The 50 best brunch places in NYC: Boozy brunches

There’s more to boozy brunch than just mimosas. Get your taste buds tingling and hit the hard stuff at one of these excellent brunch restaurants.

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Looking to wash down those pancakes with a little gin and juice? Whether you’re in the mood for cocktails, bottomless mimosas or an Irish coffee, feel free to pass the hooch at these best brunch spots for boozing. Where else can you drink before noon and not feel like a lush?

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The best places for boozy brunch in NYC

Aita


Nestled in a quiet corner of Clinton Hill, Aita is a respite for neighborhood denizens looking to catch up in cozy environs, snuggling up against fellow brunchers at the restaurant’s long window benches or bar. Dotting the primarily Italian menu are frittatas and spaghetti, as well as more intriguing options—eggs Benedict with smoked pastrami, salmon and fried green tomatoes, for instance. Some staples dazzle outright: The blueberry buttermilk pancakes with ricotta lemon cream are lovely to look at, and even better to eat.
—Matthew Love

  1. 132 Greene Ave
    Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
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Alder


You’ll think you’re still drunk—how else could you explain pizza bagels topped with pepperoni made of egg yolks, or popcorn kernels that taste exactly like a Bloody Mary? That would be the whimsical handiwork of gastro demigod Wylie Dufresne, who offers brunch-ready comfort food cranked up to 11 at his modern East Village pub. And if jerk-chicken waffles and French-onion-soup rings don’t give you the mind jolt you need to shake off your precaffeine hangover daze, a trio of boozy juices—available in tomato-miso, pineapple-pepper and apple-kale varieties—should more than do the trick.
—Christina Izzo

  1. 157 Second Ave
    East Village, Manhattan
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Allswell


The menu at this Williamsburg gastropub changes daily, but luckily for all you indecisive brunchers out there, its Tumblr 
(allswellnyc.tumblr.com) gets updated every morning. Expect a frittata with seasonal fixins (ours recently came with the winning combo of mushrooms, kale and ricotta), a gut-busting egg sandwich with homemade fries, and some picks straight outta left field: chorizo and beans one day, smoked-trout toast the next. For a real eye-opener, try the Cowboy Coffee, a bracing mix of bourbon, iced coffee and cream.—Marley Lynch

  1. 124 Bedford Ave
    Williamsburg, Brooklyn
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Buttermilk Channel


Since launching in late 2008 on Carroll Gardens’ busy Court Street and elbowing its way to the front of the pack (winning 
Time Out’s 2009 Readers’ Choice Award for Best New Brooklyn Restaurant), Doug Crowell and Ryan Angulo’s comfort foodery has become an essential. For brunch, sample the top-notch fried chicken (crispy, spicy, succulent, all the good things) along with several killer variations on the Bloody Mary, one garnished with antipasti from nearby Caputo’s. If you try to beat the rush, you’ll still have to compete for ear space with the young families and kids of the neighborhood, but the din is worth it.—Joshua Rothkopf

  1. 524 Court St
    Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
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Café Luluc


Pancakes. There are, of course, other delights to be found at this cute Cobble Hill café on Smith Street—the pretty French interior makes it the perfect spot for leafing through the Sunday papers with your one and only, and there are magazines galore to choose from. Plus, the service is good, and the french fries are excellent. But really, Luluc’s pancakes are the jewel in its brunch crown: soft and super fluffy on the inside, just a little bit crispy on the outside and 100 percent delicious.
—Sophie Harris

  1. 214 Smith St
    Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
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Catfish


Serving classic New Orleans dishes, Catfish is a true Crown Heights gem. At this cozy hideaway, you can savor bona fide Southern dishes like spicy, flavorful jambalaya or shrimp and grits. Enjoy a strong spring cocktail on the outdoor patio, like the Lady Laveu, a refreshing, flavorful mix of absinthe, St. Germain and cucumber lemonade. But be warned—alcohol isn’t served until noon. Until then, there’s no shortage of delectable eats.
—Evelyn Derico

  1. 1433 Bedford Ave
    Crown Heights, Brooklyn
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Char No. 4


Southern dishes—and hospitality—are the norm at this Cobble Hill joint serving biscuits Benedict with smoked ham and sausage gravy, buttermilk pancakes with blueberry sauce, and BBQ brisket hash to early (and not-so-early) risers. Whiskey is the house specialty, so make sure to try the chipotle-bourbon Bloody Mary or the whiskey milk fizz (Jack Daniel’s, almond and nutmeg).
—Cristina Alonso

  1. 196 Smith St
    Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
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Cookshop


Nestled next to the High Line, Cookshop is perfect for alfresco dining. The seasonal, locally sourced dishes and array of fresh, piquant cocktails—many of which contain bitters or muddled fruits—are not to be missed. For a decadent brunch, try the baked brioche French toast, served with almond custard, candied almonds and Catskills honey. Appetizers include spiced apple beignets, and cornmeal blini topped with salmon roe and crème fraîche. Many dishes are grilled, rotisseried or prepared in a wood-burning oven, in a wide-ranging display of sophisticated food craftsmanship.
—Evelyn Derico

  1. 156 10th Avenue
    Chelsea, Manhattan
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DiWine


This dinner-focused spot opens its doors to the daytime crowd for a weekends-only $16 prix fixe. Coffee plus one cocktail is included with each entrée—choose from hearty favorites such as banana-bread French toast or smoked-salmon breakfast pizza—or upgrade to bottomless booze for just $12 more. Even if you’re recovering from late-night shenanigans, the atmosphere has the perfect amount of bustle without being annoying. Sit near the entrance for a front-row seat to the live-music duo, performing soulful acoustic covers of Hall & Oates, Michael Jackson and Jewel.—Jessica Lundgren

  1. 41-15 31st Ave
    Astoria, Queens
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Edward’s


A short stroll from the Chambers St subway stop, Edward’s is a sunny, relaxed Tribeca eatery that feels, due to strategically placed mirrors, refreshingly large and airy. In keeping with the French-brasserie decor, the brunch menu has a robust range of stomach-filling goodies, from buttermilk pancakes to crab-cake sandwiches. (The chilaquiles currently seem to be missing from the menu on their website, but it’s worth a shot ordering them anyway—maybe the kitchen will be feeling generous. Edward’s gets bonus points for its well-stocked bar and numerous group-friendly seating arrangements.—Nick Leftley

  1. 136 West Broadway
    Tribeca, Manhattan
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Enid’s


Come for the huevos rancheros (and the biscuits and the cheese grits), stay for the Bloody Marys. Okay, stay for three or four Bloody Marys: Enid’s has one of the best around, garnished with an olive and a mothereffing 
caper berry. Though there’s often a crowd, the staff kindly provides free coffee while you wait—and McCarren Park is right around the corner, so once you’ve got a good buzz going, you can decamp for the grass and catch up on some sleepy time in the sun. (Random eye-candy bonus: cute bartenders!)—Carla Sosenko

  1. 560 Manhattan Ave
    Greenpoint, Brooklyn
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Fatta Cuckoo


Head to this colorful Clinton Street restaurant for its much-loved “drunch” deal: An entrée and three cocktails are $25. Choose from quirkily named mains like the Yeah Elvis (French-toast sandwich with bacon, peanut butter, banana, honey and fries) and the Fatta scrambler (scrambled eggs with goat cheese, chipotle and guacamole). Pair your selection with a mimosa, a screwdriver or one of the beers on tap. Cocktails à la carte include the Red Snapper (gin, spicy tomato juice and celery-salt rim) and the Just Like Britney Spears (coffee, Kahlúa and milk).
—Cristina Alonso

  1. 63 Clinton St
    Lower East Side, Manhattan
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Five Leaves


Brunch at this hip Greenpoint joint features pastries from Nolita’s Ceci Cela and entrées like coconut-and-chia pudding, ricotta pancakes with fruit and maple syrup, and a Moroccan scramble with merguez sausage, spiced chickpeas and avocado. To get into full weekend mode, sip on a kir royale or a refreshing Green Snapper (gin, cucumber, lemon, mint) as you soak up the sweet, bustling ambience.
—Cristina Alonso

  1. 18 Bedford Ave
    Greenpoint, Brooklyn
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La Superior


Delectable two-bite tacos—available anytime—are the main draw at this Mexico City–style Williamsburg staple, but the brunch menu is every bit as crucial. Spring for sauce-drenchedchilaquiles (green or red), huevos toluqueños (scrambled eggs with chorizo and soupy charro beans) or egg-stuffed enfrijoladas (described on the menu as “brunch’s version of enchiladas”). Any of these options pair exceedingly well with La Superior’s signature beverage, the spicy-sweet marvel that is the tamarind margarita.—Hank Shteamer

  1. 295 Berry St
    Williamsburg, Brooklyn
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Littleneck


Ladies and gentlemen, give it up for: Grateful Brunch. Each weekend, Gowanus’s go-to seafood haunt spins tunes by jam-band icons the Dead while serving delectable, super soft lemon-and-ricotta pancakes, hot-sauce-spiked chicken and waffles, smoked-trout omelettes and more. The nautical decor, lack of lines out the door and friendly staff make for a decidedly laid-back and stress-free experience—especially for a spot that does brunch this damn good. And best of all? There’s nary a hippie in sight.
—Tim Lowery

  1. 288 Third Ave
    Gowanus, Brooklyn
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Maggie Brown


This cozy Brooklyn restaurant on the border of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill will steal your brunch-loving heart with its Southern-influenced fare. Decked out with dark wood, chandeliers and velvet-inspired wallpaper, Maggie’s offers local newspapers for perusing and such a great cup of coffee that you may never leave. The savory signature dish is the Maggie Brown: scrambled eggs, cheddar, chives and horseradish, with a side of biscuits and raspberry butter. Other menu stars are the Brie-and-berry pancakes, the Beryl Evans (corned-beef hash) and the Grandma Harriet (crispy eggs over jalapeño grits). If you’re feeling frisky, the boozy brunch cocktails are excellent: Shout out to the Ethel O’Connel (whiskey, Baileys and espresso over ice) and the spicy Bloody Marion. Just remember to bring the green stuff, as this spot is cash only.
—Tazi Phillips

  1. 455 Myrtle Ave
    Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
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Mother's Ruin


A peaceful respite from Soho’s shopping-bag-toting hordes, this light-filled Nolita bar feels especially welcoming during daylight hours, when it’s scarcely populated and gives off a friendly neighborhood vibe. Its cheap but filling dishes—try the chicken and waffles, or the salad of shaved brussels sprouts and bacon 
lardons topped with two perfectly poached eggs—leave you cash to spare for expertly crafted cocktails. The daily special of tequila, lime and blood-orange jam is eye-openingly tart.

  1. 18 Spring St
    Nolita, Manhattan
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Poco Bar


This bottomless-booze brunch spot in the East Village is well known, and for good reason. The atmosphere is fun (and by that we mean it can get a little wild), the food is good, and there’s outdoor seating when the weather is nice. For $26.95, patrons get an hour and a half of Bloody Marys, mimosas or white sangria. Menu favorites include lobster mac and cheese, thick-cut French toast with fresh berries, the Poco Benedict and a truffle mushroom omelette. Be prepared for a long wait during peak hours, and make sure your party is all there or they won’t seat you. And bring cash! 
—Tazi Phillips

  1. 33 Ave B
    East Village, Manhattan
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Prime Meats


Our favorite couple of Franks (Falcinelli and Castronovo, of Frankies 457 Spuntino) dish out hearty fare in this rustic Court Street dining room. From brioche French toast and a Gruyère omelette with fries to their trademark Angus burger on a house-made sesame roll, the portions are generous enough to hold you up after one too many aquavit-based Bloody Marys.
—Cristina Alonso

  1. 465 Court St
    Carroll Gardens
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The Queens Kickshaw


Expect this trendy spot to be packed during peak brunch hours, as patrons wait for excellent coffee, craft beers and hangover-helper classics. With offerings such as Gouda grilled cheese and 
huevos a la mexicana, carnivores won’t even realize the menu is completely vegetarian. Early risers may drop in as early as 9am, while late sleepers can brunch until 4:45pm.—Jessica Lundgren

  1. 40-17 Broadway
    Astoria, Queens
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Roberta's


Pizza for brunch is always a good idea…especially when it’s served at the Michelin-starred pizza joint favored by Bill and Hillary Clinton. The venerable Bushwick institution offers many of its artisanal pies during brunch, and you always have the option of topping your order with an egg. Plus, Roberta’s has stellar seasonal greens, plucked from its own rooftop garden; a fancy ham-egg-and-cheese on croissant; and a life-changing sticky bun. Sure, you won’t sit down right away, but the wait is substantially shorter than at dinner—and you can always while away the time with drinks in the adjacent tiki tent bar.
—Marley Lynch

  1. 261 Moore St
    Bushwick, Brooklyn
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Salvation Taco


April Bloomfield knows a thing or two about curing hangovers—we’ve been taking morning-after solace from the Dutch Baby at her Spotted Pig for years. At Salvation Taco, her South of the Border outfit in midtown’s Pod 39 hotel—a Crayola-bright, watermelon-print den of tacos and tortas—Bloomfield and co-chef Robert Santibañez (of Fonda) dish out the booze-sopping brunch eats you need when you’ve had one too many tequilas the night before. That means kimchi-and-pork-belly posole, steak-and-egg burritos and, yes, a spicy-as-hell Bloody Mary. And if your hangover is particularly debilitating—we’ve been there—the canteen graciously offers brunch to go, so you can refuel with roasted-poblano biscuits in the warm confines of your bed-sheet cocoon.—Christina Izzo

  1. 145 E 39th St
    Murray Hill, Manhattan
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The Sparrow Tavern


So you took the N train to the famous Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden, caroused all night and went home with an attractive Astorian (is there any other kind?). Now it’s morning, and you need a perfectly balanced prosciutto-and-Brie omelette in a quiet, wood-paneled pub. Head to the humble but mighty Sparrow, just across the street from the beer garden. Its low-rent gray awning belies its foodie status, but your new Astoria friend will know it. The lookers all do.
—Silvija Ozols

  1. 24-01 29th St
    Astoria, Queens
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Sweet Chick


The downside: Sweet Chick lies on that crowded patch of Bedford Avenue typically overrun by tourists who want to see where Hannah and the rest of the Girls live (people, they’re in Greenpoint!). The upside: The food is worth the hassle. Sumptuous treats like chicken and waffles (they even have a vegetarian version) and 
chilaquiles more than make up for what the space lacks in personality. Brunch here means you won’t be eating much for the rest of the day—no, you’ll be splayed out on your bed, rubbing your belly with a smile on your face. (That sounded less weird in our head.)—Carla Sosenko

  1. 164 Bedford Ave
    Williamsburg, Brooklyn
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Tandem


Though it can get packed, the laid-back, rough-around-the-edges Tandem is an off-the-beaten-path godsend for anyone looking to nurse last night’s hangover with super delicious food. Heady cocktails (try the spicy Bloody with pickled veggies or go straight to the PBR-and-well-shot deal) and unique brunch snacks (hello, 
patatas bravas) bring you in; grilled raclette and spicy Italian sausage take you home. This is where to get lost for an afternoon: Sit at the bar long enough, and the bartender will likely start doing shots with you. (Or one of the back-room dance parties will kick up and you can join in.)—Carla Sosenko

  1. 236 Troutman St
    Bushwick, Brooklyn
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Tosca Cafe


Some purists swear that all-you-can-eat brunch is the only way to do the midmorning meal; their case is made at this always-busy Italian restaurant in the Bronx. The spread ($28.95 per person, children under 12 $12.95) features an omelette station, baguette French toast and a variety of pastas, plus bottomless pours of classic brunch drinks (Bellinis, champagne, mimosas).
—Cristina Alonso

  1. 4038 E. Tremont Ave
    Throgs Neck, Bronx
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Steven P
Steven P

P.S. For REAL boozy brunches, some options include Agave, PS450, the Yotel brunch... These are a bit up in the price range (but compared to the $10-per-drink places populating this article, you'll be well ahead by your 3rd drink, and a boozy brunch never ends after just 1-2 drinks!). No, not gonna share my favorite places here. But a moment of silence for Bonelick Park, always a staple for an entertaining group brunch. :( 

Steven P
Steven P

OK, the article is a total joke. Nothing "boozy" about these brunches, which should have cheap drinks if not AYCD. Aita--no drink special. Alder--$14 clam chowder and $16 toast and beans? And drinks are $12+ each? Nope, sorry. Allswell--small food menu, drinks are $11+ each. Fail. Buttermilk Channel? Drinks are $9-$11 each. And that's just the A's and B's! Some of these may be "staff favorite" brunch spots and have good food, but they are NOT "boozy" as the article suggests.  You don't have boozy brunches where drinks are $10 or more apiece. A good boozy brunch will have drinks for < $5 or AYCD with meal for < $25. That's the rule.