Best brunch places in Harlem: The weekend starts here

Which places in Harlem are worth getting out of bed for? Check out the best brunch spots for a late-morning weekend meal.



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Start your perfect Saturday or Sunday in leisurely fashion at one of Harlem’s best brunch places. Drop by popular neighborhood soul-food joint Amy Ruth’s for fried chicken and waffles, Toast, for classic egg dishes and sandwiches incorporating the namesake ingredient, or splurge on cocktails and global fare at Red Rooster Harlem. Afterward, hit the neighborhood’s shops or the Studio Museum in Harlem.

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Amy Ruth’s

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Portraits of jazz giants hang on the walls of this perpetually packed two-story Harlem fave. A bottle of Frank’s RedHot dresses every table—a sign of the soul food goodness to come. Indeed, the richly battered catfish or the fried chicken and waffles platters (many named for famous African Americans, including Rev. Al Sharpton, and Doug E. Fresh), served with your choice of white or dark meat, go down peppery-sweet with a splash of the hot stuff. Long spears of delicately

  1. 113 W 116th St , (between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd (Seventh Ave) and Malcolm X Blvd ), 10026
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Harlem Tavern

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Harlem's dining resurgence—fueled by hot spots like Red Rooster and Levain Bakery—continues apace with the opening of this massive international craft-brew garden. Bringing theme-park magnitude to the historic 'hood, the 7,000-square-foot venue seats 350 and boasts 80 different beers (20 drafts and 60 bottles). Gather your crew for a guzzling session around the umbrella-shaded tables on the patio or at one of the communal wood tables inside. Both beer nerds and casual

  1. 2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd (Eighth Ave), (at 116th St), 10026
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Red Rooster Harlem

Some of the city's most popular restaurants serve food that satisfies on a visceral level---consistent, accessible, easy to like. Places where the music, crowd, drinks and space explain, as much as the menu, why it's packed every night.

Which sums up precisely the instant and overwhelming success of Marcus Samuelsson's new Harlem bistro, Red Rooster. The restaurant's global soul food, a "We Are the World" mix of Southern-fried, East African, Scandinavian and French, is

  1. 310 Malcolm X Blvd (Lenox Ave), (between 125th and 126th Sts), 10027
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Raise a bruschetta to the wonder of Toast, where the pasta with chicken and pesto cream sauce is awesome. The mesquite-smoked barbecued-pork sandwich rules. The skirt-steak appetizer rocks. The raspberry swirl cheesecake kicks ass. In general, Toast is gratifyingly pleasant, and everything is cooked as if you were the only one dining. Rest assured you’re not: Toast has caught on with local students and other Upper West Siders. “Where all good things are toasted” is the

  1. 3157 Broadway, (between LaSalle St and Tiemann Pl), 10027
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I'm surprised to see Harlem Tavern make this list. I love Harlem Tavern but "best" brunch spots? There are many other places with better food. Harlem Tavern is a great place to meet for drinks in their fabulous patio - but they are not exactly known for their food. I would put up Boulevard Bistro on Lenox ( or Cecil ( as better candidates for this list.


Yeah, Amy Ruth's!