Best Brunch in NYC

In New York City, brunch isn’t just another meal — it’s an event. And with so many different brunch spots in the city to choose from, you could easily spend half your morning looking at menus. These seven spots are known for their brunch but all have a different vibe, menu and aesthetic.

Balthazar

When it comes to brunch, Balthazar is one of the most iconic spots in the city. Its brunch is so famous, in fact, that it was featured on the TV show, Sex and the City, as one of the fab four’s fave spots.

If you don’t have time for a full sit-down meal, you can always head to the bakery next door for pastries and coffee.

Egg Shop

As the name suggests, everything at this airy hipster café involves eggs.

If you can’t decide what to order, you can’t go wrong going for the famous egg sandwich here. Served on a brioche bun, this bad boy is made with an egg cooked exactly the way you like it and meat and veggies of your choice.

There’s also sweet options and healthy dishes, like poached eggs served atop quinoa and veggies.

Clinton St. Baking Company

If you’re a fan of sweet breakfasts (coffeecake, pancakes, French toast), you need to head to the Clinton St. Baking Company.

They’re known for their baked goods (as you might have guessed), so sweets reign supreme here. Their biscuits are also legendary. Eat them with butter and jam, or enjoy them smothered with gravy.

Red Rooster

You’ll want to head up to Harlem pretty early in the morning if you’re going to the Red Rooster for Sunday brunch. This spot is just as busy as its more famous next-door neighbor, Sylvia’s. Longtime neighborhood residents, hipsters and tourists all head here after church for soul food fusion.

If you’re a little apprehensive about trying fried chicken livers, fried chicken and waffles or other southern staples, this spot is a great starter soul food place.

Owner Marcus Samuelson combines foods of his native Ethiopia, his adopted home, Sweden, and his current one, Harlem.

Russ and Daughters Café

No more must you stand in the uber-long lines at Russ and Daughters, fighting your way to the front of the line in a room jam-packed with bodies. Just down the street from the famous flagship location now sits a low-key café.

Sip coffee or champagne in a comfy booth while you nosh on bagels, schmear, lox and capers.

Dimes

There’s something so wonderful about enjoying a decadent breakfast on the weekend. But what if you could have a healthy breakfast that tastes decadently delicious?

Dimes is known for its beautiful fruit and chia bowls that one might actually confuse for a work of art. They also serve up savory options that are equally nutritious and delicious, like the salmon salad toast and the huevo Kathmandu.

Tim Ho Wan

Dim sum is an often-overlooked brunch staple. While dumplings and pork buns might not come to mind in the morning on a weekday, they’re total perfection on any Saturday or Sunday.

Tim Ho Wan steams up all your favorite small dishes, like sticky rice, shrimp har gow, pork wontons and rice rolls — in addition to a few creative favorites that elevated the restaurant to Michelin star status.

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