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Best Brunch NYC: Brunch for kids

If there’s one thing all New Yorker’s love, it’s brunch. Good thing for you, there are plenty of places that welcome your whole brood with open arms

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Ready for the best brunch NYC has to offer? These fifteen picks offer plenty of dishes adults will love, plus tons of kid-friendly options for the pickier eaters. If you’re on the hunt for even more options to please the whole crew, check out our list of 50 best family restaurants in NYC, and if you’re craving something great to make at home, be sure to read through our recipes for kids from NYC’s best family restaurants


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Best brunch NYC

1

Alice's Tea Cup, Midtown

  • Price band: 2/4

On Saturdays and Sundays from 8am–3pm, banish winter chills with a brunch of hot beverage and traditional baked treats. Grab a Mixed Berry Crepe ($11) drizzled with homemade crème anglaise or Pumpkin Pancakes ($12) with pumpkin puree, cinnamon and nutmeg. To make this dining experience truly authentic for the kids, you can always try Alice's Mad Morning Tea ($22), featuring tea, a scone and granola with plain or vanilla yogurt.

  1. 156 E 64th St, (between Lexington and Third Aves)
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2

Buttermilk Channel

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The kids’ dishes at this standout Carroll Gardens bistro—including a mini version of their famous fried chicken ($12 with a side, beverage and dessert)—are perfectly portioned for little appetites. Alternatively, load 'em up with a stack of Buttermilk Pancakes ($8) or share some Fried Pork Chop and Cheddar Waffles ($16).

  1. 524 Court St, (at Huntington St), 11231
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3

Dizzy’s

  • Price band: 1/4

This neighborhood "finer diner" is perpetually lively and family-packed: With kids' meal names like Flappity Jacks (pancakes), Peter Au Pain (French toast) and The Hokey Pokey (omelette with two sides) all for $9.50, who can say no?

  1. 511 9th St, (at Eighth Ave), 11215
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4

Sarabeth’s

  • Price band: 2/4

This appealing restaurant chain serves a homestyle breakfast with storybook menu items: Kids can try the Apple-Cinnamon French Toast or Toasted Coconut Waffle (both $18.50) —while parents nosh on the Goldie Lox ($17.50), a plate of scrambled eggs, smoked salmon and cream cheese. Lunch and dinner are equally cozy—try the signature cream of tomato soup or chicken potpie.

  1. 40 Central Park South, (between Fifth and Sixth Aves), 10024
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5

Sweet Chick

  • Price band: 2/4

This soul food staple with locations in Williamsburg and the Lower East Side is like KFC takeout for hip city kids. Starting at 11am, try the Blueberry Pancakes ($11) or Sweet Chick Waffle loaded with fresh berries and ricotta ($12). Families might also tackle the famed Chicken and Waffles ($16) for a classic Belgian waffle and two delicious pieces of fried chicken.

  1. 164 Bedford Ave, (at North 8th St), 11211
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6

Bubby’s

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

On weekend mornings, a “We love kids!” attitude and a no-reservations policy add up to pleasant chaos. Families embrace the mayhem and flock to this eatery’s two NYC locations for the gourmet brunch spread, which includes eggs benedict ($22), sourdough pancakes ($15) and more, crafted from scratch using Grandma-approved family recipes. The kids menu features comforting classics like matzo ball soup ($6) and mac and cheese ($5).

  1. 120 Hudson St, (at North Moore St), 10013
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7

Cowgirl

  • Price band: 2/4

The menu at this Southwestern spot features lots of reasonably-priced brunch dishes, including the Buttermilk Pancakes ($10.95) and Chuckwagon Beef Brisket ($13.95). From the kids' menu, try the Texas Scramble ($6 with eggs, potatoes and a biscuit) or the Pulled Pork Sammy ($6) with tangy pulled pork, french fries and carrot sticks. Brunch runs from 10am–4pm Saturdays and Sundays.

  1. 519 Hudson St, (at 10th St), 10014
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8

Sidecar

The “French Redneck” eats at this Park Slope spot put a Southern spin on classic plates. Kids will get on board for brunch specials like French toast ($12) or chicken and waffles ($16) and lunch items like a simple cheeseburger ($15) served with their self-described “best homemade French fries in Brooklyn.” 

  1. 560 Fifth Ave, (between 15th and 16th Sts)
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9

Schiller’s Liquor Bar

  • Price band: 2/4

Keith McNally's popular hangout is as friendly to children as it is to the Lower East Side bar-hop contingent. Staffers stand at the ready to dispense crayons and fold up strollers as you settle in with a Pimm's cup. Brunch consists of solid bistro favorites: a basket of pastries whipped up at big sister Balthazar, seared-tuna salad, steak frites. The sour-cream and hazelnut waffle seems tailor-made for pint-size guests—just hold the maple syrup laced with bourbon.

  1. 131 Rivington St, (at Norfolk St), 10002-24
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10

Alor Café

  • Price band: 2/4

Deep in the sleepy Staten Island enclave of Grant City you'll find Alor Café. During brunch, the usually pulsating lounge foregoes the DJ for flat screens playing cartoons. The menu features all the favorites, whether you’re in the mood for sweet or savory, so grab a booth at an arched window and dig into a Grilled Peanut Butter & Banana Sandwich ($5), Black Forest Ham Crepe ($10) or Chorizo and Potato Egg Bake ($9).

  1. 2110 Richmond Rd, (between Colfax and Lincoln Aves)
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11

Indian Road Café

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

An oak bar, exposed-brick walls, and tables and chairs from the set of The Sopranos (the owner was a producer) are the setting for Italian-inflected offerings for adults like a Caprese Benedict ($13) or BBQ Pulled Pork Panino ($11), and kids will love noshing on treats like Chocolate Chip Pancakes ($7) or Quesadillas ($6). Brunch runs Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30am–4pm.

  1. 600 W 218th St, (at Indian Rd)
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12

Serendipity 3

  • Price band: 2/4

Kids of all ages are sure to love this whimsical eatery as much as tourists do. The signature Frrrozen Hot Chocolate ($8.95) is decadent enough for any sweet tooth, but the massive menu spans omelets ($8–$14), sandwiches ($11–$16.50), pastas ($15.50–$18.50) and sundaes ($9.50 and up). Even if one kid’s in the mood for eggs and another one wants a burger, there’s something to please everyone. A note: tables at Serendipity can be tough to come by, and they are often booked months in advance, especially around major holidays. If you’re walking in, prepare for a wait of up to an hour.

  1. 225 E 60th St, (between Second and Third Aves), 10022
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13

Cascabel Taqueria

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4

Order at the counter of this taqueria, grab a seat and enjoy piquant Mexican dishes like braised Hudson Valley duck tamales with roasted poblano chiles or, for brunch, chilaquiles with sunny-side-up free-range eggs strewn with Amish chicken and cotija cheese. Tots may enjoy the Chilaquiles Con Pollo Y Huevo Frito ($12) with shredded chicken and sunnyside eggs almost as much as the colorful lucha libre (Mexican wrestling) decorations.

  1. 1542 Second Ave, (between 80th and 81st Sts)
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14

Rye

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The hipster trappings—pressed-tin ceiling, vintage silverware—attract a stylish, bustling Williamsburg crowd. Still, the food is delicious and affordable, and on Sunday mornings especially, when the typical patrons are nursing their hangovers, the spot is perfect for families. Sophisticated options pepper the menu—Scotch eggs, Berkshire pork-belly sandwiches—but you'll find more lowbrow fare, too, like challah French toast, a BLT or any-style eggs accompanied by a juicy slab of meatloaf. Bonus: ample stroller parking space. 

  1. 247 South 1st St, (between Havemeyer and Roebling Sts)
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15

Kefi

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

This authentic Greek restaurant serves up the tastiest dishes for you and the family—their menu boasts plenty of kid-friendly offerings, including Breakfast Souvlaki ($11.50) with eggs, Greek sausage and fried potato, Buttermilk Pancakes ($14.95) and the Country Cast-Iron Breakfast with three baked eggs, Greek pork sausage and roasted tomato ($17.25) for those truly insatiable tween appetites. 

  1. 505 Columbus Ave, (between 84th and 85th Sts)
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