The Best Brunch in NYC
Looking for the best brunch in NYC this weekend? Great! We are the go to resource for the best brunch NYC has to offer each and every weekend. On top of that, we’ve already done all the hard work for you. That includes filtering through the noise to provide you only the best bottomless, boozy drinks and tasty brunches in New York City this weekend.
So how does this work?
We pick our top choices based on the quality of the food, service, and consistency over time. We’ll start off by giving you the best options overall for brunch in the city and then follow up with links to different types of brunches and brunches in different neighborhoods at the end of this page.
Best Brunch in NYC
1. Best Brunch NYC – Agave
Buzzy Southwestern restaurant in the West Village known for its margaritas & all-you-can-drink boozy, bottomless brunch on the weekends.
For $33 you get a choice of a meal and unlimited drinks (mimosa, wine, or frozen margaritas) for 2 hours.
140 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014
2. Poco – NYC
Poco’s world famous East Village brunch includes an entree and unlimited mimosas, bloodies, and sangria for $37 per person, cash only.
33 Avenue B
New York, NY 10009
3. Sweet Chick – Lower East Side
178 Ludlow St
New York, NY 10002
Lower East Side
4. The Wild Son
Cozy, Hip Restaurant in the Meatpacking District
The Wild Son is another always fashionable Meatpacking District West Village eatery that will fill up fast. They open at 10 AM and don’t take reservations, so make sure you plan accordingly because you may have to wait. This place has perfected fish for breakfast, so you know they’re good. Serving eggs with trout on the side may not seem like your immediate first choice, but don’t knock it until you try it.
53 Little W 12th St
New York, NY 10014
5. The Crooked Knife
232 W 14th St
New York, NY 10011
Cozy Brunch Place in the Village
Another Australian inspired restaurant (See Five Leaves), has its home in the Village and gets in name from flirting, or just a really good conversation. Besides great food, Banter is also a great place to catch up with friends.
169 Sullivan St
New York, NY 10012
7. Jacob’s Pickles
Come for the biscuit and stay for the pickles. Jacob’s Pickles is one of the most popular brunch spots in the city, and for a good reason. There’s nothing quite like the comfort of a Southern meal. Before you ask, they do make their own pickles. And they do fry them (and make a spicy pickle margarita).
509 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024
Upper West Side
42 Grove St
New York, NY 10014
9. Queens Comfort
This eatery is for the bruncher who loves eggs benedict. Get ready, because Queens Comfort has 11 varieties on the menu. This place is best if you’re super hungry or super hungover, or both. Besides the benedicts, most of what is on the menu is deep friend and covered in cheese or gravy.
Because of the high-volume Queens Comfort sees on the daily, they don’t take reservations. At all. They also don’t take parties larger than 8, so it will probably be best to take your birthday party to another spot. As with many of the best NYC restaurants, they’re also cash only. As if that wasn’t enough, the only way to get in would be to come at opening (10 AM) or right around the end of service (2 PM). Either get up early, or console yourself with a Dunkin Donut.
If none of these things are a deal-breaker for you, then comfort yourself in heaven. Some other menu items that are of exceptional interest include the breakfast burrito with fries and siracha aioli, the Oreo brioche french toast, and spicy chicken breakfast enchiladas.
Queens Comfort serves exotic cuisine in one of the best new york brunches including egg Benedicts with Cajun-inspired shrimp and fried tilapia versions in addition to ones with brie cheese and fig jam.
There can be a wait because of the popularity of the restaurant so if you want to skip the crowd, get there before 10 am.
3618 30th Avenue
Astoria, NY 11103
10. Buttermilk Channel
Ah, the beauty of Carroll Gardens. What was once a Brooklyn neighborhood that no one wanted to go to, now exists an area with some of the most beautiful scenery and brownstones in Brooklyn. With Smith St. becoming more popular, and new restaurants and bars popping up all the time, Buttermilk Channel is in good company.
With a name like Buttermilk Channel, they better be churning out some pretty good pancakes. And they do deliver. This restaurant is super popular among the Brooklynites for a slew of reasons, most of them being the food. Portions are large, and the brunch is traditionally American, with dishes being served like a fried pork chop and cheddar waffles, fried chicken and waffles, biscuits and cornbread, and pecan french toast.
Buttermilk also has cocktails that customers rave about, an excellent ambiance to spend time in, and dishes that will fill you up without spending all your bonus money. Do, however, be aware that this place gets busy and the staff does, too. Patience is a virtue.
Brooklyn restaurant that has been around for a while. Best known for its chicken and waffles, be sure to check out Buttermilk Channel if you are in Brooklyn.
524 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
11. La Tarte Flambee
Cozy, Cheap Brunch
Another French-influenced restaurant, because why not? This Murray Hill restaurant inspired by cuisine served and prepared in Alsace, is an authentic representation of the city’s food. With chefs and owners committed to serving cuisine both approachable and enjoyable, La Tarte Flambee will open up the casual bruncher’s mind to what’s possible.
Of course, it’s probably best to order the actual inspiration for the restaurant’s name, that is, the tarte flambee. There is an extensive menu that allows you to either build your own or choose between savory or sweet options. The good news is that there’s a flambee for everyone.
If it’s nice out, it’s well worth sitting in the heated patio tent with just enough well-placed light and ambiance to make you think you’ve been transported to Europe. There is also a selection and French and German wines that will really make you question where you are. Calm down; you’re still in NYC.
This small, cozy restaurant is good for families and dates. The meal won’t cost you an arm and a leg and La Tarte Flambee is known for authentic french flair.
The space is cramped but the service is excellent. Check it out if you aren’t looking for a place with all of the bells and whistles.
153 E 33rd St
New York, NY 10016
12. C.Lo Cafe
Who isn’t in Bushwick nowadays? C. Lo Cafe aims to celebrate Guatemalan roots while serving a tasty meal and there are plenty of spicy options for those that aren’t scared of the heat. Some classic sides and dishes to look out for include plantains cooked to both creamy and crispy deliciousness, aguacate toast for a refreshed take on the now-boring avocado toast, and a BELT sandwich with rave reviews. There are also drinks served with fresh juices and the necessary alcohol, a breakfast burrito for when you need one, and a Guatemalan plate with all the favorites.
This place stops serving food around 12, which is pretty reasonable. For anyone who is a bit of a homebody or who likes to eat at home without having to make the meal, C. Lo has quite the to-go system down. Much of their business comes from to-go and delivery. This makes for an easy way to eat something you wouldn’t ordinarily make.
This place does serve up some negatives, as their service during peak hours (and with so many to-go’s and regular patrons) can be a little lackluster. There is also the problem of prices for some, this is NYC, so some portions might not match up to the price. Regardless, this place has been notable as one of the best brunches in Brooklyn.
Cute Cafe in Williamsburg Brooklyn offering coffee, cocktails, and cuisine.
39 Bushwick Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
13. La Cafette
There is truly nothing like a French brunch. If you want the quality croissant you deserve or the pain au chocolat you desperately need, then you can have it at La Cafette in Williamsburg. The French have given us so many delicious delicacies; it’s hard to decide which one to choose.
At this place, you won’t have to pretend you’re anything but a hungry, borderline Francophile to get fed. For those of us who want that perfectly cooked and shaped egg, no one does it quite like the French. You can’t go wrong when ordering the Croque Madame if you love a breakfast sandwich. There are also options of rotisserie chicken, a delicious french toast, roasted potatoes, and granola.
The atmosphere is inviting and quaint, with not much seating inside. You may have to sit at the bar if you arrive during peak brunching hours. However, the owner is nothing but nice and will be an accommodating presence in this harsh, New York world.
103 Havemeyer St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
14. Sweet Chick – Williamsburg
Sweet Chick’s philosophy says it all. Great food, a cool vibe, and interesting cocktails at a great price.
164 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
15. Boulud Sud
How about something just beside sun and the sea? The restaurant with a Mediterranean ambience offers everything for every taste bud. The shakshuka, chicken tagine, or the sensational lamb burgers are just some of the options you can give a thought to. The service and menu focus on the regional flavours. Fresh vegetables, seafood, citrus, grains and herbs – try anything that you are interested in.
20 W 64th St
New York, NY 10023
Upper West Side
16. Cafe Mogador
Another East Village brunchery is Cafe Mogador in its St Marks location. St Marks has changed quite a bit in the last ten years, and many of the street’s institutions have disappeared, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t also new places worth trying. The history alone is worth the trip.
If you’ve never had a Moroccan breakfast before, then this is the best brunch place to start with. With dishes that include roasted halloumi, Merguez sausage, and lamb tagine, and even creme brulee if you want to end your brunch on a high note. For the bruncher who likes variety, try the Middle Eastern breakfast.
Plus, the Moroccan decor will warm anyone on a particularly cold New York day. Forewarning: with all these positives, the wait can get a bit long. For those looking for a more authentic Moroccan experience, the food can seem Americanized so it can be more approachable for such vast patronage as NYC.
When you think of brunch, you probably don’t think of Moroccan. But you will after eating here. Delicious, fresh ingredients are the key here.
The food also feels a bit lighter and healthier on your stomach than other brunches.
Cafe Mogador’s Moroccan food is affordable and delicious with good service.
101 St Marks Pl # 1
New York, NY 10009
17. High Street on Hudson
High Street on Hudson is known for the greatest breakfast sandwich. The capable spinoff of the excellent option for the restaurant chain, it should be an ideal bakery cum restaurant for all your brunch experiences like never before.
The restaurant owned and managed by Eli Kulp and Ellen Yin offers you an excellent option in creative pastries and coffee to start off your journey to the more scintillating experience.
The front room will lead you to the world’s finest breakfast sandwiches. High Street is a well-known name for Redeye Danish and The Bodega sandwich. Take a bit when you are there!
637 Hudson St
New York, NY 10014
18. Maison Kayser
There should be a special mention for this notorious French brunch spot, because the small chain of restaurants can now be dined at all over Manhattan, and is not exclusive to the Upper East Side. However, the original café did get its start in its Upper East Side location, so will be judged as such.
There is truly nothing like a French brunch. If you want the quality croissant you deserve, or the pain au chocolat you desperately need, then you can have it at Maison Kayser. The French have given us so many delicious delicacies; it’s hard to decide which one to choose. At this nondescript café, you won’t have to pretend you’re anything but a hungry, borderline Francophile (if you are one) to get fed.
You can’t go wrong when ordering the croque madame if you love a breakfast sandwich. Nothing else matters when Nutella toast is on the menu. For those of us who want that perfectly cooked and shaped egg, no one does it quite like the French. Perfect your deconstruction of the hard-boiled egg because you will be graded. In that same vein, perfect your French because everything on the menu is listed under its proper French name. Bon Appetit.
19. The East Pole
No doubt a play on the North Pole’s fame, The East Pole is just the kind of gourmet we want to see in a well-constructed brunch. The menu has a variety of healthy and non-healthy eats, meaning that you can take your friend who’s dieting, and the one who isn’t, and they’ll both be happy. This place is a little on the pricey side, so very doable for a special occasion. Just please don’t come here in sweatpants.
The East Pole has a leg up on all the crazes: freshly pressed juice, avocado toast, and their lattes are made with oat milk! This is exciting for those of us who keep up on the foodie trends that most of us can’t afford.
However, there are some brunch staples on the menu that are worth mentioning. There is huevos rancheros, a full English breakfast, and a benedict. For the more adventurous brunch connoisseur, there is a duck hash, a lemon ricotta waffle, and the East Pole Macro Bowl, which will likely give you all the health points you’ll need to start Monday invigorated.
Located in Gramercy and known as one of the best brunches in the entire city, just ask former President Barack Obama what he thought of it. Ok, probably don’t because he has better things to do than answer that question. If a president can brunch there, so can you.
What Upland is known for are their innovative dishes paired with traditional brunch fare. It truly is the best of all worlds. Looking towards the West Coast for its odes to the change of seasons and creative use of vegetables, Upland is a must try for anyone who takes brunching seriously. And even if you don’t–just try it.
For those of us with a sweet tooth, the restaurant serves its own doughnuts and pastry basket (with grapefruit pound cake!). They also serve a bagel with whitefish aptly named “The Larry David,” smoked duck sausage, and a spinach soufflé.
This brunch is unlike any other, so make your reservation now.
AbcV in Gramercy has a brunch menu for everyone, especially vegetarians. Not only that, they’ve got the mimosa on lock. Interestingly enough, the restaurant is owned by Abc Carpet & Home, their stores being very recognizable in the city itself. For a cozy brunch outing, this is the place.
The menu is all vegetarian with some vegan options. The food itself will keep you full, with options of steel cut oatmeal with spinach and kale, avocado lettuce cups, and fingerling potatoes with herb aioli. There are also breakfast bowls that range from peanut butter and dried fruit to sweet potato and sprouts. For those who like our brunches sweet, there is also the gluten-free almond pancake.
There is also a slew of healthy (and strong) cocktail and weekend beverage options for drinks. They serve pressed juiced and restorative tonics, shakes, and homemade sodas. If you’re trying to be healthy for a change, AbcV is the place to do it.
22. Victor’s Café
This Cuban spot has lively atmosphere and authentic eats, and is historic in that it has been in existence since 1963. This spot is designed to take the diner exactly to the place of its cuisine’s inspiration, and they do not disappoint. With bright colors that would wake anyone up, and an atmosphere more sea-side than river side, Victor’s Café is perfect for the bruncher that wants to experience old New York.
With Cuban staples like pig with crackling skin, Cuban sandwiches, paella, and ropa vieja, this is the brunch you want if you want to try something new in the brunch sphere. And with brunch going until 3 PM, you won’t have to rush.
The restaurant dates back to 1963 and lives up to the tradition that has lived up to. And yes, we forgot to mention that it is a Cuban restaurant. A perfect combination of the authentic dishes and the creative innovations thrown in – it can be the excellent option for all your brunch expectations. The focus of the restaurant lies to opt for fresh ingredients. And then, there are those herbs and spices to provide an authentic touch to the cuisine.
Location 236 West 52nd Street | New York, New York 10019
Hours Sat-Sun 11:45 AM – 3:00 PM
Website – https://victorscafe.com
23. Prime Meats
Located in Carrol Gardens in Brooklyn, Prime Meats is an excellent option for the best brunch New York. What makes it an excellent choice is the wide range of choices available that would meet all your preferences. Whether you are looking for an all-out meal or simple light meal – the menu at this restaurant takes care of everything. You will indeed love the look of the farm to table restaurant and the appearance that resembles the inns and dining halls of the 20th century. You will definitely like the fresh and seasonal ingredients.
Location Prime Meats 465 Court St Brooklyn, NY 11231
Working Hours Sat + Sun | 10 am – 4 pm
Website – http://frankspm.com/
24. Altro Paradiso
Looking for one of nyc best brunch places that resembles the lunch? Look no further than the Altro Paradiso. This Italian restaurant has the spreads that will cater to all genres of food addicts. Yes, they also have a reservation for larger parties. The chic and sophisticated setting and homely ambience are what would attract you all the more. The light wood and marble setting provide an excellent outlook to this extravagant spot a new dimension.
Location 234 Spring Street, New York, NY 10013
Hours Saturday & Sunday, 11:30am-3:00pm
Website – https://www.altroparadiso.com/
Launched in 1999, the restaurant has been the hot favourite for the foodies ever since. In fact, if you are someone who loves South American and Caribbean, you would just love its spread. The menu that spreads across delicacies like ovos rancheros on crispy tortillas and cheesy breakfast burritos should be an ideal inclusion on everyone’s dream palate. If you want something light, you can go for the affordable açaí fruit bowl. The restaurant in the Alphabet City is indeed an authentic Brazilian Latin option you can ever go with.
Location 145 Avenue C & 9th New York, NY 10009
Working Hours Sat & Sun 10AM-4:20PM
Website – http://www.esperantony.com
26. Red Rooster
Who didn’t know this was coming? Red Rooster, and the restaurant’s chef, Marcus Samuelsson, are an institution in cuisine. The famous Harlem eatery is also open for brunch (if you can get in, be aware that they don’t take reservations on Sundays). Like the global combination of cultures that Red Rooster compiles in its lunch and dinner dishes, the brunch menu reflects a southern hospitality (complete with chicken and waffles and biscuits and gravy) as well as odes to traditional Mexican breakfast options like chilaquiles. Not to mention: cornbread with honey butter.
For the bruncher who wants quality in their Sunday outing, Red Rooster is the place you can go to get it and impress your friends at the same time.
Promoted by the renowned chef Marcus Samuelson, the Red Rooster is an excellent option for all you foodies out there. The spread includes honey butter, fried chicken & waffles, and biscuits. What makes it even more interesting option is the art and music events that it hosts. The Harlem influenced events, live performances and painting exhibitions are some of the features you would ideally find quite common at Red Rooster. The music is pretty nice at Red Rooster too.
Location 310 Lenox Avenue (between 125th and 126th) Harlem, NY 10027
Hours Sat-Sun, 10:00am-3:00pm
Website – http://www.redroosterharlem.com
If you’re looking for the brunch experience that you deserve, with the spicy Mexican dishes to match, then you’ve found it at Atla. This place is decorated in a modern, casual fashion, and serves brunch all day on the weekends.
With Mexican-inspired dishes that west coast transplants look for in troves, Atla serves simple, tasty brunch complete with micheladas and margaritas that will get your Sunday started as soon as you start sipping.
Brunch includes corn pancakes with apple, ranchero eggs, duck wings, and a pork belly and avocado taco. For dessert, there’s also the option of adding on a baked apple with vanilla ice cream or churros.
When it finally gets warm, Atla also has a beautiful patio for people watching and soaking up the much-needed vitamin D post-winter.
An excellent place for an exciting brunch option – the Atla is synonymous with savoury brunch. If you like chicken soup and mussels, then Atla is your choice. From the flax seed chilaquiles to the Arctic char tostada, you can opt for a wide variety of options that include tlacoyos, green or red chilaquiles, or the guacamole goat cheese toast.
Location 372 Lafayette St, NoHo, NY 10012
Hours Monday to Wednesday 9am – 3:30pm 5pm – 11pm Thursday to Saturday 9am – 3:30pm 5pm – 2am Sunday 9am – 4pm 5pm – 10pm
Website – https://www.atlanyc.com
Quenching the taste buds since 2013, the Estela is indeed what has lived up to the imagination of the food lovers in New York. The menu is creative at the height of it and has been receiving accolades for its presentations. Cooking here approaches a personalised touch and thus meets all the social and cultural diversity of the city of New York. Of course, the menu with dishes like pancetta and avocado sandwich may sound quite traditional, but the chefs throw in something unique and extraordinary would make it quite special in its own right.
Location 47 East Houston Street, New York, NY 10012
Working Hours Saturday & Sunday, 11:30am-3pm
Website – https://www.estelanyc.com
The new American restaurant located just at The Standard at East Village, Narcissa offers you a rotational menu. You also have access to a private dining room in addition to the main dining hall. The menu includes Seasonal, farm-to-table dayside bites like the duck hash and lobster scramble that is available at $20. You also have access to Bloodies and Bellinis. You also have access to more beverages like the Fly Me to Tulum: tequila, mezcal, pomegranate, and chilli.
Location 25 Cooper Square, New York, NY 10003
Working Hours Sat-Sun – 10:00AM-3PM
Website – http://www.narcissarestaurant.com
The breakfast dishes, sourdough flatbreads, hazelnut granola, and Italian restaurant sandwiches – does that impress you and want to visit the place for the exciting brunch session? Head over to Dante right away. It has been adjudged as the top 16 among the 50 best bars in the world. It has a history spanning over a century or even more and has been a landmark for the New York City. In fact, the place has been known as the one that was frequented by the brilliant minds – writers, artists and actors. Of course, the place may be a little narrow and you need to rush to avoid disappointment, but the place is the best you can find in the Greenwich Village.
Location 79-81 Macdougal Street, New York City 10012
Working Hours Open from 10 am on all weekdays and weekends
Website – http://www.dante-nyc.com/
If you haven’t yet been to the Highline, you should go at least once. The view is spectacular, and there are a huge number of restaurants to choose from. If you’ve decided you’ll do brunch at the Highline, start with Cookshop. This is a supremely popular brunch in NYC, so do your best to plan ahead.
For such a busy place, the staff is anxious to take care of the customer and make sure they’re well-treated. This is a super bonus in NYC, seeing as we have our game faces on constantly. As far as the food goes, Cookshop serves burrata, a deviled egg tasting, buttermilk biscuits, huevos rancheros, and french toast with roasted apples.
The downsides to Cookshop would most likely be the high price of food, mainly because of their location and it’s NYC, so why not. Don’t expect a cheap brunch experience at Cookshop. Also, the food in comparison to some other more innovative places, might not measure up.
An idea to visit Cookshop is August. Why? Well, this is the season for heirloom tomatoes. In fact, the location is known for the seasonal flavours that the place throws at you. What makes it an excellent choice for your brunch is it has the fish cured right at the spot, the poultry is normally raised locally and the red meat is fed on the grass. The look and appearance add up to the interest created by the food. The sidewalk seating and the high windows should provide you just the right kind of ambience that you have been looking for. And yes, we forgot about the menu. The Jersey strawberries and house-made almond butter is a great option to start with and then you can move ahead with frittata studded with zucchini, spring onions, basil, and goat cheese.
Location 156, Tenth Avenue, 20thStreet, NY 11
Hours Saturday and Sunday : 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Website – http://cookshopny.com
161 E Houston St
New York, NY 10002
Lower East Side
33. LIC Market
Going in a completely different direction, LIC Market is known for its farm-to-table recipes and reputation. And now that Amazon won’t be coming to Long Island City, we can still bask in the glory of the neighborhood’s incredible food scene.
Not only is the food, which includes a duck hash with dried cherries, short rib, and a frittata of the day, amazing, but they also serve natural and organic wines to accompany it. If this isn’t the best use of the #liveauthentic hashtag, we don’t know what is.
The hip restaurant also serves a basket of free pastries to those who have to wait. Nothing tastes better than free food. If you’re looking to try multiple dishes on the menu, this eatery also changes their dishes pretty regularly, allowing for a regular brunch spot should you think it’s the right one for you and your friends. Ok, there is something better than free food: an excellent brunch with a side of free food.
The LIC market or Long Island City has been one of the most popular restaurants since long in the US. What makes it an interesting option is the use of ingredients from the local organic farms. This will help you stay in the pink of health if you are indeed a health freak. The bar has a rich offering of natural and organic wines. Even wait should be a great reward in itself because you will get a basket of pastries while you wait for your turn. Some of the menu items worth mentioning can be slow cooked pork with beans & eggs; and a shredded brisket sandwich or even roasted duck hash with dried cherries, red onions, pine nuts and eggs.
Location 21-52 44TH DR LONG ISLAND CITY, NY, 11101
Hours Saturday & Sunday 10 am – 3:30 pm
Website – http://www.licmarket.com
34. Joseph Leonard
The Village strikes again with Joseph Leonard. With a cute atmosphere that feels authentically Village and New York, Joseph Leonard also has a diverse menu that will likely satisfy any bruncher looking for a good, filling meal.
With dishes like grits and greens, smoked trout scrambles, cheeseburgers, saucisson with fried eggs, and the new/old favorite, avocado toast. Joseph Leonard also has a cocktail menu that won’t disappoint. While the cocktails are somewhat affordable, the menu prices can be a bit steep, which is pretty standard for dining in the West Village.
This is a place that is just as busy at brunch as they are at dinner because of their reputation of coziness and tastiness. While the food may not be revolutionary, it is a place to try even for the experience.
The always packed restaurant in the West Village is one of the excellent choices for brunch if you are going on a date. You will indeed witness the soft and calm West Village atmosphere while you dine or have brunch here. The ambience will remind you the scenes from the vintage era. The food can be quite rustic and true to the roots. In fact, the coffee is what you would love the most at this location. You can have indigenous spreads of French-American comfort food dishes. You should try the fried chicken sandwich, avocado toast, and grits and greens.
Location 170 Waverly Place New York, NY 10014
Hours Saturday & Sunday 9 am – 4 pm
Website – https://www.josephleonard.com
35. Fort Defiance
Launched in 2009, the Fort Defiance has wonderful neighborhood feel. A great choice for the seasonal American food, it offers you reasonable prices and a great food. The menu spread includes Red Hooks staple serves, huevos rancheros, and a biscuit sandwich stuffed with eggs, red beans on toast ham, jalapeño jam and French toast.
Red Hook has art, lofts, dive bars, and IKEA. Not a lot of NYC people make it out to Red Hook Brooklyn, but they really should make an effort. The cocktails are worth mentioning the Irish coffee has been raved about in the Times. They also have a menu of their own concocting that they created from American, French, and Creole influences.
In terms of food, Fort Defiance serves an array of items destined to satisfy: french toast with mascarpone, red beans and toast, deviled eggs, huevos rancheros, and delivers on both the savory and sweet fronts. Better catch that bus!
Location 365 Van Brunt St., Brooklyn NY 11231
Hours Saturday and Sunday – 9 am to 4 pm
Website – http://www.fortdefiancebrooklyn.com
36. Jack’s Wife Freda – SoHo
With three locations: one in Soho, one in Chelsea, and the original in the West Village, Jack’s Wife Freda is a brunch where the American and Middle Eastern sides are in perfect harmony. For Middle Eastern fare, the menu features grilled halloumi, peri peri chicken wings, homemade Lebanese yogurt, and waffles made with rosewater.
For lunch, there are options of matzo ball soup, chicken kebabs, and mustard seed crusted tofu with spaghetti squash. (But we’re still thinking about the house-cured duck bacon, to be honest.)
These Mediterranean comfort foods have made Jack’s Wife Freda quite the haven for the elusive, foodie New Yorker. Each dish is not too heavy or too light, but function to give a fully balanced and fully satisfying meal.
With so much on the menu, this place is worth trying again and again. They’ve also got nice French wine, beer, a surprisingly placed English cocktail (Pimm’s Cup #1), and a cantaloupe mimosa.
224 LAFAYETTE STREET 10012 2125108550 American
Iconic brunch spot that’s located between the Village and Soho, Sadelle’s, is worth its weight in bagels. Sadelle’s has a history of making the news with their incredible breakfast options and perfectly prepared bagels. In fact, Sadelle’s was named the best bagel in New York by Grub Street in 2016. They were named the best french toast in 2017, and one of New York’s best new restaurants by the Infatuation in 2015.
What people come to Sadelle’s for is, of course, the bagels, but also the tower of salads, as in lobster, tuna, egg, and shrimp. There is also a selection of fish to choose from if you want your bagel paired with more than creamy cream cheese. There’s even a selection of caviar for the cultured bruncher within you. Eating a tower of bagels is everything you ever imagined for your perfect brunch, and if you haven’t, then you’ve been slacking on your daydreams.
Sadelle’s really has all the staples you’ll need for a satisfying brunch, complete with a bright and bustling décor. Feast on oysters, food prepared to your liking, and sticky buns, without ever giving a thought to pesky Monday.
There’s no sugarcoating this: Prune is famous. This East Village eatery is one of the best brunches in the city, and is as busy as they come. Make sure that you plan ahead for this one, as it is very worth the wait. Head chef Gabrielle Hamilton deserves a medal.
First of all, start with a bloody mary. Not only does Prune serve them, they serve a variety of them. They’re famous for it. They’re also famous for the quaintness of the physical restaurant. In the spring and summer, patrons are able to sit by the open doors and look out at those walking by while enjoying their steak and eggs.
Prune has a great combination of classic breakfast items and innovative ones. For example, if you want to try something new, you can go with the sausage and oysters. If that’s not exactly your thing, there’s always the classic eggs benedict. We’re ordering the fried oyster omelet with remoulade, but to each their own.
Circling back to those bloody marys, would you believe us if we said that there are 12 on the menu (one without booze). Just don’t go too crazy, it is still 12 PM. Try Prune if you are the cutest little bruncher there ever was. And the most patient.
39. Chez Ma Tante
This French-Canadian inspired restaurant takes its European flair very seriously. The simple menu is done by chefs Aidan O’Neal and Jake Leiber to the nth degree of subtlety. The seemingly simple menu has something for every bruncher: oysters and parsley, quiche Lorraine, swordfish with beans and eggs, a non-descript egg and sausage sandwich, and pancakes. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this menu.
What makes a good brunch is not just having appetizing breakfast options, but also lunch options for the early riser bruncher who already had their oatmeal with apples, or the person simply in the mood for a sandwich, or something more than eggs. The chefs at Chez Ma Tante likely know this and have prepared for it. We see you.
Chez Ma Tante also offers cocktails with a caffeinated twist, like the Pick-Me-Up Negroni and White Russian with coffee liqueur. Don’t worry—they have mimosas and a bloody mary with mezcal. Try this Greenpoint spot before you absolutely have to dip out and buy a polish pastry in the neighborhood.
40. The Bonnie
Astoria is a hidden gem code for food heaven. Astoria has it all and more in terms of the varieties of ethnic cuisines, bakeries, and overall dining experience. The Bonnie is an example of that variety. Whoever said Queens was too far out, or irrelevant probably hasn’t actually been past a subway stop.
If you have to wait to be seated, which you likely will due to The Bonnie’s popularity, then order The Bonnie punch. It might be a little dangerous because it’s so sweet and drinkable, but it definitely contains alcohol, so hopefully, you don’t have to wait too long.
This unpretentious place serves the standards of American brunch and does it well. With an excellent eggs benedict, bacon egg and cheese bites, fried chicken and waffles, and smoked salmon flatbread.
The ambiance is as subtle as the deliciousness of the food–a modern decor mixed with cute touches. It’s worth the trip to Astoria.
We’re glad to be back in Williamsburg. With a menu that will leave you salivating and a bloody mary that will leave you needing water, the Rabbithole is precisely what it sounds like: a vortex that will suck you in with their food, and you’ll be wondering what you had planned for later that day anyway.
One of the most popular items on the menu is the eggs benedict with lox, but they also serve pancakes with walnuts, cheeseburgers, mussels, and thick-cut waffles. Add a coffee or a latte, and you’re good to go.
The ambiance inside Rabbithole is also a little otherworldly, with lots of brass decor elements and a space that transforms in the summer. The food is even relatively affordable. Some downsides, however, would be a bit of an un-attentive waitstaff and a menu is lacking in brunchy innovation. If you want your brunch a little more creative, you may not like Rabbithole.
42. Sweet Afton
Sweet Afton, another Astoria staple, promises solid cocktails and a range of dishes on their brunch menu. Even the cocktails are based on food with their brown butter bourbon cocktail and peach cobbler cocktail.
Sweet Afton has more of a Southern feeling to their food, with lots of fried items like the fried pickles and zucchini fritters, which are crowd favorites. This brunch definitely takes a twist on some favorite and classic breakfast items with dishes like mac and cheese, avocado toast with bacon and corn, and fried chicken with a biscuit and egg. The comforting feels vibrate out into the NYC atmosphere with its cute modern vibe.
One downside to Sweet Afton is its prices. While the food is excellent and substantial, it can be a bit pricey for what you’re getting. It’s always hard to pay $14 for a burger without fries when you know you could get a bigger one for less. It all depends on how good the burger is. What’s worth it is somewhat subjective.
43. Five Leaves
Try this Greenpoint spot before you absolutely have to dip out and buy a polish pastry in the neighborhood.
This favorite brunch spot isn’t just popular because the late, great actor Heath Ledger was one of its original investors. Five Leaves gets busy, and you can see why after you peruse the breakfast and lunch menus.
The breakfast menu includes such favorites as ricotta pancakes, the sage scrambled egg sandwich, green tea noodles with boiled egg and edamame, and the incredibly popular and absolutely worth ordering Moroccan scramble. And those are just the breakfast options.
When it comes to the lunch dishes, they include a grass-fed burger complete with pineapple and a fried egg, duck pot pie, and their twist on a bacon-lettuce-and-tomato. Five Leaves also uses fresh, sustainable food that is locally sourced. In good conscience, you should try it.
If you can make the Times happy, we think you’ve made it.
This popular brunch spot isn’t just popular because the late, great actor Heath Ledger was one of its original investors. Five Leaves gets busy, and you can see why after you peruse the breakfast and lunch menus.
The breakfast menu includes such favorites as ricotta pancakes, the sage scrambled egg sandwich, green tea noodles with boiled egg and edamame, and the incredibly popular and absolutely worth ordering Moroccan scramble. And those are just the breakfast options. When it comes to the lunch dishes, they include a grass-fed burger complete with pineapple and a fried egg, duck pot pie, and their twist on a bacon-lettuce-and-tomato. Five Leaves also uses fresh, sustainable food that is locally sourced. In good conscience, you should just try it.
44. Clinton Street Baking Company
This iconic brunch spot, famed for being one of, if not the best in the city, has even expanded to Singapore, Dubai, and Tokyo. What started as a simple brunch spot has now become the place to go if you absolutely have to have the best pancakes money can buy.
The restaurant uses locally sourced products and foods. And for the Portlandia-spoofed diner who wants to know exactly where their meal came from, all their vendors are listed on their website.
Let’s get back to pancakes. Named the best in the city, you really can’t go wrong here. This is so true that people actually wait hours to get them. If you don’t have the time for that, then plan to go when you do.
Other than delicious pancakes, Clinton St. Baking Company also serves the classics: huevos rancheros, eggs benedict, potato pancakes, and chicken and waffles. If you’re looking to expand your brunching palate, there is also the buttermilk biscuit sandwich, a Spanish or salmon scramble, or brioche french toast.
As far as booze goes, you’ll be welcomed with bellinis, mimosas, and bloody marys to give you a little hair of the dog when you need it.
45. Shopsin’s General Store
Shopsins’s General Store puts on absolutely no airs. This diner is known for its rough and curt approach to breakfast service, so you better be ready. While New Yorkers might be prepared for this particular type of grit, your grandmother from the Midwest may not. But it’s all a part of Shopsin’s charm.
The menu itself is huge so there’s really something for everyone. Included on the menu is also the Shopsin’s cheeky humor, such as, “one adult per kid” and “we cannot accommodate severe allergies.” We told you, if you’re sensitive, Shopsin’s is not for you. Even if it’s not your thing, this place is something to be experienced and seen.
And of course, there’s the food. Some honorable mentions on the seemingly endless and hilarious menu include mac and cheese pancakes, name plates that include “Auntie,” “Bastard” and “Hunky Dory,” slutty stuffed pancakes, pancake sandwiches (even with schnitzel!), and poutine.
For the hungry bruncher with a wicked sense of humor, this place was made for you.
Egg is actually a brunch sent from socially conscious heaven. Their Brooklyn location is the original one, but there is now an Egg operating in Tokyo as well. Besides the beautiful brunch they serve, Egg also runs their own farm, employs a diverse kitchen staff, and has established a program that emphasizes the importance of literature in the community.
We’re already sold based on the aforementioned, but we need to talk about the food, too. Egg makes what you’d expect from the name, but they do it simply and they do it well. With a menu that changes with the season, you’ll probably always be surprised by the different dishes you can try at Egg Shop throughout the year. And before you absolutely run out the door to get to this place, put your shoes on, because breakfast is served all day.
The menu includes favorites like grits and eggs, biscuits and gravy, homemade granola, and eggs Rothko. The prices are also extremely good for such well-prepared and thought out food. The New York Times even gave it a glowing review. If you can make the Times happy, we think you’ve made it.
Special mentions from the menu include candied bacon, the fried oyster sandwich, hot ham, and pimento cheese, and caramelized grapefruit with mint. Now that your shoes are on, you should go now.
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47. Monk Mcginn’s
This Tribeca brunch is a classic, and as you can guess from the name, it’s also an Irish pub. As you’d imagine from a bar, the drinks are fantastic. There is even the option to have a “Tipsy Tea” which is a teapot that comes loaded with a cocktail and ice that you pour straight from the pot. That’s the kind of tea time we have in NYC.
What we probably need to say is that this brunch is bottomless, meaning that drinks are never-ending. This could be a plus for those who are celebrating an occasion or just celebrating existing, but so far, this is the only bottomless brunch on the list. Beware.
Meals include a breakfast burger, and Irish breakfast, and crab cakes. Bonus points for technological advancement, as Monk Mcginn’s gives patrons a menu on an iPad so they can see what they’re ordering before they do.
This Latin American grub in the East Village is another favorite in NYC. It’s a new spot that has several dishes that are generally crowd pleasers like chilaquiles and huevos rancheros. This is also a brunch that can come with bottomless drinks, so you better like tequila.
Because Boticarios is a newer restaurant, the owner is likely around to answer any questions and make sure that service is going well. He might even have a drink with you over some ceviche. However, the drink special might be better than the food as the portions are known to be small.
49. Barney Greengrass
Barney is a Jewish deli that will help you get your bagel fix. With deli staples like matzo ball soup, lox, deli sandwiches, challah french toast, and latkes. We’re not kidding when we say that Barney Greengrass is an institution. This Upper West Side eatery has a long history and just as long of lines.
Regardless, this deli is a must-try for their bagels and coffee, as well as the latkes. While cramped, it will give you the slice of old New York you need to get by on those long, winter nights.
50. The Penrose
The Penrose is mostly known as a bar, and they do drinks well, but they also do brunch. While their cocktails might be more fleshed out than the food, it’s absolutely a spot worth mentioning.
The ambiance is worth mentioning as they’ve gone out of their way to look like a chic modern bistro, and they’re serving up such favorites as mac and cheese balls, chicken and waffles, zeppole, and roasted potatoes.
51. Pig and Khao
Trendy spot for Southeast Asian fare
68 Clinton St
New York, NY 10002
Lower East Side
Russ & Daughters Cafe
52. Tina’s Place
Tina’s Place, though the physical sign on the building reads Tina’s Restaurant, is one of the best old-school, non-nonsense diners still around. With a deal that will make your New Yorker head spin (eggs, toast, potatoes, and coffee for just $5), those who know about it are keeping it a secret for good reason.
With a seated diner bar and several tables to sit at that accommodate a small party, Tina’s Place is where you go whether you’re hungover, spent all your money on records, or are just looking to have that greasy diner breakfast that any breakfast lover has come to appreciate. Beware: this place is older and has no air conditioning, so it’s not as pleasant in the summer months, but is anywhere in New York pleasant in August?
This is also a cash only place, but thankfully they have an easily accessible atm. Our recommendation is to go solo use it as time to clear your head in the bustle of the city.
53. Roberta’s Pizza
Roberta’s is another Williamsburg icon, with a menu that is ever-changing and a kitchen that likes to experiment. This also keeps patrons coming back again and again.
However, the menu is a bit limited. In terms of sweets, Roberta’s offers sticky buns and croissants. For traditional breakfast dishes, the restaurant serves a twist on the bodega bacon, egg, and cheese (on a croissant with fingerling potatoes), buttermilk pancakes, and scrambled eggs served with broccolini and pecorino. If you’re feeling extra hungry, there’s also the double cheeseburger.
Aside from breakfast and sandwiches, Roberta’s still serves a selection of pizzas which may or may not right match up with traditional breakfast selections. There’s also a tiki bar included at the restaurant, so wait times can be a lot less boring, and a little more fun. But there are communal tables, so put your most polite hat on for this one.
Finding Your Way Around NYC
Wherever you happen to be brunching, and with whomever, it’s worthwhile to notice how special it is to live in the city. While rent prices are outrageous, the subway is never quite running properly and work is never-ending, sitting down with friends or family, or even alone, can be the time in which you reflect on your week, you laugh, and you eat some amazing food.
New Yorkers are lucky to experience a huge slice of global culture, whether it be in art, food, music, stage, or observation. What we can all identify with as New Yorkers is the exhilaration we feel on a good day, and the despondency we feel on a bad one.
Plan ahead, order exactly what you want, share a plate. A good meal should be enjoyed, not rushed through. Don’t rush it. Enjoy.
Many of the Top Brunch Spots are in Manhattan, but there are amazing restaurants in each borough and because of this we have dedicated pages to each borough.
Whether you are traveling here for the weekend or just need a great meal after a long, tough week… We’ve got you covered.
Before you visit Central Park or your favorite Broadway theater grab a bite to eat at one of the Amazing restaurants below.
Brunches By Category
Brunch in Other Cities
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Table of Contents
- 1 The Best Brunch in NYC
- 1.1 The best brunch in NYC including everything from scrambled eggs to dim sum and bottomless, boozy options.
- 1.2 Best Brunch in NYC
- 1.2.1 1. Best Brunch NYC – Agave
- 1.2.2 2. Poco – NYC
- 1.2.3 3. Sweet Chick – Lower East Side
- 1.2.4 4. The Wild Son
- 1.2.5 5. The Crooked Knife
- 1.2.6 6. Banter
- 1.2.7 7. Jacob’s Pickles
- 1.2.8 8. Buvette
- 1.2.9 9. Queens Comfort
- 1.2.10 10. Buttermilk Channel
- 1.2.11 11. La Tarte Flambee
- 1.2.12 12. C.Lo Cafe
- 1.2.13 13. La Cafette
- 1.2.14 14. Sweet Chick – Williamsburg
- 1.2.15 15. Boulud Sud
- 1.2.16 16. Cafe Mogador
- 1.2.17 17. High Street on Hudson
- 1.2.18 18. Maison Kayser
- 1.2.19 19. The East Pole
- 1.2.20 20. Upland
- 1.2.21 21. AbcV
- 1.2.22 22. Victor’s Café
- 1.2.23 23. Prime Meats
- 1.2.24 24. Altro Paradiso
- 1.2.25 25. Esperanto
- 1.2.26 26. Red Rooster
- 1.2.27 27. Atla
- 1.2.28 28. Estela
- 1.2.29 29. Narcissa
- 1.2.30 30. Dante
- 1.2.31 31. Cookshop
- 1.2.32 32. Mezetto
- 1.2.33 33. LIC Market
- 1.2.34 34. Joseph Leonard
- 1.2.35 35. Fort Defiance
- 1.2.36 36. Jack’s Wife Freda – SoHo
- 1.2.37 37. Sadelle’s
- 1.2.38 38. Prune
- 1.2.39 39. Chez Ma Tante
- 1.2.40 40. The Bonnie
- 1.2.41 41. Rabbithole
- 1.2.42 42. Sweet Afton
- 1.2.43 43. Five Leaves
- 1.2.44 44. Clinton Street Baking Company
- 1.2.45 45. Shopsin’s General Store
- 1.2.46 46. Egg
- 1.2.47 47. Monk Mcginn’s
- 1.2.48 48. Boticarios
- 1.2.49 49. Barney Greengrass
- 1.2.50 50. The Penrose
- 1.2.51 51. Pig and Khao
- 1.2.52 Russ & Daughters Cafe
- 1.2.53 52. Tina’s Place
- 1.2.54 53. Roberta’s Pizza
- 1.3 Finding Your Way Around NYC
- 1.4 Brunches By Category
- 1.5 Brunch in Other Cities