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The best brunch in NYC for families

Kick back, relax and enjoy the best brunch NYC has to offer you and your pint size crew...you won't regret it!

Photograph: Courtesy Paul Wagtouicz

Ready for the best brunch NYC has to offer? Of course you are! These epic 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 the 50 best family restaurants in NYC—a few spots can even hook your gang up with outdoor dining on sunny days—and if you’re craving something great to make at home, be sure to try these tasty recipes for kids from NYC’s best family restaurants

Best brunch NYC




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 toast ($4) 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).

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his neighborhood “finer diner” is perpetually lively and family-packed: With meals kids will devour like Buttermilk Flapjacks ($10), Granola Belgian Waffles ($11), and Corned Beef Hash ($12), who can say no?

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Park Slope

Alice’s Tea Cup Birthday Parties, Midtown

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 ($13) drizzled with homemade crème anglaise! To make this dining experience truly authentic for the kids, you can always try Alice's Mad Morning Tea ($27), featuring tea and poached eggs. 

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Lenox Hill


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 ($6.50 with eggs, potatoes and a biscuit) or the Pulled Pork Sammy ($7) with tangy pulled pork, french fries and carrot sticks. Brunch runs from 10am–4pm Saturdays and Sundays.

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West Village


Famed Food Network chef and Chopped judge Marc Murphy owns this restaurant known for its French and Italian cuisine. The Kids’ menu which features a coloring page on the back perfect for artsy time with brunch includes over 15 items ranging from healthy treats like celery and carrot sticks with peanut butter ($9) or favorites like mac and cheese ($10), pigs in a blanket ($11) and chicken fingers ($11). As an added bonus, each kids’ meal comes with free cotton candy!

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ABC Kitchen


Found inside the huge houseware complex ABC Carpet & Home, ABC Kitchen is a prime spot for farm-to-table treats decorated like a country farmhouse you wouldn’t expect to find in NYC’s concrete jungle. ABC Kitchen hosts brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 3pm and kids can sample sweet treats like French toast with caramelized apples ($19) and seasonal glazed doughnuts ($10) or more savory options like spinach, goat cheese and herbs pizza ($17) and veggie burgers ($20).

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Union Square

David Burke Kitchen

Hungry bellies will be satisfied at this decadent restaurant housed in the James Hotel in Soho. Chef David Burke serves up kid-approved creations like pb & j French toast ($16) and almond raspberry pancakes ($15) while parents will enjoy more sophisticated dishes like branzino ($25) and braised short rib and mushroom hash ($17).

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Alor Café

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).

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Staten Island

Friend of a Farmer

The promise of a farm-fresh brunch at this comfortable East Village spot will make it easy to get the family out of bed. Get there early to beat the crowds and make sure to take a gander at the pasty case stocked with chocolate-peanut-butter pie, brown Betty, fruit tarts and more on your way to the dining room. The brunch menu keeps the farmer’s hens a-laying, offering all sorts of egg creations—omelettes, scrambles, benedict and florentine included—as well as sandwiches and salads. Kids will eat up griddled options like Carrie Dee's buttermilk apple pancakes ($13), but try the grilled cheese or chicken fingers ($11) served with fresh apple cider from the "Young Farm Hands" menu for little ones with picky palates.

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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 $19.50) —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.

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Midtown West

Atrio at Conrad New York

Sophisticated Hilton offshoot Conrad invites families to its Mediterranean-inspired eatery, Atrio, for a memorable meal. On your way in, show the kids the 100-by-80-foot painting "Loopy Doopy" in the 15-story, glass-ceilinged lobby, then sit down to a basket of just-baked pastries served with butter and preserves. Adults get to choose from a variety of sophisticated entrée options like prosciutto pizza ($20) and stone oven baked eggs ($22), while the younger set chows down on everything from silver dollar ricotta "hotcakes" to mini cheeseburgers. Try to snag a seat by the window to take in panoramas of New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty.

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Battery Park City



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. 

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Upper West Side

Schiller’s Liquor Bar

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 favorite, including a basket of pastries whipped up at big sister Balthazar.

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Lower East Side

Buttermilk Channel


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 ($11) or share some Fried Pork Chop and Cheddar Waffles ($17).

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Carroll Gardens

Cascabel Taqueria

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.

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Upper East Side

Sweet Chick

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.

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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.” 

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Park Slope

Measure Lounge

Brunch at this high-rise hotel on Fifth Ave is much more than coffee and eggs. On Saturdays, families are welcomed into Measure Lounge for a newly introduced afternoon tea service with refined bento boxes for adults and menu items like mini PB&Js, deviled eggs and cream puffs for kids ($35 per adult, $20 per child ages 3–12). On select Sundays, kids and parents can join in on an interactive sing-a-long with singer and jazz pianist Tina deVaron while enjoying a three-course meal. Tots get to pick from yummy kid-friendly fare like breakfast pizza or French toast sticks, plus a side and sweet treat before gathering around the piano to sing classic songs ($40 per adult, $20 per child age 12 and under). Reservations are recommended.

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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. 

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Indian Road Café

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.

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