Welcome to the new and improved Brunch Directory - a complete list of over 200 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An tiny LES neighborhood spot that’s great for scoping pretty people and brunching on simple, solid eats.
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.
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.
This place is retro-motel-themed, although aside from a few brass desk lamps and a vintage phone in the bathroom, it mostly just looks like the sort place where you’d want to bring a date. Or, if you’re alone, you can sit at the big bar in the middle. The food is American, and it’s pretty solid, and if you put their burger in front of us, we’d eat it ten times out of ten. For brunch, expect things like kale eggs benedict, PB&J French toast, and the aforementioned burger.
The original Empire Diner was an actual diner. But that place closed a little while back, and, since then, a few different people have tried to do something different with the space. We happen to like it in its current form. They do breakfast until 4pm every day, and the food is what you’d expect to find at a somewhat upscale American spot in Chelsea these days - granola, avocado toast, biscuit sandwiches, etc. This place isn’t super fancy, but you should probably at least wear some real (non-sweat) pants here. If you passed out in pants last night, those will do.
These days, Australians run the NYC coffee shop scene the way mob used to run waste management. Although they’re probably a lot nicer about it. Every other coffee shop is Australian, and they all have avocado toast, Citizens of Chelsea included. Come here when you need a quick, Instagrammable, and possibly healthy brunch in Chelsea. Think of it as Two Hands, but further uptown. The space is bright and open, and it’s decorated with cactuses and attractive employees.
If don’t usually hang out in the Meatpacking District, but you have to get brunch there, The Wild Son is for you. They have some interesting breakfast sandwiches, a few salads, and several kinds of pancakes (one of which is gluten-free). This narrow little restaurant by the Hudson was opened by the same folks behind The Wayland, so expect good cocktails and similar laid-back vibes.
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.
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, Nomad
There’s an open-air building in Union Square that you’ve probably passed hundreds of times while dodging slow-walkers at the farmers’ market. Well, now it’s an Italian restaurant called Bocce. The food is decent, but the real reason you’re here is for the space. At brunch they serve their usual pizzas as well as things like a breakfast calzone or a lemon ricotta dutch baby.
Studio is an all-day restaurant in the Freehand Hotel in Gramercy. Brunch here is particularly good for two situations: if you’re looking to impress your company with a setup involving eggs with smoked char, lots of fur blankets, and people wearing heels on a weekend morning - or if you’re trying to have brunch at 8am in Gramercy, because they open early.
If you don’t need sausage or bacon at brunch, try abcV. It’s a vegetarian restaurant, although, to be clear, this is not your average place that doesn’t serve meat. abcV is from the same people behind ABC Kitchen and ABC Cocina, and they make things like smoothies, acai bowls, and dosas. Precious as that all sounds, it’s actually some of the best vegetarian food you’ll find in NYC. Also, your friends who are trying to get famous on Instagram will like the look of this place.
You don’t have a ton of options for dim sum in Murray Hill, but Little Alley is a solid choice. They specialize in Shanghainese food, and have a decent selection of dumplings, buns, and shumai. Although you won’t see them wheeling these things around on a cart. This place is on the smaller side, and, while the dining room isn’t especially vibey, it’s good for a casual meal, and your parents would probably like it. The food itself might not be quite as good as what you’ll find in Chinatown or Flushing, but if you live around Murray Hill it’s worth checking out.
Massoni is at the northern end of Nomad (right where Midtown begins), and that area doesn’t have too many good brunch options. So if you don’t want to spend your Saturday morning at Panera, consider this place. It’s an Italian-Asian fusion spot in the bottom of a hotel, and it’s from the people behind Talde in Brooklyn. It’s also a cool little place (for Midtown), and you can get a brunch pizza or some decent toast with prosciutto here.
Sure, maybe they just added a lobster scramble to the lunch menu and called it brunch, but you don’t go here for the eggs anyways. This is an oyster bar. You eat seafood here - and you should definitely get the chorizo-stuffed squid and the oyster pan roast. Come here when you need a stylish place to eat shellfish on a weekend afternoon. It isn’t cheap, but it’s also not crazy expensive. So if you wake up craving a lobster roll, this restaurant in the bottom of the Ace Hotel is a solid choice.
Pondicheri serves breakfast until 3pm every day. On weekends, they open at 8am - so if you like to brunch early, this is a good choice. The food is Indian, but it’s also light, modern, and kind of healthy. You can get a salad here, or you can have some gluten-free pancakes and eggs with masala. Also, there are plenty of seats inside and it’s overall pretty casual. Bring someone who’s on the fence about Indian because they think it’s too heavy. Extra points if you get them to try the goat brains.
It’s hard to get a table here for dinner, so consider stopping by for brunch. It isn’t as busy, and they still serve their uni tostada. This is fancy, bring-your-parents Mexican, and they do some upscale versions of huevos rancheros and chilaquiles. They also have churros with Mexican hot chocolate and a $60 shareable skillet of lamb barbacoa (bring your parents). Brunch here is pricier, but it’s also some best Mexican food in the city.
This is yet another Australian place. Knowing this, expect several things: friendly/casual service, avocado toast, and attractive people both working and eating. Unless you come early, you’ll wait for brunch at Ruby’s. That’s because the prices are fair, there are healthier options, and there are also a bunch of different burgers and pastas. Come here with the sort of person who takes pictures of their food and consider having a chicken sandwich.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
Eli’s Table is the restaurant version of a famous NYC deli (Zabar’s), so you should expect to see everyone from infants to 97-year-olds at 9:30am on a Sunday. They serve kinda-pricey Jewish classics (the bagel with lox is $16), but also things like oatmeal and grapefruit (see age range above), a smoked fish board, and a chopped liver sandwich.
The Daisy is the seatbelt of restaurants - it’s safe and overall pretty standard. Come here when you’re not trying to leave the UES for things like toad in a hole and a B.L.T. with slab bacon that will remind you why you eat meat. It’s usually easy enough to get a table here without waiting and they have outside seating on the sidewalk when the weather is nice.
The Milton is a simple British pub on 2nd avenue where your meal comes with a complimentary drink and it won’t be hard to get a table. This is a good choice for Upper East Side people who don’t want brunch to be a huge production, but still want to eat well-cooked eggs or a burger.
If you like the Quality Eats downtown, you’ll like the one on the Upper East Side as well. They serve the same menu, and the only difference is really the space. This location is a little bit brighter, and you see more families here. Order the monkey bread egg sandwich and the grilled bacon, but if you want to eat healthy you can do that with a salad or a chia parfait. Just expect crowds, and don’t be surprised if you see a few strollers.
Let’s say you got ambitious and started your weekend morning with a long walk through Central Park. If you need to something to eat afterwards, try Le Charlot. It’s an old-school type French place, although it isn’t fancy-French like Daniel or Le Bernardin. This place is more of a bistro, your waiter will probably have a French accent, and you will likely see some diners who have been eating here once a week for several decades.
If you’re on the Upper East Side and you want to eat brunch at a good-looking place that has both the avocado and French kinds of toast, Eastfields is your best option. It’s the sort of restaurant that would be filled with people in yoga pants and sunglasses if it were further downtown, and you can eat either pretty-healthy or pretty-unhealthy here.
Blake Lane does the type of stuff you’d expect to find at a neighborhood spot in LA. But it’s on the Upper East Side. Which begs the question: Is the Upper East Side the new LA? No. It is not. But you can get some coconut rice porridge, toast with cashew butter, or a bowl of cooked vegetables here. This place is casual and pretty affordable, so it’s good spot to meet a few friends the morning after you all drank too much and ate more pizza than you thought existed.
If you want to start your Sunday with something substantial, come here. They serve New-Orleans-style food like po’ boys and grits, and nearly everything on the brunch menu will make you want to take a nap. Have chicken & biscuits, chicken wings, or a fried chicken sandwich. Or just grab a drink. This is a pretty cool place to hang out on the Upper East Side.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sylvia’s is a Harlem institution, and one of the founding members of our Brunch Greatest Hits. This place has great Southern dishes like fried catfish, chicken and waffles, and mac & cheese. Plus, it’s a good time and there are a ton of seats. They also have a Sunday gospel brunch every week with live music and a bottomless deal.
When you have brunch at Clay, you’ll feel like you’re in the neutral-toned living room of the kind of person who hosts brunch parties. But in reality, of course, you’re at a restaurant - with laid-back service and a New American menu that tells you the name of the farm where the pigs and chickens grew up.
The name of this place is objectively dumb, but it’s a good place to go when you want something casual with the option of sitting outside. The food here is, for the most part, Mexican, with stuff like lamb tacos and a few different burritos - although they also have mac and cheese and French toast. And if you want bottomless brunch drinks for 90 minutes, it’ll only cost you an extra $12.
Tsion Cafe763 St. Nicholas Ave
Tsion Cafe is a place where you can get a combination of Ethiopian and Israeli food. There’s shakshuka, French toast, and a vegetarian plate that you eat with the spongy flatbread known as injera. This is a cozy neighborhood spot that feels sort of like someone’s living room, and there’s a great little back patio. If you’re looking for a good casual spot in Harlem to eat with a vegetarian, this is it. Although they also have things like chicken a burger.
The Grange feels like a farmhouse, and it’s perfect for when you want to remember what life outside the city is like. This place is big, with high ceilings, a huge bar, and plenty of tables. So feel to stop by with a group a friends or all nine of your children for some comfort food. Although if you’re eating alone, you can always just grab a bar seat and eat biscuits and gravy or a red velvet pancake.
If you live in Harlem, Babbalucci should be one of your go-to neighborhood Italian spots. It’s extremely casual (feel free to bring the kids), and they have a wood-burning oven that you can see in the back of the dining room. At brunch, they use the oven to make a few pizzas with breakfast toppings, and they also do things like waffles, eggs, and pasta. And if you need to fulfill an outdoor brunch fantasy, they have a nice little front patio.
BLVD specializes in the kind of food you want at a hungover brunch. Here, you can get some fried chicken sliders, jumbo shrimp and grits, or a rib eye steak with eggs. It’s a little pricier than your average brunch spot, but the dining room is in the basement of townhouse and your parents will probably like it here. So stop by with them if you happen to be a little hungover.
Harlem Tavern has a big indoor area and an even larger patio. And that’s why you come here. The food isn’t anything spectacular (it’s really just solid bar food), but you’ll want to hang out and day drink on the patio when the weather is nice. Or, if it’s not so nice, you can sit inside where there are plenty of tables and TVs. This place feels almost like a park or a town square, and it’s a fun place to drink or grab brunch with a group.
Amy Ruth’s has been open for about twenty years now, and it’s one of the better places for soul food in the city. Some things here (like the mac & cheese and cornbread) aren’t worth going out of your way for, but the fried chicken is. And if you come for brunch, you’ll probably want to get it on top of waffles. (They call this the Al Sharpton.) The space is big and great for groups, and it’s also extremely casual. So feel free to bring the kids.
Lido fills up on weekend mornings, and part of the appeal is their bottomless brunch. For $16, you get as many mimosas as you can drink (in two hours). You’ll also have to buy some food, but hopefully that was the plan. This is an Italian restaurant, but at brunch they have eggs and pancakes. If you’re hungover, get the polenta with poached eggs on top. The next time you’re up in Harlem and you need a nice little place (that your parents would be okay with), try Lido.
This is a Spanish/Italian place in Harlem with friendly staff and good huevos rancheros. The brunch menu isn’t huge, but the huevos and the burger are safe bets. This is a good place for a group, there’s outdoor seating in the summer, and it’s nice enough for a date. You might see the owner hanging out, and you might even see Lin Manuel Miranda. He’s a fan.
hell's kitchen, midtown west, upper west side
The dinner scene at 44 & X tends to be pre-theater-y, but that changes at 11:30am on Saturdays. Their brunch menu is still on the expensive side, but the place becomes a lot of more neighborhoody and filled with people drinking. You can get salmon roe on your eggs and drink cocktails named after broadway stars, like the “Barbara Straw-Sand.”
At the UWS outpost of this Australian cafe empire, you can get a full sit-down brunch with toasts, breakfast bowls, and other attractive and kind-of healthy food. If you’re one those people whose mental clock is stronger than your desire to sleep in, know that this place opens at 8am on the weekends. And to go with your brunch, you can get a cocktail or a “wellness latte” - or both, if you’re feeling confused.
This is a wine bar and restaurant from the same people behind The Marshal (another Hell’s Kitchen standby) that does a bottomless brunch deal with unlimited Moscow mules. It’s a pretty small space, but they take reservations. Use it for brunch that’s a half-step above casual but still has breakfast sausage corn dogs on the menu.
We aren’t going to tell you to go to Midtown specifically for brunch, but if you’re catching a matinée performance of Cats with your niece and nephew, Parker & Quinn is a solid option for a pre-show meal. This is a restaurant in the bottom of the Refinery Hotel, and you can get some granola and yogurt, or do something like a “meat lover’s” omelet. You aren’t going to tell all your friends about this place afterwards, but the next time you’re hungry in Midtown, you’ll know it’s an option.
Kirsh is both a bakery and a restaurant. So you can come here on a weekend and have some French toast made with bread that was baked in-house. They have a few savory kinds, including one with lox on top. Overall, this is a very solid brunch option on the Upper West Side. It’s kid-friendly, casual, and the menu is full of crowd-pleasers.
If you’re in Morningside Heights and you want to pretend you’re in the West Village, just go to Pisticci. It’s quaint like somewhere you’d find on a side street off the Hudson, and there are some healthy options if that’s what you’re looking for. Or you can have some pasta. This place is Italian, so they do plenty of that, plus they grow their own produce at a farm upstate.
Kitchenette looks like a diner designed by an eight-year-old girl, so it’s best to go for brunch. That’s when the cutsie, old-school vibes make sense. Stop by for pancakes or biscuits & gravy the next time you need comfort food in Morningside Heights. The vibes are casual, and it’s perfect if you’re with an eight-year-old girl.
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.
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.
A Columbia University/Morningside Heights favorite. The waits can be lengthy, but this is your best brunch option in the area, by far.
Not just pickles, but Southern-inspired comfort food. People love Jacob’s for the biscuits at brunch.
One of NYC’s most classic establishments and purveyor of all things Jewish and appetizing.
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.
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
Your friends will think you’re a genius for discovering that Reunion Cafe isn’t just a coffee shop, but in fact an Israeli cafe with an all-day brunch and sidewalk seating. So go ahead and take credit for it, since low-maintenance brunch spots are hard to find and we’re all running out of new ways to be cool.
Beco is a casual, cash-only Brazilian place in Williamsburg with a popular brunch and big windows that open when it’s nice so that everyone is somewhat outside. They take reservations and do a prix fixe for $18 that comes with an entree, espresso, and a choice of a few South American drinks. Their brunch menu is more traditional American than Brazilian, but there are still some interesting options like the side of Portuguese smoked sausage and a black bean stew.
Casa Publica is a bar and modern Mexican restaurant just south of McCarren Park. Keep it light with some ceviche or throw down with a plate of queso fundido. Either way, definitely try the cocktails.
Caracas Arepa Bar is a Venezuelan restaurant with a few locations in NYC, and their spot in Brooklyn has a surprisingly nice backyard. They also do a few different brunch arepas stuffed with things like bacon, egg, and avocado, and everything on the menu is pretty affordable. So if you’re looking for a casual outdoor brunch situation that has more than just avocado toast and pancakes, this is the place.
Reynard is from the same people behind Diner and Marlow & Sons - although, admittedly, we don’t come here as often. Maybe because it’s a just little bit pricier. Although if your parents are in town or you have someone to impress, feel free to bring them here. It’s in the bottom of the Wythe Hotel, and the dining room has high ceilings, exposed brick, and plenty of space. The food itself is French/American, and they do things like a fish board, sourdough pancakes, and baked eggs. It’s a little fancier than your standard brunch, although it isn’t too stuffy here.
Despite the name, Chez Ma Tante is more American than it is French. They make some great chicken and pierogies, and at brunch you can order their pancakes. They taste like they’re deep-fried, they come with a probably-unsafe amount of “Normandy butter,” and we’re fans. This place is also pretty low-key, so if you want a nice, quiet neighborhood brunch in Greenpoint, it’s a great choice. There’s even some outdoor seating for when it’s nice out.
This is a Taiwanese place in Williamsburg, and they do things like scallion pancakes and minced pork over rice. You shouldn’t hesitate to order either, but if you want some eggs they have those too. We suggest you bring a few friends here the next time you want something a little more interesting. The space itself is casual and bright, and you can absolutely wear your gym clothes.
Loosie’s Cafe is attached to Loosie Rouge, a popular little restaurant/bar near the Williamsburg Bridge. This space is brighter than the bar, however, and you might even feel like you’re having a little island getaway. People will be taking pictures of their avocado toast, but even on island getaways this is probably a common thing. This place is overall very casual, and you can expect granola and grain bowls and such.
For Sichuan in Williamsburg, Birds of a Feather is your best option. It’s a pretty small space, but there’s a big communal table and a few large booths - and most people will down with the central location. So bring a group, order a bunch of stuff, and share everything. It’s pretty affordable (especially when you factor in the no-tipping policy), and there’s a good all-day selection of dim sum. They open at noon on weekends, so you can stop by then and get yourself some pork dumplings.
Selamat Pagi is a Balinese place in Greenpoint. And while Greenpoint might be a little far from you, Bali is about 10,000 miles from NYC - so if you think about it that way, the trip out here is pretty reasonable. Especially if it’s a Saturday morning and you want some papaya salad, banana pancakes, or fried rice with an egg. This restaurant is owned by the same people behind Van Leeuwen, and it’s a good-looking spot that might even feel like a mini-vacation.
The original Egg Shop is in Nolita, but we prefer the Williamsburg location. It’s more spacious, and they do things like tacos and burritos. And seeing as how this place specializes in things with eggs (salads, sandwiches, bowls, etc.), it’s a pretty ideal spot for brunch. Bring a friend who likes to take photos of their food. They’ll like it here.
Maybe you thought people stopped eating lobster for brunch after the market crashed in the 1920’s, but that isn’t true. Lobster Joint does a lobster benedict and lobster huevos rancheros, and at brunch they come with a Bloody Mary for around $24 (and the Bloody Mary has a lobster claw). This place is very casual, there’s a nice backyard, and you don’t necessarily have to eat lobster here. You can also get something like a burger or a breakfast burrito.
You don’t go to Miss Favela for a quiet, laid-back brunch. The music will be loud here, and people will be dancing. This is a Brazilian restaurant in Williamsburg with very average food and very fun vibes (as long as you can get into the whole drunk-brunch thing). It feels like a beach in here, and you can eat a decent plate of steak, fries, and eggs, while you think about whether or not you’ll get up to dance. Have a pitcher of caipirinhas, and the decision should be easy.
Are you a vegan, do you know a vegan, or are you intrigued by the idea of vegan-comfort-food? Check out Modern Love. It’s a nice, friendly place in Williamsburg where you can bring a date for some (seitan) chicken and waffles at brunch. Or maybe you’ll want some vegan biscuits and gravy. This place only does brunch on Sundays, however, so if you’re looking for some vegan stuff on a Saturday morning, you’ll have to walk all the way to Champs.
Sunday In Brooklyn looks like it was designed to be Instagrammed. It’s a beautiful space, and you can tell they spent a lot of time picking out their potted plants. Fortunately, the food is actually good. Go for brunch and get a giant breakfast sandwich that feels more like a breakfast burger. The biscuits and gravy are also a solid choice, and their bloody Mary is one of the best we’ve had. It comes with mezcal, but sub vodka if you’re too hungover to try something new.
When you spend Friday and Saturday treating your body like a garbage disposal, there are two routes you can take on Sunday morning. You can either numb yourself with pancakes and bacon, or you can try something healthier. We really aren’t taking sides on this one, but if you like that second option, Okonomi is for you. These guys serve a Japanese breakfast that consists of a piece of fish, a few small sides, a bowl of rice, and some miso soup. Just know that Okonomi is a little place in Williamsburg that doesn’t take reservations, and expect a wait.
The original 12 Chairs is on MacDougal Street, and you wish it looked like the 12 Chairs in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn location is bigger, brighter, and it’s somewhere you actually want to hang out. Come here for affordable, casual, Mediterranean food like hummus and shakshouka. They also do eggs and omelettes all day long, and their Israeli breakfast is a good, healthy-ish way to recover after a night of drinking.
If you want to go for brunch in Brooklyn but feel like you’re in Manhattan, go to Leuca. It’s in the bottom of the William Vale Hotel, and it’s the type of place where you’d bring some in-laws who wanted to eat somewhere lively. Go there for brunch, and you’ll probably find a bunch of well-groomed young people and some grey-haired tourists who were brave enough to leave Manhattan. The food’s good, however, and at brunch you’ll find the types of things fancy-ish Italian restaurants make when they realize they have to feed people in the morning. Think lemon-ricotta pancakes and an eggs benedict with pepperoni.
You don’t have to do the bottomless brunch at Baby’s All Right, but if you aren’t into fun and excess then why are you even having brunch in the first place? For about $35, choose one entree and receive unlimited alcoholic brunch beverages. Baby’s All Right is a bar and music venue at night, but not too many bands rock out in the daytime, so stop by on a weekend morning for some eggs with chorizo. It’s just off the Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg bridge.
Sweetwater is somewhere between a bistro and bar, and you should feel free to treat it as either. It’s in a busy section of Williamsburg, but it usually isn’t tough to get a table here. And that’s probably because there are plenty of other restaurants in the neighborhood, and Sweetwater doesn’t have a gimmick to set itself apart. It’s just a quaint little space that looks like an old-school tavern, and it isn’t fancy. So come here when you want an easy, normal brunch with the option of backyard seating.
This is a modern French place in Greenpoint from the people who opened Williamsburg’s Maison Premier. Service is a little uptight, but the vibes here are reliably fun. There’s also a bunch of outdoor seating, and, when it’s nice out, you might walk by and recognize a few people from Tinder. The brunch menu here is fairly large, and there are options for everyone - including that one person who wants a fried pig’s head. It isn’t the worst place to bring your parents, but this generally more of a see-and-be-seen, date-night type place.
This neighborhood bistro in Greenpoint has a surprisingly large selection of charcuterie, and you can have some for brunch if you want. Or if the nearby Frankel’s Delicatessen is packed and you’re craving smoked fish, you can get it here instead. Other options include cornbread pancakes and a steak & eggs variation that subs in brisket. This place is on the smaller side, but it isn’t too hard to get a table, and it’s nice enough for a brunch date.
This is cheap, hangover brunch in Williamsburg. They have flautas, queso, and nine different tacos that are all $2.50 (and will get the job done). And if you want eggs, they have those too. Get them scrambled and stuffed into enchiladas. Stop by with a friend you drunkenly insulted last night and make amends over chips and salsa.
At night, Delaware and Hudson does a prix fixe, but at brunch you can get old-timey American stuff like funnel cakes and corned beef hash a la carte. The food here will be more impressive than your average brunch, and the small-ish dining room won’t get too loud, so this is a good place to bring your parents on a weekend morning. Your mom can have the zucchini omelette while you have the french toast pudding.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The thing Cafe Colette does best is brunch. And their best brunch thing is the burger. All-time Brooklyn burger status right here.
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.
Hard Times Christmas Liquors at the Sunset Bar has a very long name and a solid Southern brunch. It used to be Montana’s Trail House (a Bushwick bar/restaurant that was mostly known for its brunch), and Hard Times is pretty much pulling off the same thing. They serve food like chicken and waffles and mapo tofu chili in a space that feels like a pleasantly grungy bookstore.
Dinner at Brooklyn Cider House in Bushwick involves lots of their housemade cider and a basque-style pre-fixe dinner. Their brunch menu is a lot like their dinner menu (chorizo, steak, etc) but with the addition of eggs and ciderosas. But they also have a seperate all-day bar menu if you’d rather have Korean BBQ wings and a portobello burger at 11am.
The Wheelhouse is a place in Bushwick where 80% of the menu involves some variation of a grilled cheese sandwich, and nearly everyone here lives in the neighborhood and is trying to pursue a standup comedy career. As for their brunch, they do a $15 bottomless mimosa deal between 11:30am and 3:30pm, when they serve toasts with stuff like brie and blackberry jam, or one with pesto, pancetta, and sun dried tomato. This place is on the less expensive side, but the atmosphere is what you want from a charming Brooklyn spot.
Sea Wolf is a big seafood place in the middle of Bushwick. Their brunch menu has enough on it so that everyone can find something they like, even your friend who insists on eating nothing (they have a “little box of cereal”) or the guy who shows up and wants fish and chips at 11am. There’s outside seating when it’s warm, and it happens to be super close to the L, which is good leverage for convincing your non-Bushwick friends to meet you here on a Sunday.
Le Garage is ideal for people in the Bushwick area who want to feel like they’re in a French bistro but can’t bring themselves to take the train to Manhattan. The brunch menu is pretty typical French with some interesting options like a pork cheek sandwich with peanut satay sauce. Add the duck fat potatoes onto anything you’re ordering.
Forrest Point is the move if it’s nice outside and you’re not planning on doing anything but sitting in an industrial bungalow for several hours. They serve all of the brunch classics and you’ll have to make a hard decision about the appropriateness of ordering the cast iron s’mores at 11am. Also there are more plants than people, which is saying something because it’s usually pretty crowded.
Want to do a hungover brunch outdoors? Try Cape House. It’s a seafood shack/bar in Bushwick, and they do your standard breakfast things along with a variety of fried things that came from the ocean. So the next time you aren’t feeling great (and it’s nice out), sit out on their big patio and have a beer and a roll filled with clam strips.
Guadalupe Inn is a Mexican restaurant in Bushwick that has a little stage in back for live music (and other performances). It’s nice and modern, and it feels like the sort of place where a middle-aged couple would have dinner in order to experience Brooklyn. Plenty of young people eat here, however. (It’s still Bushwick). Come grab some churros and breakfast tacos. There’s a little bar area up front if you want to keep things casual.
Saltfish and ackee is a traditional Jamaican dish involving rehydrated salt cod cooked with a fruit that looks like a cross between an orchid and a peach. And Sally Roots serves it with eggs at brunch. This is a Caribbean/American restaurant, however, so they they also do an omelette, a kale salad, and pork belly hash. Everything at Sally Roots is affordable, and you can sit in the backyard when it’s nice out. Come here for a fun, cheap Bushwick brunch.
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.
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If you’re looking for a great brunch in Gowanus, head to Claro, especially when it’s warm enough to eat in their backyard. Claro serves excellent Oaxacan food, like chilaquiles and traditional Mexican cake (called marquesote), and they also make all of their own tortillas, sausages, and cheeses in-house. Also important: they take brunch reservations - although that doesn’t guarantee you get a spot in the backyard.
Celestine is a neighborhood Mediterranean restaurant in Dumbo with panoramic views of the city, the Manhattan Bridge, and Brooklyn Bridge Park. So it’s a great choice for any meal where views are a priority. Food-wise, there’s a selection of mezze, kebabs, and other dishes like shakshuka and Moroccan donuts.
Bar Tano is a quiet Italian spot in Gowanus where neighborhood people come for a casual brunch that doesn’t make brunch feel like a task on your social-productivity to-do list. Nothing on the brunch menu costs more than $20, including their soul-recovering pastas and paninis. You don’t necessarily need to cross a river to come to Bar Tano, but it’s an excellent choice for a low-maintenance brunch in Gowanus that feels more exciting than eating a bagel with cream cheese in bed.
Cecconi’s is a restaurant in Dumbo from the people who own Soho House, and it doesn’t feel too different from that place. The servers wear ties and vests, there are nice velvet armchairs that you can sit in, the whole place is pretty spacious, and the food is crowd-pleasing stuff done pretty well. If you sit outside, there’s an excellent view of the Brooklyn Bridge - your parents visiting from out of town will love it.
VHH is from the Vinegar Hill House people, and it’s right on the waterfront in Dumbo. So if you get a seat on the outdoor patio, you’ll have a view of two bridges, one river, and probably a lot of tourists taking pictures. Just know that this place is extremely casual, and, in the daytime, you order at the counter. The brunch menu is pretty small, but if you’re trying to be a little bit healthier, it has some good options. And if you aren’t trying to be healthy, there are plenty of pastries and also bacon.
One of our favorite Italian spots in the city, Frankies 457 has exactly what you want from a quaint Brooklyn brunch spot - a nice backyard, a cozy dining room that your grandmother would approve of, and some employees who would probably take a shot with you if you asked them to. We doubt you’ll do this at brunch, but it’s nice to know that you could. They serve their full menu all day here, and they also do brunch specials on weekends. Split some eggs and some pasta, and you should be in good shape.
What did brunch in Gowanus look like 200 years ago? Was it crab cakes benedict and duck hash? Probably not. But you can stop by Freek’s Mill, a Gowanus restaurant inspired by the history of its neighborhood, and order either. our food might be cooked in a wood burning oven, and the stuff here is generally interesting in a good way.
If you find yourself wandering around Brooklyn Heights on a weekend morning, and you need a brunch spot as quaint as the neighborhood itself, check out Iris Cafe. It’s a little room with branches decorating the exposed brick walls, and there’s a little bar in back if you’re grabbing brunch alone. They have avocado toast, granola, some salads and sandwiches, and a dish involving homemade ricotta on toast (that’s even better when you put some bacon on it).
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.