Best rooftop brunches
Where to eat brunch with a view.
Thu Jun 25 2009
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The party doesn't stop at Plunge, the Gansevoort's bass-thumping rooftop boasting 360 degree views of Manhattan and the Hudson River: The bar now throws a weekend "Get Up Get Down" brunch rave, featuring DJs spinning house music, signature cocktails like the $15 Skyymosa (a mimosa spiked with vodka), and a three-course $36 prix-fixe menu featuring items like Spanish-style gazpacho with Maine lobster, steak frites and eggs, and an assortment of mini cupcakes. 18 Ninth Ave at 13th St (877-426-7386, hotelgansevoort.com). Sat, Sun noon-4pm.
Dine alfresco at this tri-level Mexican eatery, where diners vie for a spot on the rooftop patio year-round. No degree of hangover stands a chance against hearty morning fare like chilaquiles con huevos, served with jalapeo home fries and plantains ($8), and a pan Mexicana relleno, a South of the Border take on French toast that's stuffed with queso fresca and plantains and topped with sauted apples and almonds ($8.50). 187 Columbia St at DeGraw St, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn (718-643-5400, almarestaurant.com). Sat, Sun 10am--2:30pm.
Outdoor seats abound at this darling bistro, and while brunching on the sidewalk or in a garden has its charm, you have to admit that everything just tastes better on a rooftop. Pair a mango mimosa ($7) with Francophilic fare like the French-rolled omelette packed with truffled goat cheese and asparagus ($9), or Tartine's croque-monsieur ($10) on house-baked brioche. 135 North 5th St between Bedford Ave and Berry St (718-388-9222, juliettewilliamsburg.com). Sat, Sun 10:30am--5pm.
Terrace in the Sky
The decadent prix-fixe menu (two courses for $35, three courses for $45) at the outdoor section of this glass-walled stunner brings rooftop brunching to new heights: Feast on items like crab cakes with white anchovies, warm duck confit with poached pears, and roasted pork loin, while devouring northward and downtown views. You might want to save this spot for when your parents are in town, and not just because of the stuffy atmosphere: Cocktails will run you an extra $10 to $14 apiece. 400 W 119th St at Morningside Dr (212-666-9490, terraceinthesky.com). Sun 11am--3pm.
Salon de Ning
The $49 three-course prix-fixe menu at this Asian-themed roof deck puts a Far East spin on brunch, while steering clear of dim sum. Entres are served in a bento box split into four compartments: one containing a waffle, another organic eggs, the third vegetable timable and the fourth filled with your choice of meat or fish. After you polish off the meal with a dessert tasting, recline on one of the Chinese timber daybeds to sip a champagne cocktail ($22) and convince yourself that the bubbles aid with digestion. The Peninsula New York, 700 Fifth Ave at 55th St, 23rd floor (212-956-2888, salondening.com). Sun 11:30am--2:30pm.
This one's for the late risers with endless appetites: Boozing and brunching on the sun-dappled terrace begins at 2pm with all-you-can-eat toasted almond French toast, omelettes, muffins and smoked salmon for $35. After you've had your fill, curl up in a reservations-only curtained cabana and let the food coma set in, or stroll down the deck to take a peek at the seagulls hurtling along the Hudson. 621 W 46th St between Eleventh and Twelfth Aves (212-315-9400, hudsonterracenyc.com). Sun 2-8pm.
Everything about the weekend brunch on this 6,000-square-foot garden terrace is generous, from the outsize views of the Queensboro Bridge and the Manhattan skyline to the $35 all-you-can-eat buffet stocked with lox, muffins, croissants, a cheese platter, freshly made waffles and an omelette station. Also bountiful: unlimited mimosas and Bloody Marys. 8-08 Queens Plaza at Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, Queens (718-289-6101, ravelhotel.com). Sun 1--3pm.