, 251 Church Street
There’s only one problem we have with Ruby’s: it’s always packed, and there’s always a wait. This Nolita favorite has everything, from all the breakfast essentials to healthy salads and simple but satisfying pastas. Anything you get here will make you feel healthy(ish) and happy, and it won’t break the bank. The food is very reasonably priced for this area, while still filling. Our favorites on the menu are the breakfast bowl, spaghetti with shrimp and the famous Bronte burger. Any Australians reading this? They even do a vegemite toast (we will leave that one for you to enjoy if you don’t mind). Not too long ago Ruby’s opened a location in Murray Hill, which is less crowded than their first location.
Ruby’s, 219 Mulberry Street
Little Collins is named after the famous street in Melbourne and aims to transport you to this bustling area in Australia. The small café has limited seating, making it more of a grab-and-go kind of place than somewhere to spend a long time eating your brekkie with friends. Being one of the few Australian café’s in midtown, it’s very useful to know if you’re in the area. Little Collins is known for their excellent coffee (served by super friendly and welcoming barista’s), and the avocado toast with chili and pepitas can’t be missed. If you’re feeling for something sweet, the toasted banana bread with ricotta, berries and an almond brittle is for you.
Little Collins, 667 Lexington Avenue
Hole in the Wall
Hole in the Wall recently opened in the financial district, and unlike the other Australian cafés, this one is still very much undiscovered. Finally, somewhere you can get good Australian food without the wait. The menu revolves around healthy dishes, including a cauliflower rice bowl, greek yoghurt panna cotta and a breakfast bowl topped with tortilla chips (eh, yes please). The avocado toast comes in more ways than one, giving Two Hands Café a run for their money. They even serve hanging bacon jerky with three dipping sauces. Do we need to say any more? Didn’t think so.
Hole in the wall coffee, 420 Fifth Avenue & 15 Cliff Street
Banter is a relatively new Australian café in Greenwich village, serving breakfast all day – because that’s what Australians do best. Banter manages to bring something new to the table, including a different spin on your basic smash toast. Forget the avocado for once and order their sweet potato mash with goat cheese instead. As much as we love bacon, the golden folded egg with prosciutto makes a nice change. Not only is Banter getting the food right, the price-to-portion ratio is on point. The banter bowl is loaded with vegetables, served with either smoked salmon or grilled chicken – we’re pretty happy we don’t have to pay extra for the fish option for once in our lives. The nutella french toast is the only not-so-healthy (but very yummy) item on the menu.
Banter, 169 Sullivan Street
There aren’t many neighborhoods in New York that don’t have a Bluestone lane. Whether you want to get your Melbourne caffeine fix or grab a bite to eat, Bluestone lane is never too far away. But if you want the whole experience of café fare with table service, the collective café in the West Village is the one to go for. The menu revolves around healthy dishes, such as green baked eggs, bircher muesli and pea & mint smash on Balthazar bread, in addition to many gluten-free and vegan options. The café also has a large outdoor seating area, making it the perfect spot for some people watching.
Bluestone Lane, various locations
Dudley’s is an all-day café and bar, serving breakfast and dinner, as well as some creative cocktails. The menu at this lower east side spot consists of American bites with an Australian twist. Whereas many Australian cafés are 99% healthy, Dudley’s offers more indulgent options on their menu, such as pancakes with hazelnuts and bananas or a fried chicken sandwich with spicy mayonnaise. Other highlights are the big breakkie (two eggs, bacon, mushroom, baked beans, roasted tomatoes, hashbrowns and toast) and the crispy rice salad with a fried egg. But don’t worry, there are still many healthy options to choose from, including the obligatory avocado toast.
Dudley’s, 85 Orchard Street
Words By: Siobhan Gunner