The 50 best brunch places in NYC: Brunches with kids

Bring the kids! Kid-friendly menu items and family-style eateries make these brunch spots perfect for the whole clan.



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Looking for a restaurant where staff and patrons don’t give you the evil eye when you show up with youngsters in tow? Try these best brunch spots that serve delicious breakfast and brunch fare while also catering to your tots with kids’-menu items and entertainment (thank goodness for crayons!).

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The best places for brunch with kids in NYC

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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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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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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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. 485 Court St
    Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
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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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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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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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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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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
    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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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
    Throngs Neck, Bronx
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