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Pasta for breakfast? Wake up with spaghetti!

Cereal is dead.

The New York Times agrees with us. In a Feb. 22 article, "Cereal, a Taste of Nostalgia, Looks for Its Next Chapter," food writer Kim Severson leads us through cereal's downfall in popularity. But we could have told you that.

With rigatoni, gnocchi, tagliatelle and more pastas available with your morning latte, why even bother with a bowl of cornflakes? Carbs? Check. Dairy? Check.

Skip the granola and go straight to spaghetti with some of NYC's best breakfast pastas.

Family Jewels at The Meatball Shop

Starting at 11 a.m. every morning, you can
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Starting at 11 a.m. every morning, you can get your order of spaghetti and meatballs topped with the "family jewels" - a fried egg - from The Meatball Shop. Pick your sauce, your balls and spaghetti or rigatoni, and be sure to top it off with extra cheese! There's nothing more breakfast-y than that, we say. Multiple locations, themeatballshop.com

Malaparte

West Village pasta joint Malaparte and its sister
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West Village pasta joint Malaparte and its sister establishment Malatesta Trattoria are notably impossible to get into during dinner time, but luckily the former starts serving pasta as early as 8 a.m.! Pair your espresso with a rich and bacon-y Spaghetti alla Carbonara made with organic eggs or the rigatoni with Porcini mushrooms imported from Umbria. 753 Washington St., 212-255-2122, malapartenyc.com

Hangover Pasta at Ornella Trattoria

This cozy Queens Italian spot is here to
Photo Credit: Ornella

This cozy Queens Italian spot is here to help with last night's bad decisions with one really good decision: Breakfast pasta. Fresh pappardelle is boiled in milk for a healthy creaminess and served with bacon, truffle oil and an egg on top. It doesn't get more breakfast-like than that. 29-17 23 Ave., Astoria, ornellatrattoria.com

Breakfast Gnocchi at Krupa Grocery

This breakfast pasta is for the early risers.
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This breakfast pasta is for the early risers. At Krupa Grocery's all day breakfast starting at 9 a.m., wake up with homemade breakfast gnocchi served with bacon, kale, kabocha squash and a fried egg. All the food groups to start your day right! 231 Prospect Park West, krupagrocery.com

Breakfast Ravioli Gigante at Giovanni Rana

On weekends starting at 11 a.m., you can
Photo Credit: Giovanni Rana

On weekends starting at 11 a.m., you can dig into this oversized raviolo stuffed with cheesy polenta and served in a savory butter sauce, topped with crumbled Italian sausage and a fried egg at Chelsea Market's Giovanni Rana. 75 Ninth Ave., rananyc.com

Breakfast Spaghetti at Bar Primi

The breakfast spaghetti at this Andrew Carmellini hotspot
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The breakfast spaghetti at this Andrew Carmellini hotspot is made with kale, pancetta and a poached egg. If your brunch appetite is feeling more tubular go for the rigatoni frittata, made with sausage, peppers and just enough ricotta to replace your cheesy egg sandwich. 325 Bowery, barprimi.com

Bacon Mac and Cheese at Cafeteria

Say good morning with gouda! There's no combination
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Say good morning with gouda! There's no combination of carbs, cheese and bacon that isn't breakfast appropriate. This gooey, crunchy, almost dangerously indulgent dish is available around the clock at Cafeteria, open 24/7. 119 Seventh Ave., cafeteriagroup.com

Breakfast Carbonara at The Leopard des Artistes

This spaghetti alla carbonara is made with crispy
Photo Credit: The Leopard des Artistes

This spaghetti alla carbonara is made with crispy pancetta, egg yolk, Pecorino Romano, Parmigiano Reggiano and black pepper, and served for weekend brunch at historic Upper West Side restaurant The Leopard. 1 W. 67th St., theleopardnyc.com

Breakfast Bucatini at The Bedford

This daily breakfast special is available every morning
Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz

This daily breakfast special is available every morning starting at 11 a.m. at Williamsburg's The Bedford and is pretty much everything you could want in a morning meal. This mash-up between Bucatini all’ Amatriciana and Carbonara features Bucatini pasta with chilis, tomato and guanciale (ie crispy bacon) and is finished with pecorino and egg yolk.

Fravioli Grandi at Cafe Fiorello

Cafe Fiorello's weekend brunch features two large crispy
Photo Credit: Cafe Fiorello

Cafe Fiorello's weekend brunch features two large crispy ravioli served with with prosciutto and fried eggs, an Italian version of a classic New York breakfast. 1900 Broadway, cafefiorello.com

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