The 50 best brunch places in NYC: Manhattan

See our picks for the top breakfast and brunch in the city



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It can be hard to navigate Manhattan’s plethora of restaurants, especially when you’re fighting off hunger pangs. Time to look at our best brunch picks for Manhattan, view them on a map or see them by neighborhood. From classic diners to upscale eateries, we’ve picked our favorite brunches to satisfy your weekend cravings.

The best spots for brunch in Manhattan

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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