The 50 best brunch places in NYC

A weekend in New York just isn’t complete without brunch. See our picks for a late breakfast on the weekend.

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Finding the best brunch in NYC has never been easier. Whether you’re looking for the perfect pancake or getting a group together for boozy brunch cocktails, we've compiled a list of our favorite 50 restaurants for brunch in New York. Too many to choose from? See the list broken down by category, by borough or by neighborhood.

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ABC Kitchen

Housed in luxe houseware emporium ABC Carpet & Home, Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s green palace looks like a quaint farmhouse plucked straight out of a fairy tale. Like its furnishings, the restaurant’s ingredients are all locally sourced. There are hearty omelettes and other egg-based concoctions that no doubt came from very happy chickens; bright and satisfying salads you actually want to order for brunch; and French toast so fluffy, ordering it should be mandatory. Make a reservation, or be prepared to wait (and shop while you wait).—Marley Lynch

  1. 35 E 18th St
    Flatiron, Manhattan
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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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Alor Café


Deep in the sleepy Staten Island enclave of Grant City, this usually pulsating lounge forgoes the DJ during brunch time for flatscreens playing cartoons. Grab a booth at an arched window and dig into the avocado breakfast burrito, sweet-corn omelette or fried-egg-topped chicken schnitzel. Tear the kids away from the restaurant’s stash of Wikki Stix by offering them a PB&J-and-banana sandwich.

  1. 2110 Richmond Rd
    Grant City, Staten Island
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Amy Ruth’s


Harlem staple Amy Ruth's is a true soul-food institution
. The cheery, laid-back eatery serves dishes named for famous figures, many of whom have stopped by over the years. Try the Rev. Al Sharpton—crunchy fried chicken and waffles—though there’s a whole variety of something-and-waffle options featuring less traditional ingredients, such as catfish and ribs. Sides like mac and cheese, collard greens and candied yams are top-notch too.—Evelyn Derico

  1. 113 W 116th St
    Harlem, Manhattan
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Beso


Though Beso is billed as a Spanish tapas bar, the menu at this sexy little spot goes far beyond Iberia (through Cuba, Mexico and Puerto Rico, for starters), making up for a lack of focus with big flavors and conviviality. The three-course brunch is just $25 per person. With options like sautéed mussels, clams and calamari over penne in a spicy tomato sauce, and baked scrambled eggs with spinach, bacon and cheese, the price is a steal. Choose the soup of the day or a salad and go straight for a fruity-sweet glass of tequila-spiked sangria. And even if you’re stuffed, make room for dessert, like fluffy sopaipillas or tres leches cake.

  1. 11 Schuyler St
    St. George, Staten Island
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Brucie


You know this place is cool because it offers a Beyoncé-themed menu for Valentine’s Day. But patrons come to this Cobble Hill eatery year-round for an Italian take on brunch. The friendly staff serves mouthwatering dishes such as a pork-belly sandwich with a fried egg; grits-style polenta with meatballs; and fried eggs over 
ragù, risotto and Borlotti beans. The short stools can sometimes be a bit awkward to sit on, but overall you’ll want to re-create the cute decor, including the ceiling fans made from welded-together personal fans and the cartoony world-map wallpaper, at home.—Tazi Phillips

  1. 234 Court St
    Cobble Hill, 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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Court Street Grocers


Two words: 
Breakfast. Sandwiches. A bacon-egg-and-cheese on a roll is a Saturday late-morning standby, but the righteous brunchtime subs at this beloved Carroll Gardens market-café are a welcome upgrade from that bodega classic. We’re talking Balthazar ciabatta loaded with scrambled eggs, salty Cabot cheddar and arugula, or a Taylor pork roll with American cheese on a Martin’s potato bun, delivered straight to the cozy dining room. And a New York brunch isn’t complete without bagels: Here they’re hand-rolled by Park Slope’s Bagel Hole and jacked with Acme whitefish, Samaki organic lox and Ben’s cream cheese.—Christina Izzo

  1. 116 Sullivan St
    Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
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The Creek and the Cave


For a chill dining experience filled with burritos, tacos and fantastic huevos rancheros, visit this Long Island City restaurant and comedy theater, which houses two stages and a separate dining area. At each table you’ll get unlimited tortilla chips and homemade salsa. Check out the patio or the downstairs bar and performance space, which hosts a variety of acts. The kitchen serves all kinds of savory Tex-Mex standbys, but for a twist, try the “yoga” burrito (avocado and fresh goat cheese) or the seafood burrito (fried shrimp or fish with wasabi sauce).
—Evelyn Derico

  1. 10-93 Jackson Ave
    Long Island City, Queens
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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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Dizzy’s


Expect this neighborhood favorite, conveniently located one block from Prospect Park, to be packed to capacity any time the sun’s shining. Its classic brunch foods—hearty omelettes, enormous waffles, a mouth-watering take on eggs Benedict with chorizo and ancho-lime hollandaise sauce—are worth the wait, and the minimuffins handed to waiting diners should keep even the hungriest customer going until a table opens up. One word of advice: If you’re dining outside, sit as far from the little kiddy ride in the corner as you can, unless you want “It’s a Small World” to play relentlessly in your head all afternoon.
—Nick Leftley

  1. 511 9th St
    Park Slope, Brooklyn
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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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Egg


This Southern-accented breakfast-only abode has no parallel in Billyburg or beyond—which means you can expect a bit of a wait to get seated. Once you do get in, perch on mismatched chairs at a paper-covered table (crayons are provided), wake up at a leisurely speed to the old-time folk music on the sound system, and scarf down a cheap meal that may include eggs Rothko (a slice of brioche with a hole in the middle that accommodates a sunny-side-up egg, all of which is covered with sharp cheddar) or a terrific country-ham biscuit sandwich. If you must have dessert at breakfast, finish with a bowl of caramelized grapefruit and mint.

  1. 135A North 5th St
    Williamsburg, Brooklyn
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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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Estela


It’s a food-world trope that big-league chefs hate brunch, feeling confined by the hallowed 11am–3pm space between breakfast and lunch. But this Food & Drink Award–winning Nolita alcove—from former Isa talent Ignacio Mattos—doesn’t slack off for the early meal. Rather, Mattos issues elegant reimagined staples made to share, though you won’t want to: whipped ricotta with citrus and coconut, a yogurt-parfait update; a fish-sauce-spiked Bloody Mary; and Bien Cuit 
tebirke layered with a sunny-side-up egg, crispy pancetta and aioli-topped avocado. You’ll initially damn how hard it is to spot the restaurant’s nondescript doorway, but after a thoughtful meal at the airy white-marble bar, you’ll be grateful that all those shopping-bag-toting passersby aren’t crowding your newfound brunch favorite.—Christina Izzo

  1. 47 E Houston St
    Nolita, Manhattan
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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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Flatbush Farm


Focusing on fresh, local ingredients, rustic-chic Flatbush Farm offers savory dishes, like crispy duck confit served with cheddar-and-chipotle grits. If you’re a lover of all things porcine, don’t miss the incredible crispy smoked bacon. Enjoy seasonal ales and cocktails as you soak up the warm weather in the outdoor garden patio.
—Evelyn Derico

  1. 76–78 St. Marks Ave
    Prospect Heights, Manhattan
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Friend of a Farmer


This farmer has many friends, so get there early (say, before 11am) on weekends to avoid standing in line. Rustic as an L.L. Bean catalog styled by Grant Wood, the eatery has a square-jawed directness that comes through in simple ingredients, relative affordability and straightforward dish names (the basket of assorted freshly baked breads really should be rechristened the basket of “
Omigod, the zucchini bread!”). Still, the homestead has a touch of whimsy: Rumor has it that every time someone orders the Farmers’ Market Omelette, a waiter sprints three blocks to the Union Square Greenmarket to buy fresh eggs, spinach, mushrooms and cheese.—Silvija Ozols

  1. 77 Irving Pl
    Flatiron, Manhattan
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Jack's Wife Freda


Israeli-born Maya Jankelowitz met her South African husband, Dean, while working at Balthazar, and the patrons at their charming, sunlit Soho nook look like holdovers from that late-breakfast bastion—i.e., tiny-waisted ladies who brunch, and the men who love them. But the Jankelowitzes’ café offers Jewish-tinged bites as warm and comforting as anything your bubbe ever made you: rosewater waffles with Lebanese yogurt and honey, and the hard-to-pronounce but easy-to-eat green 
shakshouka (eggs baked in a chili- and cumin-spiced tomato sauce). With one (or three) refreshing cantaloupe mimosas, chowing down next to hoards of lithe brunch ladies ain’t so bad after all. In fact, it’s pretty damn great.—Christina Izzo

  1. 224 Lafayette St
    Soho, Manhattan
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Juventino


Juventino’s brunch is just one of the benefits of Park Slope’s Fifth Avenue upswing. The restaurant’s light-filled and airy interior gives you a preview of the bright, farm-fresh, Mexican-inflected flavors in store: 
Lengua y papas—grass-fed beef tongue and potato hash—shares space on the menu with pancakes, baked eggs and the more lunchy duck breast. A cup of Stumptown coffee and a spot on the back patio might make you forget Monday is only hours away.—Matthew Love

  1. 370 Fifth Ave
    Park Slope, Manhattan
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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-drenched
chilaquiles (green or red), huevos toluqueños (scrambled eggs with chorizo and soupycharro 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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Lafayette


The best brunch seats at Andrew Carmellini’s splashy Gallic brasserie are the coveted windowside tables, if only for the view—not just of bustling Noho but of the restaurant’s bountiful, gleaming pastry counter and its crazy good coconut-banana-chocolate croissants. And there’s plenty more to ogle: luxuriant plates like the house eggs, hard-cooked and deviled with trout roe; the gleaming, handsome space, punctuated by multiple archways and coffee-colored booths; and the pretty people gabbing over their niçoise salads. It’s an all-day operation—good thing, too, because you’ll want to soak up that picturesque ambience from brunch till dinner.
—Christina Izzo

  1. 380 Lafayette St
    Noho, Manhattan
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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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M. Wells Dinette


A museum morning followed by weekend brunch simply screams New York. Especially when that brunch comes courtesy of husband-and-wife eccentrics Hugue Dufour and Sarah Obraitis, who run this funky daytime cafeteria inside Long Island City’s MoMA PS1. The digs are cheekily familiar—fashioned after a schoolhouse, they boast chalkboard menus, old class photos and cubbyhole desks—but the midmorning menu is brash, bold and daily-changing: foie gras bread pudding with gooseberries, soft-boiled eggs with carrot- and pea-studded aspic. Take that picky-eating, pancake-ordering brunch friend and teach ’em the golden M. Wells rule: Eat first, ask questions later.
—Christina Izzo

  1. 22-25 Jackson Ave
    Long Island City, Queens
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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, Brooklyn
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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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Sage General Store


There’s brunch, and then there’s, shall we say, stunt brunch—the kind of “No, they didn’t!” weekend dining experience that begs for an Instagram recap. Sage’s shamelessly decadent, three-course “Bacon Brunch” definitely falls into the latter category. As absurd as it sounds on paper, the feast is almost elegant in practice, especially if you opt for the Wisconsin breakfast pizza over the admittedly appealing “Outrageous” grilled bacon-and-cheese. If you have any illusions about your off-the-charts indulgence level, the double-chocolate–and-bacon brownie—or, for that matter, a plate of chocolate-sauce-drizzled, whipped-cream-smothered French toast—will set you straight.
—Hank Shteamer

  1. 24-20 Jackson Ave
    Long Island City, Queens
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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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Sarabeth's Central Park South


There’s something for every palate at any of Sarabeth’s five NYC locations: The swanky restaurant’s extensive brunch menu features standout savory dishes such as lobster rolls alongside scrummy sweet fare like lemon-and-ricotta pancakes. We recommend ordering a basket of Sarabeth’s signature fresh scones and muffins, served with homemade jams, and if you’ve always wanted to have afternoon tea, stop by from 4 to 5pm on Saturday or Sunday. Take heed that Sundays get crazy busy (this is an Oprah fave, after all), so you’ll want to make reservations.
—Evelyn Derico

  1. 40 Central Park South
    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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Spoon & Tbsp


Fresh local ingredients are a priority at this Flatiron eatery, where the menu boasts eggs Spaniard (
pan tomate, Manchego, bacon, pico de gallo), buttermilk pancakes with whipped cream and Vermont blueberry syrup, and kid-friendly bites like PB&J and eggs and chips. Freshly squeezed juices (orange, grapefruit) round out the welcoming country-house experience.—Cristina Alonso

  1. 17 W 20th St
    Flatiron, Manhattan
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Square Diner


This utterly unironic throwback to traditional diners, sitting neatly in the middle of an otherwise thoroughly modernized Tribeca, is the perfect escape into a simpler time. The menu is exactly what you’d expect—omelettes, hot sandwiches, salads, French toast, bagels, a few newfangled panini—and if you stick with the classics (like the Lumberjack Breakfast or one of the 27 varieties of burger on offer), you’ll leave a satisfied customer. Especially if you also order an egg cream.
—Nick Leftley

  1. 33 Leonard St
    Tribeca, Manhattan
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Sugar & Spice Bake Shop


This quaint City Island bakery isn’t just loved for its charming birthday cakes and cupcakes—its BYOB brunch brings in the crowds too. Specialties like sour-cream pancakes with butter and local maple syrup, the shrimp-and-avocado omelette with herb-dusted fries, and the eggwich with bacon and cheddar are just a few of the highlights coming out of the ever-busy open kitchen.
—Cristina Alonso

  1. 536 City Island Ave
    City Island, Bronx
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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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Taqueria de los Muertos


This Prospect Heights Mexican favorite is floating in a sea of nearby brunch options: The famous line at Tom’s is a block away, and trendy eateries have taken over this stretch of Washington Avenue over the past few years—supplementing the more established foodie zone two blocks away on Franklin. Still, it’s surprising just how often you’ll find this brightly painted, sugar-skull–bedecked spot completely empty on a Sunday afternoon. The savory breakfast burritos—stuffed with eggs, rice, beans, mushrooms, peppers, queso blanco, sour cream and salsa roja—are massive enough to feed two starving adults, and the Mexican French toast, filled with Mexican chocolate and served with caramelized bananas and dulce de leche, is even more decadent than it sounds. Brunch comes with your choice of a spicy chipotle Bloody Mary or a tropical mimosa, plus the standard coffee and juice. Given that you probably won’t eat till the next day, it’s really quite a bargain.
—Ethan LaCroix

  1. 663 Washington Ave
    Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
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Tom’s Restaurant


There’s a lot of new competition on Washington Avenue, which sits on the border of recently trendy Prospect Heights and newly trendy Crown Heights, but no one else draws loyal customers quite like beloved Brooklyn institution Tom’s—as evidenced by the line spilling out of the place and around the corner every weekend. Queuing up is a pleasure, though, with friendly staffers handing out complimentary coffee, cookies and (most famously) orange slices to hungry waiting patrons. Once inside, you’ll find an old-school diner lined with wood paneling, tightly packed Formica tables and all manner of items hanging on the walls—plastic flowers, photos of local celebrities, framed newspaper clippings, etc. The joint is best known for its variety of flapjacks, including harvest pancakes (stuffed with corn and cranberries) and Danish pancakes (blueberries, ricotta, Parmesan), but it’s hard to go wrong with any of the comforting breakfast options. Fun fact: There’s a signed copy of the lyrics to Suzanne Vega’s “Tom’s Diner” here, but it’s most likely a fake; the lifelong Manhattanite wrote the song about the other famous Tom’s, in Morningside Heights.
—Ethan LaCroix

  1. 782 Washington Ave
    Prospect Heights, 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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Veselka


A late-night meal at East Village institution Veselka (translation: “rainbow”) is a rite of passage for NYU students, artists, club kids and all sorts of other downtown creatures. But the brunch fare at this classic Ukrainian diner is worth waking up (relatively) early for. Pillow-light blintzes served with sweetened sour cream and seasonal compote are a refreshing alternative to standard-issue pancakes. Those seeking something more savory can tuck into the kale eggs Benedict; a Slavic twist on the brunch classic, they’re served on a bed of the leafy green, with potato pancakes instead of English muffins. If you’re looking to take the edge off your hangover or start day-drinking, order a prosecco mimosa or fruit-filled sangria. Pro tip: Order a side of kielbasa with your breakfast food. You’ll never want to return to plain old sausage or bacon.
—Ethan LaCroix

  1. 144 Second Ave
    East VIllage, Manhattan
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