The 50 best brunch places in NYC: Cheap brunches

You want bottomless mimosas and breakfast that won’t break the bank? No problem. Get more bang for your buck with our best cheap brunch restaurants.



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With brunch on its way up in the world (hello, three-course bacon brunch and French-onion-soup rings), it can be tough to find an inexpensive middaymeal. Enter our list of the best brunch cheap eats in New York. From Brooklyn to the Bronx, we’ve picked egg dishes, pancakes, brunch cocktails and more that will fill your belly without emptying your pockets.

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The best cheap places for brunch in NYC

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. 116 Sullivan St
    Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
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The Creek and the Cave

For a chill dining experience filled with burritos, tacos and fantastic huevos rancheros, visit this Long Island City restaurant and comedy theater, which houses two stages and a separate dining area. At each table you’ll get unlimited tortilla chips and homemade salsa. Check out the patio or the downstairs bar and performance space, which hosts a variety of acts. The kitchen serves all kinds of savory Tex-Mex standbys, but for a twist, try the “yoga” burrito (avocado and fresh goat cheese) or the seafood burrito (fried shrimp or fish with wasabi sauce).
—Evelyn Derico

  1. 10-93 Jackson Ave
    Long Island City, Queens
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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

  1. 41-15 31st Ave
    Astoria, Queens
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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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Come for the huevos rancheros (and the biscuits and the cheese grits), stay for the Bloody Marys. Okay, stay for three or four Bloody Marys: Enid’s has one of the best around, garnished with an olive and a mothereffing 
caper berry. Though there’s often a crowd, the staff kindly provides free coffee while you wait—and McCarren Park is right around the corner, so once you’ve got a good buzz going, you can decamp for the grass and catch up on some sleepy time in the sun. (Random eye-candy bonus: cute bartenders!)—Carla Sosenko

  1. 560 Manhattan Ave
    Greenpoint, Brooklyn
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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
    Soho, Manhattan
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La Superior

Delectable two-bite tacos—available anytime—are the main draw at this Mexico City–style Williamsburg staple, but the brunch menu is every bit as crucial. Spring for sauce-drenchedchilaquiles (green or red), huevos toluqueños (scrambled eggs with chorizo and soupycharro beans) or egg-stuffed enfrijoladas (described on the menu as “brunch’s version of enchiladas”). Any of these options pair exceedingly well with La Superior’s signature beverage, the spicy-sweet marvel that is the tamarind margarita.—Hank Shteamer

  1. 295 Berry St
    Williamsburg, Brooklyn
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Ladies and gentlemen, give it up for: Grateful Brunch. Each weekend, Gowanus’s go-to seafood haunt spins tunes by jam-band icons the Dead while serving delectable, super soft lemon-and-ricotta pancakes, hot-sauce-spiked chicken and waffles, smoked-trout omelettes and more. The nautical decor, lack of lines out the door and friendly staff make for a decidedly laid-back and stress-free experience—especially for a spot that does brunch this damn good. And best of all? There’s nary a hippie in sight.
—Tim Lowery

  1. 288 Third Ave
    Gowanus, Brooklyn
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Maggie Brown

This cozy Brooklyn restaurant on the border of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill will steal your brunch-loving heart with its Southern-influenced fare. Decked out with dark wood, chandeliers and velvet-inspired wallpaper, Maggie’s offers local newspapers for perusing and such a great cup of coffee that you may never leave. The savory signature dish is the Maggie Brown: scrambled eggs, cheddar, chives and horseradish, with a side of biscuits and raspberry butter. Other menu stars are the Brie-and-berry pancakes, the Beryl Evans (corned-beef hash) and the Grandma Harriet (crispy eggs over jalapeño grits). If you’re feeling frisky, the boozy brunch cocktails are excellent: Shout out to the Ethel O’Connel (whiskey, Baileys and espresso over ice) and the spicy Bloody Marion. Just remember to bring the green stuff, as this spot is cash only.
—Tazi Phillips

  1. 455 Myrtle Ave
    Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
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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
    Nolita, Manhattan
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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, Manhattan
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The Queens Kickshaw

Expect this trendy spot to be packed during peak brunch hours, as patrons wait for excellent coffee, craft beers and hangover-helper classics. With offerings such as Gouda grilled cheese and 
huevos a la mexicana, carnivores won’t even realize the menu is completely vegetarian. Early risers may drop in as early as 9am, while late sleepers can brunch until 4:45pm.—Jessica Lundgren

  1. 40-17 Broadway
    Astoria, Queens
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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, Manhattan
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The Sparrow Tavern

So you took the N train to the famous Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden, caroused all night and went home with an attractive Astorian (is there any other kind?). Now it’s morning, and you need a perfectly balanced prosciutto-and-Brie omelette in a quiet, wood-paneled pub. Head to the humble but mighty Sparrow, just across the street from the beer garden. Its low-rent gray awning belies its foodie status, but your new Astoria friend will know it. The lookers all do.
—Silvija Ozols

  1. 24-01 29th St
    Astoria, Queens
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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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Sweet Chick

The downside: Sweet Chick lies on that crowded patch of Bedford Avenue typically overrun by tourists who want to see where Hannah and the rest of the Girls live (people, they’re in Greenpoint!). The upside: The food is worth the hassle. Sumptuous treats like chicken and waffles (they even have a vegetarian version) and 
chilaquiles more than make up for what the space lacks in personality. Brunch here means you won’t be eating much for the rest of the day—no, you’ll be splayed out on your bed, rubbing your belly with a smile on your face. (That sounded less weird in our head.)—Carla Sosenko

  1. 164 Bedford Ave
    Williamsburg, Brooklyn
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Though it can get packed, the laid-back, rough-around-the-edges Tandem is an off-the-beaten-path godsend for anyone looking to nurse last night’s hangover with super delicious food. Heady cocktails (try the spicy Bloody with pickled veggies or go straight to the PBR-and-well-shot deal) and unique brunch snacks (hello, 
patatas bravas) bring you in; grilled raclette and spicy Italian sausage take you home. This is where to get lost for an afternoon: Sit at the bar long enough, and the bartender will likely start doing shots with you. (Or one of the back-room dance parties will kick up and you can join in.)—Carla Sosenko

  1. 236 Troutman St
    Bushwick, Manhattan
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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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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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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, Brooklyn
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Viselka is in Manhattan, not Brooklyn :-/