The NYC Brunch Directory

All the best brunch options in NYC, all in one place.

Welcome to the Brunch Directory—a comprehensive roundup of 200+ spots where you can eat food after rolling out of bed at 11am on a weekend morning. Memorize this list, and impress people with your encyclopedic knowledge of places serving pancakes, or just scroll through, and pick a place for your next midday meal.

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East Village & Noho

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Yellow Rose is great at any hour, but starting your morning here is like greeting your weekend with a heartfelt blessing. Before you receive your orange tray of excellent breakfast tacos made with fresh flour tortillas at this East Village Texan spot, you’ll hear Willie Nelson playing through the speakers and spot a poster of Dolly Parton glamorously overseeing business from above.

Mama Fina’s is officially named Mama Fina’s House of Filipino Sisig. And that’s probably because the sisig here is what you should prioritize. The pork one is our favorite, but they serve delicious chicken and milkish options as well. They all come served with garlic fried rice and eggs during brunch.

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Cathedrale in the Moxy Hotel East Village is probably the only spot on this list where you can eat a creme fraiche omelette in a space that feels like a Gothic-style church. The main dining room is huge with vaulted ceilings that make you want to shout just to hear your own echo.

Veselka is a Ukrainian spot in the East Village where you might see people who haven’t yet gone to sleep when you show up for brunch on the weekend. It opens at 8am and there’s usually a wait, because everyone seems to be on the same page about pierogies and matzoh ball soup.

Atla is from the people behind Cosmé, but it's further downtown, and it's really more of a breakfast/lunch spot. While it might not be as impressive as Cosmé, it’s still a good place to go around brunch time and share some plates.

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 favorite Italian spots in the city, and it’s perfect for brunch with a friend who recently got a raise and wants to humble-brag/celebrate it. Or any other special occasion brunch, really.

Bar Primi is an excellent place for a group of nearly any size, especially since you can make a reservation. So come with your crew and get down with some breakfast spaghetti with pancetta and a poached egg.

If you’re looking for a quick East Village brunch experience, you should go to Smor and order some $9.50 toasts from the counter here. This Danish all-day cafe makes a bunch of different open-faced sandwiches with smoked fish and really good rye bread, all in a space filled with accent pillows and wood that could be described as “handsome.” Channel your inner (or outer) Scandinavian influencer and you’ll have found your new home.

Uluh is a big Chinese restaurant in the East Village that specializes in fancy, high-grade teas that might involve things like ice cream or ceremonial grade matcha. To go with your tea, there’s a list of very good dim sum and large format dishes that you’ll probably want to overeat. We especially like the pork soup dumplings and the Peking duck with crispy skin. Just be aware that a meal here can get pretty expensive - especially because you’re going to want to try a lot. So save this for a special occasion brunch for people you want to impress, or just for someone who appreciates tea.

This coffee spot has a garden in the back and serves things like huevos rancheros and an avocado sandwich with a fried egg and pickled jalapeños. It’s comfortable, and has a bunch of healthy, vegetarian options. Also - you can get an entree, with coffee and a beer, a mimosa, or juice for $23.

We come to David’s Cafe pretty much exclusively for their great burger. 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.

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 with a group, but if you and a friend are looking to hang out with some biscuit sandwiches, it’s perfect - they do a few different kinds.

Hearth is an East Village go-to for upscale Italian, and has a bunch of kind-of-healthy options (but also pasta). Keep this one in mind for your next special occasion brunch.

An extremely reliable spot whose menu has something for everyone. Westville’s been serving healthy food for a while, and we love most of the things on their menu.

A big, impressive French bistro that’s a little upscale and always a great time. It’s somewhat expensive, but that price basically includes the excellent people watching.

Inevitably, there will be a Sunday afternoon in your New York life where, instead of human interaction, you require a big bowl of tonkatsu ramen. Ippudo in the East Village makes some of the best in the city, and it’s an excellent place for you to know about for a solo brunch. There might be a line, but go alone and show up when they open at 11:30am if you really don’t want to wait.

Loud music, a bottomless special, and 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 that’s usually busy, and has good Moroccan dishes.

A fun Caribbean spot that’s somehow just as appropriate for your 7-year-old nephew as it is for your brunch cocktail shenanigans.

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Lower East Side & Chinatown

At Sunday Brunch at Gugu, you can get a brunch entree and drink deal for $22. Order Filipino classics with Japanese twists like silogs or unagi bbq bowls and a glass of sangria or mimosa.

This Basque spot on East Broadway is ideal for a glass of wine and some pintxos at the bar. But we also like to stop by their cafe in the morning for coffee, sandwiches, and pastries. Ernesto’s cafe has a rotating menu of baked goods, but they usually serve a solid egg sandwich and a roll topped with thinly sliced jamon. The cafe is open every day and works perfectly as somewhere to eat something light with a friend outside.

Sometimes, all you want on a weekend morning is a plate of waffles and a three-hour nap. That’s where Pig & Butter on the LES comes in. This Black-owned restaurant offers dishes like a waffle topped with bacon and bananas, fried chicken on cornbread, and a goat cheese omelet with Colombian aji. Plus, this spot on Ludlow Street has a weekday brunch service, so come here when you want to pretend like it’s noon on Saturday when it’s actually 10am on Wednesday.

One of our favorite spots for dim sum, Royal Seafood is perfect for when you want to sit at a big round table with a group. It’s just one massive room on Mott Street, and the dim sum carts circulate slowly sometimes, so be sure to grab what you want when they come around. You won’t go wrong with some pork buns and siu mai, but we especially like the spare ribs.

If there was ever a Lower East Side Eden, Wayla’s backyard would be it. It’s truly glorious, and you should do your best to sit out here in a wire-framed chair and eat things like a Thai crab omelette.

At surface level, Golden Diner in Two Bridges is a classic NYC diner. There’s a pastry display case on the counter, lacey white curtains, and metal stools fixed permanently to the floor. But this isn’t your standard corner diner food - a meal here might involve a club sandwich with chicken katsu and purple cabbage, or avocado toast with turmeric and Thai basil. Even though you can’t make a reservation, and lines on the weekend can get long, know that the food is worth it.

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). 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.

Long before the city’s other bagel establishments came along, Russ & Daughters was the original home of downtown Jewish appetizing. It has a cool retro/diner feel, and smoked fish that will likely inspire you to Google “how to cold smoke a fish in your apartment.” It also has ridiculously long waits on weekends. So if you want to beat the rush, get there by 8:30am. We promise their bagel platters and white fish salad are worth it.

If you’re planning brunch with a larger group of friends or family members, this dim sum spot above an old bank in Chinatown is a great option. Everyone can sit at a big round table, and all the dishes (ranging from steamed rice rolls and chicken feet to sweet buns that look like piglets) are relatively affordable.

During brunch, everything here is about $16. This is some of our favorite Mexican food in the neighborhood (and the whole city, actually). Order the huevos rancheros or the chilaquiles, and you’ll probably understand why. The only thing you should know: La Contenta isn’t the best for big groups, since it’s about the size of a Little League dugout.

Pig And Khao is where you go for rowdy brunch that will probably be followed by more rowdiness elsewhere, or at least a nap. And there’s bottomless mimosas for $21 (with a 1.5-hour limit and purchase of one brunch food item). Aside from that, you’ll get really good food like a green papaya salad and sizzling pork sisig. And if you come with someone who just wants French toast, they have that, too.

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.

The LES has two peak people-watching times: midnight and noon on weekends. Cafe Katja is a great spot to go for the latter. It’s a bright German/Austrian restaurant that feels a little like a tavern in Vienna, with a big bar, beer steins, huge portions of dishes like spaetzle and gulasch, and decorative wreaths on the wall. Come for some bratwursts, or wiener schnitzel that’s served with lingonberry jam on top and a pot of spicy mustard.

“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.

Freemans is a classic NYC restaurant that everyone needs to experience, and brunch is a great time to do it. This spot is on its own alley, and the waffles are great.

A tiny LES neighborhood spot that’s great for watching people sit outside on the sidewalk with tiny dogs in their laps while they try to sip a latte. The food is solid -think toasts, granola, etc.

This dive bar/diner has a total mixed bag of a menu - like kebabs and also nachos. Come with a big group, order a ton of things, and you’ll be happy.

Notoriously horrendous wait times, truly incredible pancakes, and a cash-only policy at brunch. That’s pretty much all you need to know.

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Nom Wah Tea Parlor

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Made-to-order dim sum from a place that’s been at it since 1920. It’s smaller than some of the other dim sum spots on this guide, and you can count on a wait.

Soho, Nolita, Tribeca, Fidi

The entire menu at Thai Diner (and we don’t say this lightly) is flawless. And that’s why this place is perpetually mobbed. Get the Thai tea babka French toast, and be sure to have some massaman disco fries on your table.

Kyu is a Miami restaurant that made the jump to NYC, settling into a moody dining room in Noho with a Thai, Japanese, and Korean-inspired menu. Choose from brunch classics with a fusion-y twist and a bunch of fresh seafood options. 

This Daniel Boulud restaurant serves really good French food in Fidi modeled after bistros in Lyon. It’s a romantic and casual spot where you can have a celebratory brunch of eggs with black truffle and exceptional fried escargots in a room with mirrored walls and flowers painted on tiles.

The brunch date is something that should happen more often. It can be a quick meal with eggs and coffee if you’re not sure how things will go, or a big feast if you’re already planning to co-parent a dog with this person in the future. For the latter, head to Kimika in Nolita for Italian-Japanese dishes on a Saturday or Sunday morning. Expect options like a pastry bento box, matcha mochi French toast, and a breakfast calzone stuffed with scrambled eggs, ricotta and salsa verde.

If you’re looking for a good bagel below Houston Street, there’s always Sadelle’s or Russ & Daughters - and those are both great choices. But do you really have an hour or two to wait for brunch? If not, go to Baz. It’s a little bagel spot in Nolita that looks like a vintage diner (but with tropical wallpaper and a portrait of Barbara Streisand), and you can get a good, chewy bagel covered in lox or a huge amount of whitefish salad here. There are also things like eggs and latkes, if you need something more substantial.

Do you have some out-of-towners you need to impress? Or do you just want to grab a semi-fancy brunch at a place with a view of the East River and giant mural of a sea monster? Go to The Fulton. It’s a big two-story spot in the Seaport with some excellent seafood. Start with the octopus, then go for the burger. Or if you’re the type of person who treats brunch like it’s breakfast, get some scrambled eggs with lobster.

Hole in The Wall is an Australian cafe in Fidi where you can sit down and eat some avocado toast or some waffles with whipped mascarpone. The space is bright and attractive with white walls and potted plants, and it’s ideal for when you just want to eat a quick brunch while you read about celebrity relationships on your phone.

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.

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.

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 beet hummus for the table, as well as Mediterranean food like chicken shawarma and a grilled lamb sandwich.

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.

This is a little neighborhood restaurant/bar in Tribeca, and it has a sort of truck-stop vibe. The food is solid, the vibes are laid-back, and on Sundays in the summer there might be an outdoor pool party that may or may not involve an open fire hydrant.

If you’re dying to wait for your brunch, Ruby’s has you covered. 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 crowd and you might not have the most legroom at your table.

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 4pm and you’re craving a breakfast burrito, this is the place. Brunch here is fun and filling, and they also make really good cocktails. There aren’t many tables, but bar/counter seating works just fine (especially if you’re alone).

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.) The service here is still easy-going, though. For what it’s worth, there’s also a kids menu at brunch.

Same goes for the original location. This Nolita-bordering-Chinatown cafe is a brunch and lunch mainstay, and perfect for something casual.

Brunch is a great 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.

Go to Black Seed if you want a quick brunch that you can take elsewhere. They make signature sandwiches to order, with ingredients like pastrami-spiced smoked salmon and pickled green tomatoes. 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.

The Dead Rabbit is NYC’s very own drinking castle, and it’s usually one of our first recommendations when people ask about bars in FiDi. On weekends though, they serve brunch. The two-floor space is so huge that you shouldn’t have any trouble getting a table, and there are a bunch of Irish-inspired dishes like a full Irish breakfast and corned beef hash.

Raoul’s is a classic NYC restaurant. It’s definitely more of a nighttime place, but if the idea of bright decor, avocado toasts, and overpriced eggs makes you want to die, Raoul’s brunch is for you. It’s dark, it’s a little sexy, and most importantly, they serve their otherwise-hard-to-get burger.

Such a simple cafe with such unreasonable waits for a table. If you can get in, you’ll enjoy Middle Eastern brunch dishes (like shakshuka) that were pretty much made to be photographed.

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A solid spot for American comfort food and maybe some oysters. And maybe a stiff drink while you’re at it. You should know it’s a bit on the pricier side, with all the main plates costing $20 or more.

You can expect a not-insignificant wait at brunch here, but good Cuban sandwiches and eggs await.

This is a hardcore Tribeca brunch situation. Come for above-average pancakes and even better people watching.

Sadelle’s is where you go for a deluxe brunch that involves things like towers of bagels and smoked fish, and servers wearing white lab coats. This Jewish deli food is both flashy and genuinely great, and you can count on there being a line (we’d suggest making a reservation).

Pretty good tacos, and a very pleasant fake 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.

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

This all-day cafe in the West Village is an import from LA known for its oatmeal griddle cakes, which are pre-sweetened and served without syrup. We're fans. The whole menu leans heavy, and you should stop by early if you don't want to wait in line.

La Contenta Oeste is the larger second location of one of our favorite spots on the Lower East Side. Which actually isn’t that impressive of a statement, considering the fact that a luxury steam room would be larger than the first La Contenta. In any case, this West Village outpost is reliably good for things like chilaquiles and Mexican omelettes. And they have a bunch of brunch cocktails if you’re looking for that sort of thing.

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 Jeffrey's Grocery and Joseph Leonard. Brunch options include an egg sandwich, avocado toast, and the famous Bar Sardine burger.

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 1.5 hours of unlimited drinks for $29 (as long as also get an entree).

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. The food is a step up from whatever they serve at the pub near your house, although it does tend to get crowded.

Boucherie is a huge restaurant in the West Village with an old-school French menu. That means that you can come here for brunch and have steak frites—although they also have a croque madame and other egg dishes.

If you generally like all-day cafes, you’ll really like Banter. It’s a coffee shop in Greenwich Village where you can sit and order a meal from someone with an Australian accent. They do things like eggs, granola, and mushroom 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.

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 from the dirty puddle you stepped in on your way there.

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.

Quality Eats is a cool, casual neighborhood steakhouse that looks and feels nothing like a steakhouse. Brunch here includes everything from short rib hash to steak and eggs - it’s a great time to try this place in all its weekend morning glory.

Hudson Clearwater’s menu reads like the Greatest Hits Of Brunch Foods: 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.

The West Village location of Jack’s Wife Freda has all the charm of the original, only it’s on Carmine Street.

Sotto 13′s food is probably on the better end of the boozy brunch spectrum, and it’s designed to be shared with a group. Just know that drinks are not unlimited.

A place to enjoy many things, from oysters to sandwiches to eggs and bacon. Jeffrey’s Grocery is somewhere we’d eat any time of day.

Home to possibly the most latte photographs 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 solid, including many gluten-free options.

The Mediterranean menu here 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 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 very small restaurant that attracts a very large crowd. This place is best for solo outings or brunch with one other person.

People who like attractive furniture and nice clothes will probably feel at home in Rosemary’s. This restaurant has the aesthetic down, and the food is better at brunch than it is for dinner.

Elephant & Castle is a simple West Village restaurant that’s probably best known for serving French toast topped with eggs benedict and apples. Most of their dishes are under $20, and there’s a dedicated “burger station” section of the menu.

Is the food at Buvette excellent? Yes. Is it the most absurdly cute cafe in the city? Probably. It’s almost always wildly crowded here, and the service can be hit or miss.

Tartine is a solid place to have an omelette with your own bottle of Champagne. Unfortunately, there are only about five tables where you can do so. Prepare to wait in line.

Meatpacking District & Chelsea

The original Pastis opened back in the late ’90s, and was the sort of place where you could see Lindsay Lohan eating a shrimp cocktail. Then, it closed, but now it reopened down the block. The French bistro food is pretty similar to the old spot, but the whole place is a little more touristy-feeling. Use Pastis for an upscale brunch with some out-of-towners who won’t mind paying $23 for an eggs benedict with Parisian ham.