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The best rooftop brunches in NYC

Want your eggs Benedict and Bloody Marys with a view? Enjoy all of the above at a rooftop brunch in NYC

Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

You love rooftop bars, you love Bloody Marys and we know you love brunch in NYC—get three for the price of one at the best rooftop brunches NYC has to offer. From hotel terraces to beer-bar decks, New York City has got a sky-high setting for all of your brunch needs.

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Best rooftop brunches in NYC

1

Gallow Green

The dreamy, overgrown rooftop bar, which sits atop a warehouse that operates as the “McKittrick Hotel” for the wildly popular interactive theater performance Sleep No More, boasts a variety of stations for its $45 weekend brunch: A hot station for scrambled eggs, applewood-smoked bacon and fried chicken; a smoked-salmon station equipped with capers, pickles and red onion; and a panier offering cinnamon rolls and chocolate muffins. Sat, Sun 11:30am–4pm

 

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Chelsea
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Juliette

Outdoor seats abound at this darling bistro, and while brunching on the sidewalk or in a garden has its charm, you have to admit that everything just tastes better on a rooftop. Pair a mango mimosa ($7) with Francophilic fare like the French-rolled omelette packed with truffled goat cheese and asparagus ($9), or Tartine's croque-monsieur on house-baked brioche ($10). Sat, Sun 10:30am–5pm.

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Williamsburg
3

Catch

At the glass-encased lounge and rooftop terrace roof of this three-story megarestaurant, enjoy brunch staples (stuffed French toast, $18; steak and eggs, $29) or Asian-inflected seafood plates executed by chef John Beatty. Tuck into king-crab hand rolls ($21), caviar-capped truffle sashimi ($29) or a seafood tower (small $95, large $150) toppling with lobster, oysters and clams. Sat, Sun noon–4:30pm

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Meatpacking District
4

Alma

Dine alfresco at this tri-level Mexican eatery, where diners vie for a spot on the rooftop patio year-round. No degree of hangover stands a chance against hearty morning fare like chilaquiles con huevos, served with jalapeo home fries and plantains ($8), and a pan Mexicana relleno, a South of the Border take on French toast that's stuffed with queso fresca and topped with sauted apples and almonds ($8.50). Sat, Sun 10am–2:30pm.

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Carroll Gardens
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Cantina Rooftop

Located atop Stage 48, the modern Mexican rooftop restaurant offers a choice of entrée with two mimosas or two Bloody Marys for $35. On the food front, pick from plates like ricotta pancakes with mescal- flambéed banana, an omelette with huitlacoche and queso Oaxaca, and an egg-topped Mexican burger with morita aioli. Sun 11am–4pm

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Hell's Kitchen
6

Northern Territory

Named after Australia's topmost tip, this brick-walled Down Under pub from the Berry Park team features hand-painted murals from Bushwick street artists and—yes, here too—a rooftop bar for warm-weather boozing. Pair your Oz-bred beers with brunch plates like fish and chips ($15), brioche French toast ($13) or a classic Aussie meat-and-cheese ploughman's lunch ($16). Sat, Sun 11am–3pm

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Greenpoint
7

Hotel Chantelle

Find French-Mediterranean fare from chef Seth Levine and classically inspired cocktails at this posh tri-level bar and restaurant, where you can take your weekend brunch with a side of sunny rays at its 2,000-square-foot Parisian-inspired rooftop. You can go a la carte with options like scrambled-egg crostini ($16) or a smoke salmon platter ($19), or opt for a family-style two-course prix fixe. Sat, Sun 11am–5pm

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Lower East Side
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Tavern29

Post up at a biergarden-style picnic table on the lit-strung rooftop of this bi-level gastropub, where craft beers from twenty-four taps (Cisco Grey Lady, Hill Farmstead Mary) are complemented by a brunch menu of breakfast burritos ($15), buffalo fried-chicken Cobb salads ($16) and a “hangover pizza” loaded with béchamel sauce, cheddar cheese and two sunny-side eggs. Sun 11am–4pm

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Midtown
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Penthouse808 at Ravel Hotel

Everything about the weekend brunch on this 6,000-square-foot garden terrace is generous, from the outsize views of the Queensboro Bridge and the Manhattan skyline to the $35 all-you-can-eat buffet stocked with lox, muffins, croissants, a cheese platter, freshly made waffles and an omelette station. Also bountiful: unlimited mimosas and Bloody Marys. Sun 1–3pm.

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Long Island City

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