What was once an Aussie brunch trend has officially become a fixture on my breakfast menu, both at home and when I go out to eat. It is both nutrient-dense and wholly satisfying, and I find myself trying out endless variations when I make it in my own kitchen (cumin, lime, and chili? feta and oregano? kimchi and miso? YES to all). Here is a round-up of a few of my favorite avo toasts in NYC for when that avocado on your counter just won’t ripen fast enough.
Bluestone Lane – The first time that I ever tried avo toast may have been streetside at this Aussie joint, and I was instantly hooked. This place has become a bit of a zoo on weekends, so I recommend either ordering your avo toast (topped with feta and cherry tomatoes) to go so you can enjoy it at your leisure, or going during a weekday when the crowds have thinned significantly.
The Commons – This tiny Chelsea cafe does their avo toast on a piece of baguette for the most excellent crunch. Bonus points if you go with a friend and order one avo toast and one artichoke toast, and split the two.
The Butcher’s Daughter – The avo toast at this little NoLiTa spot comes piled HIGH, and is perfectly accompanied by a runny egg on top and a freshly pressed juice on the side. Snag a seat at the window for some neighborhood people watching (and check out their new location in the West Village too).
Cafe Gitane – There’s nothing fancy or gimmicky about the avo toast at Gitane, which is precisely why I love it. They go purist here and keep it simple with only a drizzle of olive oil, a squeeze of lemon, and a generous sprinkle of red chili flakes.
Little Collins – Rarely does midtown get a shout-out in any of my restaurant write-ups (not by choice, but because it is a barren wasteland of good food options), but this little cafe has a top-notch avo toast that is doused in crunchy pepitas and also serves killer coffee. If you happen to be in the hood, don’t miss this spot for breakfast.
Coco & Cru
Citizens of Chelsea
Seven Point Espresso