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5 Delicious Brunches in New York

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Where to brunch in the Big Apple

Brunch is a favorite pastime of both locals and visitors to New York. What’s not to love about sleeping in before meeting up with friends for delicious pancakes, eggs with creamy Hollandaise sauce, and a couple of Bloody Marys. This love of an indulgent mid-morning meal can spark intense debate, so we asked some friends of the site for their top brunch picks in New York.

Cuisine: (Cheeky, eccentric) American

Location: Midtown West (at Le Parker Meridien hotel)

See more of Caroline Potter’s picks for New York.

(Photo courtesy of Flickr/spacebarpark)

Cuisine: French

Location: Soho

See more of Suvir Saran’s picks for New York.

(Photo courtesy of Flickr/JaulaDeArdilla)


A Native New Yorker&rsquos Guide to the Best Brunch Spots in NYC

From flapjacks to frittatas (not to mention hangover-curing bloody marys), we have all your brunch needs covered.

Brunch is a weekend ritual that's practically guaranteed in the New York City charter. This midday meal doesn't have to be fancy &mdash just some eggs and pancakes will do (though creativity is always welcome), along with mimosas to kick off day-drinking in style. There are endless debates on where to find the best brunch in NYC , so whether you're looking for classic or under-the-radar, sweet or savory, healthy or gut-busting, here are a few Big Apple brunch standouts.

Location: Financial District

If you're craving Mexican, head to Toro Loco on Stone Street, the pedestrian-only cobbled street in the oldest part of New York City. Fuel up for the day on delicious chorizo-filled breakfast burritos and huevos rancheros, and knock back tequila-based drinks amid a total party vibe.

What to order: Try one of the specialty cocktails, with fun names like Devil in Disguise and Say Aloe to My Little Friend.

Location: Gramercy

At this brunch hotspot, featuring a homey decor of wood-and-leather booths and checked tablecloths, enjoy classic brunch fare, such as eggs Benedict and buttermilk pancakes, along with artisanal pizzas topped with ingredients like smoked salmon, sausage, and kale.

What to order: An order of donuts for the table is must &mdash the vanilla bean sea salt and chocolate hazelnut are standouts.

Location: Soho, Manhattan

The brunch menu at Harold's, within the Arlo Soho Hotel, is all about Southern-inspired comfort food. Try classics like johnnycakes topped with a citrus compote, and chicken and waffles. The egg dishes are pretty good, too &mdash the huevos rancheros will fill you up for the day.

What to order: Be sure to visit the bloody mary bar, which has a selection of more than 20 hot sauces to give your drink some zip.

Location: Times Square, Manhattan

Expect playful brunch offerings at the Magic Hour, a whimsical indoor/outdoor rooftop bar in midtown. Its menu has classics, but with over-the-top spins, such as a plate of pancakes stacked with 20 fluffy flapjacks and crispy French toast layered Jenga-style. Plus, there are always fun (and sharable!) cocktails.

What to order: You won't be disappointed with the Magic Mule cocktail.

Location: Tribeca, Manhattan

Though Bubby's, a Tribeca institution, is no longer open 24/7, it does offer brunch everyday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is important, because you may just crave a green chile burger first thing in the morning or Nutella pancakes in the late afternoon.

What to order: Save room for a slice of banana cream pie &mdash Bubby's actually got its start back in 1990 selling pies to local restaurants.

Location: Nolita, Manhattan

Egg Shop is dedicated to that pretty-close-to-perfect dish, the egg sandwich, making it an ideal brunch choice. Order from the menu, or custom-make your own &mdash perhaps egg whites and feta cheese &mdash topped with a caramelized onion aioli on a buttermilk biscuit.

What to order: Enter food coma territory with the Beast, a fried-egg-and-pulled-pork sandwich drizzled with chipotle bourbon ketchup and served on a French hero.

Location: Financial District, Manhattan

The Dead Rabbit is known for its cocktails &mdash it was named one of the best bars in the world by Conde Nast Traveler, but it also does a pretty fab brunch, especially if you're down for a full Irish breakfast: fried eggs, rashers (bacon), bangers (sausages), fried tomatoes, and thick wheat bread with Irish butter.

What to order: If you're so inclined, the bar has a world-class selection of Irish whiskey, including Tullamore Dew, Jameson, and Yellow Spot.

Location: Lower East Side, Manhattan

Considered one of NYC's best brunch spots, Clinton Street Baking Co. is known for its fluffier-than-air flapjacks. Choose between the Maine blueberry, banana walnut, or chocolate chunk &mdash and don't be shy with the warm maple butter syrup.

What to order: Offset all that sweetness with protein-packed sides like double-smoked bacon or heritage pork sausage.

Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

The brunch dishes (ceviche with avocado and jalapeño, egg-topped burgers on brioche) at Lighthouse, an unpretentious spot with communal wooden tables, are like little works of art. But don't worry, once you're done posting your photos, the dishes taste as good as they look.

What to order: There are plenty of good beer and cocktail options, but why not try one of the ciders? J.K.'s is an organic hard cider from Michigan.

Location: Upper East Side (and other NYC locations), Manhattan

This Upper East Side restaurant is a classic New York City brunch spot (there are four other Manhattan locations). The menu has a bit of everything &mdash cheese omelets, apple-cinnamon French toast, frittatas, and, to drink, mimosas and bellinis.

What to order: Brunch isn't complete without a basket of Sarabeth's muffins. (They're all tasty, but you'll want the pumpkin all to yourself.)

Location: Bushwick, Brooklyn

The menu at this all-vegan retro diner (complete with a black-and-white checkered floor) runs across the board, from comfort foods like chicken and waffles, to Belgian waffles topped with powered sugar, to kale Caesar salads and deep-fried cauliflower po'boys.

What to order: A classic milkshake, float, or an egg cream &mdash just like you'd find at an old-fashioned New York City luncheonette.

Location: Harlem, Manhattan

Are you ready for chicken and waffles? Red Rooster, from celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, does a mouthwatering version (love the smoked maple syrup). Shrimp and grits is another Southern-style dish to order, along with sides like mac 'n' cheese mixed with collard greens. Plus, this perennial hotspot recently took the top spot in eater.com's list of best brunches in NYC.

What to order: A side of cornbread, served with honey butter and tomato jam, is a must.

Location: Soho, Manhattan

The people watching alone make this beloved brasserie one of the best places for brunch in NYC. Treat yourself right &mdash start out with a glass of Champagne and oysters on the half shell, followed by steak frites or a very tempting brioche French toast.

What to order: There's an in-house patisserie, so be sure to take home a few fresh-from-the-oven pain au chocolat.

Location: Crown Heights, Brooklyn

Can't make it to New Orleans for the weekend? Brunching at Catfish is the next best thing. Start off with a Hurricane or a Pimm's Cup, then step it up a notch with the double-shot Voodoo Bloody Mary (it'll surely cure whatever residual hangover you're nursing).

What to order: You won't be disappointed by the Delta omelet, packed with crawfish, shrimp, and gruyere, and served with grits.

Location: Midtown, Manhattan

Norma's, within Le Parker Meridien hotel, is famous throughout New York City for its all-day breakfast and weekend brunch (it's a tourist hotspot). Come hungry, because the portions &mdash the breakfast quesadilla comes to mind &mdash are huge.

What to order: You don't come across crepes every day, so when you do, order them &mdash especially when they're filled with fruit and chocolate.

Location: West Village, Manhattan

Be careful not to get too sloppy during the bottomless brunch offered at this hip Southwestern restaurant restaurant and tequila bar. The two hours of unlimited drinks (a choice of mimosa, wine, or frozen margarita ) is more than enough time to get a (tame) buzz.

What to order: The egg dishes are the bomb &mdash try the breakfast burrito or the huevos rancheros.

Location: Astoria, Queens

This casual Aussie restaurant in Astoria is a fun, reasonably priced spot to sample cuisine from Down Under. For brunch, go big with the Sheep Shearer's Brekkie &mdash three eggs, applewood bacon, and two pikelets (pancakes), plus a Coopers on tap.

What to order: Feeling adventurous? Try the kangaroo burger, served with caramelized onions on a toasted bun (if it helps, the meat is low in fat).

Location: Lower East Side, Manhattan

How can we talk about great brunches in New York City and not mention bagels with lox and a schmear? Nosh on that, and other delicious Jewish deli items (knishes, potato latkes, pickled herring, etc.), at Russ & Daughters Cafe on the Lower East Side.

What to order: If you're with a group, order one of the platters, which comes with smoked fish, cream cheese, bagels, and all the fixings.

Location: Battery Park City, Manhattan

If you're craving Mexican, it's worth the schlep to Battery Park to dine at El Vez. Fuel up for the day with a plate of huevos rancheros, served with chorizo and black beans. The menu also has breakfast burritos, tortilla soup, mahi mahi tacos, and, of course, guac and chips.

What to order: The margarita list here is impressive &mdash try the frozen blood orange version.

Location: NoMad (and other NYC locations), Manhattan

Brunch at any of The Smith restaurants &mdash there are ones in NoMad, near Lincoln Center, and elsewhere &mdash is definitely a scene. The mimosas and bloody marys make the inevitable wait for a table go quicker, and the menu features everything from avocado toast to eggs Benedict.

What to order: Try the house-made sodas in flavors like cucumber ginger beer and agave lemonade.

Location: Soho, Manhattan

While you can't go wrong with a bagel and smoked salmon at this Jewish-style eatery, those in the know order the French toast, made with challah bread. First, it's soaked overnight in egg, milk, and cinnamon, then it's deep-fried for decadent deliciousness.

What to order: You won't have room after the French toast, but why not get an order of cheese blintzes to go?

Location: Upper East Side, Manhattan

The Penrose, with its top-notch cocktail program and cool-but-unpretentious vibe, is an Upper East Side brunch staple. If you're being good, go for the avocado toast, but if you're being bad, go for the fried-chicken-and-waffle combo or a burger topped with a fried egg, Irish cheddar, and smoked bacon.

What to order: Coffee with a kick: Try an iced Irish coffee or a cold-brew Negroni, made with cold-brew coffee, Campari, and sweet vermouth.

Location: Dumbo, Brooklyn

At cavernous Sugarcane, steps from the Dumbo waterfront, brunch goes until 4:30 p.m, so it could become an all-day affair. The small-plates menu has everything from classic egg and waffle dishes to specialty sushi rolls and grilled cheese made with manchego and slices of smoked beef cheek.

What to order: Order a few crudos for the table &mdash try the yellowfin tuna tartare and the scallops with black truffle and lime.

Location: Gramercy Park, Manhattan

For brunch fare with an Italian twist, head to Maialino at the Gramercy Park Hotel. Start out with an order of brushchetta, followed by a mushroom egg-white frittata or ricotta pancakes topped with kumquat jam (and you can't go wrong with any of the homemade pastas).

What to order: Be sure to order a side of pancetta, the thick-cut Italian-style black-pepper bacon.

Location: Greenwich Village, Manhattan

Loring Place, housed in a 19th-century building in the Village, excels during brunch, with market-driven American dishes from chef Dan Kluger (formerly of Jean-Georges' ABC Kitchen). The menu features items like banana-and-chocolate donut holes, cheddar waffles and eggs, and whole-wheat smoked-salmon-topped pizza.

What to order: The cheeseburger topped with pepper aioli, and the house-cured bacon is divine.

Location: West Village, Manhattan

This beloved neighborhood spot on Hudson Street specializes in family-style Chinese food in a rustic, farmhouse space with communal tables. Dig into dishes like barbecued pork belly, spicy crispy beef, and all manner of dumplings. There's also a branch on the Upper West Side (and a London outpost!).

What to order: The signature dish is the "Pac-Man" shrimp dumplings.

Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

This stylish spot serves seasonal Peruvian small plates. Feast on items like ceviche, Swiss chard empanadas, and scrambled eggs with huacho sausage from chef Erik Ramirez, who trained at Eleven Madison Park. You'll also find Peruvian libations, such as Cusqueña beer and pisco sours. In warm weather, have a drink on the rooftop bar.

What to order: The crispy pork shoulder sandwich with a red onion salsa.

Location: Upper East Side, Manhattan

E.A.T., open since 1973, is an UES staple. Located on ritzy Madison Avenue, it's the perfect place to stop in for brunch after hitting the shops or the nearby Met museum. The menu has everything from matzo ball soup and turkey clubs to quiche lorraine and potato pancakes with apple sauce and crème fraîche.

What to order: You can't go wrong with a classic bagel and lox.

Location: Chelsea, Manhattan

Before a visit to the Whitney Museum of American Art or a walk along the High Line, fuel up at Santina, a coastal Italian hotspot from Major Food Group (who also do Carbone and The Grill). Start out with a bellini, then dig in to dishes like a shrimp frittata, a bacon, egg, and fontina cheese sandwich, or panettone French toast.

What to order: Don't miss the zucchini muffins.

Location: Soho, Manhattan

On the border of Soho and Chinatown is Nickel & Diner, a modern updated version of a classic diner. During brunch, which starts at 9:30 a.m., options range from buttermilk pancakes and marinated hanger steak and eggs to a grilled burger made from organic beef and topped with a Tabasco remoulade.

What to order: Sides like hickory smoked bacon and potato hash make brunch even better.

Location: West Village, Manhattan

Located in the West Village, Bistro Pierre Lapin is an upscale French bistro in a cozy corner spot on Bank Street, between Greenwich and Hudson. Its brunch menu includes an heirloom tomato-and-feta salad, foie gras mousse on a toasted baguette, and a croque madame sandwich served with pommes frites.

What to order: The whole-roasted chicken is one of the house specialties.


A Native New Yorker&rsquos Guide to the Best Brunch Spots in NYC

From flapjacks to frittatas (not to mention hangover-curing bloody marys), we have all your brunch needs covered.

Brunch is a weekend ritual that's practically guaranteed in the New York City charter. This midday meal doesn't have to be fancy &mdash just some eggs and pancakes will do (though creativity is always welcome), along with mimosas to kick off day-drinking in style. There are endless debates on where to find the best brunch in NYC , so whether you're looking for classic or under-the-radar, sweet or savory, healthy or gut-busting, here are a few Big Apple brunch standouts.

Location: Financial District

If you're craving Mexican, head to Toro Loco on Stone Street, the pedestrian-only cobbled street in the oldest part of New York City. Fuel up for the day on delicious chorizo-filled breakfast burritos and huevos rancheros, and knock back tequila-based drinks amid a total party vibe.

What to order: Try one of the specialty cocktails, with fun names like Devil in Disguise and Say Aloe to My Little Friend.

Location: Gramercy

At this brunch hotspot, featuring a homey decor of wood-and-leather booths and checked tablecloths, enjoy classic brunch fare, such as eggs Benedict and buttermilk pancakes, along with artisanal pizzas topped with ingredients like smoked salmon, sausage, and kale.

What to order: An order of donuts for the table is must &mdash the vanilla bean sea salt and chocolate hazelnut are standouts.

Location: Soho, Manhattan

The brunch menu at Harold's, within the Arlo Soho Hotel, is all about Southern-inspired comfort food. Try classics like johnnycakes topped with a citrus compote, and chicken and waffles. The egg dishes are pretty good, too &mdash the huevos rancheros will fill you up for the day.

What to order: Be sure to visit the bloody mary bar, which has a selection of more than 20 hot sauces to give your drink some zip.

Location: Times Square, Manhattan

Expect playful brunch offerings at the Magic Hour, a whimsical indoor/outdoor rooftop bar in midtown. Its menu has classics, but with over-the-top spins, such as a plate of pancakes stacked with 20 fluffy flapjacks and crispy French toast layered Jenga-style. Plus, there are always fun (and sharable!) cocktails.

What to order: You won't be disappointed with the Magic Mule cocktail.

Location: Tribeca, Manhattan

Though Bubby's, a Tribeca institution, is no longer open 24/7, it does offer brunch everyday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is important, because you may just crave a green chile burger first thing in the morning or Nutella pancakes in the late afternoon.

What to order: Save room for a slice of banana cream pie &mdash Bubby's actually got its start back in 1990 selling pies to local restaurants.

Location: Nolita, Manhattan

Egg Shop is dedicated to that pretty-close-to-perfect dish, the egg sandwich, making it an ideal brunch choice. Order from the menu, or custom-make your own &mdash perhaps egg whites and feta cheese &mdash topped with a caramelized onion aioli on a buttermilk biscuit.

What to order: Enter food coma territory with the Beast, a fried-egg-and-pulled-pork sandwich drizzled with chipotle bourbon ketchup and served on a French hero.

Location: Financial District, Manhattan

The Dead Rabbit is known for its cocktails &mdash it was named one of the best bars in the world by Conde Nast Traveler, but it also does a pretty fab brunch, especially if you're down for a full Irish breakfast: fried eggs, rashers (bacon), bangers (sausages), fried tomatoes, and thick wheat bread with Irish butter.

What to order: If you're so inclined, the bar has a world-class selection of Irish whiskey, including Tullamore Dew, Jameson, and Yellow Spot.

Location: Lower East Side, Manhattan

Considered one of NYC's best brunch spots, Clinton Street Baking Co. is known for its fluffier-than-air flapjacks. Choose between the Maine blueberry, banana walnut, or chocolate chunk &mdash and don't be shy with the warm maple butter syrup.

What to order: Offset all that sweetness with protein-packed sides like double-smoked bacon or heritage pork sausage.

Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

The brunch dishes (ceviche with avocado and jalapeño, egg-topped burgers on brioche) at Lighthouse, an unpretentious spot with communal wooden tables, are like little works of art. But don't worry, once you're done posting your photos, the dishes taste as good as they look.

What to order: There are plenty of good beer and cocktail options, but why not try one of the ciders? J.K.'s is an organic hard cider from Michigan.

Location: Upper East Side (and other NYC locations), Manhattan

This Upper East Side restaurant is a classic New York City brunch spot (there are four other Manhattan locations). The menu has a bit of everything &mdash cheese omelets, apple-cinnamon French toast, frittatas, and, to drink, mimosas and bellinis.

What to order: Brunch isn't complete without a basket of Sarabeth's muffins. (They're all tasty, but you'll want the pumpkin all to yourself.)

Location: Bushwick, Brooklyn

The menu at this all-vegan retro diner (complete with a black-and-white checkered floor) runs across the board, from comfort foods like chicken and waffles, to Belgian waffles topped with powered sugar, to kale Caesar salads and deep-fried cauliflower po'boys.

What to order: A classic milkshake, float, or an egg cream &mdash just like you'd find at an old-fashioned New York City luncheonette.

Location: Harlem, Manhattan

Are you ready for chicken and waffles? Red Rooster, from celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, does a mouthwatering version (love the smoked maple syrup). Shrimp and grits is another Southern-style dish to order, along with sides like mac 'n' cheese mixed with collard greens. Plus, this perennial hotspot recently took the top spot in eater.com's list of best brunches in NYC.

What to order: A side of cornbread, served with honey butter and tomato jam, is a must.

Location: Soho, Manhattan

The people watching alone make this beloved brasserie one of the best places for brunch in NYC. Treat yourself right &mdash start out with a glass of Champagne and oysters on the half shell, followed by steak frites or a very tempting brioche French toast.

What to order: There's an in-house patisserie, so be sure to take home a few fresh-from-the-oven pain au chocolat.

Location: Crown Heights, Brooklyn

Can't make it to New Orleans for the weekend? Brunching at Catfish is the next best thing. Start off with a Hurricane or a Pimm's Cup, then step it up a notch with the double-shot Voodoo Bloody Mary (it'll surely cure whatever residual hangover you're nursing).

What to order: You won't be disappointed by the Delta omelet, packed with crawfish, shrimp, and gruyere, and served with grits.

Location: Midtown, Manhattan

Norma's, within Le Parker Meridien hotel, is famous throughout New York City for its all-day breakfast and weekend brunch (it's a tourist hotspot). Come hungry, because the portions &mdash the breakfast quesadilla comes to mind &mdash are huge.

What to order: You don't come across crepes every day, so when you do, order them &mdash especially when they're filled with fruit and chocolate.

Location: West Village, Manhattan

Be careful not to get too sloppy during the bottomless brunch offered at this hip Southwestern restaurant restaurant and tequila bar. The two hours of unlimited drinks (a choice of mimosa, wine, or frozen margarita ) is more than enough time to get a (tame) buzz.

What to order: The egg dishes are the bomb &mdash try the breakfast burrito or the huevos rancheros.

Location: Astoria, Queens

This casual Aussie restaurant in Astoria is a fun, reasonably priced spot to sample cuisine from Down Under. For brunch, go big with the Sheep Shearer's Brekkie &mdash three eggs, applewood bacon, and two pikelets (pancakes), plus a Coopers on tap.

What to order: Feeling adventurous? Try the kangaroo burger, served with caramelized onions on a toasted bun (if it helps, the meat is low in fat).

Location: Lower East Side, Manhattan

How can we talk about great brunches in New York City and not mention bagels with lox and a schmear? Nosh on that, and other delicious Jewish deli items (knishes, potato latkes, pickled herring, etc.), at Russ & Daughters Cafe on the Lower East Side.

What to order: If you're with a group, order one of the platters, which comes with smoked fish, cream cheese, bagels, and all the fixings.

Location: Battery Park City, Manhattan

If you're craving Mexican, it's worth the schlep to Battery Park to dine at El Vez. Fuel up for the day with a plate of huevos rancheros, served with chorizo and black beans. The menu also has breakfast burritos, tortilla soup, mahi mahi tacos, and, of course, guac and chips.

What to order: The margarita list here is impressive &mdash try the frozen blood orange version.

Location: NoMad (and other NYC locations), Manhattan

Brunch at any of The Smith restaurants &mdash there are ones in NoMad, near Lincoln Center, and elsewhere &mdash is definitely a scene. The mimosas and bloody marys make the inevitable wait for a table go quicker, and the menu features everything from avocado toast to eggs Benedict.

What to order: Try the house-made sodas in flavors like cucumber ginger beer and agave lemonade.

Location: Soho, Manhattan

While you can't go wrong with a bagel and smoked salmon at this Jewish-style eatery, those in the know order the French toast, made with challah bread. First, it's soaked overnight in egg, milk, and cinnamon, then it's deep-fried for decadent deliciousness.

What to order: You won't have room after the French toast, but why not get an order of cheese blintzes to go?

Location: Upper East Side, Manhattan

The Penrose, with its top-notch cocktail program and cool-but-unpretentious vibe, is an Upper East Side brunch staple. If you're being good, go for the avocado toast, but if you're being bad, go for the fried-chicken-and-waffle combo or a burger topped with a fried egg, Irish cheddar, and smoked bacon.

What to order: Coffee with a kick: Try an iced Irish coffee or a cold-brew Negroni, made with cold-brew coffee, Campari, and sweet vermouth.

Location: Dumbo, Brooklyn

At cavernous Sugarcane, steps from the Dumbo waterfront, brunch goes until 4:30 p.m, so it could become an all-day affair. The small-plates menu has everything from classic egg and waffle dishes to specialty sushi rolls and grilled cheese made with manchego and slices of smoked beef cheek.

What to order: Order a few crudos for the table &mdash try the yellowfin tuna tartare and the scallops with black truffle and lime.

Location: Gramercy Park, Manhattan

For brunch fare with an Italian twist, head to Maialino at the Gramercy Park Hotel. Start out with an order of brushchetta, followed by a mushroom egg-white frittata or ricotta pancakes topped with kumquat jam (and you can't go wrong with any of the homemade pastas).

What to order: Be sure to order a side of pancetta, the thick-cut Italian-style black-pepper bacon.

Location: Greenwich Village, Manhattan

Loring Place, housed in a 19th-century building in the Village, excels during brunch, with market-driven American dishes from chef Dan Kluger (formerly of Jean-Georges' ABC Kitchen). The menu features items like banana-and-chocolate donut holes, cheddar waffles and eggs, and whole-wheat smoked-salmon-topped pizza.

What to order: The cheeseburger topped with pepper aioli, and the house-cured bacon is divine.

Location: West Village, Manhattan

This beloved neighborhood spot on Hudson Street specializes in family-style Chinese food in a rustic, farmhouse space with communal tables. Dig into dishes like barbecued pork belly, spicy crispy beef, and all manner of dumplings. There's also a branch on the Upper West Side (and a London outpost!).

What to order: The signature dish is the "Pac-Man" shrimp dumplings.

Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

This stylish spot serves seasonal Peruvian small plates. Feast on items like ceviche, Swiss chard empanadas, and scrambled eggs with huacho sausage from chef Erik Ramirez, who trained at Eleven Madison Park. You'll also find Peruvian libations, such as Cusqueña beer and pisco sours. In warm weather, have a drink on the rooftop bar.

What to order: The crispy pork shoulder sandwich with a red onion salsa.

Location: Upper East Side, Manhattan

E.A.T., open since 1973, is an UES staple. Located on ritzy Madison Avenue, it's the perfect place to stop in for brunch after hitting the shops or the nearby Met museum. The menu has everything from matzo ball soup and turkey clubs to quiche lorraine and potato pancakes with apple sauce and crème fraîche.

What to order: You can't go wrong with a classic bagel and lox.

Location: Chelsea, Manhattan

Before a visit to the Whitney Museum of American Art or a walk along the High Line, fuel up at Santina, a coastal Italian hotspot from Major Food Group (who also do Carbone and The Grill). Start out with a bellini, then dig in to dishes like a shrimp frittata, a bacon, egg, and fontina cheese sandwich, or panettone French toast.

What to order: Don't miss the zucchini muffins.

Location: Soho, Manhattan

On the border of Soho and Chinatown is Nickel & Diner, a modern updated version of a classic diner. During brunch, which starts at 9:30 a.m., options range from buttermilk pancakes and marinated hanger steak and eggs to a grilled burger made from organic beef and topped with a Tabasco remoulade.

What to order: Sides like hickory smoked bacon and potato hash make brunch even better.

Location: West Village, Manhattan

Located in the West Village, Bistro Pierre Lapin is an upscale French bistro in a cozy corner spot on Bank Street, between Greenwich and Hudson. Its brunch menu includes an heirloom tomato-and-feta salad, foie gras mousse on a toasted baguette, and a croque madame sandwich served with pommes frites.

What to order: The whole-roasted chicken is one of the house specialties.


A Native New Yorker&rsquos Guide to the Best Brunch Spots in NYC

From flapjacks to frittatas (not to mention hangover-curing bloody marys), we have all your brunch needs covered.

Brunch is a weekend ritual that's practically guaranteed in the New York City charter. This midday meal doesn't have to be fancy &mdash just some eggs and pancakes will do (though creativity is always welcome), along with mimosas to kick off day-drinking in style. There are endless debates on where to find the best brunch in NYC , so whether you're looking for classic or under-the-radar, sweet or savory, healthy or gut-busting, here are a few Big Apple brunch standouts.

Location: Financial District

If you're craving Mexican, head to Toro Loco on Stone Street, the pedestrian-only cobbled street in the oldest part of New York City. Fuel up for the day on delicious chorizo-filled breakfast burritos and huevos rancheros, and knock back tequila-based drinks amid a total party vibe.

What to order: Try one of the specialty cocktails, with fun names like Devil in Disguise and Say Aloe to My Little Friend.

Location: Gramercy

At this brunch hotspot, featuring a homey decor of wood-and-leather booths and checked tablecloths, enjoy classic brunch fare, such as eggs Benedict and buttermilk pancakes, along with artisanal pizzas topped with ingredients like smoked salmon, sausage, and kale.

What to order: An order of donuts for the table is must &mdash the vanilla bean sea salt and chocolate hazelnut are standouts.

Location: Soho, Manhattan

The brunch menu at Harold's, within the Arlo Soho Hotel, is all about Southern-inspired comfort food. Try classics like johnnycakes topped with a citrus compote, and chicken and waffles. The egg dishes are pretty good, too &mdash the huevos rancheros will fill you up for the day.

What to order: Be sure to visit the bloody mary bar, which has a selection of more than 20 hot sauces to give your drink some zip.

Location: Times Square, Manhattan

Expect playful brunch offerings at the Magic Hour, a whimsical indoor/outdoor rooftop bar in midtown. Its menu has classics, but with over-the-top spins, such as a plate of pancakes stacked with 20 fluffy flapjacks and crispy French toast layered Jenga-style. Plus, there are always fun (and sharable!) cocktails.

What to order: You won't be disappointed with the Magic Mule cocktail.

Location: Tribeca, Manhattan

Though Bubby's, a Tribeca institution, is no longer open 24/7, it does offer brunch everyday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is important, because you may just crave a green chile burger first thing in the morning or Nutella pancakes in the late afternoon.

What to order: Save room for a slice of banana cream pie &mdash Bubby's actually got its start back in 1990 selling pies to local restaurants.

Location: Nolita, Manhattan

Egg Shop is dedicated to that pretty-close-to-perfect dish, the egg sandwich, making it an ideal brunch choice. Order from the menu, or custom-make your own &mdash perhaps egg whites and feta cheese &mdash topped with a caramelized onion aioli on a buttermilk biscuit.

What to order: Enter food coma territory with the Beast, a fried-egg-and-pulled-pork sandwich drizzled with chipotle bourbon ketchup and served on a French hero.

Location: Financial District, Manhattan

The Dead Rabbit is known for its cocktails &mdash it was named one of the best bars in the world by Conde Nast Traveler, but it also does a pretty fab brunch, especially if you're down for a full Irish breakfast: fried eggs, rashers (bacon), bangers (sausages), fried tomatoes, and thick wheat bread with Irish butter.

What to order: If you're so inclined, the bar has a world-class selection of Irish whiskey, including Tullamore Dew, Jameson, and Yellow Spot.

Location: Lower East Side, Manhattan

Considered one of NYC's best brunch spots, Clinton Street Baking Co. is known for its fluffier-than-air flapjacks. Choose between the Maine blueberry, banana walnut, or chocolate chunk &mdash and don't be shy with the warm maple butter syrup.

What to order: Offset all that sweetness with protein-packed sides like double-smoked bacon or heritage pork sausage.

Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

The brunch dishes (ceviche with avocado and jalapeño, egg-topped burgers on brioche) at Lighthouse, an unpretentious spot with communal wooden tables, are like little works of art. But don't worry, once you're done posting your photos, the dishes taste as good as they look.

What to order: There are plenty of good beer and cocktail options, but why not try one of the ciders? J.K.'s is an organic hard cider from Michigan.

Location: Upper East Side (and other NYC locations), Manhattan

This Upper East Side restaurant is a classic New York City brunch spot (there are four other Manhattan locations). The menu has a bit of everything &mdash cheese omelets, apple-cinnamon French toast, frittatas, and, to drink, mimosas and bellinis.

What to order: Brunch isn't complete without a basket of Sarabeth's muffins. (They're all tasty, but you'll want the pumpkin all to yourself.)

Location: Bushwick, Brooklyn

The menu at this all-vegan retro diner (complete with a black-and-white checkered floor) runs across the board, from comfort foods like chicken and waffles, to Belgian waffles topped with powered sugar, to kale Caesar salads and deep-fried cauliflower po'boys.

What to order: A classic milkshake, float, or an egg cream &mdash just like you'd find at an old-fashioned New York City luncheonette.

Location: Harlem, Manhattan

Are you ready for chicken and waffles? Red Rooster, from celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, does a mouthwatering version (love the smoked maple syrup). Shrimp and grits is another Southern-style dish to order, along with sides like mac 'n' cheese mixed with collard greens. Plus, this perennial hotspot recently took the top spot in eater.com's list of best brunches in NYC.

What to order: A side of cornbread, served with honey butter and tomato jam, is a must.

Location: Soho, Manhattan

The people watching alone make this beloved brasserie one of the best places for brunch in NYC. Treat yourself right &mdash start out with a glass of Champagne and oysters on the half shell, followed by steak frites or a very tempting brioche French toast.

What to order: There's an in-house patisserie, so be sure to take home a few fresh-from-the-oven pain au chocolat.

Location: Crown Heights, Brooklyn

Can't make it to New Orleans for the weekend? Brunching at Catfish is the next best thing. Start off with a Hurricane or a Pimm's Cup, then step it up a notch with the double-shot Voodoo Bloody Mary (it'll surely cure whatever residual hangover you're nursing).

What to order: You won't be disappointed by the Delta omelet, packed with crawfish, shrimp, and gruyere, and served with grits.

Location: Midtown, Manhattan

Norma's, within Le Parker Meridien hotel, is famous throughout New York City for its all-day breakfast and weekend brunch (it's a tourist hotspot). Come hungry, because the portions &mdash the breakfast quesadilla comes to mind &mdash are huge.

What to order: You don't come across crepes every day, so when you do, order them &mdash especially when they're filled with fruit and chocolate.

Location: West Village, Manhattan

Be careful not to get too sloppy during the bottomless brunch offered at this hip Southwestern restaurant restaurant and tequila bar. The two hours of unlimited drinks (a choice of mimosa, wine, or frozen margarita ) is more than enough time to get a (tame) buzz.

What to order: The egg dishes are the bomb &mdash try the breakfast burrito or the huevos rancheros.

Location: Astoria, Queens

This casual Aussie restaurant in Astoria is a fun, reasonably priced spot to sample cuisine from Down Under. For brunch, go big with the Sheep Shearer's Brekkie &mdash three eggs, applewood bacon, and two pikelets (pancakes), plus a Coopers on tap.

What to order: Feeling adventurous? Try the kangaroo burger, served with caramelized onions on a toasted bun (if it helps, the meat is low in fat).

Location: Lower East Side, Manhattan

How can we talk about great brunches in New York City and not mention bagels with lox and a schmear? Nosh on that, and other delicious Jewish deli items (knishes, potato latkes, pickled herring, etc.), at Russ & Daughters Cafe on the Lower East Side.

What to order: If you're with a group, order one of the platters, which comes with smoked fish, cream cheese, bagels, and all the fixings.

Location: Battery Park City, Manhattan

If you're craving Mexican, it's worth the schlep to Battery Park to dine at El Vez. Fuel up for the day with a plate of huevos rancheros, served with chorizo and black beans. The menu also has breakfast burritos, tortilla soup, mahi mahi tacos, and, of course, guac and chips.

What to order: The margarita list here is impressive &mdash try the frozen blood orange version.

Location: NoMad (and other NYC locations), Manhattan

Brunch at any of The Smith restaurants &mdash there are ones in NoMad, near Lincoln Center, and elsewhere &mdash is definitely a scene. The mimosas and bloody marys make the inevitable wait for a table go quicker, and the menu features everything from avocado toast to eggs Benedict.

What to order: Try the house-made sodas in flavors like cucumber ginger beer and agave lemonade.

Location: Soho, Manhattan

While you can't go wrong with a bagel and smoked salmon at this Jewish-style eatery, those in the know order the French toast, made with challah bread. First, it's soaked overnight in egg, milk, and cinnamon, then it's deep-fried for decadent deliciousness.

What to order: You won't have room after the French toast, but why not get an order of cheese blintzes to go?

Location: Upper East Side, Manhattan

The Penrose, with its top-notch cocktail program and cool-but-unpretentious vibe, is an Upper East Side brunch staple. If you're being good, go for the avocado toast, but if you're being bad, go for the fried-chicken-and-waffle combo or a burger topped with a fried egg, Irish cheddar, and smoked bacon.

What to order: Coffee with a kick: Try an iced Irish coffee or a cold-brew Negroni, made with cold-brew coffee, Campari, and sweet vermouth.

Location: Dumbo, Brooklyn

At cavernous Sugarcane, steps from the Dumbo waterfront, brunch goes until 4:30 p.m, so it could become an all-day affair. The small-plates menu has everything from classic egg and waffle dishes to specialty sushi rolls and grilled cheese made with manchego and slices of smoked beef cheek.

What to order: Order a few crudos for the table &mdash try the yellowfin tuna tartare and the scallops with black truffle and lime.

Location: Gramercy Park, Manhattan

For brunch fare with an Italian twist, head to Maialino at the Gramercy Park Hotel. Start out with an order of brushchetta, followed by a mushroom egg-white frittata or ricotta pancakes topped with kumquat jam (and you can't go wrong with any of the homemade pastas).

What to order: Be sure to order a side of pancetta, the thick-cut Italian-style black-pepper bacon.

Location: Greenwich Village, Manhattan

Loring Place, housed in a 19th-century building in the Village, excels during brunch, with market-driven American dishes from chef Dan Kluger (formerly of Jean-Georges' ABC Kitchen). The menu features items like banana-and-chocolate donut holes, cheddar waffles and eggs, and whole-wheat smoked-salmon-topped pizza.

What to order: The cheeseburger topped with pepper aioli, and the house-cured bacon is divine.

Location: West Village, Manhattan

This beloved neighborhood spot on Hudson Street specializes in family-style Chinese food in a rustic, farmhouse space with communal tables. Dig into dishes like barbecued pork belly, spicy crispy beef, and all manner of dumplings. There's also a branch on the Upper West Side (and a London outpost!).

What to order: The signature dish is the "Pac-Man" shrimp dumplings.

Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

This stylish spot serves seasonal Peruvian small plates. Feast on items like ceviche, Swiss chard empanadas, and scrambled eggs with huacho sausage from chef Erik Ramirez, who trained at Eleven Madison Park. You'll also find Peruvian libations, such as Cusqueña beer and pisco sours. In warm weather, have a drink on the rooftop bar.

What to order: The crispy pork shoulder sandwich with a red onion salsa.

Location: Upper East Side, Manhattan

E.A.T., open since 1973, is an UES staple. Located on ritzy Madison Avenue, it's the perfect place to stop in for brunch after hitting the shops or the nearby Met museum. The menu has everything from matzo ball soup and turkey clubs to quiche lorraine and potato pancakes with apple sauce and crème fraîche.

What to order: You can't go wrong with a classic bagel and lox.

Location: Chelsea, Manhattan

Before a visit to the Whitney Museum of American Art or a walk along the High Line, fuel up at Santina, a coastal Italian hotspot from Major Food Group (who also do Carbone and The Grill). Start out with a bellini, then dig in to dishes like a shrimp frittata, a bacon, egg, and fontina cheese sandwich, or panettone French toast.

What to order: Don't miss the zucchini muffins.

Location: Soho, Manhattan

On the border of Soho and Chinatown is Nickel & Diner, a modern updated version of a classic diner. During brunch, which starts at 9:30 a.m., options range from buttermilk pancakes and marinated hanger steak and eggs to a grilled burger made from organic beef and topped with a Tabasco remoulade.

What to order: Sides like hickory smoked bacon and potato hash make brunch even better.

Location: West Village, Manhattan

Located in the West Village, Bistro Pierre Lapin is an upscale French bistro in a cozy corner spot on Bank Street, between Greenwich and Hudson. Its brunch menu includes an heirloom tomato-and-feta salad, foie gras mousse on a toasted baguette, and a croque madame sandwich served with pommes frites.

What to order: The whole-roasted chicken is one of the house specialties.


A Native New Yorker&rsquos Guide to the Best Brunch Spots in NYC

From flapjacks to frittatas (not to mention hangover-curing bloody marys), we have all your brunch needs covered.

Brunch is a weekend ritual that's practically guaranteed in the New York City charter. This midday meal doesn't have to be fancy &mdash just some eggs and pancakes will do (though creativity is always welcome), along with mimosas to kick off day-drinking in style. There are endless debates on where to find the best brunch in NYC , so whether you're looking for classic or under-the-radar, sweet or savory, healthy or gut-busting, here are a few Big Apple brunch standouts.

Location: Financial District

If you're craving Mexican, head to Toro Loco on Stone Street, the pedestrian-only cobbled street in the oldest part of New York City. Fuel up for the day on delicious chorizo-filled breakfast burritos and huevos rancheros, and knock back tequila-based drinks amid a total party vibe.

What to order: Try one of the specialty cocktails, with fun names like Devil in Disguise and Say Aloe to My Little Friend.

Location: Gramercy

At this brunch hotspot, featuring a homey decor of wood-and-leather booths and checked tablecloths, enjoy classic brunch fare, such as eggs Benedict and buttermilk pancakes, along with artisanal pizzas topped with ingredients like smoked salmon, sausage, and kale.

What to order: An order of donuts for the table is must &mdash the vanilla bean sea salt and chocolate hazelnut are standouts.

Location: Soho, Manhattan

The brunch menu at Harold's, within the Arlo Soho Hotel, is all about Southern-inspired comfort food. Try classics like johnnycakes topped with a citrus compote, and chicken and waffles. The egg dishes are pretty good, too &mdash the huevos rancheros will fill you up for the day.

What to order: Be sure to visit the bloody mary bar, which has a selection of more than 20 hot sauces to give your drink some zip.

Location: Times Square, Manhattan

Expect playful brunch offerings at the Magic Hour, a whimsical indoor/outdoor rooftop bar in midtown. Its menu has classics, but with over-the-top spins, such as a plate of pancakes stacked with 20 fluffy flapjacks and crispy French toast layered Jenga-style. Plus, there are always fun (and sharable!) cocktails.

What to order: You won't be disappointed with the Magic Mule cocktail.

Location: Tribeca, Manhattan

Though Bubby's, a Tribeca institution, is no longer open 24/7, it does offer brunch everyday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is important, because you may just crave a green chile burger first thing in the morning or Nutella pancakes in the late afternoon.

What to order: Save room for a slice of banana cream pie &mdash Bubby's actually got its start back in 1990 selling pies to local restaurants.

Location: Nolita, Manhattan

Egg Shop is dedicated to that pretty-close-to-perfect dish, the egg sandwich, making it an ideal brunch choice. Order from the menu, or custom-make your own &mdash perhaps egg whites and feta cheese &mdash topped with a caramelized onion aioli on a buttermilk biscuit.

What to order: Enter food coma territory with the Beast, a fried-egg-and-pulled-pork sandwich drizzled with chipotle bourbon ketchup and served on a French hero.

Location: Financial District, Manhattan

The Dead Rabbit is known for its cocktails &mdash it was named one of the best bars in the world by Conde Nast Traveler, but it also does a pretty fab brunch, especially if you're down for a full Irish breakfast: fried eggs, rashers (bacon), bangers (sausages), fried tomatoes, and thick wheat bread with Irish butter.

What to order: If you're so inclined, the bar has a world-class selection of Irish whiskey, including Tullamore Dew, Jameson, and Yellow Spot.

Location: Lower East Side, Manhattan

Considered one of NYC's best brunch spots, Clinton Street Baking Co. is known for its fluffier-than-air flapjacks. Choose between the Maine blueberry, banana walnut, or chocolate chunk &mdash and don't be shy with the warm maple butter syrup.

What to order: Offset all that sweetness with protein-packed sides like double-smoked bacon or heritage pork sausage.

Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

The brunch dishes (ceviche with avocado and jalapeño, egg-topped burgers on brioche) at Lighthouse, an unpretentious spot with communal wooden tables, are like little works of art. But don't worry, once you're done posting your photos, the dishes taste as good as they look.

What to order: There are plenty of good beer and cocktail options, but why not try one of the ciders? J.K.'s is an organic hard cider from Michigan.

Location: Upper East Side (and other NYC locations), Manhattan

This Upper East Side restaurant is a classic New York City brunch spot (there are four other Manhattan locations). The menu has a bit of everything &mdash cheese omelets, apple-cinnamon French toast, frittatas, and, to drink, mimosas and bellinis.

What to order: Brunch isn't complete without a basket of Sarabeth's muffins. (They're all tasty, but you'll want the pumpkin all to yourself.)

Location: Bushwick, Brooklyn

The menu at this all-vegan retro diner (complete with a black-and-white checkered floor) runs across the board, from comfort foods like chicken and waffles, to Belgian waffles topped with powered sugar, to kale Caesar salads and deep-fried cauliflower po'boys.

What to order: A classic milkshake, float, or an egg cream &mdash just like you'd find at an old-fashioned New York City luncheonette.

Location: Harlem, Manhattan

Are you ready for chicken and waffles? Red Rooster, from celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, does a mouthwatering version (love the smoked maple syrup). Shrimp and grits is another Southern-style dish to order, along with sides like mac 'n' cheese mixed with collard greens. Plus, this perennial hotspot recently took the top spot in eater.com's list of best brunches in NYC.

What to order: A side of cornbread, served with honey butter and tomato jam, is a must.

Location: Soho, Manhattan

The people watching alone make this beloved brasserie one of the best places for brunch in NYC. Treat yourself right &mdash start out with a glass of Champagne and oysters on the half shell, followed by steak frites or a very tempting brioche French toast.

What to order: There's an in-house patisserie, so be sure to take home a few fresh-from-the-oven pain au chocolat.

Location: Crown Heights, Brooklyn

Can't make it to New Orleans for the weekend? Brunching at Catfish is the next best thing. Start off with a Hurricane or a Pimm's Cup, then step it up a notch with the double-shot Voodoo Bloody Mary (it'll surely cure whatever residual hangover you're nursing).

What to order: You won't be disappointed by the Delta omelet, packed with crawfish, shrimp, and gruyere, and served with grits.

Location: Midtown, Manhattan

Norma's, within Le Parker Meridien hotel, is famous throughout New York City for its all-day breakfast and weekend brunch (it's a tourist hotspot). Come hungry, because the portions &mdash the breakfast quesadilla comes to mind &mdash are huge.

What to order: You don't come across crepes every day, so when you do, order them &mdash especially when they're filled with fruit and chocolate.

Location: West Village, Manhattan

Be careful not to get too sloppy during the bottomless brunch offered at this hip Southwestern restaurant restaurant and tequila bar. The two hours of unlimited drinks (a choice of mimosa, wine, or frozen margarita ) is more than enough time to get a (tame) buzz.

What to order: The egg dishes are the bomb &mdash try the breakfast burrito or the huevos rancheros.

Location: Astoria, Queens

This casual Aussie restaurant in Astoria is a fun, reasonably priced spot to sample cuisine from Down Under. For brunch, go big with the Sheep Shearer's Brekkie &mdash three eggs, applewood bacon, and two pikelets (pancakes), plus a Coopers on tap.

What to order: Feeling adventurous? Try the kangaroo burger, served with caramelized onions on a toasted bun (if it helps, the meat is low in fat).

Location: Lower East Side, Manhattan

How can we talk about great brunches in New York City and not mention bagels with lox and a schmear? Nosh on that, and other delicious Jewish deli items (knishes, potato latkes, pickled herring, etc.), at Russ & Daughters Cafe on the Lower East Side.

What to order: If you're with a group, order one of the platters, which comes with smoked fish, cream cheese, bagels, and all the fixings.

Location: Battery Park City, Manhattan

If you're craving Mexican, it's worth the schlep to Battery Park to dine at El Vez. Fuel up for the day with a plate of huevos rancheros, served with chorizo and black beans. The menu also has breakfast burritos, tortilla soup, mahi mahi tacos, and, of course, guac and chips.

What to order: The margarita list here is impressive &mdash try the frozen blood orange version.

Location: NoMad (and other NYC locations), Manhattan

Brunch at any of The Smith restaurants &mdash there are ones in NoMad, near Lincoln Center, and elsewhere &mdash is definitely a scene. The mimosas and bloody marys make the inevitable wait for a table go quicker, and the menu features everything from avocado toast to eggs Benedict.

What to order: Try the house-made sodas in flavors like cucumber ginger beer and agave lemonade.

Location: Soho, Manhattan

While you can't go wrong with a bagel and smoked salmon at this Jewish-style eatery, those in the know order the French toast, made with challah bread. First, it's soaked overnight in egg, milk, and cinnamon, then it's deep-fried for decadent deliciousness.

What to order: You won't have room after the French toast, but why not get an order of cheese blintzes to go?

Location: Upper East Side, Manhattan

The Penrose, with its top-notch cocktail program and cool-but-unpretentious vibe, is an Upper East Side brunch staple. If you're being good, go for the avocado toast, but if you're being bad, go for the fried-chicken-and-waffle combo or a burger topped with a fried egg, Irish cheddar, and smoked bacon.

What to order: Coffee with a kick: Try an iced Irish coffee or a cold-brew Negroni, made with cold-brew coffee, Campari, and sweet vermouth.

Location: Dumbo, Brooklyn

At cavernous Sugarcane, steps from the Dumbo waterfront, brunch goes until 4:30 p.m, so it could become an all-day affair. The small-plates menu has everything from classic egg and waffle dishes to specialty sushi rolls and grilled cheese made with manchego and slices of smoked beef cheek.

What to order: Order a few crudos for the table &mdash try the yellowfin tuna tartare and the scallops with black truffle and lime.

Location: Gramercy Park, Manhattan

For brunch fare with an Italian twist, head to Maialino at the Gramercy Park Hotel. Start out with an order of brushchetta, followed by a mushroom egg-white frittata or ricotta pancakes topped with kumquat jam (and you can't go wrong with any of the homemade pastas).

What to order: Be sure to order a side of pancetta, the thick-cut Italian-style black-pepper bacon.

Location: Greenwich Village, Manhattan

Loring Place, housed in a 19th-century building in the Village, excels during brunch, with market-driven American dishes from chef Dan Kluger (formerly of Jean-Georges' ABC Kitchen). The menu features items like banana-and-chocolate donut holes, cheddar waffles and eggs, and whole-wheat smoked-salmon-topped pizza.

What to order: The cheeseburger topped with pepper aioli, and the house-cured bacon is divine.

Location: West Village, Manhattan

This beloved neighborhood spot on Hudson Street specializes in family-style Chinese food in a rustic, farmhouse space with communal tables. Dig into dishes like barbecued pork belly, spicy crispy beef, and all manner of dumplings. There's also a branch on the Upper West Side (and a London outpost!).

What to order: The signature dish is the "Pac-Man" shrimp dumplings.

Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

This stylish spot serves seasonal Peruvian small plates. Feast on items like ceviche, Swiss chard empanadas, and scrambled eggs with huacho sausage from chef Erik Ramirez, who trained at Eleven Madison Park. You'll also find Peruvian libations, such as Cusqueña beer and pisco sours. In warm weather, have a drink on the rooftop bar.

What to order: The crispy pork shoulder sandwich with a red onion salsa.

Location: Upper East Side, Manhattan

E.A.T., open since 1973, is an UES staple. Located on ritzy Madison Avenue, it's the perfect place to stop in for brunch after hitting the shops or the nearby Met museum. The menu has everything from matzo ball soup and turkey clubs to quiche lorraine and potato pancakes with apple sauce and crème fraîche.

What to order: You can't go wrong with a classic bagel and lox.

Location: Chelsea, Manhattan

Before a visit to the Whitney Museum of American Art or a walk along the High Line, fuel up at Santina, a coastal Italian hotspot from Major Food Group (who also do Carbone and The Grill). Start out with a bellini, then dig in to dishes like a shrimp frittata, a bacon, egg, and fontina cheese sandwich, or panettone French toast.

What to order: Don't miss the zucchini muffins.

Location: Soho, Manhattan

On the border of Soho and Chinatown is Nickel & Diner, a modern updated version of a classic diner. During brunch, which starts at 9:30 a.m., options range from buttermilk pancakes and marinated hanger steak and eggs to a grilled burger made from organic beef and topped with a Tabasco remoulade.

What to order: Sides like hickory smoked bacon and potato hash make brunch even better.

Location: West Village, Manhattan

Located in the West Village, Bistro Pierre Lapin is an upscale French bistro in a cozy corner spot on Bank Street, between Greenwich and Hudson. Its brunch menu includes an heirloom tomato-and-feta salad, foie gras mousse on a toasted baguette, and a croque madame sandwich served with pommes frites.

What to order: The whole-roasted chicken is one of the house specialties.


A Native New Yorker&rsquos Guide to the Best Brunch Spots in NYC

From flapjacks to frittatas (not to mention hangover-curing bloody marys), we have all your brunch needs covered.

Brunch is a weekend ritual that's practically guaranteed in the New York City charter. This midday meal doesn't have to be fancy &mdash just some eggs and pancakes will do (though creativity is always welcome), along with mimosas to kick off day-drinking in style. There are endless debates on where to find the best brunch in NYC , so whether you're looking for classic or under-the-radar, sweet or savory, healthy or gut-busting, here are a few Big Apple brunch standouts.

Location: Financial District

If you're craving Mexican, head to Toro Loco on Stone Street, the pedestrian-only cobbled street in the oldest part of New York City. Fuel up for the day on delicious chorizo-filled breakfast burritos and huevos rancheros, and knock back tequila-based drinks amid a total party vibe.

What to order: Try one of the specialty cocktails, with fun names like Devil in Disguise and Say Aloe to My Little Friend.

Location: Gramercy

At this brunch hotspot, featuring a homey decor of wood-and-leather booths and checked tablecloths, enjoy classic brunch fare, such as eggs Benedict and buttermilk pancakes, along with artisanal pizzas topped with ingredients like smoked salmon, sausage, and kale.

What to order: An order of donuts for the table is must &mdash the vanilla bean sea salt and chocolate hazelnut are standouts.

Location: Soho, Manhattan

The brunch menu at Harold's, within the Arlo Soho Hotel, is all about Southern-inspired comfort food. Try classics like johnnycakes topped with a citrus compote, and chicken and waffles. The egg dishes are pretty good, too &mdash the huevos rancheros will fill you up for the day.

What to order: Be sure to visit the bloody mary bar, which has a selection of more than 20 hot sauces to give your drink some zip.

Location: Times Square, Manhattan

Expect playful brunch offerings at the Magic Hour, a whimsical indoor/outdoor rooftop bar in midtown. Its menu has classics, but with over-the-top spins, such as a plate of pancakes stacked with 20 fluffy flapjacks and crispy French toast layered Jenga-style. Plus, there are always fun (and sharable!) cocktails.

What to order: You won't be disappointed with the Magic Mule cocktail.

Location: Tribeca, Manhattan

Though Bubby's, a Tribeca institution, is no longer open 24/7, it does offer brunch everyday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is important, because you may just crave a green chile burger first thing in the morning or Nutella pancakes in the late afternoon.

What to order: Save room for a slice of banana cream pie &mdash Bubby's actually got its start back in 1990 selling pies to local restaurants.

Location: Nolita, Manhattan

Egg Shop is dedicated to that pretty-close-to-perfect dish, the egg sandwich, making it an ideal brunch choice. Order from the menu, or custom-make your own &mdash perhaps egg whites and feta cheese &mdash topped with a caramelized onion aioli on a buttermilk biscuit.

What to order: Enter food coma territory with the Beast, a fried-egg-and-pulled-pork sandwich drizzled with chipotle bourbon ketchup and served on a French hero.

Location: Financial District, Manhattan

The Dead Rabbit is known for its cocktails &mdash it was named one of the best bars in the world by Conde Nast Traveler, but it also does a pretty fab brunch, especially if you're down for a full Irish breakfast: fried eggs, rashers (bacon), bangers (sausages), fried tomatoes, and thick wheat bread with Irish butter.

What to order: If you're so inclined, the bar has a world-class selection of Irish whiskey, including Tullamore Dew, Jameson, and Yellow Spot.

Location: Lower East Side, Manhattan

Considered one of NYC's best brunch spots, Clinton Street Baking Co. is known for its fluffier-than-air flapjacks. Choose between the Maine blueberry, banana walnut, or chocolate chunk &mdash and don't be shy with the warm maple butter syrup.

What to order: Offset all that sweetness with protein-packed sides like double-smoked bacon or heritage pork sausage.

Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

The brunch dishes (ceviche with avocado and jalapeño, egg-topped burgers on brioche) at Lighthouse, an unpretentious spot with communal wooden tables, are like little works of art. But don't worry, once you're done posting your photos, the dishes taste as good as they look.

What to order: There are plenty of good beer and cocktail options, but why not try one of the ciders? J.K.'s is an organic hard cider from Michigan.

Location: Upper East Side (and other NYC locations), Manhattan

This Upper East Side restaurant is a classic New York City brunch spot (there are four other Manhattan locations). The menu has a bit of everything &mdash cheese omelets, apple-cinnamon French toast, frittatas, and, to drink, mimosas and bellinis.

What to order: Brunch isn't complete without a basket of Sarabeth's muffins. (They're all tasty, but you'll want the pumpkin all to yourself.)

Location: Bushwick, Brooklyn

The menu at this all-vegan retro diner (complete with a black-and-white checkered floor) runs across the board, from comfort foods like chicken and waffles, to Belgian waffles topped with powered sugar, to kale Caesar salads and deep-fried cauliflower po'boys.

What to order: A classic milkshake, float, or an egg cream &mdash just like you'd find at an old-fashioned New York City luncheonette.

Location: Harlem, Manhattan

Are you ready for chicken and waffles? Red Rooster, from celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, does a mouthwatering version (love the smoked maple syrup). Shrimp and grits is another Southern-style dish to order, along with sides like mac 'n' cheese mixed with collard greens. Plus, this perennial hotspot recently took the top spot in eater.com's list of best brunches in NYC.

What to order: A side of cornbread, served with honey butter and tomato jam, is a must.

Location: Soho, Manhattan

The people watching alone make this beloved brasserie one of the best places for brunch in NYC. Treat yourself right &mdash start out with a glass of Champagne and oysters on the half shell, followed by steak frites or a very tempting brioche French toast.

What to order: There's an in-house patisserie, so be sure to take home a few fresh-from-the-oven pain au chocolat.

Location: Crown Heights, Brooklyn

Can't make it to New Orleans for the weekend? Brunching at Catfish is the next best thing. Start off with a Hurricane or a Pimm's Cup, then step it up a notch with the double-shot Voodoo Bloody Mary (it'll surely cure whatever residual hangover you're nursing).

What to order: You won't be disappointed by the Delta omelet, packed with crawfish, shrimp, and gruyere, and served with grits.

Location: Midtown, Manhattan

Norma's, within Le Parker Meridien hotel, is famous throughout New York City for its all-day breakfast and weekend brunch (it's a tourist hotspot). Come hungry, because the portions &mdash the breakfast quesadilla comes to mind &mdash are huge.

What to order: You don't come across crepes every day, so when you do, order them &mdash especially when they're filled with fruit and chocolate.

Location: West Village, Manhattan

Be careful not to get too sloppy during the bottomless brunch offered at this hip Southwestern restaurant restaurant and tequila bar. The two hours of unlimited drinks (a choice of mimosa, wine, or frozen margarita ) is more than enough time to get a (tame) buzz.

What to order: The egg dishes are the bomb &mdash try the breakfast burrito or the huevos rancheros.

Location: Astoria, Queens

This casual Aussie restaurant in Astoria is a fun, reasonably priced spot to sample cuisine from Down Under. For brunch, go big with the Sheep Shearer's Brekkie &mdash three eggs, applewood bacon, and two pikelets (pancakes), plus a Coopers on tap.

What to order: Feeling adventurous? Try the kangaroo burger, served with caramelized onions on a toasted bun (if it helps, the meat is low in fat).

Location: Lower East Side, Manhattan

How can we talk about great brunches in New York City and not mention bagels with lox and a schmear? Nosh on that, and other delicious Jewish deli items (knishes, potato latkes, pickled herring, etc.), at Russ & Daughters Cafe on the Lower East Side.

What to order: If you're with a group, order one of the platters, which comes with smoked fish, cream cheese, bagels, and all the fixings.

Location: Battery Park City, Manhattan

If you're craving Mexican, it's worth the schlep to Battery Park to dine at El Vez. Fuel up for the day with a plate of huevos rancheros, served with chorizo and black beans. The menu also has breakfast burritos, tortilla soup, mahi mahi tacos, and, of course, guac and chips.

What to order: The margarita list here is impressive &mdash try the frozen blood orange version.

Location: NoMad (and other NYC locations), Manhattan

Brunch at any of The Smith restaurants &mdash there are ones in NoMad, near Lincoln Center, and elsewhere &mdash is definitely a scene. The mimosas and bloody marys make the inevitable wait for a table go quicker, and the menu features everything from avocado toast to eggs Benedict.

What to order: Try the house-made sodas in flavors like cucumber ginger beer and agave lemonade.

Location: Soho, Manhattan

While you can't go wrong with a bagel and smoked salmon at this Jewish-style eatery, those in the know order the French toast, made with challah bread. First, it's soaked overnight in egg, milk, and cinnamon, then it's deep-fried for decadent deliciousness.

What to order: You won't have room after the French toast, but why not get an order of cheese blintzes to go?

Location: Upper East Side, Manhattan

The Penrose, with its top-notch cocktail program and cool-but-unpretentious vibe, is an Upper East Side brunch staple. If you're being good, go for the avocado toast, but if you're being bad, go for the fried-chicken-and-waffle combo or a burger topped with a fried egg, Irish cheddar, and smoked bacon.

What to order: Coffee with a kick: Try an iced Irish coffee or a cold-brew Negroni, made with cold-brew coffee, Campari, and sweet vermouth.

Location: Dumbo, Brooklyn

At cavernous Sugarcane, steps from the Dumbo waterfront, brunch goes until 4:30 p.m, so it could become an all-day affair. The small-plates menu has everything from classic egg and waffle dishes to specialty sushi rolls and grilled cheese made with manchego and slices of smoked beef cheek.

What to order: Order a few crudos for the table &mdash try the yellowfin tuna tartare and the scallops with black truffle and lime.

Location: Gramercy Park, Manhattan

For brunch fare with an Italian twist, head to Maialino at the Gramercy Park Hotel. Start out with an order of brushchetta, followed by a mushroom egg-white frittata or ricotta pancakes topped with kumquat jam (and you can't go wrong with any of the homemade pastas).

What to order: Be sure to order a side of pancetta, the thick-cut Italian-style black-pepper bacon.

Location: Greenwich Village, Manhattan

Loring Place, housed in a 19th-century building in the Village, excels during brunch, with market-driven American dishes from chef Dan Kluger (formerly of Jean-Georges' ABC Kitchen). The menu features items like banana-and-chocolate donut holes, cheddar waffles and eggs, and whole-wheat smoked-salmon-topped pizza.

What to order: The cheeseburger topped with pepper aioli, and the house-cured bacon is divine.

Location: West Village, Manhattan

This beloved neighborhood spot on Hudson Street specializes in family-style Chinese food in a rustic, farmhouse space with communal tables. Dig into dishes like barbecued pork belly, spicy crispy beef, and all manner of dumplings. There's also a branch on the Upper West Side (and a London outpost!).

What to order: The signature dish is the "Pac-Man" shrimp dumplings.

Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

This stylish spot serves seasonal Peruvian small plates. Feast on items like ceviche, Swiss chard empanadas, and scrambled eggs with huacho sausage from chef Erik Ramirez, who trained at Eleven Madison Park. You'll also find Peruvian libations, such as Cusqueña beer and pisco sours. In warm weather, have a drink on the rooftop bar.

What to order: The crispy pork shoulder sandwich with a red onion salsa.

Location: Upper East Side, Manhattan

E.A.T., open since 1973, is an UES staple. Located on ritzy Madison Avenue, it's the perfect place to stop in for brunch after hitting the shops or the nearby Met museum. The menu has everything from matzo ball soup and turkey clubs to quiche lorraine and potato pancakes with apple sauce and crème fraîche.

What to order: You can't go wrong with a classic bagel and lox.

Location: Chelsea, Manhattan

Before a visit to the Whitney Museum of American Art or a walk along the High Line, fuel up at Santina, a coastal Italian hotspot from Major Food Group (who also do Carbone and The Grill). Start out with a bellini, then dig in to dishes like a shrimp frittata, a bacon, egg, and fontina cheese sandwich, or panettone French toast.

What to order: Don't miss the zucchini muffins.

Location: Soho, Manhattan

On the border of Soho and Chinatown is Nickel & Diner, a modern updated version of a classic diner. During brunch, which starts at 9:30 a.m., options range from buttermilk pancakes and marinated hanger steak and eggs to a grilled burger made from organic beef and topped with a Tabasco remoulade.

What to order: Sides like hickory smoked bacon and potato hash make brunch even better.

Location: West Village, Manhattan

Located in the West Village, Bistro Pierre Lapin is an upscale French bistro in a cozy corner spot on Bank Street, between Greenwich and Hudson. Its brunch menu includes an heirloom tomato-and-feta salad, foie gras mousse on a toasted baguette, and a croque madame sandwich served with pommes frites.

What to order: The whole-roasted chicken is one of the house specialties.


A Native New Yorker&rsquos Guide to the Best Brunch Spots in NYC

From flapjacks to frittatas (not to mention hangover-curing bloody marys), we have all your brunch needs covered.

Brunch is a weekend ritual that's practically guaranteed in the New York City charter. This midday meal doesn't have to be fancy &mdash just some eggs and pancakes will do (though creativity is always welcome), along with mimosas to kick off day-drinking in style. There are endless debates on where to find the best brunch in NYC , so whether you're looking for classic or under-the-radar, sweet or savory, healthy or gut-busting, here are a few Big Apple brunch standouts.

Location: Financial District

If you're craving Mexican, head to Toro Loco on Stone Street, the pedestrian-only cobbled street in the oldest part of New York City. Fuel up for the day on delicious chorizo-filled breakfast burritos and huevos rancheros, and knock back tequila-based drinks amid a total party vibe.

What to order: Try one of the specialty cocktails, with fun names like Devil in Disguise and Say Aloe to My Little Friend.

Location: Gramercy

At this brunch hotspot, featuring a homey decor of wood-and-leather booths and checked tablecloths, enjoy classic brunch fare, such as eggs Benedict and buttermilk pancakes, along with artisanal pizzas topped with ingredients like smoked salmon, sausage, and kale.

What to order: An order of donuts for the table is must &mdash the vanilla bean sea salt and chocolate hazelnut are standouts.

Location: Soho, Manhattan

The brunch menu at Harold's, within the Arlo Soho Hotel, is all about Southern-inspired comfort food. Try classics like johnnycakes topped with a citrus compote, and chicken and waffles. The egg dishes are pretty good, too &mdash the huevos rancheros will fill you up for the day.

What to order: Be sure to visit the bloody mary bar, which has a selection of more than 20 hot sauces to give your drink some zip.

Location: Times Square, Manhattan

Expect playful brunch offerings at the Magic Hour, a whimsical indoor/outdoor rooftop bar in midtown. Its menu has classics, but with over-the-top spins, such as a plate of pancakes stacked with 20 fluffy flapjacks and crispy French toast layered Jenga-style. Plus, there are always fun (and sharable!) cocktails.

What to order: You won't be disappointed with the Magic Mule cocktail.

Location: Tribeca, Manhattan

Though Bubby's, a Tribeca institution, is no longer open 24/7, it does offer brunch everyday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is important, because you may just crave a green chile burger first thing in the morning or Nutella pancakes in the late afternoon.

What to order: Save room for a slice of banana cream pie &mdash Bubby's actually got its start back in 1990 selling pies to local restaurants.

Location: Nolita, Manhattan

Egg Shop is dedicated to that pretty-close-to-perfect dish, the egg sandwich, making it an ideal brunch choice. Order from the menu, or custom-make your own &mdash perhaps egg whites and feta cheese &mdash topped with a caramelized onion aioli on a buttermilk biscuit.

What to order: Enter food coma territory with the Beast, a fried-egg-and-pulled-pork sandwich drizzled with chipotle bourbon ketchup and served on a French hero.

Location: Financial District, Manhattan

The Dead Rabbit is known for its cocktails &mdash it was named one of the best bars in the world by Conde Nast Traveler, but it also does a pretty fab brunch, especially if you're down for a full Irish breakfast: fried eggs, rashers (bacon), bangers (sausages), fried tomatoes, and thick wheat bread with Irish butter.

What to order: If you're so inclined, the bar has a world-class selection of Irish whiskey, including Tullamore Dew, Jameson, and Yellow Spot.

Location: Lower East Side, Manhattan

Considered one of NYC's best brunch spots, Clinton Street Baking Co. is known for its fluffier-than-air flapjacks. Choose between the Maine blueberry, banana walnut, or chocolate chunk &mdash and don't be shy with the warm maple butter syrup.

What to order: Offset all that sweetness with protein-packed sides like double-smoked bacon or heritage pork sausage.

Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

The brunch dishes (ceviche with avocado and jalapeño, egg-topped burgers on brioche) at Lighthouse, an unpretentious spot with communal wooden tables, are like little works of art. But don't worry, once you're done posting your photos, the dishes taste as good as they look.

What to order: There are plenty of good beer and cocktail options, but why not try one of the ciders? J.K.'s is an organic hard cider from Michigan.

Location: Upper East Side (and other NYC locations), Manhattan

This Upper East Side restaurant is a classic New York City brunch spot (there are four other Manhattan locations). The menu has a bit of everything &mdash cheese omelets, apple-cinnamon French toast, frittatas, and, to drink, mimosas and bellinis.

What to order: Brunch isn't complete without a basket of Sarabeth's muffins. (They're all tasty, but you'll want the pumpkin all to yourself.)

Location: Bushwick, Brooklyn

The menu at this all-vegan retro diner (complete with a black-and-white checkered floor) runs across the board, from comfort foods like chicken and waffles, to Belgian waffles topped with powered sugar, to kale Caesar salads and deep-fried cauliflower po'boys.

What to order: A classic milkshake, float, or an egg cream &mdash just like you'd find at an old-fashioned New York City luncheonette.

Location: Harlem, Manhattan

Are you ready for chicken and waffles? Red Rooster, from celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, does a mouthwatering version (love the smoked maple syrup). Shrimp and grits is another Southern-style dish to order, along with sides like mac 'n' cheese mixed with collard greens. Plus, this perennial hotspot recently took the top spot in eater.com's list of best brunches in NYC.

What to order: A side of cornbread, served with honey butter and tomato jam, is a must.

Location: Soho, Manhattan

The people watching alone make this beloved brasserie one of the best places for brunch in NYC. Treat yourself right &mdash start out with a glass of Champagne and oysters on the half shell, followed by steak frites or a very tempting brioche French toast.

What to order: There's an in-house patisserie, so be sure to take home a few fresh-from-the-oven pain au chocolat.

Location: Crown Heights, Brooklyn

Can't make it to New Orleans for the weekend? Brunching at Catfish is the next best thing. Start off with a Hurricane or a Pimm's Cup, then step it up a notch with the double-shot Voodoo Bloody Mary (it'll surely cure whatever residual hangover you're nursing).

What to order: You won't be disappointed by the Delta omelet, packed with crawfish, shrimp, and gruyere, and served with grits.

Location: Midtown, Manhattan

Norma's, within Le Parker Meridien hotel, is famous throughout New York City for its all-day breakfast and weekend brunch (it's a tourist hotspot). Come hungry, because the portions &mdash the breakfast quesadilla comes to mind &mdash are huge.

What to order: You don't come across crepes every day, so when you do, order them &mdash especially when they're filled with fruit and chocolate.

Location: West Village, Manhattan

Be careful not to get too sloppy during the bottomless brunch offered at this hip Southwestern restaurant restaurant and tequila bar. The two hours of unlimited drinks (a choice of mimosa, wine, or frozen margarita ) is more than enough time to get a (tame) buzz.

What to order: The egg dishes are the bomb &mdash try the breakfast burrito or the huevos rancheros.

Location: Astoria, Queens

This casual Aussie restaurant in Astoria is a fun, reasonably priced spot to sample cuisine from Down Under. For brunch, go big with the Sheep Shearer's Brekkie &mdash three eggs, applewood bacon, and two pikelets (pancakes), plus a Coopers on tap.

What to order: Feeling adventurous? Try the kangaroo burger, served with caramelized onions on a toasted bun (if it helps, the meat is low in fat).

Location: Lower East Side, Manhattan

How can we talk about great brunches in New York City and not mention bagels with lox and a schmear? Nosh on that, and other delicious Jewish deli items (knishes, potato latkes, pickled herring, etc.), at Russ & Daughters Cafe on the Lower East Side.

What to order: If you're with a group, order one of the platters, which comes with smoked fish, cream cheese, bagels, and all the fixings.

Location: Battery Park City, Manhattan

If you're craving Mexican, it's worth the schlep to Battery Park to dine at El Vez. Fuel up for the day with a plate of huevos rancheros, served with chorizo and black beans. The menu also has breakfast burritos, tortilla soup, mahi mahi tacos, and, of course, guac and chips.

What to order: The margarita list here is impressive &mdash try the frozen blood orange version.

Location: NoMad (and other NYC locations), Manhattan

Brunch at any of The Smith restaurants &mdash there are ones in NoMad, near Lincoln Center, and elsewhere &mdash is definitely a scene. The mimosas and bloody marys make the inevitable wait for a table go quicker, and the menu features everything from avocado toast to eggs Benedict.

What to order: Try the house-made sodas in flavors like cucumber ginger beer and agave lemonade.

Location: Soho, Manhattan

While you can't go wrong with a bagel and smoked salmon at this Jewish-style eatery, those in the know order the French toast, made with challah bread. First, it's soaked overnight in egg, milk, and cinnamon, then it's deep-fried for decadent deliciousness.

What to order: You won't have room after the French toast, but why not get an order of cheese blintzes to go?

Location: Upper East Side, Manhattan

The Penrose, with its top-notch cocktail program and cool-but-unpretentious vibe, is an Upper East Side brunch staple. If you're being good, go for the avocado toast, but if you're being bad, go for the fried-chicken-and-waffle combo or a burger topped with a fried egg, Irish cheddar, and smoked bacon.

What to order: Coffee with a kick: Try an iced Irish coffee or a cold-brew Negroni, made with cold-brew coffee, Campari, and sweet vermouth.

Location: Dumbo, Brooklyn

At cavernous Sugarcane, steps from the Dumbo waterfront, brunch goes until 4:30 p.m, so it could become an all-day affair. The small-plates menu has everything from classic egg and waffle dishes to specialty sushi rolls and grilled cheese made with manchego and slices of smoked beef cheek.

What to order: Order a few crudos for the table &mdash try the yellowfin tuna tartare and the scallops with black truffle and lime.

Location: Gramercy Park, Manhattan

For brunch fare with an Italian twist, head to Maialino at the Gramercy Park Hotel. Start out with an order of brushchetta, followed by a mushroom egg-white frittata or ricotta pancakes topped with kumquat jam (and you can't go wrong with any of the homemade pastas).

What to order: Be sure to order a side of pancetta, the thick-cut Italian-style black-pepper bacon.

Location: Greenwich Village, Manhattan

Loring Place, housed in a 19th-century building in the Village, excels during brunch, with market-driven American dishes from chef Dan Kluger (formerly of Jean-Georges' ABC Kitchen). The menu features items like banana-and-chocolate donut holes, cheddar waffles and eggs, and whole-wheat smoked-salmon-topped pizza.

What to order: The cheeseburger topped with pepper aioli, and the house-cured bacon is divine.

Location: West Village, Manhattan

This beloved neighborhood spot on Hudson Street specializes in family-style Chinese food in a rustic, farmhouse space with communal tables. Dig into dishes like barbecued pork belly, spicy crispy beef, and all manner of dumplings. There's also a branch on the Upper West Side (and a London outpost!).

What to order: The signature dish is the "Pac-Man" shrimp dumplings.

Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

This stylish spot serves seasonal Peruvian small plates. Feast on items like ceviche, Swiss chard empanadas, and scrambled eggs with huacho sausage from chef Erik Ramirez, who trained at Eleven Madison Park. You'll also find Peruvian libations, such as Cusqueña beer and pisco sours. In warm weather, have a drink on the rooftop bar.

What to order: The crispy pork shoulder sandwich with a red onion salsa.

Location: Upper East Side, Manhattan

E.A.T., open since 1973, is an UES staple. Located on ritzy Madison Avenue, it's the perfect place to stop in for brunch after hitting the shops or the nearby Met museum. The menu has everything from matzo ball soup and turkey clubs to quiche lorraine and potato pancakes with apple sauce and crème fraîche.

What to order: You can't go wrong with a classic bagel and lox.

Location: Chelsea, Manhattan

Before a visit to the Whitney Museum of American Art or a walk along the High Line, fuel up at Santina, a coastal Italian hotspot from Major Food Group (who also do Carbone and The Grill). Start out with a bellini, then dig in to dishes like a shrimp frittata, a bacon, egg, and fontina cheese sandwich, or panettone French toast.

What to order: Don't miss the zucchini muffins.

Location: Soho, Manhattan

On the border of Soho and Chinatown is Nickel & Diner, a modern updated version of a classic diner. During brunch, which starts at 9:30 a.m., options range from buttermilk pancakes and marinated hanger steak and eggs to a grilled burger made from organic beef and topped with a Tabasco remoulade.

What to order: Sides like hickory smoked bacon and potato hash make brunch even better.

Location: West Village, Manhattan

Located in the West Village, Bistro Pierre Lapin is an upscale French bistro in a cozy corner spot on Bank Street, between Greenwich and Hudson. Its brunch menu includes an heirloom tomato-and-feta salad, foie gras mousse on a toasted baguette, and a croque madame sandwich served with pommes frites.

What to order: The whole-roasted chicken is one of the house specialties.


A Native New Yorker&rsquos Guide to the Best Brunch Spots in NYC

From flapjacks to frittatas (not to mention hangover-curing bloody marys), we have all your brunch needs covered.

Brunch is a weekend ritual that's practically guaranteed in the New York City charter. This midday meal doesn't have to be fancy &mdash just some eggs and pancakes will do (though creativity is always welcome), along with mimosas to kick off day-drinking in style. There are endless debates on where to find the best brunch in NYC , so whether you're looking for classic or under-the-radar, sweet or savory, healthy or gut-busting, here are a few Big Apple brunch standouts.

Location: Financial District

If you're craving Mexican, head to Toro Loco on Stone Street, the pedestrian-only cobbled street in the oldest part of New York City. Fuel up for the day on delicious chorizo-filled breakfast burritos and huevos rancheros, and knock back tequila-based drinks amid a total party vibe.

What to order: Try one of the specialty cocktails, with fun names like Devil in Disguise and Say Aloe to My Little Friend.

Location: Gramercy

At this brunch hotspot, featuring a homey decor of wood-and-leather booths and checked tablecloths, enjoy classic brunch fare, such as eggs Benedict and buttermilk pancakes, along with artisanal pizzas topped with ingredients like smoked salmon, sausage, and kale.

What to order: An order of donuts for the table is must &mdash the vanilla bean sea salt and chocolate hazelnut are standouts.

Location: Soho, Manhattan

The brunch menu at Harold's, within the Arlo Soho Hotel, is all about Southern-inspired comfort food. Try classics like johnnycakes topped with a citrus compote, and chicken and waffles. The egg dishes are pretty good, too &mdash the huevos rancheros will fill you up for the day.

What to order: Be sure to visit the bloody mary bar, which has a selection of more than 20 hot sauces to give your drink some zip.

Location: Times Square, Manhattan

Expect playful brunch offerings at the Magic Hour, a whimsical indoor/outdoor rooftop bar in midtown. Its menu has classics, but with over-the-top spins, such as a plate of pancakes stacked with 20 fluffy flapjacks and crispy French toast layered Jenga-style. Plus, there are always fun (and sharable!) cocktails.

What to order: You won't be disappointed with the Magic Mule cocktail.

Location: Tribeca, Manhattan

Though Bubby's, a Tribeca institution, is no longer open 24/7, it does offer brunch everyday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is important, because you may just crave a green chile burger first thing in the morning or Nutella pancakes in the late afternoon.

What to order: Save room for a slice of banana cream pie &mdash Bubby's actually got its start back in 1990 selling pies to local restaurants.

Location: Nolita, Manhattan

Egg Shop is dedicated to that pretty-close-to-perfect dish, the egg sandwich, making it an ideal brunch choice. Order from the menu, or custom-make your own &mdash perhaps egg whites and feta cheese &mdash topped with a caramelized onion aioli on a buttermilk biscuit.

What to order: Enter food coma territory with the Beast, a fried-egg-and-pulled-pork sandwich drizzled with chipotle bourbon ketchup and served on a French hero.

Location: Financial District, Manhattan

The Dead Rabbit is known for its cocktails &mdash it was named one of the best bars in the world by Conde Nast Traveler, but it also does a pretty fab brunch, especially if you're down for a full Irish breakfast: fried eggs, rashers (bacon), bangers (sausages), fried tomatoes, and thick wheat bread with Irish butter.

What to order: If you're so inclined, the bar has a world-class selection of Irish whiskey, including Tullamore Dew, Jameson, and Yellow Spot.

Location: Lower East Side, Manhattan

Considered one of NYC's best brunch spots, Clinton Street Baking Co. is known for its fluffier-than-air flapjacks. Choose between the Maine blueberry, banana walnut, or chocolate chunk &mdash and don't be shy with the warm maple butter syrup.

What to order: Offset all that sweetness with protein-packed sides like double-smoked bacon or heritage pork sausage.

Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

The brunch dishes (ceviche with avocado and jalapeño, egg-topped burgers on brioche) at Lighthouse, an unpretentious spot with communal wooden tables, are like little works of art. But don't worry, once you're done posting your photos, the dishes taste as good as they look.

What to order: There are plenty of good beer and cocktail options, but why not try one of the ciders? J.K.'s is an organic hard cider from Michigan.

Location: Upper East Side (and other NYC locations), Manhattan

This Upper East Side restaurant is a classic New York City brunch spot (there are four other Manhattan locations). The menu has a bit of everything &mdash cheese omelets, apple-cinnamon French toast, frittatas, and, to drink, mimosas and bellinis.

What to order: Brunch isn't complete without a basket of Sarabeth's muffins. (They're all tasty, but you'll want the pumpkin all to yourself.)

Location: Bushwick, Brooklyn

The menu at this all-vegan retro diner (complete with a black-and-white checkered floor) runs across the board, from comfort foods like chicken and waffles, to Belgian waffles topped with powered sugar, to kale Caesar salads and deep-fried cauliflower po'boys.

What to order: A classic milkshake, float, or an egg cream &mdash just like you'd find at an old-fashioned New York City luncheonette.

Location: Harlem, Manhattan

Are you ready for chicken and waffles? Red Rooster, from celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, does a mouthwatering version (love the smoked maple syrup). Shrimp and grits is another Southern-style dish to order, along with sides like mac 'n' cheese mixed with collard greens. Plus, this perennial hotspot recently took the top spot in eater.com's list of best brunches in NYC.

What to order: A side of cornbread, served with honey butter and tomato jam, is a must.

Location: Soho, Manhattan

The people watching alone make this beloved brasserie one of the best places for brunch in NYC. Treat yourself right &mdash start out with a glass of Champagne and oysters on the half shell, followed by steak frites or a very tempting brioche French toast.

What to order: There's an in-house patisserie, so be sure to take home a few fresh-from-the-oven pain au chocolat.

Location: Crown Heights, Brooklyn

Can't make it to New Orleans for the weekend? Brunching at Catfish is the next best thing. Start off with a Hurricane or a Pimm's Cup, then step it up a notch with the double-shot Voodoo Bloody Mary (it'll surely cure whatever residual hangover you're nursing).

What to order: You won't be disappointed by the Delta omelet, packed with crawfish, shrimp, and gruyere, and served with grits.

Location: Midtown, Manhattan

Norma's, within Le Parker Meridien hotel, is famous throughout New York City for its all-day breakfast and weekend brunch (it's a tourist hotspot). Come hungry, because the portions &mdash the breakfast quesadilla comes to mind &mdash are huge.

What to order: You don't come across crepes every day, so when you do, order them &mdash especially when they're filled with fruit and chocolate.

Location: West Village, Manhattan

Be careful not to get too sloppy during the bottomless brunch offered at this hip Southwestern restaurant restaurant and tequila bar. The two hours of unlimited drinks (a choice of mimosa, wine, or frozen margarita ) is more than enough time to get a (tame) buzz.

What to order: The egg dishes are the bomb &mdash try the breakfast burrito or the huevos rancheros.

Location: Astoria, Queens

This casual Aussie restaurant in Astoria is a fun, reasonably priced spot to sample cuisine from Down Under. For brunch, go big with the Sheep Shearer's Brekkie &mdash three eggs, applewood bacon, and two pikelets (pancakes), plus a Coopers on tap.

What to order: Feeling adventurous? Try the kangaroo burger, served with caramelized onions on a toasted bun (if it helps, the meat is low in fat).

Location: Lower East Side, Manhattan

How can we talk about great brunches in New York City and not mention bagels with lox and a schmear? Nosh on that, and other delicious Jewish deli items (knishes, potato latkes, pickled herring, etc.), at Russ & Daughters Cafe on the Lower East Side.

What to order: If you're with a group, order one of the platters, which comes with smoked fish, cream cheese, bagels, and all the fixings.

Location: Battery Park City, Manhattan

If you're craving Mexican, it's worth the schlep to Battery Park to dine at El Vez. Fuel up for the day with a plate of huevos rancheros, served with chorizo and black beans. The menu also has breakfast burritos, tortilla soup, mahi mahi tacos, and, of course, guac and chips.

What to order: The margarita list here is impressive &mdash try the frozen blood orange version.

Location: NoMad (and other NYC locations), Manhattan

Brunch at any of The Smith restaurants &mdash there are ones in NoMad, near Lincoln Center, and elsewhere &mdash is definitely a scene. The mimosas and bloody marys make the inevitable wait for a table go quicker, and the menu features everything from avocado toast to eggs Benedict.

What to order: Try the house-made sodas in flavors like cucumber ginger beer and agave lemonade.

Location: Soho, Manhattan

While you can't go wrong with a bagel and smoked salmon at this Jewish-style eatery, those in the know order the French toast, made with challah bread. First, it's soaked overnight in egg, milk, and cinnamon, then it's deep-fried for decadent deliciousness.

What to order: You won't have room after the French toast, but why not get an order of cheese blintzes to go?

Location: Upper East Side, Manhattan

The Penrose, with its top-notch cocktail program and cool-but-unpretentious vibe, is an Upper East Side brunch staple. If you're being good, go for the avocado toast, but if you're being bad, go for the fried-chicken-and-waffle combo or a burger topped with a fried egg, Irish cheddar, and smoked bacon.

What to order: Coffee with a kick: Try an iced Irish coffee or a cold-brew Negroni, made with cold-brew coffee, Campari, and sweet vermouth.

Location: Dumbo, Brooklyn

At cavernous Sugarcane, steps from the Dumbo waterfront, brunch goes until 4:30 p.m, so it could become an all-day affair. The small-plates menu has everything from classic egg and waffle dishes to specialty sushi rolls and grilled cheese made with manchego and slices of smoked beef cheek.

What to order: Order a few crudos for the table &mdash try the yellowfin tuna tartare and the scallops with black truffle and lime.

Location: Gramercy Park, Manhattan

For brunch fare with an Italian twist, head to Maialino at the Gramercy Park Hotel. Start out with an order of brushchetta, followed by a mushroom egg-white frittata or ricotta pancakes topped with kumquat jam (and you can't go wrong with any of the homemade pastas).

What to order: Be sure to order a side of pancetta, the thick-cut Italian-style black-pepper bacon.

Location: Greenwich Village, Manhattan

Loring Place, housed in a 19th-century building in the Village, excels during brunch, with market-driven American dishes from chef Dan Kluger (formerly of Jean-Georges' ABC Kitchen). The menu features items like banana-and-chocolate donut holes, cheddar waffles and eggs, and whole-wheat smoked-salmon-topped pizza.

What to order: The cheeseburger topped with pepper aioli, and the house-cured bacon is divine.

Location: West Village, Manhattan

This beloved neighborhood spot on Hudson Street specializes in family-style Chinese food in a rustic, farmhouse space with communal tables. Dig into dishes like barbecued pork belly, spicy crispy beef, and all manner of dumplings. There's also a branch on the Upper West Side (and a London outpost!).

What to order: The signature dish is the "Pac-Man" shrimp dumplings.

Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

This stylish spot serves seasonal Peruvian small plates. Feast on items like ceviche, Swiss chard empanadas, and scrambled eggs with huacho sausage from chef Erik Ramirez, who trained at Eleven Madison Park. You'll also find Peruvian libations, such as Cusqueña beer and pisco sours. In warm weather, have a drink on the rooftop bar.

What to order: The crispy pork shoulder sandwich with a red onion salsa.

Location: Upper East Side, Manhattan

E.A.T., open since 1973, is an UES staple. Located on ritzy Madison Avenue, it's the perfect place to stop in for brunch after hitting the shops or the nearby Met museum. The menu has everything from matzo ball soup and turkey clubs to quiche lorraine and potato pancakes with apple sauce and crème fraîche.

What to order: You can't go wrong with a classic bagel and lox.

Location: Chelsea, Manhattan

Before a visit to the Whitney Museum of American Art or a walk along the High Line, fuel up at Santina, a coastal Italian hotspot from Major Food Group (who also do Carbone and The Grill). Start out with a bellini, then dig in to dishes like a shrimp frittata, a bacon, egg, and fontina cheese sandwich, or panettone French toast.

What to order: Don't miss the zucchini muffins.

Location: Soho, Manhattan

On the border of Soho and Chinatown is Nickel & Diner, a modern updated version of a classic diner. During brunch, which starts at 9:30 a.m., options range from buttermilk pancakes and marinated hanger steak and eggs to a grilled burger made from organic beef and topped with a Tabasco remoulade.

What to order: Sides like hickory smoked bacon and potato hash make brunch even better.

Location: West Village, Manhattan

Located in the West Village, Bistro Pierre Lapin is an upscale French bistro in a cozy corner spot on Bank Street, between Greenwich and Hudson. Its brunch menu includes an heirloom tomato-and-feta salad, foie gras mousse on a toasted baguette, and a croque madame sandwich served with pommes frites.

What to order: The whole-roasted chicken is one of the house specialties.


A Native New Yorker&rsquos Guide to the Best Brunch Spots in NYC

From flapjacks to frittatas (not to mention hangover-curing bloody marys), we have all your brunch needs covered.

Brunch is a weekend ritual that's practically guaranteed in the New York City charter. This midday meal doesn't have to be fancy &mdash just some eggs and pancakes will do (though creativity is always welcome), along with mimosas to kick off day-drinking in style. There are endless debates on where to find the best brunch in NYC , so whether you're looking for classic or under-the-radar, sweet or savory, healthy or gut-busting, here are a few Big Apple brunch standouts.

Location: Financial District

If you're craving Mexican, head to Toro Loco on Stone Street, the pedestrian-only cobbled street in the oldest part of New York City. Fuel up for the day on delicious chorizo-filled breakfast burritos and huevos rancheros, and knock back tequila-based drinks amid a total party vibe.

What to order: Try one of the specialty cocktails, with fun names like Devil in Disguise and Say Aloe to My Little Friend.

Location: Gramercy

At this brunch hotspot, featuring a homey decor of wood-and-leather booths and checked tablecloths, enjoy classic brunch fare, such as eggs Benedict and buttermilk pancakes, along with artisanal pizzas topped with ingredients like smoked salmon, sausage, and kale.

What to order: An order of donuts for the table is must &mdash the vanilla bean sea salt and chocolate hazelnut are standouts.

Location: Soho, Manhattan

The brunch menu at Harold's, within the Arlo Soho Hotel, is all about Southern-inspired comfort food. Try classics like johnnycakes topped with a citrus compote, and chicken and waffles. The egg dishes are pretty good, too &mdash the huevos rancheros will fill you up for the day.

What to order: Be sure to visit the bloody mary bar, which has a selection of more than 20 hot sauces to give your drink some zip.

Location: Times Square, Manhattan

Expect playful brunch offerings at the Magic Hour, a whimsical indoor/outdoor rooftop bar in midtown. Its menu has classics, but with over-the-top spins, such as a plate of pancakes stacked with 20 fluffy flapjacks and crispy French toast layered Jenga-style. Plus, there are always fun (and sharable!) cocktails.

What to order: You won't be disappointed with the Magic Mule cocktail.

Location: Tribeca, Manhattan

Though Bubby's, a Tribeca institution, is no longer open 24/7, it does offer brunch everyday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is important, because you may just crave a green chile burger first thing in the morning or Nutella pancakes in the late afternoon.

What to order: Save room for a slice of banana cream pie &mdash Bubby's actually got its start back in 1990 selling pies to local restaurants.

Location: Nolita, Manhattan

Egg Shop is dedicated to that pretty-close-to-perfect dish, the egg sandwich, making it an ideal brunch choice. Order from the menu, or custom-make your own &mdash perhaps egg whites and feta cheese &mdash topped with a caramelized onion aioli on a buttermilk biscuit.

What to order: Enter food coma territory with the Beast, a fried-egg-and-pulled-pork sandwich drizzled with chipotle bourbon ketchup and served on a French hero.

Location: Financial District, Manhattan

The Dead Rabbit is known for its cocktails &mdash it was named one of the best bars in the world by Conde Nast Traveler, but it also does a pretty fab brunch, especially if you're down for a full Irish breakfast: fried eggs, rashers (bacon), bangers (sausages), fried tomatoes, and thick wheat bread with Irish butter.

What to order: If you're so inclined, the bar has a world-class selection of Irish whiskey, including Tullamore Dew, Jameson, and Yellow Spot.

Location: Lower East Side, Manhattan

Considered one of NYC's best brunch spots, Clinton Street Baking Co. is known for its fluffier-than-air flapjacks. Choose between the Maine blueberry, banana walnut, or chocolate chunk &mdash and don't be shy with the warm maple butter syrup.

What to order: Offset all that sweetness with protein-packed sides like double-smoked bacon or heritage pork sausage.

Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

The brunch dishes (ceviche with avocado and jalapeño, egg-topped burgers on brioche) at Lighthouse, an unpretentious spot with communal wooden tables, are like little works of art. But don't worry, once you're done posting your photos, the dishes taste as good as they look.

What to order: There are plenty of good beer and cocktail options, but why not try one of the ciders? J.K.'s is an organic hard cider from Michigan.

Location: Upper East Side (and other NYC locations), Manhattan

This Upper East Side restaurant is a classic New York City brunch spot (there are four other Manhattan locations). The menu has a bit of everything &mdash cheese omelets, apple-cinnamon French toast, frittatas, and, to drink, mimosas and bellinis.

What to order: Brunch isn't complete without a basket of Sarabeth's muffins. (They're all tasty, but you'll want the pumpkin all to yourself.)

Location: Bushwick, Brooklyn

The menu at this all-vegan retro diner (complete with a black-and-white checkered floor) runs across the board, from comfort foods like chicken and waffles, to Belgian waffles topped with powered sugar, to kale Caesar salads and deep-fried cauliflower po'boys.

What to order: A classic milkshake, float, or an egg cream &mdash just like you'd find at an old-fashioned New York City luncheonette.

Location: Harlem, Manhattan

Are you ready for chicken and waffles? Red Rooster, from celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, does a mouthwatering version (love the smoked maple syrup). Shrimp and grits is another Southern-style dish to order, along with sides like mac 'n' cheese mixed with collard greens. Plus, this perennial hotspot recently took the top spot in eater.com's list of best brunches in NYC.

What to order: A side of cornbread, served with honey butter and tomato jam, is a must.

Location: Soho, Manhattan

The people watching alone make this beloved brasserie one of the best places for brunch in NYC. Treat yourself right &mdash start out with a glass of Champagne and oysters on the half shell, followed by steak frites or a very tempting brioche French toast.

What to order: There's an in-house patisserie, so be sure to take home a few fresh-from-the-oven pain au chocolat.

Location: Crown Heights, Brooklyn

Can't make it to New Orleans for the weekend? Brunching at Catfish is the next best thing. Start off with a Hurricane or a Pimm's Cup, then step it up a notch with the double-shot Voodoo Bloody Mary (it'll surely cure whatever residual hangover you're nursing).

What to order: You won't be disappointed by the Delta omelet, packed with crawfish, shrimp, and gruyere, and served with grits.

Location: Midtown, Manhattan

Norma's, within Le Parker Meridien hotel, is famous throughout New York City for its all-day breakfast and weekend brunch (it's a tourist hotspot). Come hungry, because the portions &mdash the breakfast quesadilla comes to mind &mdash are huge.

What to order: You don't come across crepes every day, so when you do, order them &mdash especially when they're filled with fruit and chocolate.

Location: West Village, Manhattan

Be careful not to get too sloppy during the bottomless brunch offered at this hip Southwestern restaurant restaurant and tequila bar. The two hours of unlimited drinks (a choice of mimosa, wine, or frozen margarita ) is more than enough time to get a (tame) buzz.

What to order: The egg dishes are the bomb &mdash try the breakfast burrito or the huevos rancheros.

Location: Astoria, Queens

This casual Aussie restaurant in Astoria is a fun, reasonably priced spot to sample cuisine from Down Under. For brunch, go big with the Sheep Shearer's Brekkie &mdash three eggs, applewood bacon, and two pikelets (pancakes), plus a Coopers on tap.

What to order: Feeling adventurous? Try the kangaroo burger, served with caramelized onions on a toasted bun (if it helps, the meat is low in fat).

Location: Lower East Side, Manhattan

How can we talk about great brunches in New York City and not mention bagels with lox and a schmear? Nosh on that, and other delicious Jewish deli items (knishes, potato latkes, pickled herring, etc.), at Russ & Daughters Cafe on the Lower East Side.

What to order: If you're with a group, order one of the platters, which comes with smoked fish, cream cheese, bagels, and all the fixings.

Location: Battery Park City, Manhattan

If you're craving Mexican, it's worth the schlep to Battery Park to dine at El Vez. Fuel up for the day with a plate of huevos rancheros, served with chorizo and black beans. The menu also has breakfast burritos, tortilla soup, mahi mahi tacos, and, of course, guac and chips.

What to order: The margarita list here is impressive &mdash try the frozen blood orange version.

Location: NoMad (and other NYC locations), Manhattan

Brunch at any of The Smith restaurants &mdash there are ones in NoMad, near Lincoln Center, and elsewhere &mdash is definitely a scene. The mimosas and bloody marys make the inevitable wait for a table go quicker, and the menu features everything from avocado toast to eggs Benedict.

What to order: Try the house-made sodas in flavors like cucumber ginger beer and agave lemonade.

Location: Soho, Manhattan

While you can't go wrong with a bagel and smoked salmon at this Jewish-style eatery, those in the know order the French toast, made with challah bread. First, it's soaked overnight in egg, milk, and cinnamon, then it's deep-fried for decadent deliciousness.

What to order: You won't have room after the French toast, but why not get an order of cheese blintzes to go?

Location: Upper East Side, Manhattan

The Penrose, with its top-notch cocktail program and cool-but-unpretentious vibe, is an Upper East Side brunch staple. If you're being good, go for the avocado toast, but if you're being bad, go for the fried-chicken-and-waffle combo or a burger topped with a fried egg, Irish cheddar, and smoked bacon.

What to order: Coffee with a kick: Try an iced Irish coffee or a cold-brew Negroni, made with cold-brew coffee, Campari, and sweet vermouth.

Location: Dumbo, Brooklyn

At cavernous Sugarcane, steps from the Dumbo waterfront, brunch goes until 4:30 p.m, so it could become an all-day affair. The small-plates menu has everything from classic egg and waffle dishes to specialty sushi rolls and grilled cheese made with manchego and slices of smoked beef cheek.

What to order: Order a few crudos for the table &mdash try the yellowfin tuna tartare and the scallops with black truffle and lime.

Location: Gramercy Park, Manhattan

For brunch fare with an Italian twist, head to Maialino at the Gramercy Park Hotel. Start out with an order of brushchetta, followed by a mushroom egg-white frittata or ricotta pancakes topped with kumquat jam (and you can't go wrong with any of the homemade pastas).

What to order: Be sure to order a side of pancetta, the thick-cut Italian-style black-pepper bacon.

Location: Greenwich Village, Manhattan

Loring Place, housed in a 19th-century building in the Village, excels during brunch, with market-driven American dishes from chef Dan Kluger (formerly of Jean-Georges' ABC Kitchen). The menu features items like banana-and-chocolate donut holes, cheddar waffles and eggs, and whole-wheat smoked-salmon-topped pizza.

What to order: The cheeseburger topped with pepper aioli, and the house-cured bacon is divine.

Location: West Village, Manhattan

This beloved neighborhood spot on Hudson Street specializes in family-style Chinese food in a rustic, farmhouse space with communal tables. Dig into dishes like barbecued pork belly, spicy crispy beef, and all manner of dumplings. There's also a branch on the Upper West Side (and a London outpost!).

What to order: The signature dish is the "Pac-Man" shrimp dumplings.

Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

This stylish spot serves seasonal Peruvian small plates. Feast on items like ceviche, Swiss chard empanadas, and scrambled eggs with huacho sausage from chef Erik Ramirez, who trained at Eleven Madison Park. You'll also find Peruvian libations, such as Cusqueña beer and pisco sours. In warm weather, have a drink on the rooftop bar.

What to order: The crispy pork shoulder sandwich with a red onion salsa.

Location: Upper East Side, Manhattan

E.A.T., open since 1973, is an UES staple. Located on ritzy Madison Avenue, it's the perfect place to stop in for brunch after hitting the shops or the nearby Met museum. The menu has everything from matzo ball soup and turkey clubs to quiche lorraine and potato pancakes with apple sauce and crème fraîche.

What to order: You can't go wrong with a classic bagel and lox.

Location: Chelsea, Manhattan

Before a visit to the Whitney Museum of American Art or a walk along the High Line, fuel up at Santina, a coastal Italian hotspot from Major Food Group (who also do Carbone and The Grill). Start out with a bellini, then dig in to dishes like a shrimp frittata, a bacon, egg, and fontina cheese sandwich, or panettone French toast.

What to order: Don't miss the zucchini muffins.

Location: Soho, Manhattan

On the border of Soho and Chinatown is Nickel & Diner, a modern updated version of a classic diner. During brunch, which starts at 9:30 a.m., options range from buttermilk pancakes and marinated hanger steak and eggs to a grilled burger made from organic beef and topped with a Tabasco remoulade.

What to order: Sides like hickory smoked bacon and potato hash make brunch even better.

Location: West Village, Manhattan

Located in the West Village, Bistro Pierre Lapin is an upscale French bistro in a cozy corner spot on Bank Street, between Greenwich and Hudson. Its brunch menu includes an heirloom tomato-and-feta salad, foie gras mousse on a toasted baguette, and a croque madame sandwich served with pommes frites.

What to order: The whole-roasted chicken is one of the house specialties.


A Native New Yorker&rsquos Guide to the Best Brunch Spots in NYC

From flapjacks to frittatas (not to mention hangover-curing bloody marys), we have all your brunch needs covered.

Brunch is a weekend ritual that's practically guaranteed in the New York City charter. This midday meal doesn't have to be fancy &mdash just some eggs and pancakes will do (though creativity is always welcome), along with mimosas to kick off day-drinking in style. There are endless debates on where to find the best brunch in NYC , so whether you're looking for classic or under-the-radar, sweet or savory, healthy or gut-busting, here are a few Big Apple brunch standouts.

Location: Financial District

If you're craving Mexican, head to Toro Loco on Stone Street, the pedestrian-only cobbled street in the oldest part of New York City. Fuel up for the day on delicious chorizo-filled breakfast burritos and huevos rancheros, and knock back tequila-based drinks amid a total party vibe.

What to order: Try one of the specialty cocktails, with fun names like Devil in Disguise and Say Aloe to My Little Friend.

Location: Gramercy

At this brunch hotspot, featuring a homey decor of wood-and-leather booths and checked tablecloths, enjoy classic brunch fare, such as eggs Benedict and buttermilk pancakes, along with artisanal pizzas topped with ingredients like smoked salmon, sausage, and kale.

What to order: An order of donuts for the table is must &mdash the vanilla bean sea salt and chocolate hazelnut are standouts.

Location: Soho, Manhattan

The brunch menu at Harold's, within the Arlo Soho Hotel, is all about Southern-inspired comfort food. Try classics like johnnycakes topped with a citrus compote, and chicken and waffles. The egg dishes are pretty good, too &mdash the huevos rancheros will fill you up for the day.

What to order: Be sure to visit the bloody mary bar, which has a selection of more than 20 hot sauces to give your drink some zip.

Location: Times Square, Manhattan

Expect playful brunch offerings at the Magic Hour, a whimsical indoor/outdoor rooftop bar in midtown. Its menu has classics, but with over-the-top spins, such as a plate of pancakes stacked with 20 fluffy flapjacks and crispy French toast layered Jenga-style. Plus, there are always fun (and sharable!) cocktails.

What to order: You won't be disappointed with the Magic Mule cocktail.

Location: Tribeca, Manhattan

Though Bubby's, a Tribeca institution, is no longer open 24/7, it does offer brunch everyday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is important, because you may just crave a green chile burger first thing in the morning or Nutella pancakes in the late afternoon.

What to order: Save room for a slice of banana cream pie &mdash Bubby's actually got its start back in 1990 selling pies to local restaurants.

Location: Nolita, Manhattan

Egg Shop is dedicated to that pretty-close-to-perfect dish, the egg sandwich, making it an ideal brunch choice. Order from the menu, or custom-make your own &mdash perhaps egg whites and feta cheese &mdash topped with a caramelized onion aioli on a buttermilk biscuit.

What to order: Enter food coma territory with the Beast, a fried-egg-and-pulled-pork sandwich drizzled with chipotle bourbon ketchup and served on a French hero.

Location: Financial District, Manhattan

The Dead Rabbit is known for its cocktails &mdash it was named one of the best bars in the world by Conde Nast Traveler, but it also does a pretty fab brunch, especially if you're down for a full Irish breakfast: fried eggs, rashers (bacon), bangers (sausages), fried tomatoes, and thick wheat bread with Irish butter.

What to order: If you're so inclined, the bar has a world-class selection of Irish whiskey, including Tullamore Dew, Jameson, and Yellow Spot.

Location: Lower East Side, Manhattan

Considered one of NYC's best brunch spots, Clinton Street Baking Co. is known for its fluffier-than-air flapjacks. Choose between the Maine blueberry, banana walnut, or chocolate chunk &mdash and don't be shy with the warm maple butter syrup.

What to order: Offset all that sweetness with protein-packed sides like double-smoked bacon or heritage pork sausage.

Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

The brunch dishes (ceviche with avocado and jalapeño, egg-topped burgers on brioche) at Lighthouse, an unpretentious spot with communal wooden tables, are like little works of art. But don't worry, once you're done posting your photos, the dishes taste as good as they look.

What to order: There are plenty of good beer and cocktail options, but why not try one of the ciders? J.K.'s is an organic hard cider from Michigan.

Location: Upper East Side (and other NYC locations), Manhattan

This Upper East Side restaurant is a classic New York City brunch spot (there are four other Manhattan locations). The menu has a bit of everything &mdash cheese omelets, apple-cinnamon French toast, frittatas, and, to drink, mimosas and bellinis.

What to order: Brunch isn't complete without a basket of Sarabeth's muffins. (They're all tasty, but you'll want the pumpkin all to yourself.)

Location: Bushwick, Brooklyn

The menu at this all-vegan retro diner (complete with a black-and-white checkered floor) runs across the board, from comfort foods like chicken and waffles, to Belgian waffles topped with powered sugar, to kale Caesar salads and deep-fried cauliflower po'boys.

What to order: A classic milkshake, float, or an egg cream &mdash just like you'd find at an old-fashioned New York City luncheonette.

Location: Harlem, Manhattan

Are you ready for chicken and waffles? Red Rooster, from celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, does a mouthwatering version (love the smoked maple syrup). Shrimp and grits is another Southern-style dish to order, along with sides like mac 'n' cheese mixed with collard greens. Plus, this perennial hotspot recently took the top spot in eater.com's list of best brunches in NYC.

What to order: A side of cornbread, served with honey butter and tomato jam, is a must.

Location: Soho, Manhattan

The people watching alone make this beloved brasserie one of the best places for brunch in NYC. Treat yourself right &mdash start out with a glass of Champagne and oysters on the half shell, followed by steak frites or a very tempting brioche French toast.

What to order: There's an in-house patisserie, so be sure to take home a few fresh-from-the-oven pain au chocolat.

Location: Crown Heights, Brooklyn

Can't make it to New Orleans for the weekend? Brunching at Catfish is the next best thing. Start off with a Hurricane or a Pimm's Cup, then step it up a notch with the double-shot Voodoo Bloody Mary (it'll surely cure whatever residual hangover you're nursing).

What to order: You won't be disappointed by the Delta omelet, packed with crawfish, shrimp, and gruyere, and served with grits.

Location: Midtown, Manhattan

Norma's, within Le Parker Meridien hotel, is famous throughout New York City for its all-day breakfast and weekend brunch (it's a tourist hotspot). Come hungry, because the portions &mdash the breakfast quesadilla comes to mind &mdash are huge.

What to order: You don't come across crepes every day, so when you do, order them &mdash especially when they're filled with fruit and chocolate.

Location: West Village, Manhattan

Be careful not to get too sloppy during the bottomless brunch offered at this hip Southwestern restaurant restaurant and tequila bar. The two hours of unlimited drinks (a choice of mimosa, wine, or frozen margarita ) is more than enough time to get a (tame) buzz.

What to order: The egg dishes are the bomb &mdash try the breakfast burrito or the huevos rancheros.

Location: Astoria, Queens

This casual Aussie restaurant in Astoria is a fun, reasonably priced spot to sample cuisine from Down Under. For brunch, go big with the Sheep Shearer's Brekkie &mdash three eggs, applewood bacon, and two pikelets (pancakes), plus a Coopers on tap.

What to order: Feeling adventurous? Try the kangaroo burger, served with caramelized onions on a toasted bun (if it helps, the meat is low in fat).

Location: Lower East Side, Manhattan

How can we talk about great brunches in New York City and not mention bagels with lox and a schmear? Nosh on that, and other delicious Jewish deli items (knishes, potato latkes, pickled herring, etc.), at Russ & Daughters Cafe on the Lower East Side.

What to order: If you're with a group, order one of the platters, which comes with smoked fish, cream cheese, bagels, and all the fixings.

Location: Battery Park City, Manhattan

If you're craving Mexican, it's worth the schlep to Battery Park to dine at El Vez. Fuel up for the day with a plate of huevos rancheros, served with chorizo and black beans. The menu also has breakfast burritos, tortilla soup, mahi mahi tacos, and, of course, guac and chips.

What to order: The margarita list here is impressive &mdash try the frozen blood orange version.

Location: NoMad (and other NYC locations), Manhattan

Brunch at any of The Smith restaurants &mdash there are ones in NoMad, near Lincoln Center, and elsewhere &mdash is definitely a scene. The mimosas and bloody marys make the inevitable wait for a table go quicker, and the menu features everything from avocado toast to eggs Benedict.

What to order: Try the house-made sodas in flavors like cucumber ginger beer and agave lemonade.

Location: Soho, Manhattan

While you can't go wrong with a bagel and smoked salmon at this Jewish-style eatery, those in the know order the French toast, made with challah bread. First, it's soaked overnight in egg, milk, and cinnamon, then it's deep-fried for decadent deliciousness.

What to order: You won't have room after the French toast, but why not get an order of cheese blintzes to go?

Location: Upper East Side, Manhattan

The Penrose, with its top-notch cocktail program and cool-but-unpretentious vibe, is an Upper East Side brunch staple. If you're being good, go for the avocado toast, but if you're being bad, go for the fried-chicken-and-waffle combo or a burger topped with a fried egg, Irish cheddar, and smoked bacon.

What to order: Coffee with a kick: Try an iced Irish coffee or a cold-brew Negroni, made with cold-brew coffee, Campari, and sweet vermouth.

Location: Dumbo, Brooklyn

At cavernous Sugarcane, steps from the Dumbo waterfront, brunch goes until 4:30 p.m, so it could become an all-day affair. The small-plates menu has everything from classic egg and waffle dishes to specialty sushi rolls and grilled cheese made with manchego and slices of smoked beef cheek.

What to order: Order a few crudos for the table &mdash try the yellowfin tuna tartare and the scallops with black truffle and lime.

Location: Gramercy Park, Manhattan

For brunch fare with an Italian twist, head to Maialino at the Gramercy Park Hotel. Start out with an order of brushchetta, followed by a mushroom egg-white frittata or ricotta pancakes topped with kumquat jam (and you can't go wrong with any of the homemade pastas).

What to order: Be sure to order a side of pancetta, the thick-cut Italian-style black-pepper bacon.

Location: Greenwich Village, Manhattan

Loring Place, housed in a 19th-century building in the Village, excels during brunch, with market-driven American dishes from chef Dan Kluger (formerly of Jean-Georges' ABC Kitchen). The menu features items like banana-and-chocolate donut holes, cheddar waffles and eggs, and whole-wheat smoked-salmon-topped pizza.

What to order: The cheeseburger topped with pepper aioli, and the house-cured bacon is divine.

Location: West Village, Manhattan

This beloved neighborhood spot on Hudson Street specializes in family-style Chinese food in a rustic, farmhouse space with communal tables. Dig into dishes like barbecued pork belly, spicy crispy beef, and all manner of dumplings. There's also a branch on the Upper West Side (and a London outpost!).

What to order: The signature dish is the "Pac-Man" shrimp dumplings.

Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

This stylish spot serves seasonal Peruvian small plates. Feast on items like ceviche, Swiss chard empanadas, and scrambled eggs with huacho sausage from chef Erik Ramirez, who trained at Eleven Madison Park. You'll also find Peruvian libations, such as Cusqueña beer and pisco sours. In warm weather, have a drink on the rooftop bar.

What to order: The crispy pork shoulder sandwich with a red onion salsa.

Location: Upper East Side, Manhattan

E.A.T., open since 1973, is an UES staple. Located on ritzy Madison Avenue, it's the perfect place to stop in for brunch after hitting the shops or the nearby Met museum. The menu has everything from matzo ball soup and turkey clubs to quiche lorraine and potato pancakes with apple sauce and crème fraîche.

What to order: You can't go wrong with a classic bagel and lox.

Location: Chelsea, Manhattan

Before a visit to the Whitney Museum of American Art or a walk along the High Line, fuel up at Santina, a coastal Italian hotspot from Major Food Group (who also do Carbone and The Grill). Start out with a bellini, then dig in to dishes like a shrimp frittata, a bacon, egg, and fontina cheese sandwich, or panettone French toast.

What to order: Don't miss the zucchini muffins.

Location: Soho, Manhattan

On the border of Soho and Chinatown is Nickel & Diner, a modern updated version of a classic diner. During brunch, which starts at 9:30 a.m., options range from buttermilk pancakes and marinated hanger steak and eggs to a grilled burger made from organic beef and topped with a Tabasco remoulade.

What to order: Sides like hickory smoked bacon and potato hash make brunch even better.

Location: West Village, Manhattan

Located in the West Village, Bistro Pierre Lapin is an upscale French bistro in a cozy corner spot on Bank Street, between Greenwich and Hudson. Its brunch menu includes an heirloom tomato-and-feta salad, foie gras mousse on a toasted baguette, and a croque madame sandwich served with pommes frites.

What to order: The whole-roasted chicken is one of the house specialties.


A Native New Yorker&rsquos Guide to the Best Brunch Spots in NYC

From flapjacks to frittatas (not to mention hangover-curing bloody marys), we have all your brunch needs covered.

Brunch is a weekend ritual that's practically guaranteed in the New York City charter. This midday meal doesn't have to be fancy &mdash just some eggs and pancakes will do (though creativity is always welcome), along with mimosas to kick off day-drinking in style. There are endless debates on where to find the best brunch in NYC , so whether you're looking for classic or under-the-radar, sweet or savory, healthy or gut-busting, here are a few Big Apple brunch standouts.

Location: Financial District

If you're craving Mexican, head to Toro Loco on Stone Street, the pedestrian-only cobbled street in the oldest part of New York City. Fuel up for the day on delicious chorizo-filled breakfast burritos and huevos rancheros, and knock back tequila-based drinks amid a total party vibe.

What to order: Try one of the specialty cocktails, with fun names like Devil in Disguise and Say Aloe to My Little Friend.

Location: Gramercy

At this brunch hotspot, featuring a homey decor of wood-and-leather booths and checked tablecloths, enjoy classic brunch fare, such as eggs Benedict and buttermilk pancakes, along with artisanal pizzas topped with ingredients like smoked salmon, sausage, and kale.

What to order: An order of donuts for the table is must &mdash the vanilla bean sea salt and chocolate hazelnut are standouts.

Location: Soho, Manhattan

The brunch menu at Harold's, within the Arlo Soho Hotel, is all about Southern-inspired comfort food. Try classics like johnnycakes topped with a citrus compote, and chicken and waffles. The egg dishes are pretty good, too &mdash the huevos rancheros will fill you up for the day.

What to order: Be sure to visit the bloody mary bar, which has a selection of more than 20 hot sauces to give your drink some zip.

Location: Times Square, Manhattan

Expect playful brunch offerings at the Magic Hour, a whimsical indoor/outdoor rooftop bar in midtown. Its menu has classics, but with over-the-top spins, such as a plate of pancakes stacked with 20 fluffy flapjacks and crispy French toast layered Jenga-style. Plus, there are always fun (and sharable!) cocktails.

What to order: You won't be disappointed with the Magic Mule cocktail.

Location: Tribeca, Manhattan

Though Bubby's, a Tribeca institution, is no longer open 24/7, it does offer brunch everyday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is important, because you may just crave a green chile burger first thing in the morning or Nutella pancakes in the late afternoon.

What to order: Save room for a slice of banana cream pie &mdash Bubby's actually got its start back in 1990 selling pies to local restaurants.

Location: Nolita, Manhattan

Egg Shop is dedicated to that pretty-close-to-perfect dish, the egg sandwich, making it an ideal brunch choice. Order from the menu, or custom-make your own &mdash perhaps egg whites and feta cheese &mdash topped with a caramelized onion aioli on a buttermilk biscuit.

What to order: Enter food coma territory with the Beast, a fried-egg-and-pulled-pork sandwich drizzled with chipotle bourbon ketchup and served on a French hero.

Location: Financial District, Manhattan

The Dead Rabbit is known for its cocktails &mdash it was named one of the best bars in the world by Conde Nast Traveler, but it also does a pretty fab brunch, especially if you're down for a full Irish breakfast: fried eggs, rashers (bacon), bangers (sausages), fried tomatoes, and thick wheat bread with Irish butter.

What to order: If you're so inclined, the bar has a world-class selection of Irish whiskey, including Tullamore Dew, Jameson, and Yellow Spot.

Location: Lower East Side, Manhattan

Considered one of NYC's best brunch spots, Clinton Street Baking Co. is known for its fluffier-than-air flapjacks. Choose between the Maine blueberry, banana walnut, or chocolate chunk &mdash and don't be shy with the warm maple butter syrup.

What to order: Offset all that sweetness with protein-packed sides like double-smoked bacon or heritage pork sausage.

Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

The brunch dishes (ceviche with avocado and jalapeño, egg-topped burgers on brioche) at Lighthouse, an unpretentious spot with communal wooden tables, are like little works of art. But don't worry, once you're done posting your photos, the dishes taste as good as they look.

What to order: There are plenty of good beer and cocktail options, but why not try one of the ciders? J.K.'s is an organic hard cider from Michigan.

Location: Upper East Side (and other NYC locations), Manhattan

This Upper East Side restaurant is a classic New York City brunch spot (there are four other Manhattan locations). The menu has a bit of everything &mdash cheese omelets, apple-cinnamon French toast, frittatas, and, to drink, mimosas and bellinis.

What to order: Brunch isn't complete without a basket of Sarabeth's muffins. (They're all tasty, but you'll want the pumpkin all to yourself.)

Location: Bushwick, Brooklyn

The menu at this all-vegan retro diner (complete with a black-and-white checkered floor) runs across the board, from comfort foods like chicken and waffles, to Belgian waffles topped with powered sugar, to kale Caesar salads and deep-fried cauliflower po'boys.

What to order: A classic milkshake, float, or an egg cream &mdash just like you'd find at an old-fashioned New York City luncheonette.

Location: Harlem, Manhattan

Are you ready for chicken and waffles? Red Rooster, from celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, does a mouthwatering version (love the smoked maple syrup). Shrimp and grits is another Southern-style dish to order, along with sides like mac 'n' cheese mixed with collard greens. Plus, this perennial hotspot recently took the top spot in eater.com's list of best brunches in NYC.

What to order: A side of cornbread, served with honey butter and tomato jam, is a must.

Location: Soho, Manhattan

The people watching alone make this beloved brasserie one of the best places for brunch in NYC. Treat yourself right &mdash start out with a glass of Champagne and oysters on the half shell, followed by steak frites or a very tempting brioche French toast.

What to order: There's an in-house patisserie, so be sure to take home a few fresh-from-the-oven pain au chocolat.

Location: Crown Heights, Brooklyn

Can't make it to New Orleans for the weekend? Brunching at Catfish is the next best thing. Start off with a Hurricane or a Pimm's Cup, then step it up a notch with the double-shot Voodoo Bloody Mary (it'll surely cure whatever residual hangover you're nursing).

What to order: You won't be disappointed by the Delta omelet, packed with crawfish, shrimp, and gruyere, and served with grits.

Location: Midtown, Manhattan

Norma's, within Le Parker Meridien hotel, is famous throughout New York City for its all-day breakfast and weekend brunch (it's a tourist hotspot). Come hungry, because the portions &mdash the breakfast quesadilla comes to mind &mdash are huge.

What to order: You don't come across crepes every day, so when you do, order them &mdash especially when they're filled with fruit and chocolate.

Location: West Village, Manhattan

Be careful not to get too sloppy during the bottomless brunch offered at this hip Southwestern restaurant restaurant and tequila bar. The two hours of unlimited drinks (a choice of mimosa, wine, or frozen margarita ) is more than enough time to get a (tame) buzz.

What to order: The egg dishes are the bomb &mdash try the breakfast burrito or the huevos rancheros.

Location: Astoria, Queens

This casual Aussie restaurant in Astoria is a fun, reasonably priced spot to sample cuisine from Down Under. For brunch, go big with the Sheep Shearer's Brekkie &mdash three eggs, applewood bacon, and two pikelets (pancakes), plus a Coopers on tap.

What to order: Feeling adventurous? Try the kangaroo burger, served with caramelized onions on a toasted bun (if it helps, the meat is low in fat).

Location: Lower East Side, Manhattan

How can we talk about great brunches in New York City and not mention bagels with lox and a schmear? Nosh on that, and other delicious Jewish deli items (knishes, potato latkes, pickled herring, etc.), at Russ & Daughters Cafe on the Lower East Side.

What to order: If you're with a group, order one of the platters, which comes with smoked fish, cream cheese, bagels, and all the fixings.

Location: Battery Park City, Manhattan

If you're craving Mexican, it's worth the schlep to Battery Park to dine at El Vez. Fuel up for the day with a plate of huevos rancheros, served with chorizo and black beans. The menu also has breakfast burritos, tortilla soup, mahi mahi tacos, and, of course, guac and chips.

What to order: The margarita list here is impressive &mdash try the frozen blood orange version.

Location: NoMad (and other NYC locations), Manhattan

Brunch at any of The Smith restaurants &mdash there are ones in NoMad, near Lincoln Center, and elsewhere &mdash is definitely a scene. The mimosas and bloody marys make the inevitable wait for a table go quicker, and the menu features everything from avocado toast to eggs Benedict.

What to order: Try the house-made sodas in flavors like cucumber ginger beer and agave lemonade.

Location: Soho, Manhattan

While you can't go wrong with a bagel and smoked salmon at this Jewish-style eatery, those in the know order the French toast, made with challah bread. First, it's soaked overnight in egg, milk, and cinnamon, then it's deep-fried for decadent deliciousness.

What to order: You won't have room after the French toast, but why not get an order of cheese blintzes to go?

Location: Upper East Side, Manhattan

The Penrose, with its top-notch cocktail program and cool-but-unpretentious vibe, is an Upper East Side brunch staple. If you're being good, go for the avocado toast, but if you're being bad, go for the fried-chicken-and-waffle combo or a burger topped with a fried egg, Irish cheddar, and smoked bacon.

What to order: Coffee with a kick: Try an iced Irish coffee or a cold-brew Negroni, made with cold-brew coffee, Campari, and sweet vermouth.

Location: Dumbo, Brooklyn

At cavernous Sugarcane, steps from the Dumbo waterfront, brunch goes until 4:30 p.m, so it could become an all-day affair. The small-plates menu has everything from classic egg and waffle dishes to specialty sushi rolls and grilled cheese made with manchego and slices of smoked beef cheek.

What to order: Order a few crudos for the table &mdash try the yellowfin tuna tartare and the scallops with black truffle and lime.

Location: Gramercy Park, Manhattan

For brunch fare with an Italian twist, head to Maialino at the Gramercy Park Hotel. Start out with an order of brushchetta, followed by a mushroom egg-white frittata or ricotta pancakes topped with kumquat jam (and you can't go wrong with any of the homemade pastas).

What to order: Be sure to order a side of pancetta, the thick-cut Italian-style black-pepper bacon.

Location: Greenwich Village, Manhattan

Loring Place, housed in a 19th-century building in the Village, excels during brunch, with market-driven American dishes from chef Dan Kluger (formerly of Jean-Georges' ABC Kitchen). The menu features items like banana-and-chocolate donut holes, cheddar waffles and eggs, and whole-wheat smoked-salmon-topped pizza.

What to order: The cheeseburger topped with pepper aioli, and the house-cured bacon is divine.

Location: West Village, Manhattan

This beloved neighborhood spot on Hudson Street specializes in family-style Chinese food in a rustic, farmhouse space with communal tables. Dig into dishes like barbecued pork belly, spicy crispy beef, and all manner of dumplings. There's also a branch on the Upper West Side (and a London outpost!).

What to order: The signature dish is the "Pac-Man" shrimp dumplings.

Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

This stylish spot serves seasonal Peruvian small plates. Feast on items like ceviche, Swiss chard empanadas, and scrambled eggs with huacho sausage from chef Erik Ramirez, who trained at Eleven Madison Park. You'll also find Peruvian libations, such as Cusqueña beer and pisco sours. In warm weather, have a drink on the rooftop bar.

What to order: The crispy pork shoulder sandwich with a red onion salsa.

Location: Upper East Side, Manhattan

E.A.T., open since 1973, is an UES staple. Located on ritzy Madison Avenue, it's the perfect place to stop in for brunch after hitting the shops or the nearby Met museum. The menu has everything from matzo ball soup and turkey clubs to quiche lorraine and potato pancakes with apple sauce and crème fraîche.

What to order: You can't go wrong with a classic bagel and lox.

Location: Chelsea, Manhattan

Before a visit to the Whitney Museum of American Art or a walk along the High Line, fuel up at Santina, a coastal Italian hotspot from Major Food Group (who also do Carbone and The Grill). Start out with a bellini, then dig in to dishes like a shrimp frittata, a bacon, egg, and fontina cheese sandwich, or panettone French toast.

What to order: Don't miss the zucchini muffins.

Location: Soho, Manhattan

On the border of Soho and Chinatown is Nickel & Diner, a modern updated version of a classic diner. During brunch, which starts at 9:30 a.m., options range from buttermilk pancakes and marinated hanger steak and eggs to a grilled burger made from organic beef and topped with a Tabasco remoulade.

What to order: Sides like hickory smoked bacon and potato hash make brunch even better.

Location: West Village, Manhattan

Located in the West Village, Bistro Pierre Lapin is an upscale French bistro in a cozy corner spot on Bank Street, between Greenwich and Hudson. Its brunch menu includes an heirloom tomato-and-feta salad, foie gras mousse on a toasted baguette, and a croque madame sandwich served with pommes frites.

What to order: The whole-roasted chicken is one of the house specialties.


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