Welcome to the new and improved Brunch Directory - a complete list of over 150 restaurants with the best brunch in NYC. We've added some places, we've removed some places, and we've given a bit of explanation as to how each restaurant earned a place on this list. Use it to bone up on your NYC brunch knowledge or to pick a place for your next midday feast.
We update this guide frequently, so feel free to shoot us an email with your suggestions and/or complaints and you might see your tip in action soon.
Happy waffle eating.
east village & noho
Saxon + Parole316 Bowery
When the weather’s nice, get a table outside and watch all the hungover people make their way down Bowery. Here, it’s brunch with a twist - think nutella French toast and eggs Benedict with a yuzu Hollandaise. It’s a good place to bring your parents for a slightly upscale brunch.
Hearth403 E. 12th St.
Hearth recently got a big revamp, and now this longtime East Village go-to for upscale Italian is much more in line with your healthy-ish needs. (But not so healthy that there isn’t still pasta.) Keep this one in mind for your next special occasion brunch.
Timna109 Saint Marks Pl
One of our favorite newish spots in the East Village, Timna serves an excellent Mediterranean-inspired brunch. If you want to do it up right, they have a special that includes an entree, mezze, grilled pita, coffee, and a mimosa - all for $22. You do the math.
Westville East173 Ave. A
A consistently great utility spot whose menu has something for everyone. Westville's been doing the healthy thing since way before it was cool, but its their non-trendy (and very tasty) approach to it that makes this place so loveable.
The Smile26 Bond St.
A subterranean pretty-people establishment that serves simple, good food.
Bar Primi325 Bowery
When brunch and pasta join forces, it’s a magical thing. Bar Primi is an excellent place for a group (if you can get a table) so come with your crew and get down with some hangover spaghetti.
Mile End Noho53 Bond St.
The menu is part Jewish, part Canadian, and mostly great. But the best part about Mile End Noho might be the fact that you can usually always walk in without a soul-crushing wait.
A loud, crowded, fun spot that's best for party time and unlimited mimosas.
Root & Bone200 E. 3rd St.
This place gets Southern comfort food right. Biscuits, brisket, bacon and waffle benedicts? Yes.
Lafayette380 Lafayette St
A big, impressive French bistro that's a little more upscale and always a great time. It's also People Watching paradise.
Vic's31 Great Jones St.
A barn-in-the-city vibe, with a broad, farm-to-table menu (pizza, pastas, market veggies, eggs, sandwiches). Vic’s can be a little bland, but it’s a good backup spot in the Noho area, especially if you’re confronted with a two-hour wait at Lafayette a few steps away.
Loud music, a bottomless special, and passable Latin food. If you’re looking to embark on an afternoon of East Village day drinking, Cafe Cortadito is where you should start.
An East Village brunch mainstay with delicious Moroccan dishes and a big, cool crowd.
Cafe Orlin41 Saint Marks Pl.
Solid Mediterranean food in a space with plenty of tables, so you can generally get in pretty quickly.
Prune54 E. 1st St.
A classic, always packed East Village establishment with unparalleled brunch eats. Yes, the food is worth the wait. If you can deal with sharing elbow space with your neighbor.
Miss Lily's 7A Cafe109 Ave. A
A fun, tasty carribean spot that's somehow just as appropriate for your 7-year-old nephew as it is for your crew's drunk brunch shenanigans.
A go-to for solid Latin American food, Yuca Bar's $17 brunch prix fixe (including a drink) is very underrated.
lower east side & chinatown
Russ & Daughters Cafe127 Orchard St.
Long before Sadelle’s came along, Russ & Daughters was the OG temple of Jewish appetizing downtown. It has a cool retro/diner vibe, and the Jewish comfort foods are on point. As they should be, these people have been making bagels and smoked salmon for over 100 years.
Macondo157 E. Houston St.
Got a big group? This lively, huge Latin spot would be a good choice.
Dudley's85 Orchard St.
An tiny LES neighborhood spot that's great for scoping pretty people and brunching on simple, solid eats.
El Rey Coffee Bar & Luncheonette100 Stanton St.
A little cafe with lots of California vibes and healthy-ish, interesting, tasty food. This is a very casual, order-then-sit kind of place.
Another, slightly more serious healthy-food establishment full of "hip" people people and ingredients you've never heard of. Don't worry - there's still an egg sandwich. And it's tasty.
FreemansEnd of Freeman Alley
A classic NYC restaurant that everyone needs to experience, and brunch is a great time to do it. The waffles and pancakes are great.
This dive bar/diner has a total mixed bag of a menu - think kebabs and nachos. Come with a big group, order a ton of things, and you'll be happy.
One of NYC's classic pushcart dim sum establishments. And it's dirt cheap. Bring your whole crew.
Nom Wah Tea Parlor13 Doyers St.
Made-to-order dim sum from a place that's been at it since 1920. This is an experience from a different time, and a fun one at that.
Clinton St. Baking Company4 Clinton St.
Notoriously horrendous wait times and truly incredible pancakes. That's all you need to know
Shopsin's120 Essex St.
A ridiculously tiny "restaurant" inside Essex St. Market. You're not allowed to eat here with a party larger than four, and you'll need to study the 900-item menu in advance of coming. If you're into this kind of shtick, you'll love it here.
soho, nolita, tribeca
Black Seed Bagels170 Elizabeth St.
Other stores might sell their bagels, but this is where they’re baked - so they’re always freshest here. Go to Black Seed if you want a quick, to-go brunch. They make signature sandwiches to order, with ingredients like beet-cured salmon and tobiko cream cheese. You can eat at one of their tables, or you can take your bagel on a walk through Nolita. There might be a line, but it moves pretty quickly, and, if it’s a good bagel you’re after, it’s worth it.
Raoul's180 Prince St.
One of our all-time favorite classic NYC restaurants, Raoul’s recently started serving brunch. And if the idea of Instagram-ready decor, avocado toasts, and overpriced and under-filling eggs makes you want to die - Raoul’s brunch is for you. It’s dark, it’s vibey, it’s a little sexy, and most importantly - they serve their mind-blowing burger.
Epistrophy200 Mott St
Epistrophy is one of the most useful restaurants in Nolita: it’s laid-back but still “cute,” it’s reasonably-priced, and waits are never too long. One other reason? Their brunch - a mixture of egg dishes and panini all under $15.
Jack's Wife Freda224 Lafayette St.
Such a simple little cafe, such unreasonable waits for a table. If you can get in, you'll enjoy Middle Eastern influenced brunch foods (like shakshuka) that were pretty much made for girls' day out.
This Nolita-bordering-Chinatown cafe is an Infatuation HQ mainstay during the week, and just as useful for brunch. The avocado toast (add an egg) and acai bowl are as tasty as they are Instagram-ready.
The Dutch113 Sullivan St.
A solid spot for comfort food and maybe some oysters. And maybe a stiff drink.
Balaboosta214 Mulberry St.
A sort of Middle Eastern/Mediterranean brunch. Get the lamb burger.
Locanda Verde377 Greenwich St.
Brunch is the time to hit Locanda Verde. Mainly because you can actually score a table, but their bakery is excellent and it's a nice place to throw back some eggs and some drinks on a sunny Sunday.
Chalk Point Kitchen is a Soho spot to eat vegetable type things surrounded by trinket type things. You'll love it.
Café Habana17 Prince St.
Still one of the coolest places to eat in NYC. Expect a not-insignificant wait at brunch, but Cuban sandwiches and huevos await.
Little Park85 W. Broadway
A new restaurant from the people behind The Dutch and Locanda Verde, Little Park is similar but more veggie focused.
Bubby's120 Hudson St.
This is a hardcore Tribeca brunch hang. Come for above-average pancakes and better people watching.
Sadelle's463 W. Broadway
A temple of Jewish appetizing that's both flashy and genuinely great. This is one of the best new places to brunch.
Tacombi @ Fonda Nolita267 Elizabeth St.
Pretty good tacos, and very pleasant fake Mexican courtyard to enjoy them in.
Egg Shop151 Elizabeth St.
Egg Shop gives the people what they want, which is apparently eggs. Have them many different ways, on a sandwich, in a bowl, you name it. What a world.
Bread20 Spring St.
If you're tired of the usual eggs-and-sweet-carbs thing, Bread has some very nice salads, soups, and sandwiches to offer. How civilized.
Cherche Midi282 Bowery
Upscale French brunch.
Cafe Gitane242 Mott St.
This has long been a place to See And Be Seen, but the food is probably better and more reasonably priced than you might remember. The sidewalk seating is prime in the summer.
Hundred Acres38 MacDougal St.
This place is the unofficial official brunch restaurant of Soho, thanks to a nice environment and excellent cinnamon buns. Just ask the person next to you. They'll only be about three inches away.
Estela47 E. Houston St.
As long as you don't come to Estela expecting to be nice and comfy, you'll have a great time with the creative food and full brunch cocktail list.
west village & greenwich village
At first glance, it’s unclear what kind of food they serve. (It’’s a mix of Czech, Austrian, and German.) At brunch, you can expect things like eggs, crepes, and latkes - plus sidewalk tables that are perfect for weekend lounging. The scene is casual, and it isn’t very expensive. Go here for a quiet brunch with friends.
What do the French call French toast? Not just toast, if that’s what you were thinking. They call it pain perdu, and A.O.C. serves it along with everything else you’d expect on a standard brunch menu. The real selling point, however, is the patio. There’s room for large parties, and you can’t see it from the street, so it’s a nice little escape.
Dante79-81 MacDougal St.
For being such a popular spot, Dante never gets too crowded at brunch, and the drink list is deep. Try a Garibaldi, a highball made with Campari and OJ squeezed to order. For brunch, they have Italian-influenced classics like a steak and eggs panini, but we stick to the almond milk pancakes.
High Street on Hudson637 Hudson St
High Street On Hudson does a lot of things well, but it does breakfast foods - specifically breakfast sandwiches - best. If a next-level Egg McMuffin kind of creation isn’t your scene, they also do some excellent lighter options as well.
Been wanting to try Perla Cafe, but need to ball out on a budget? Brunch is your strategy. There are eggs and pancakes, there’s a sandwich, and yes, there’s a pasta (carbonara). We’ll make this easy: you’re getting the pasta.
Quality Eats19 Greenwich Ave
Quality Eats is a casual, cool, neighborhood steakhouse that looks and feels nothing like a steakhouse. Brunch here includes everything from coconut quinoa to a “large format” cinammon roll to steak and eggs - it's a great time to try this place in all its Instagrammable glory.
dell'anima38 8th Ave.
We appreciate any good excuse to eat pasta in the middle of the day. And one really good one is dell'anima. They've also got some non-carb-centric options, but you're probably soulless if you skip the carbonara.
Hudson Clearwater447 Hudson St.
Hudson Clearwater’s menu reads like the Greatest Hits Of Brunch: brioche french toast, eggs benedict, huevos rancheros, plus healthy options and cocktails. This is a back-pocket West Village move, especially if you have a picky eater with you, and especially during the summer when the back patio is open for business.
Gardënia64 Downing St.
This West Village restaurant is most eligible for your next Girls’ Day Out. It’s a pretty space, with tasty drinks, and very solid, vaguely-Latin-inspired brunch eats. The short rib burger is not to be missed.
by CHLOE185 Bleecker St.
Does brunch exist in a world without eggs? As by CHLOE proves, the answer is yes. And it involves pancakes, cinammon rolls, and hash browns. Not bad. Not bad at all.
Sometimes you want a drunk brunch but don't want to feel like you just time-warped to freshman year of college. Agave's our go-to for a bottomless situation that feels a little more upscale in both food and vibe.
Jack's Wife Freda West Village50 Carmine St.
The new West Village location of Jack's Wife Freda has all the charm of the original, with generally shorter wait times.
Barbuto775 Washington St.
The brunch menu changes often at Barbuto, but if you're lucky they'll be serving breakfast pizza and carbonara. The famous chicken's always on the brunch menu, too. This place just knows how to make people happy.
Home to a family style brunch built for sharing with a group, Sotto 13's food is probably the best you can find at a boozy brunch in this town. Just know that drinks are not unlimited, so the party stays in check. That's probably for the best.
A place to enjoy many things, from oysters to sandwiches to eggs and bacon. Jeffrey's Grocery is one of our favorite casual restaurants, and we'd eat here any time of day.
Morandi211 Waverly Pl.
Italian brunch which means you can eat pasta, which means we love it. Morandi is another restaurant we like more during the day than at night. You will too.
Claudette is a very pleasant restaurant, especially during the day. But it might be more style than substance. It'll do just fine for a pricey brunch with your friends, but set your expectations to "pretty good."
Home to possibly the most coffee shop Instagrams in NYC, thanks to lots of natural light and white walls and tables. But to think that Bluestone is just a place where people take pictures is a mistake. The breakfast/brunch food here is excellent, including many gluten free options.
This place flies pretty under-the-radar considering its prime Soho/Greenwich Village location, but that's all the better for your chances of getting in without a wait. Its Mediterranean-inspired menu is simple, delicious, and very reasonably priced.
Yerba Buena Perry1 Perry St.
The menu reads like a Latin American party for your mouth, and the food tastes as good as it sounds. It's also reasonably priced, and there's an unlimited cocktail special. The answer is yes.
Extra Virgin259 W. 4th St.
A West Village classic, on the best West Village street. Extra Virgin is always crowded for a reason. That reason is french fries with gorgonzola fondue.
La Bonbonniere28 8th Ave.
Ever seen that old greasy spoon diner on 8th Avenue with the Coca Cola logos on its sign? That's La Bonbonniere, and it's an eggs and pancakes institution.
Joseph Leonard170 Waverly Pl.
A teeny tiny restaurant that attracts a very large crowd, this place is best for solo outings or with one other person.
Chailait (pronounced "chalet") is a cafe where you can eat things on top of toast and drink things with matcha in them. So basically, it's your dream come true.
Rosemary's18 Greenwich Ave.
People who like pretty things tend to love Rosemary's. This restaurant has the aesthetic down, and the food is better at brunch than it is for dinner. Do it with "your girls." Even if you're a dude.
Elephant & Castle68 Greenwich Ave.
Elephant & Castle is a simple West Village restaurant that's probably best known for serving French toast topped with eggs benedict and apples. See you there.
Buvette42 Grove St.
Is the food at Buvette excellent? Yes. Is it the most absurdly cute cafe in the city? Probably. Does the service suck? Often. It's also almost always insanely crowded. But it's cute and the food is really good so...
Tartine253 W. 11th St.
One of the few BYOB spots in NYC. Tartine is a solid little place to have an omelette with your own bottle of champagne. Unfortunately there are only about 5 tables from which to do so. Prepare to wait in line.
meatpacking district & chelsea
Cookshop156 10th Ave.
Cookshop is always a good move, especially because they take reservations for brunch. Walk ins are an option too, but know that there will be a wait.
A solid option for brunch in Chelsea, Foragers has solid menu variety and a rustic-industrial vibe. They also take reservations.
Catch21 9th Ave.
This is one of the most over-the-top restaurants in the entire city. If you're into absurdity, come on down and watch the show. But don't forget to eat - the food is pretty impressive here too.
flatiron, gramercy, murray hill
Broken Spoke Rotisserie439 3rd Ave
Not just another solid brunch in Murray Hill, but a solid bottomless brunch option in Murray Hill. Give your Penelope routine a break already with this Latin-inspired spot.
Despite being located in a pretty desolate food area, Midwinter Kitchen has somehow flown under the radar. The food is seasonal and super fresh (they have their own farm), the waits are short, and the pretty space is a big upgrade from most other options around. (Sorry for blowing your secret, Gramercy people.)
Upland345 Park Avenue South
We love Upland all the time. But we especially love Upland at brunch, when you can not only get the perfect pastas and pizzas, but also one of the best burgers in NYC. Make sure there’s one of each on your table.
Little Beet Table333 Park Avenue South
So, you’re brunching with a difficult eater. Fun! All their gluten-free/meat-free/dairy-free/joy-free needs will be covered at The Little Beet Table, but the better news is that you’ll probably enjoy it, too.
Maysville17 W. 26th St.
This Southern-inspired American restaurant brings a much-needed good, comfort food brunch to the Flatiron.
This is an easy go-to if you're near Union Square and need food, like, right now. It may not be the best restaurant ever, but the food is actually pretty decent.
Penelope159 Lexington Ave.
An excellent spot for brunch in a relative food desert. If you live downtown and your friend lives uptown, this is a great in-between meeting spot.
A menu full of standard brunch classics (benedicts, burgers - you know the drill), plus the addition of nachos. And a bottomless brunch special. The Crooked Knife knows their audience.
The Breslin16 W. 29th St.
The Breslin's brunch menu is ever-so-slightly lighter and healthier than its regular menu. Oh wait, we just remembered that they have a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich. Nevermind.
Marta29 E. 29th St.
Marta's brunch pizza menu is the exactly the same as their regular pizza menu. Only you can add an egg to any of them for $2.50. We'll let you decide how you should feel about that.
Maialino2 Lexington Ave.
An indulgent Italian brunch feast once in a while is part of living your fullest life. Do it here - but don't come until noon, which is when they start slinging the pasta.
midtown east & upper east side
Don’t write it off because of its cutesy name - Le Petit Bistro is actually one of the most useful brunch spots on the Upper East Side. They serve a huge menu of omelettes, salads, sandwiches, and more - and it’s just a few steps from Bloomingdales, in case you need to pick up a pair of socks afterwards.
Tired of your monthly trip to The East Pole with your Upper East Side-resident relatives? Here’s a new spot for you. Monte-Carlo is on the more upscale side of things - white tablecloths and all - but it’s also very comfortable, and the food is pretty darn good. Tell Grandma you’re going somewhere new this Sunday.
If you want a slice of Russ & Daughters’ Jewish comfort food uptown, you’re going to have to be patient. Lines are crazy - but you have the entirety of Central Park a few steps away to kill your time. And there’s no doubt it will be worth it.
ABV Wine Bar1504 Lexington Ave.
It might be hard to convince your friends to come way uptown for brunch sometimes - but ABV makes a good case. They serve unique takes on the usual brunch stuff - and it also won’t be packed like every restaurant in the East Village.
The Upsider1004 2nd Ave.
A young person restaurant in a not-young person neighborhood with actually-satisfying food. And also avocado toast. Because that's what young people eat.
Maison Kayser1294 3rd Ave.
Yes, it's a chain now. But the croissants and simple egg dishes are really delicious. Just be prepared to fight with old Upper East Side ladies and a few toddlers for a table.
Toloache251 W. 50th St.
We're just thankful that there is a Times Square-adjacent place that serves good food. It's a little pricey, but if you're in that area and need a good brunch, it'll do the job.
The Smith Midtown956 2nd Ave.
These days, there's a Smith in every neighborhood.
We can always count on Uva, and brunch is no exception. The brunch menu has so much on it you may think you're at the Cheesecake Factory. And we're definitely not mad about it.
Jones Wood Foundry401 E. 76th St.
A British gastropub on the Upper East Side that's a great choice for brunch when you don't want to deal with brunch people. You might have to deal with some Premiere League soccer fans, but they're quite nice. Unless you're a fan of a rival team. Then you're f*cked.
The East Pole133 E. 65th St.
An Upper East Side restaurant with downtown vibes and very good food. This is a more serious restaurant that probably won't become part of your every-weekend routine, but when there's an occasion for it, brunch here is great.
hell's kitchen, midtown west, upper west side
L'Amico849 6th Ave
We don’t need to tell you that the area around Penn Station is a food wasteland. But we might need to remind you that L’Amico is one of the few bright spots in the area - and they serve a top-notch brunch. Expect everything from cold-pressed juices to Bloody Marys and coffee cake to crab crostini.
The Ribbon20 W 72nd St
Upper West Siders, rejoice. You finally have a new, happening, decently cool restaurant. That happens to do brunch pretty well, too. General happiness all around.
Community Food & Juice2893 Broadway
A Columbia University/Morningside Heights favorite. The waits can be lengthy, but this is your best brunch option in the area, by far.
Jacob's Pickles509 Amsterdam Ave.
Not just pickles, but Southern-inspired comfort food. People love Jacob's for the biscuits at brunch.
Barney Greengrass541 Amsterdam Ave.
One of NYC's most classic establishments and purveyor of all things Jewish and appetizing.
Probably the most insane wait for a meal you can encounter in this town. People line up for Isabella's because it's good, but also because there's not much else to line up for around here.
The Marshal628 10th Ave.
One of the better neighborhood restaurants in Hell's Kitchen, and we'd imagine The Marshal is part of the weekly routine for anyone that lives there. But it's worth traveling for too.
An expensive Midtown classic in Le Parker Meridien Hotel. Worth it every time. Get the huevos rancheros and the crazy French toast.
This is a great place to bring picky aunts and grandparents. The brunch food is classic, and the interior is polished.
Good Enough To Eat520 Columbus Ave.
An Upper West Side institution for over 30 years, Good Enough To Eat is all about simple and heavy-handed home cooking. Enter bacon waffles.
williamsburg & greenpoint
When the wait’s an hour at Five Leaves, try their sister bar/restaurant across the street. (It’s more low-key.) Get some breakfast tacos or a cuban sandwich, and, if you’re hungover, get a Painkiller. It does exactly what it says. The vibe is bright and breezy.
The logo font is futura, so you know this spot is at least a little trendy. (Also, it’s in East Williamsburg.) They do your standard brunch items (avocado toast, eggs) as well as some good salad options and a fried chicken sandwich. The portions are just big enough, the dining room is attractive, and there are a few tables outside for a conversation in the shade.
A no-nonsense, pub-type brunch right off the Graham stop of the L train. The food is hearty, all the brunch staples are present, and there’s a big, casual backyard. Bring a board game, or the Sunday Times, or The Audubon Guide to the Birds of Brooklyn, or whatever your thing is. Hang out as long as you want. Also, be aware that it’s cash only.
Lighthouse145 Borinquen Pl
A real neighborhood restaurant worth traveling for, Lighthouse does a solid brunch that falls on the lighter side of things. If you come super hangry, get the chilaquiles. And consider a pitcher of Bloody Mary regardless.
Enid’s is the kind of place you could easily roll into in your workout clothes (or, for the less ambitious, your pajamas) and feel 100% comfortable. It’s a highly casual place, and one we like to use when we don’t feel like making the effort that most brunch outings require.
Rabbithole is a neighborhood spot through-and-through, which means there’s a lot less of a chance you’ll run into a two-hour wait behind mobs of French tourists here. But just because it might not get as much attention as some other places doesn’t mean it’s not worth your time. Rabbithole is great for brunch any day (literally - they serve it every day of the week).
Cassette113 Franklin St.
Imagine: there was once a time when brunch wasn’t the most important meal of the week, and people ate eggs and bacon and pancakes in the middle of the day without having to wait an hour to get seated in a restaurant where everyone was taking pictures of their food. This time wasn’t so long ago - WE CAN RECLAIM IT. And one of the best places to do just that is Cassette, where you can eat very good brunch foods in a very pleasant environment without any brunch drama. What a relief.
Do you like small things? Do you like European things? Do you like Japanese things? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you will probably like House of Small Wonder. The menu includes everything from sashimi to french toast, and the vibe feels like a mix between a forest treehouse and a cafe in Copenhagen. Time to explore.
Rider80 N 6th St
On the more upscale side of things, Rider isn’t the most magical restaurant ever - but it is useful if you’re in the area, hungry for brunch, and want to try something new - and even more useful if you’re with parents. The sugar fennel donuts need to be on your table.
Llama Inn50 Withers St
Not, in fact, a hotel for llamas, Llama Inn is a highly tasty and beautifully designed Peruvian-inspired restaurant. Want brunch, but don’t want to be anywhere near pancakes or benedicts or mimosas? Come to Llama Inn, have some ceviche, have some pisco cocktails, and feel great about your weekend choices.
King's County Imperial20 Skillman Ave.
Our official new favorite Chinese food in New York City is now serving dim sum brunch. We repeat: dim sum brunch. In Williamsburg. On a patio. With cocktails. So yeah, now you know what you're doing next weekend.
Allswell124 Bedford Ave.
Allswell serves straightforward and delicious food in a warm, tavern-like environment. The fried chicken sandwich is amazing, and you can only order it during the day. That's the only reason you need to hit this place for brunch.
Egg109 N. 3rd St.
The menu here revolves around - you guessed it - the yolk-y stuff. The crowds come for the high-quality, reasonably-priced eats.
This is one of the best places in the city for an authentic Mexican breakfast. It has zero “cute vibes,” but the huevos rancheros will do your Sunday morning right.
Greenpoint’s best boozy brunch option is Milk & Rose's - for $24 you get unlimited drinks and an entree (and the food is way better than it needs to be). It also has a beautiful back patio and a cool, library-ish interior space going for it.
Five Leaves18 Bedford Ave.
Greenpoint's most popular brunch spot also happens to be (inexplicably) a Brooklyn tourist haunt. Which means you should not come here unless you're willing to wait. At least there's good people watching and ricotta pancakes on the other side.
So you almost started sobbing when Five Leaves told you it was going to be a two hour wait. Partly because you’re starving, and partly because you just REALLY WANTED those ricotta pancakes. Pull yourself together and walk a block to Park Luncheonette - a Bloody Mary, breakfast pizza, and no wait will you do right.
An airy, pleasant neighborhood spot with a brunch menu built to please. We count on it because we’re over waiting hours for brunch, and it’s typically easy to walk right into Esme. The pancakes are excellent, as is the bacon.
Glasserie95 Commercial St.
For a fancy brunch in Greenpoint, Glasserie's your move. If a menu item called a "mezze feast" sounds like it's up your alley, you'll love it here.
A Williamsburg brunch standby popular for its benedicts and rooftop. It's a big and bright space you can usually get into without too much of a wait.
Four Horsemen295 Grand St.
Four Horsemen is the wine bar that does it all: interesting yet accessible wines, a great (if tiny) space, and now brunch. Expect things like “farro porridge” alongside more traditional choices like steak and eggs.
You already know Diner is hugely responsible for the modern culinary colonization of Williamsburg. You already know they have one of NYC's best burgers. But you may not know that they serve brunch, and it just might be the best time to come here. The eats are amazing, and the crowds are way more manageable than at dinnertime.
Roberta's261 Moore St.
We want Roberta's all the time, but brunch may be the smartest move. The waits tend to be less intense, and in addition to the heavenly (breakfast) pizza, you also get a chance to sample what this game-changing kitchen can do with eggs.
Cafe Colette79 Berry St.
The thing Cafe Colette does best is brunch. And their best brunch thing is the burger. All-time Brooklyn burger status right here.
Treat your hangover right and come on down to Jimmy's. They've got a big menu full of comfort food classics, and a laid-back atmosphere you'll actually be able to deal with when you're not sure if you're sober yet.
Shalom Japan310 S 4th St.
Shalom Japan is the breath of fresh air your brunch routine is missing. The menu is made up of Jewish- Japanese fusion takes on daytime classics, like Matzoh Ball Ramen and Sake Challah French Toast.
Fritzl's Lunch Box173 Irving Ave.
Fritzl's brunch menu is small but mighty, with interesting options like burrata chilaquiles.
Northeast Kingdom18 Wyckoff Ave.
One of the early farm-to-table restaurants, Northeast Kingdom is a solid neighborhood spot for brunch. The only negative is having to choose between the huevos rancheros and fried chicken sandwich.
Mominette has one of Bushwick's more complete brunches, with a big menu that'll satisfy everyone. This is also one of the "cuter" spots in the neighborhood. Hey, this is a brunch list after all.
dumbo, cobble hill, carroll gardens
Colonie127 Atlantic Ave.
A staple Cobble Hill spot that's keep things both casual and interesting. There's a "living wall" (covered in plants), there are both donuts and duck hash on the menu, and there's a very respectable raw bar situation. It all adds up to a fun experience that would be birthday brunch worthy.
Rucola190 Dean St.
A very quaint, rustic neighborhood restaurant that's not necessarily worth a trip to Brooklyn, but if you're in the neighborhood it's a solid option for brunch. It's also very reasonable (most plates $12 and under) given the high quality of the eats here.
Vinegar Hill House72 Hudson Ave.
Consistently excellent food and one of the best outdoor dining options in the city.
Buttermilk Channel524 Court St.
No dieting allowed. That's the unofficial motto of any good brunch meal, but especially so at Buttermilk Channel, which is all about the comfort food. Have a biscuit.
Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain513 Henry St.
A throwback ice cream parlor that's been given a Brooklyn makeover is every bit as ridiculous as it sounds, but also maybe the best idea ever. If grilled cheeses, waffles, and milkshakes are all the components of your wildest brunch dreams, it's time you paid a visit.
clinton hill & fort greene
Bar Bolinas455 Myrtle Ave.
An excellent neighborhood restaurant, with an excellent patio, and an excellent burger. If it’s winter, or if you’re anti-burger, you’ll still enjoy it too.
Sisters900 Fulton St.
An impressive, design-heavy Clinton Hill space with great drinks and good food.
We love a good neighborhood Italian spot, and Aita in Clinton Hill is a real gem of one. It’s quaint, it’s comfortable, and it’s affordable. Pastas, eggs, a burger, and yep, avocado toast - this place hits all the brunch high notes.
So you love brunch, but you can’t drag yourself out of bed before 3pm? TILDA UNDERSTANDS YOU. This is an all-brunch menu, all day long. Get the egg sandwich.
Walter's166 Dekalb Ave.
This is the ultimate neighborhood restaurant, and one of Fort Greene’s best for brunch. It’s all about well-executed classics, reasonable prices, and a friendly environment. Get the burger.
Surprisingly good food and vibes for a restaurant whose entrance is one step from the subway entrance. The best thing here are the broccoli tacos, but there are plenty more traditional and carnivorous brunch options to be had.
park slope, prospect heights, ditmas park
Park Slope is the brunch capital of Brooklyn, and no one does it better than Miriam. You want to lean heavily on the Mediterranean options here (get the burekas), but if you wish to dabble in the more typical french toast/benedict situation, you can do that too.
Al Di La248 5th Ave.
One of our favorite Italian spots in all of NYC also happens to serve brunch. AND NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT IT. Run, don't walk.
One of our favorite brunches in Park Slope is Rosewater’s $17 prix fixe. The menu changes weekly and uses only in-season ingredients, and we’ve yet to eat something from it that wasn’t insanely delicious.
On weekends, people line up for brunch at this from-another-time diner. But don’t fear your hanger: they hand out lots of free food while you wait.
James605 Carlton Ave.
One of the best restaurants in Prospect Heights, James is great for everything from a brunch date to a midday Mom meal, but it's probably not the kind of place you want to roll into wearing last night's clothes. The menu includes their outstanding burger, as well as egg standbys and a few more unusual dishes.
Krupa Grocery231 Prospect Park West
Krupa Grocery is a relaxed neighborhood spot doing interesting and truly delicious things with food. Get the breakfast gnocchi and lemon ricotta pancakes.
Talde369 7th Ave.
For a fun and festive group brunch in Park Slope, you can't do better than Talde. The asian-fusion food is perfect for sharing - order everything and split it all.
Pork Slope247 5th Ave.
This is where you come to watch a football game and get your serious brunch grub on. No strollers allowed.
Stone Park Cafe324 5th Ave.
This is one of Park Slope's most popular brunch options, with an ever-present wait. The menu kind of feels like it hasn't changed in five years, but we're not mad about the short rib hash either.
The Farm on Adderley1108 Cortelyou Rd.
A good, comfortable restaurant with a seasonal, farm-focused menu in a neighborhood with relatively few of these kinds of places.
Casa Enrique5-48 49th Ave.
The best Mexican food in New York City, and very much worth the trip to Queens. What else do you need to be doing at 2pm on a Saturday, anyway?
Queens Comfort4009 30th Ave.
A campy, cash only place to eat insane comfort food and sandwiches dusted with cereal crumbs. Make time for a nap after.
A Long Island City staple, serving a huge brunch menu of eggs, sandwiches, and even a "slow roasted duck hash." People who live around the neighborhood know this spot well, but it's worth knowing no matter where you live. Especially due to the lack of other quality brunch options in the area.
A solid Astoria spot right across from the Bohemian Hall Beer Garden, which makes for an excellent one-two punch on a Sunday.
Not only does Sage General Store have a $15 all you can drink brunch deal that's unlimited if you sit at the bar, they also do something called "Bacon Brunch" in which you can test out the CDC's findings on cured meats by eating three courses of bacon for $30. Someone's gotta fact check.
This popular Astoria bar serves French Texas Toast and a Breakfast Burger at brunch. That should be enough to warrant your attention.