Welcome to the Brunch Directory - a complete list of over 300 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.
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east village & noho
If you want to get pasta for brunch, you can do that at Il Buco Alimentari. But you can also get a basket of pastries here or a plate of porchetta and eggs. This place happens to be one of our all-time favorite Italian spots in the city, and it’s perfect for brunch with a friend who recently got a raise and wants to celebrate it. Or any other grown-up brunch occasion, really.
A lebanese brunch at Balade might consist of eggs with halloumi and olives, eggs with babaganoush, or eggs with dates, and all the dishes come with homemade bread, salad, and orange juice or coffee. It’s very affordable (nothing is over $16) and great for a relaxed brunch in a neighborhood where that’s a bit harder to find.
Veselka is open 24 hours a day, so you’ll probably see people who haven’t yet gone to sleep when you show up for brunch. There’s usually a wait, because everyone seems to be on the same page about Ukrainian comfort food.
Virginia’s is one of our favorite restaurants in the East Village, and they do one of our favorite [burgers](https://www.theinfatuation.com/new-york/guides/best-burger-nyc in NYC. The catch is, they only serve brunch on Saturdays (and the menu isn’t huge). But it’s a great place to eat with parents or a friend from college that you’re catching up with, and, at brunch, all bottles of wine are half-price.
If you wake up on a Sunday wanting Mediterranean food without the iPhone photoshoot environment that usually goes along with an order of shakshuka, Spiegel is a good bet. They have decent prices for the East Village, excellent coffee, and an overall relaxed feel for those of you who claim to be anti-brunch.
Mud is the all-day cafe version of a coffee truck in the East Village. They have a garden in the back and serve things like huevos rancheros and an avocado sandwich with a fried egg and pickled jalapeños. It’s cash-only, comfortable, and has a bunch of healthy, vegetarian options.
The burger at David’s is one of our favorites in NYC, and it comes with two thin patties, American cheese, spicy mayo sauce, and lots of french fries on the side. If you’re not feeling a burger, they also have a menu of French-ish breakfast options like a croque monsieur and crab cake benedict.
Think of Atla as a much more casual version of Cosmé. It’s from the same chef, but it’s further downtown, and it’s really more of a breakfast/lunch spot. And while it might not be as impressive as Cosmé, it’s still a good place to go around brunch time and share some plates. We like the huevos rancheros, and the guacamole that comes with one giant chip should be on your table as well. Probably don’t come here for hungover brunch (it isn’t super filling), but if you’re trying to be healthier, you’ll enjoy it.
If you’re in the East Village and you want an uncomplicated brunch, come here. The menu at Post isn’t huge, and neither is the space. There’s a bar with some stools, a few seats in the window, and one table all the way in back. Don’t come here with a group, but if you and a fried are craving biscuit sandwiches, it’s perfect. They do a few different kinds.
Coco & Cru serves avocado toast, eggs, and granola all day. (There are salads and sandwiches too.) Lots of the food at this Australian cafe is light and healthy, and it’s pretty much your best option in the area for a quick casual brunch with friends who care about how “cute” a restaurant is.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A subterranean pretty-people establishment that serves simple, good food.
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.
A loud, crowded, fun spot that’s best for party time and unlimited mimosas.
This place gets Southern comfort food right. Biscuits, brisket, bacon and waffle benedicts? Yes.
A big, impressive French bistro that’s a little more upscale and always a great time. It’s also People Watching paradise.
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.
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
Kopitiam is a counter-service Malaysian cafe that’s perfect for a last-minute brunch with one or two other people. They have a bunch of breakfast options available all day, like Malaysian-style French toast and nasi lemak (with fried anchovies, coconut rice, and a hard boiled egg) - and there’s also a selection of cakes and sweet rice balls that might change your stance on ordering brunch dessert, provided you were against it in the first place.
If you’ve never done a solo brunch, Davelle is a great place to start. This is a small Japanese restaurant on the LES with breakfast and lunch sets involving dishes like toast with red bean paste and fried chicken with rice. Because of the size, we wouldn’t recommend bringing more than one other person here - which will be hard, because you’re going to want to tell everyone you know about it.
JaJaJa’s “hearts of palm carnitas” and “coconut bacon” are not actually carnitas or bacon, but this vegan place is a good choice for a casual Mexican brunch on the Lower East Side - whether you eat animal products or not. They have a full bar, and the place is typically filled with a young, pro-brunch crowd.
The original Speedy Romeo is in Clinton Hill, but the newer one on the LES is perfectly fine. It’s great, actually. Although not because of the pizzas. They’re good, but you’d be better off getting their burger. And you can get it at brunch (along with the rest of the lunch menu). Plus, you can now eat it in their newly-expanded dining room.
Minnie’s is the kind of place where you could get a croque madame with Katz’s pastrami or something called a Blue Lagoon yogurt that has bee pollen in it. So if your friends are looking for somewhere with comfy throw pillows to rehash last night’s events that has plenty of options based on how healthy you’re trying to be, Minnie’s is the place.
Lalo is a Mexican/Latin-American restaurant in Chinatown currently doing its own thing. Their chicharones are vegan, but they also serve a lot of meat, and you won’t find anything too boring here. It’s a cool little place, and we like the food. Stop by at brunch and try the chicharones. Or have a “normie breakfast” that’s pretty much what it sounds like (eggs, potatoes, toast). The brunch menu isn’t very big, but everything is affordable. Stop by with a friend you want to impress.
During brunch, everything is eleven dollars here. They also do a burger that they don’t serve during dinner. Why you’d get a burger at a Mexican place is beyond us, but it’s nice to have the option. This is interesting, quality Mexican on the Lower East Side, and you won’t regret ordering the huevos rancheros or the chilaquiles. La Contenta isn’t the best for big groups, and they don’t have the best coffee, but just drink their tequila version of a mojito.
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.
You can probably tell from the name, but this isn’t the same brunch you’re going to get at nearby Clinton St. Baking Company. Pig and Khao doesn’t do pancakes or omelettes (although they do have steak and eggs), and there’s a self-serve, all-you-can-drink deal on Yuengling. Here, you’ll get things like papaya salad and pork jowl, and if you come with someone who just wants French toast, they actually have that too. For a fun, different brunch on the LES, come here.
“Good, thanks” is how you politely respond to strangers when they ask how you’re doing. It’s also the name of an Australian cafe on the LES where you can get a quick, somewhat-healthy brunch while staring at all the people waiting for tables at Russ & Daughters (which is right next door). A lot of their all-day options are required by law to be on the menu at every Australian coffee shop in the city - think grain bowls, mushroom toast, and smoothies - but there are also some slightly less expected dishes, like a really good plate of kimchi scrambled eggs with scallion labne. Also, they have vegemite.
An tiny LES neighborhood spot that’s great for scoping pretty people and brunching on simple, solid eats.
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.
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.
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.
Notoriously horrendous wait times and truly incredible pancakes. That’s all you need to know
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
Balthazar is one of our favorite French bistros in the city. Actually, Balthazar is one of everyone’s favorite French bistros in the city - which means it’s usually pretty crowded at brunch. It’s not quite formal, but it’s nice enough to bring your parents or have a special occasion meal. Make sure to get the basket of pastries - it costs the same as around eight gallons of gas, but it’s way better than gas (plus, you don’t even drive).
This is a fun place to get a little rowdy with your friends and share plates of modern Indian food for brunch. With the exception of the bacon and cheddar fried egg pizza, their brunch is basically the dinner menu with eggs on top. If it’s nice out, sit on the sidewalk.
This is an all-day cafe in Soho that’s also a fancy furniture store where you can buy a $2,000 throw rug or elegant ceramic vase. The French cafe food at La Mercerie is expensive but excellent, making it a nice choice for a meal with your family or someone you’re trying to impress with smoked salmon blinis. Make a reservation or prepare to wait for a bit.
West-Bourne is a casual all-day cafe in Soho that works nicely for a laid-back, kind-of-healthy meal at either 9am or 4pm, because their menu is essentially all brunch food like grain bowls and “Bay Cities Cauli.” They also have beer, wine, and their own kombucha. Because of course they have their own kombucha.
Shuka is one of the more useful spots in Soho, and works well for a relatively last-minute brunch with your college roommates or parents who promise they can wait until 12:30pm to eat on a Saturday. Get cinnamon rolls or ricotta fritters or beet hummus for the table, as well as Mediterranean food like chicken shawarma, beet hummus, and a grilled lamb sandwich.
When we come here at night, there’s usually something weird going down. And we mean that in a good way. This is a little neighborhood restaurant/bar in Tribeca, and it has a sort of truck-stop vibe. Brunch will be on the heavier side, so come here if you’re eating off a hangover. The food is solid, the vibes are laid-back, and on Sundays in the summer there might be outdoor pool party that may or may not involve an open fire hydrant. So bring your short shorts.
When you brunch at Le Coucou, you can have an omelette or some avocado toast, or you can go full-French with a veal terrine and lobster salad. This is downtown fine dining, but it’s more relaxed than the places you’ll find in Midtown. It’s also slightly cheaper, a la carte, and a little more fun. And the food is excellent. Take your parents or bring some friends - it should be fine for either, just be sure to make a reservation.
Brunching at Balthazar these days might feel like a trip to Disney World (for all the wrong reasons), but now you can go to Augustine instead. It’s one of the restaurants in the bottom of the Beekman Hotel, and it’s a bistro from the same owner. The concept is similar: French food, banquettes (AKA built-in couches), and upscale yet casual vibes. Bring your parents. Or your grandparents. And see if anyone will buy you a seafood tower.
Go to this slightly fancy little restaurant with someone fashion-y or, like, someone who goes to Le Bain. They’ll appreciate the atmosphere, and they might even eat something (like a quinoa salad or an egg tartine). These guys also do a burger - but instead of lettuce, tomato, and pickle it comes with watercress, tomato hollandaise, and cornichon. So if that sounds up your (or your friend’s ) alley, grab some brunch at this Tribeca restaurant with a low-key scene.
This “diner” looks like the sort of place you’d find in the capital city of the the Hunger Games. It’s sleek, spacious, and it isn’t really a diner. It’s clearly inspired by diners of the past, however, and that makes it a good place to grab breakfast (or brunch). Get the egg sandwich. Or, if you’re feeling reckless, go for a burger. The brunch menu isn’t huge, but (at the moment), this place doesn’t get too crowded.
Mother’s Ruin is a bar. So why do they serve brunch every day? We have no answer for you - but if you’re in Soho before 5pm and you’re craving biscuits and gravy, this is the place. Brunch here is fun, filling, and (aside from one salad) not very healthy. They also make really good cocktails, and their beer selection isn’t bad either. There aren’t many tables, but bar/counter seating is plentiful (and useful if you’re alone).
If you’re dying to wait for your brunch, Ruby’s has you covered. You could always try the new one in Murray Hill, but it’ll only be a little less crowded. That’s because the food is good, affordable Australian/American stuff like a quinoa bowl, avocado toast, and a burger with beet and pineapple. Just be aware that there’s usually a wait, the crowd skews younger, and you might not have the most legroom at your table. If none of those things concern you, perfect.
The original Two Hands is a cafe on Mott Street, but the one in Tribeca is more of a restaurant. (The menu is larger, and there’s a full bar.) But the service here is still easy-going, and most of the patrons will still be young women named Katie or Hailey (because the space looks nice and the food is healthy-ish). For what it’s worth, there’s also a kids menu at brunch.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A solid spot for comfort food and maybe some oysters. And maybe a stiff drink.
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.
Still one of the coolest places to eat in NYC. Expect a not-insignificant wait at brunch, but Cuban sandwiches and huevos await.
A new restaurant from the people behind The Dutch and Locanda Verde, Little Park is similar but more veggie focused.
This is a hardcore Tribeca brunch hang. Come for above-average pancakes and better people watching.
A temple of Jewish appetizing that’s both flashy and genuinely great. This is one of the best new places to brunch.
Pretty good tacos, and very pleasant fake Mexican courtyard to enjoy them in.
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.
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
The Loyal was already one of our Best New Restaurants of 2017, and now they serve brunch. Like with the dinner menu, they do not cater to the indecisive - brunch ranges from olive oil pancakes to a lobster frittata to mushroom carbonara. The sundae set & candy shop is also available, and it seems somehow more appropriate during the day. This is currently a fun way to experience most of The Loyal’s highlights without the wait.
If you’re looking for something on the nicer side that’s still not ultra-fancy, Bistro Pierre Lapin, on a quiet street in the West Village, is a good option. They serve slightly upscale French food, with brunch sandwiches and egg dishes that are mostly under $20, and lunchier options closer to the $30 range.
Brunch spots are to the West Village what people in creepy Elmo costumes are to Times Square: they’re everywhere, and they’re going to take your money. Fairfax is an upscale but comfortable spot owned by the same people behind a few other West Village establishments like Fedora and Joseph Leonard, and they have a great Cuban sandwich. Nothing on the menu is more than $17 and the space feels a little like you’re sitting in an interior designer’s living room.
Despite the fact that it’s in the Jane Hotel, Old Rose is still somewhat of a secret brunch spot. So if you’re making plans for a last-minute big group brunch in the West Village, this is a good choice. Old Rose’s menu has things like olive oil cakes, egg sandwiches, and pizza. We like the clam and vodka ones the best.
Loring Place is to By Chloe as Anthropologie is to Urban Outfitters. In other words, this is the grown-up version of everything you think of as “on trend.” White brick walls, a succulent on every table, and a gray, white, and orange color palette. The space is big enough where you won’t be sitting on top of your neighbors and the best dishes involve a seasonal vegetable.
The Malt House is a pub in Greenwich Village, and their brunch food is pretty decent. They also have TVs for your sports-viewing pleasure, and a bottomless brunch deal where you get two hours of unlimited drinks for $18.
Primarily, this place is a bar. Although it’s a well-designed bar with very nice booths, and they do serve a full lunch, brunch, and dinner menu. So feel free to eat a casual meal here. Maybe use it as a date spot, or stop by for brunch if you’re looking for a lively spot in the West Village where someone will probably hit on you if you stare at them long enough. The food is definitely a step up from whatever they serve at the pub near your house, although it tends to get crowded here.
Boucherie is a huge restaurant in the West Village with an old-school French menu. Which means that you can come here for brunch and have some duck confit - although you’ll probably just get a croque madame or some eggs. They also make a good steak here, so don’t be afraid to order one of those. Boucherie is a little pricey, but it’s good for when you need a somewhat impressive place last-minute. Your parents would probably like it, and there’s plenty of outdoor seating.
If you like Two Hands, Jack’s Wife Freda, and Bluestone Lane, you’ll like Banter. It’s a coffee shop/cafe in Greenwich Village, where you can sit and order a meal from someone with an Australian accent. They do things like eggs, chia yogurt bowls, and smashed sweet potato on toast. The space is small (but attractive), and it gets pretty busy. If you don’t want to wait for a table here, get some brunch on a weekday. They’ll have the same menu.
Are your parents buying brunch? Or are you a parent? Try Casa Apicii. This is definitely a more expensive brunch, and the space is kind of weird in an upscale sort of way (the chairs are yellow velvet). If you’re looking for a pasta brunch, however, it’s a safe bet. Have some stracciatella while you’re at it, and maybe get the burger. They don’t serve it at dinner.
Meat and three is a Southern concept, and it’s pretty straightforward. Pick a main, pick three sides. This place is on the ground floor of a hotel just north of Tribeca, however, so it’s more upscale than your traditional meat and three (we assume). At brunch, you can choose from a list of mains (like French toast sticks and fried chicken) and a long list of sides. Or just have an omelette. This place can get pricey, but it’s a good option if you’re with a picky eater or you want to try something a little different.
This isn’t where you go for a hungover brunch. It’s more of a place to bring your mom (or someone from your spin class). These guys put quinoa in their pancakes, and both chia and hemp seeds make an appearance at brunch. But at least the food is fun, modern, and better looking than whatever you throw together at the Whole Foods salad bar. Cafe Clover also has a patio, and the inside is spacious and bright.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
The new West Village location of Jack’s Wife Freda has all the charm of the original, with generally shorter wait times.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 & 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.
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...
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
Santina is an Italian restaurant in Meatpacking with floor-to-ceiling windows, chandeliers, and colorful decor - all of which makes you feel a bit like you’re on a Mediterranean cruise. The food is both slightly pricey and slightly healthy - stuff like sunchoke salads, chickpea pancakes, and frittatas. Come here after your visitors make you wake up early on a Saturday to walk The Highline or go to The Whitney.
The Commons Chelsea is a counter-service coffee shop in Chelsea where you can get a casual and quick brunch. Unlike some all-day cafes, this place actually has their own brunch-specific menu with bagels, a tortilla hash, and some nice brunch cocktails. Use this on a day when you’re already late for your post-eating plans, but refuse to eat a banana and/or leftover piece of pizza from last night
If you’re familiar with the original Seamore’s in Nolita, you’ll know what to expect here. It’s a bright space with some outdoor seating, and they do a lot of affordable seafood. So if your ideal brunch includes fish tacos or a breakfast burrito with shrimp, come here. Just be aware that it will probably be crowded and that most people will be taking of pictures of their food. And for those of you who don’t like seafood, there are a few non-fish options like a burger and avocado toast.