Between flat whites, avocado toast and gourmet sausage rolls, Australian food is making a splash in New York. Breakfast foods have become most closely associated with the Australian food movement, though there is no shortage of options when you are in the mood for Aussie tucker. Bakeries, cafes and restaurants are scattered throughout the city and its surroundings. Here are some of the best.
This cute café serves classic breakfasts including Vegemite or avocado toast and ricotta hotcakes in three downtown Manhattan locations. If you’re in the mood for something more substantial, you can choose from an array of salads or bowls, pasta and burgers. Ruby’s offers a range of Australian beverages including Coopers Pale Ale, Little Things Wine and Bundaberg Ginger Beer, in addition to other international choices. You can also choose from an array of coffees or teas. Ruby’s offers online ordering.
Dudley’s offers an extensive menu at its bustling Lower East Side location. Its brunch and daytime menus feature classic egg and avocado dishes, banana bread and a big brekkie. Or you could branch out with sausage rolls, burgers, chicken schnitzel and rotisserie chicken. For dinner, salt and pepper calamari, octopus, lamb and steak help to round out the menu. Dudley’s offers pickup and delivery.
BOURKE STREET BAKERY
Bourke Street Bakery in the increasingly trendy Nomad neighbourhood is the first international outpost for the Sydney-based chain. The bakery is best known for its artisanal breads, which have a cult following. Their upscale take on the humble sausage roll featuring lamb and harissa is another highlight. They also offer a more traditional pork and fennel version. Recipes for both treats have been featured in the New York Times. The bakers serves a variety of pastries and an all day breakfast that includes toasts and sandwiches. It offers delivery.
This Lower East Side eatery serves favourites including folded eggs, chicken parmigiana and ham and cheese toasties. It mixes these with small plates and more substantial meals such as falafel bowls, kale Caesar salad and steak tartare toast. To wash it down there is a broad wine list with numerous Australian options. A classic Cocktail list, Cooper beer, coffee, tea and soft drinks round out the offering. Delivery is available.
This airy Australian café mixes classic breakfasts including granola and toasts with an unconventional spiked tiramisu at its five U.S. locations. These include three in downtown Manhattan, one in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and one in Austin, Texas. Sandwiches, burgers and bowls round out the menu. A wide selection of juices and smoothies feature on the drinks menu, in addition to wines, cocktails, beer and teas and coffees. Two Hands offers pick up and delivery.
This health-focused café differentiates itself from more traditional fare by offering keto, gluten free and other options to suit a wide ranges of diets. The café, with locations in Murray Hill and the Financial District, serves a wide range of waffles in addition to acai bowls, smoothies, salads and sandwiches with an Aussie twist. It also features bliss balls. Desserts including caramel and passion fruit slice while a wide range of coffees and juices round out the menu. It offers pickup and delivery.
This cozy café serves folded eggs, avocado toast and a big breakfast with eggs, bacon and halloumi, along with salads, bowls, salads and wraps. There is a wide variety of coffees, cocktails and a wine list featuring multiple Australian wines at their two downtown Manhattan locations. If you are a fan of banana bread, they even offer their recipe to copy on their website. Banter offers delivery.
The rapidly expanding Midtown cafe Little Collins brings Melbourne coffee culture to New York, with one of the best flat white’s in the city. In addition to the obligatory avocado smash and vegemite toast you can choose from mushroom toast, toasted banana bread, salads, sandwiches and a daily soup. Bundaberg Ginger Beer also features in the soft drink selection if you are hankering for something sugary. It offers delivery.
MERRIWEATHER COFFEE AND KITCHEN
This West Village café offers an array of pastries and range of Aussie style breakfast toasts. Soup, salads, sandwiches and bowls also feature in its lunch menu, which can be enjoyed with a variety of coffees and teas. If you are feeling adventurous it also sells specialty drinks including a turmeric latte and detox tonic. Merriweather offers pickup and delivery.
Bluestone Lane is one of the pioneers in introducing Australia coffees and breakfasts to the United States. Its proven so popular it now has over 40 locations across the country, and 16 in New York city. It offers a toast bar that can be customized with Vegemite or your favourite jams, banana and avocado toasts, pastries and juices. Of course it also features a range of coffees, teas and even iced milo! If you are a fan of their coffee they also sell a number of blends to take home. It offers delivery.
CARTHAGE MUST BE DESTROYED
This quirky café in Bushwick, Brooklyn, serves meals ranging from toasts, breakfast salad and bowls to a breakfast curry. If you are in the mood for something more hearty you can choose from a range of sandwich boxes. Each comes with toasted bread, organic butter and avocado and tomato salads. On the sweeter side, options include coconut dark chocolate caramel slice, a salted brownie and fruit. There is a wide array of coffees, teas, chocolates and chais to wash it all down. The cafe offers delivery.
Frankie is a bit further afield than some options on this list, but is still only a PATH train ride from Manhattan to Jersey City. Locals, or those willing to take the journey, will be rewarded with classic dishes including steak & onion pie, fish & chips and lamb and harissa sausage Roll. The brunch menu includes toasts, egg dishes, an Aussie Burger and more. Desserts are even more intriguing with Tim Tam milkshakes and pavlova on offer. Delivery is available.
FIVE LEAVES NY
This cozy restaurant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn serves classic Aussie meals in addition to less traditional fare. Sausage rolls, lamb shepherd’s pie, avocado toast and ricotta pancakes are on the menu. As are grilled bavette steak, baked cod and charred shishito. For a sweet finish, the restaurant offers rosewater pavlova alongside a chocolate ginger bread pudding and sticky date pudding. Delivery is available.
FLINDERS LANE KITCHEN & BAR
Flinders Lane Kitchen and Bar in Stamford, Connecticut is another restaurant that may be worth a trek for New Yorkers, serving up Aussie treats to commuters and locals. Fried arancini balls, sausage rolls, meat pies and chicken parmigiana all feature on the menu. They offer grilled kangaroo for the more adventurous, with salmon, chicken and a wagyu burger also served. Ice cream, brownies and sticky data pudding are available to satisfy your sweet tooth. Delivery and pick up is available.
But wait, is this really Australian? Well no, not really, but if you are in the states and in the mood for some Americana dressed up as Australian, why not try it? The chain features several curious items attributed to Oz that locals may not be familiar with, including the famous Bloomin’ Onion. Steaks feature heavily on the menu, as the name suggests. You can also try the coconut or barbequed shrimp, as Americans call prawns. Toowoomba salmon and Alice Springs chicken are among other options.