If you’re looking for the best things to do next month in New York, there’s good news! Brunch season is just around the corner. There’s no place in the world like New York for brunch. From downtown to uptown and across the bridge to Brooklyn, here are our top picks for brunching in every neighborhood of NY.
Lower East Side – Russ & Daughters Cafe
Bagels are a quintessential New York experience. There are different theories as to what makes NY bagels the bomb (Is it the water?) The important point here is they’re not to be missed. Russ & Daughters Cafe elevates the bagel experience. This charming all-white restaurant has the hallmarks of a Lower East Side delicatessen, yet it’s decidedly upscale. It’s the perfect spot to savor all the NY bagel classics like lox, sable and herring, and it also serves sandwiches.
• 127 Orchard Street, 212-475-4880
Soho – Jack’s Wife Freda
Billing itself as an “all-day bistro,” this cozy spot serves up comfortable classics with a decidedly Mediterranean twist. Expect all the standard egg dishes, plus more exotic touches like Lebanese yogurt and pita bread. If you like your toasted baguette with a side of people watching, this is a noted Soho hotspot. Count on seeing a crowd of stylish New Yorkers on their way in and out.
• 224 Lafayette Street, (212) 510-8550
Upper West Side – Barney Greengrass
Barney Greengrass is a landmark Upper West Side delicatessen that has been in business since 1908. The self-described “Sturgeon King” is famous for smoked fish, eggs and omelets. Slide up to the deli counter to grab and go, or pull up a seat in the funky retro dining room.
• 541 Amsterdam Avenue, (212) 724-4707
West Harlem – The Grange Bar Eatery
The Grange Bar & Eatery is an enchantingly rustic spot for enjoying dressed-up American classics with a twist. We suggest the eggs and hash browns slathered in foie gras — and you’re going to love the location. It’s right next to the Alexander Hamilton mansion, the Grange. So, if you don’t get a chance to see “Hamilton,” you can always tell people you made it to Hamilton… Heights.
• 1635 Amsterdam Avenue, (212) 491-1635
Hell’s Kitchen – Tacuba
Tacuba is a stylish haven for traditional Mexican food helmed by chef Julian Medina. Savor hearty tortas and taco plates as well as traditional breakfast and brunch fare like pancakes, chilaquiles and eggs Benedict. Treat yourself to a sangria, or a whole pitcher, with your brunch.
• 802 9th Avenue, (212) 245-4500
Upper East Side – Earl’s Beer and Cheese
In case you’ve been wondering… Yes, beer and cheese are brunch foods. Earl’s Beer and Cheese offers up a solid brunch menu of steak and eggs, eggs Benedict and grilled cheese with pork belly on sourdough. If you can’t decide between sweet or savory, there’s the hedonistic TBD — egg, bacon, cheese on a French toast bun.
• 1259 Park Avenue, (212) 289-1581
Williamsburg, Brooklyn – Diner
Diner gives you the chance to eat American diner classics in an unforgettable setting, a train car. Fun for kids of all ages, the restaurant is an authentic 1920s Pullman car parked under Brooklyn’s Williamsburg Bridge. For brunch, feast on favorites like buckwheat pancakes and smoked ham and eggs or lunch faves like the fried chicken sandwich.
• 85 Broadway, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718) 486-3077
Tribeca – Locanda Verde
Locanda Verde has been called New York’s finest wood-fired seasonal Italian food, and it’s just as delectable for brunch. Try the lemon ricotta pancakes, hazelnut-crusted French toast or soft-scrambled eggs with leeks and mushrooms. It’s worth the trip to experience the stylish Tribeca neighborhood and a possible Robert De Niro sighting. The actor is a part owner of the restaurant.
• 377 Greenwich Street, (212) 925-3797
Chinatown – Nom Wah Tea Parlor
Feeling adventurous? Try dim sum for brunch at Nom Wah Tea Parlor, a Chinatown legend that’s been around since 1920. Nom Wah is the ideal spot to experience dim sum, a small-plates style of Chinese food. (Sort of like Chinese tapas.) Don’t miss the “OG” egg roll, rice rolls, roast pork bun or scallion pancake.
• 13 Doyers Street, (212) 962-6047