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The best rooftop brunches in NYC

Where to eat brunch with a view

Photograph: Courtesy Lars Stephen
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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 plantains and topped with sauted apples and almonds ($8.50). 187 Columbia St at DeGraw St, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn (718-643-5400,almarestaurant.com). Sat, Sun 10am–2:30pm.

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Carroll Gardens

Hotel Gansevoort

The party doesn't stop at Plunge, the Gansevoort's bass-thumping rooftop boasting 360 degree views of Manhattan and the Hudson River: The bar now throws a weekend "Get Up Get Down" brunch rave, featuring DJs spinning house music, signature cocktails like the $15 Skyymosa (a mimosa spiked with vodka), and a three-course $36 prix-fixe menu featuring items like Spanish-style gazpacho with Maine lobster, steak frites and eggs, and an assortment of mini cupcakes. 18 Ninth Ave at 13th St (877-426-7386, hotelgansevoort.com). Sat, Sun noon–4pm.

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Meatpacking District

Hudson Terrace

This one's for the late risers with endless appetites: Boozing and brunching on the sun-dappled terrace begins at 2pm with all-you-can-eat toasted almond French toast, omelettes, muffins and smoked salmon for $35. After you've had your fill, curl up in a reservations-only curtained cabana and let the food coma set in, or stroll down the deck to take a peek at the seagulls hurtling along the Hudson. 621 W 46th St between Eleventh and Twelfth Aves (212-315-9400, hudsonterracenyc.com). Sun 2–8pm.

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Hell's Kitchen

Juliette

Critics' pick

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 ($10) on house-baked brioche. 135 North 5th St between Bedford Ave and Berry St (718-388-9222, juliettewilliamsburg.com). Sat, Sun 10:30am–5pm.

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Williamsburg

The Ravel Rooftop Bar & Lounge

Critics' pick

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. 8-08 Queens Plaza at Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, Queens (718-289-6101, ravelhotel.com). Sun 1–3pm.

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Long Island City

Salon de Ning

The $49 three-course prix-fixe menu at this Asian-themed roof deck puts a Far East spin on brunch, while steering clear of dim sum. Entres are served in a bento box split into four compartments: one containing a waffle, another organic eggs, the third vegetable timable and the fourth filled with your choice of meat or fish. After you polish off the meal with a dessert tasting, recline on one of the Chinese timber daybeds to sip a champagne cocktail ($22) and convince yourself that the bubbles aid with digestion. The Peninsula New York, 700 Fifth Ave at 55th St, 23rd floor (212-956-2888, salondening.com). Sun 11:30am–2:30pm.

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Midtown East

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