The Best Brunch Places in Harlem NYC

The Best Harlem Brunches

Harlem is known for many things. Most famously for the Harlem Renaissance, which included some of the best Jazz musicians to ever grace the planet. But with Harlem becoming increasingly gentrified, there have been swankier restaurants entering the famous, diverse neighborhood. So much so that many Brooklynites have been known to battle the MTA just to try out the newest spot. If you’re up for a long subway adventure or are already living on the Upper West Side, then Harlem should be your next destination for a scrumptious brunch.

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.

Lido Harlem Restaurant
4.4  (414) · $$ · Brunch
The bottomless-mimosa brunch is a draw at this sleek, warm Italian eatery on a Lower Harlem corner.
11.5 mi · 2168 Frederick Douglass Blvd
Happy hour food · Late-night food · Happy hour drinks
Closed ⋅ Opens 10:30AM
“You can sit outside for brunch. Mimosa is good and bottemless if you…”
Harlem Tavern
4.0  (1,520) · $$ · Grill
Corner tavern/beer garden with extensive food & drink menus in a spacious indoor/outdoor setting.
11.5 mi · 2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd
Happy hour food · Late-night food · Comfort food
Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM
“A great place to eat with friends for a boozy brunch, a quick …”
Red Rooster
4.3  (2,222) · $$ · American
Popular, stylish comfort food eatery with creative cooking from celeb chef Marcus Samuelsson.
12.1 mi · 310 Lenox Ave
Late-night food · Comfort food · Outdoor seating
Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM
“Great food, love the vibe Sunday brunch and live music!!! Mrs B and…”
Angel of Harlem
4.1  (458) · $$ · New American
This roomy, funky joint with a central bar, big booths & patio serves Caribbean food & cocktails.
11.7 mi · 2272 Frederick Douglass Blvd
Happy hour food · Late-night food · Happy hour drinks
Closed ⋅ Opens 12PM
“Food was delicious, I had the chicken and waffles on the brunch …”
BLVD Bistro NY
4.4  (362) · $$ · American
Relaxed spot with a casual-chic vibe offering modernized soul food classics with cocktails & wine.
11.9 mi · 239 Malcolm X Blvd
Late-night food · Comfort food · Small plates
Opens soon ⋅ 9AM
“Went for brunch and had Fried Chicken Sliders to start, followed by…”
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The Edge Harlem
4.5  (388) · $$ · Caribbean
Espresso drinks, baked goods & sandwiches, plus wine & beer, in a funky space with brunch service.
12.3 mi · 101 Edgecombe Ave
Happy hour food · Late-night food · Happy hour drinks
Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM
“Great brunch spot. Shrimp and greats are A1. If you have time to sit…”
4.3  (613) · $$ · Southern
Southern classics served in a retro setting that’s relaxed & homey by day, bustling in the evening.
11.4 mi · 300 W 114th St
Happy hour food · Late-night food · Comfort food
Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM
“Came in here for brunch one Sunday.”
Amy Ruth’s
4.3  (1,949) · $$ · Brunch
Chicken & waffles are among the classics served to locals & sightseers at this down-home restaurant.
11.7 mi · 113 W 116th St
Late-night food · Comfort food · Small plates
Row House
4.1  (400) · $$ · American
Seasonal New American small plates & cocktails in a stylish, vintage-inspired space.
11.4 mi · 2128 Frederick Douglass Blvd
Late-night food · Happy hour drinks · Comfort food
Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM
“Excellent Brunch spot and great customer service and ambiance..”
Home Sweet Harlem
4.0  (128) · $$ · Brunch
Southern plates plus breakfast & brunch served in a chill cafe with exposed-brick walls & live jazz.
12.0 mi · 1528 Amsterdam Ave
Comfort food · Quick bite · Healthy options
Opens soon ⋅ 9AM
“I’ve been here for dinner and brunch multiple times. The brunch is …”
Maison Harlem
4.2  (401) · $$ · French
French bistro classics, including breakfasts, in a light-filled space with exposed-brick walls.
Happy hour food · Late-night food · Happy hour drinks
Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM
“It’s brunch time and I’m having a croque Madame (the one with the …”
Barawine Harlem
4.3  (234) · $$ · American
Convivial wine bar offering a huge wine list, French grub & boozy weekend brunch in a bright space.
11.9 mi · 200 Malcolm X Blvd
Happy hour food · Late-night food · Comfort food
Closed ⋅ Opens 11:30AM
“Great place for brunch!”
Ponty Bistro
4.4  (274) · $$ · French
French & West African cuisine are served alongside house cocktails in a warm, dark-wood bistro.
12.5 mi · 2375 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd
Happy hour food · Late-night food · Comfort food
Opens soon ⋅ 9AM
“Great brunch. Reasonably priced, quick service, and …”
4.3  (2,535) · $$ · Soul
Harlem landmark serving generous helpings of Southern comfort food since 1962.
12.1 mi · 328 Malcolm X Blvd
Late-night food · Comfort food · Quick bite
“We arrived at 11:30am for brunch, without a reservation, and we …”
Bono Trattoria
4.6  (258) · $$ · Italian
Italian dishes & pizza served in cool industrial digs with a tin ceiling, brick oven & rustic bar.
12.6 mi · 3658 Broadway
Happy hour drinks · Comfort food · Quick bite
Closed ⋅ Opens 12PM
“I had brunch food was excellent and drinks were great…”
4.3  (128) · $$ · French
Classy French dining room with artful, eclectic decor, garden seating & inventive, organic recipes.
11.9 mi · 231 Lenox Ave
Happy hour food · Late-night food · Comfort food
Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM
“The brunch is amazing!”
The Grange
4.4  (493) · $$ · American
Microbrews, craft cocktails & area-sourced comfort fare served in a roomy, rustic-chic space.
12.3 mi · 1635 Amsterdam Ave
Happy hour food · Late-night food · Comfort food
Closed ⋅ Opens 9:30AM
“Fun ambience, great place for Sunday brunch.”
4.3  (178) · $$ · French
Stylish, casual eatery featuring à la carte & fixed-price menus of traditional French bistro fare.
12.3 mi · 3023, 2269 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd #1
Happy hour food · Late-night food · Comfort food
Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM
“The brunch is great. I would recommend the mac and cheese.”
Harlem Dandy
4.4  (19) · American
11.5 mi · 1890 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd
Comfort food · Quick bite · Cozy
Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM
MIST Harlem
4.1  (464) · $$ · Gastropub
Multipurpose venue offering an American cafe & bar, plus space for live music & special events.
11.7 mi · 46 W 116th St
Happy hour food · Late-night food · Dancing
Closed ⋅ Opens 5PM
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