Midtown

The Best Brunch Places in Midtown NYC

Midtown: a place for those in finance, or trying to get in finance. Regardless, Midtown is the stomping ground for those who don’t live near the top or the bottom of the island. Midtown is known for its great restaurant and bar scene, the better to take clients to, and it doesn’t disappoint. Because Midtown is relatively easy for most to get to, and the neighborhood where a large majority of New Yorkers work, it’s a fairly popular brunch neighborhood. If you can stand to commute even on your off day, check out these places.

Upland

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

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 beverage options. 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.

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.

Friedman’s

 132 W 31st St

Modern venue for seasonal American food

The Garden

4.0 

 (41)$$$ · Brunch · 57 E 57th StAmerican dining in a tree-filled spaceOpen until 2:30 PM

Rustic Table

4.4 

 (665)$$ · Brunch · 504 W 42nd StCool cafe for fine coffee & light fareOpen until 5:00 PM

Penelope

4.1 

 (843)$$ · Brunch · 159 Lexington AveNew American comfort food in quaint digsOpen until 9:00 PM

Blue Dog Cookhouse & Bar

4.3 

 (543)$$ · New American · 308 W 50th StLow-key, modern American cafeOpen until 10:00 PM

The Crooked Knife

4.1 

 (243)$$ · Gastropub · 29 E 30th StPub grub & a late-night barOpens at 11:00 AM

Lilly’s Craft and Kitchen

4.3 

 (368)$$ · Brunch · 675 9th AveFine comfort fare in a cozy gastropubOpen until 4:00 AM

NORMA’S

4.0 

 (491)$$$ · Brunch · 119 W 56th StHotel eatery famed for lavish breakfastsOpen until 3:00 PM

The Smith

4.3 

 (2,042)$$ · American · 956 2nd AveTrendy American bistroOpen until 12:00 AM

Lexington Brass

4.2 

 (369)$$$ · American · 517 Lexington AveNew American fare in a sleek settingOpen until 10:00 PM

Parker & Quinn

4.4 

 (618)$$ · American · 64 W 39th StAmerican eatery & bar in a vintage spaceOpen until 12:00 AM

Spoon Table & Bar

4.2 

 (384)$$ · Brunch · 40 E 33rd StIntimate option for New American fareOpen until 4:00 PM

Gotan Midtown

4.5 

 (316)$$ · Restaurant · 20 W 46th StOpen until 3:00 PM

Sarabeth’s Central Park South

4.1 

 (1,500)$$$ · American · 40 Central Park SUpscale American spot for brunch & moreOpen until 10:00 PM

La Bergamote

4.2 

 (177)$$ · French · 515 W 52nd StQuaint patisserie & bistroOpen until 9:00 PM

Delectica

4.5 

 (82)$ · Restaurant · 564 3rd AveBusy stop for sandwiches, salad & pastryOpen until 5:00 PM

Upland

4.5 

 (856)$$$ · American · 345 Park Ave SCalifornia-inspired fare in rustic digsOpen until 2:45 PM

Mom’s Kitchen & Bar

4.3 

 (489)$$ · Brunch · 701 9th AveHip American spot serving all-day brunchOpen until 12:00 AM

Friedman’s Lunch

4.2 

 (284)$$ · Brunch · 75 9th AveAmerican comfort food in Chelsea MarketOpen until 8:00 PM

Westway Diner

4.3 

 (2,058)$$ · Brunch · 614 9th AveClassic neighborhood diner open 24/7Open until 1:00 AM