13 no-wait brunch spots
Lines too long at Egg, Prune, Sarabeth's? Dig in at these alternatives. Photographs by Dave Sanders
Thu Jun 25 2009
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You can easily nab a table on the sidewalk, in the garden or on the umbrella-shaded rooftop at this bistro. Brunch options include tuna nioise ($14), burgers smothered in melted Gruyre ($12.50), and a French-rolled omelette with truffled goat cheese and asparagus ($10). 135 North 5th St between Bedford Ave and Berry St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-388-9222, juliettewilliamsburg.com)
The eats come cheap at this laid-back taqueria: $8 enfrijoladas (an eggier take on enchiladas), tacos ($2.50 each) and prickly-pear agua fresca ($3) have your name all over them. 295 Berry St at North 2nd St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-388-5988, lasuperiornyc.com)
Eat in this Italian spot's backyard for nearly no bones. Start with beef carpaccio ($8), end with a fried mozzarella in carrozza sandwich ($7). 284 Grand St between Havemeyer and Roebling Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-782-8222, fiorebk.com)—Ashlea Halpern
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With free biscuits and honey butter, indulgent chorizo-and-egg-spiked chilaquiles ($14) and French toast ($12) thicker than Donald Trump's billfold, it's a wonder this wood-paneled space doesn't overflow. 45 E 1st St between First and Second Aves (212-780-0262, chefjoedoe.com)
Come here to murder your hangover: If a croque-madame ($11) draped in "lamb ham" and velvety Mornay sauce (bchamel plus Gruyre) doesn't do it, a Sixpoint Righteous Rye (or pot of lavender Earl Grey tea) delivered by a beaming waitress might. 84 E 4th St at Second Ave (212-979-2034, belcourtnyc.com)
A greener-than-green market-veg soup ($5) and a delicate baguette enclosing jamn serrano and green peppercorn butter ($7) are just two superlative menu items at this rarely packed 20-seater. 72 E 1st St between First and Second Aves (212-388-0614, simonsips.com)
The namesake of this gastropub is the patron saint of the mentally ill, but you'll leave the crazies (at least the Prune-obsessed ones) behind in exchange for low-key local brunchers. Try the fantastically greasy Irish breakfast ($11). 118 St. Marks Pl between First Ave and Ave A (212-254-6636)—Kate Lowenstein
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Here you'll find a civilized brunch amid homey bookshelves and cheery lime-green walls, with prices that aren't too rich—and dishes that are. Order French toast bread-pudding-style ($12) with smoky, snappy chicken apple sausage ($4.50) for a meal that lives up to the restaurant's name. 30 E 92nd St at Madison Ave (212-860-9872, squaremealnyc.com)
Secure a table alongside Carnegie Hill's more mature residents and linger over dishes from the egg-heavy menu, such as the cheddar-scones eggs Benedict ($13) served with mixed greens. 44 E 92nd St at Madison Ave (212-348-8125)
For $15.95 at this petite French bistro—where miraculously there always seems to be a table open—you get a two-course, prix-fixe meal that includes a beverage (alcoholic or otherwise) and filling fare like an overstuffed crabmeat omelette, plus dessert. Try the tangy orange sorbet, served in the peel. 1308 Madison Ave between 92nd and 93rd Sts (212-534-7522)—Cristina Velocci
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Cheryl's Global Soul
Given its proximity to the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, this cozy eatery should be packed to the gills on weekends. And while yes, sometimes you'll wait 15 minutes or so to be seated, it's worth your while: Hearty dishes like the omelette special, served with spicy hash browns, satisfy comfort-food cravings. Don't forget to ask your waiter about other brunch specials, which change each weekend. 236 Underhill Ave at Lincoln Pl, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (347-529-2855, cherylsglobalsoul.com)
Fend off a hangover in the dark interior of this Spanish-style spot, serving brunch classics with a twist, like a potato-and-egg hash that gets extra zest from spicy chorizo ($11.95). Add a mimosa or Bloody Mary to your meal for merely $2 more, if you need a little hair of the dog. 638 Bergen St at Vanderbilt Ave, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (718-399-6855, brooklynbeast.com)
Look no further than this tiny Crown Heights joint for cheap, authentic and mind-bogglingly delicious Mexican food. Hit it up on the weekends for a brunch menu featuring classic dishes, like huevos rancheros ($11.95) swimming in your choice of spicy ranchero sauce or tomatillo salsa. Round out the meal with a piece of Mexican sweet bread (similar to a muffin or quick bread), which is gratis during brunch. 732 Classon Ave between Park and Prospect Pls, Crown Heights, Brooklyn (718-622-3100)—Amy Plitt