Lower East Side

The Best Brunch Places in Lower East Side NYC

The Lower East Side used to be very, very dangerous. Now, it’s filled to the brim with a few of the best restaurants, bars, and venues in the whole city. The Lower East Side, affectionately called LES for short, brunches, and they brunch well. Hopefully, we’ll be getting a good view of the East River, too.

Sweet Chick – Lower East Side

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Sweet Chick
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Sweet Chick’s philosophy says it all. Great food, a cool vibe, and interesting cocktails at a great price.

Chicken & waffles is the most popular dish at this hip restaurant. However, don’t sleep on the ricotta pancakes. The pancakes are some of the best in the city!


178 Ludlow St

New York, NY 10002




Lower East Side

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161 E Houston St

New York, NY 10002


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$$ · Brunch · Freeman Alley
Hip hideaway serving American fare
Open until 11:00 PM


$$ · Brunch · 85 Orchard St
Cafe with seasonal fare & cocktails
Open until 2:00 AM

Pig and Khao

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Trendy spot for Southeast Asian fare


68 Clinton St

New York, NY 10002




Lower East Side

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Asian Fusion

Clinton St. Baking Company and Restaurant

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.

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.

Russ & Daughters Cafe

$$ · Brunch · 127 Orchard St
Retro-style spot for Jewish comfort food
Closing soon: 10:00 PM

La Contenta

$$ · Mexican · 102 Norfolk St
Place for Mexican food & mezcals
Open until 12:00 AM

Root & Bone

$$ · Brunch · 200 E 3rd St
Tiny joint for down-home Southern fare
Closing soon: 10:00 PM


$$ · New American · 49 Canal St
Airy cafe serving health-conscious fare
Open until 11:00 PM

Jack’s Wife Freda

$$ · Brunch · 224 Lafayette St
Relaxed spot for Mediterranean eats
Open until 11:00 PM


$$ · Mediterranean · 161 E Houston St
Bistro for Mediterranean tapas & brunch
Open until 11:00 PM

Beauty & Essex

$$$ · Brunch · 146 Essex St
Innovative cuisine in glam surrounds
Open until 12:00 AM

Hill & Dale

$$ · Gastropub · 115 Allen St
Elevated gastropub in vintage-chic space

Speedy Romeo

$$ · Pizza · 63 Clinton St
St. Louis–inspired wood-fired pizzas
Closing soon: 10:00 PM

Benson’s NYC

Hamburger · 181 Essex St
Craft beer bar serving small plates
Open until 12:00 AM


$$ · Italian · 173 Ludlow St
Creative Italian eatery
Open until 11:00 PM

Dirty French

$$$ · French · 180 Ludlow St
Hip French brasserie with bistro fare
Open until 11:00 PM

La Flaca

$ · Mexican · 384 Grand St
Late-night joint for New Mexican dining
Open until 4:00 AM


4.3 (156)
$$ · American · 120 Essex St
Tiny diner with giant, eclectic menu

Pardon My French

$$$ · French · 103 Avenue B
Classic French bistro with a garden
Open until 2:00 AM

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