Best brunch places in Soho: The weekend starts here

Which places in Soho 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 Soho’s best brunch places. Head to airy café Jack’s Wife Freda for globe-trotting offerings for $10 or less, or if you want to splurge, Balthazar serves nearly a dozen egg dishes alongside French classics. Afterward, hit the neighborhood’s shops or attractions.

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Long before every New York chef began righteously touting their tiny carbon footprints, Peter Hoffman—a pioneer in Gotham’s locavore movement—was already celebrating his favorite fishermen, farmers, butchers and cheese makers at his Soho restaurant, Savoy. But after more than two decades operating ?on its cozy corner, his once-groundbreaking eatery began to show its age. In June 2011, Hoffman shut the place down, ending a 21-year run—an uncommonly long streak in the

  1. 70 Prince St, (at Crosby St)
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Not only is the iconic Balthazar still trendy, but the kitchen rarely makes a false step. At dinner, the place is perennially packed with rail-thin lookers dressed to the nines. But the bread is great, the food is good, and the service is surprisingly friendly. The $99 three-tiered seafood platter casts the most impressive shadow of any dish in town. The frisée aux lardons is exemplary. Roasted chicken on mashed potatoes for two, délicieux. Skate with brown butter and capers,

  1. 80 Spring St, (between Broadway and Crosby St), 10012
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From the folks who brought us Chelsea’s Cafeteria comes this loud, aggressively fashionable Soho spot. Its reimagined takes on comfort food include Reuben fritters—Swiss cheese, corned beef and kraut fried into golden nuggets—and crunchy cheeseburger spring rolls, with ground beef and melted American cheese. For dessert try the black-and-white sundae: three scoops of ice cream, black-and-white cookies, chocolate sauce, whipped cream and rainbow sprinkles, skinny jeans be damned.

  1. 54 Prince St, (at Lafayette St)
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Dominique Ansel Bakery

Dominique Ansel honed his skills as executive pastry chef at Daniel for six years before opening this American and French patisserie. Caramelized croissants, miniature pastel meringues and madeleines make up the sweet selections at the counter. But the café also serves savory offerings like roasted butternut squash soup and a pork club sandwich with pickled eggs, tomatoes and spicy mayo on sourdough.

  1. 189 Spring St, (between Sullivan and Thompson Sts)
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Jack's Wife Freda

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Keith McNally protégé Dean Jankelowitz (Schiller's, Pastis, Balthazar) is behind this morning-to-evening café. The 40-seat restaurant—sporting dark-green leather banquettes, brass railings and marble counters—serves homey fare, like Jankelowitz's grandmother's matzo ball soup made with duck fat, a skirt steak sandwich served alongside hand-cut fries, and piri-piri-hot-sauce-marinated chicken kebabs. In the morning, find Stumptown coffee, homemade croissants and full

  1. 224 Lafayette St, (between Kenmare and Spring Sts)
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I can't believe Lure Fishbar was not on the best restaurant list, or brunch list! Balthazar is very fun and decent food, but a tourist trap.