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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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