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The best outdoor brunch spots in NYC

Because eating and day-drinking outside for brunch on a weekend afternoon is the greatest thing to do in NYC

Photograph: courtesy The Standard

New Yorkers would eat every meal outside if we could—especially brunch. Every weekend, we return to this hallowed midday ritual to nurse the wounds of a wild night out or just get the day started right. From charming sidewalk cafés to bottomless rooftop imbibing, here are our picks for the best outdoor brunches NYC has to offer.

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Best outdoor brunch spots

Bar Primi

Andrew Carmellini's two-story pasta spot boasts a brunch menu teeming with plates like ricotta pancakes and spinach frittata, a few of the namesake primi pastas from dinner and a breakfast spaghetti number that comes with kale, poached egg and pancetta. Ample outdoor seating lends itself well to people-watching on the bustling Bowery. 

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East Village

The Butcher's Daughter

Snag an outdoor seat or perch at the 16-foot-long bar for one of the colorful concoctions from "juiceologist" Brandi Kowalski. After a long night, reach for a Hangover Killer—a piña colada–like mixture of Thai coconut water, pineapple juice, yuzu, chili and evening primrose oil—or one of the immune-boosting elixir shots (such as wheatgrass) and eye-opening La Colombe Torrefaction coffee.

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Nolita

dell’anima

This bustling West Village eatery offers relaxed outdoor accommodations, craft cocktails and a modern Italian menu by chef Gabriel Thompson (Le Bernardin, Del Posto). At the four-course brunch, opt for a Bloody Mary with salumi-infused FAIR quinoa vodka or go full Italian with a roasted-orange Negroni Sbagliato. Pasta starters like bucatini alla arrabiatta make way for hearty mains such as gamberi and grits (shrimp, parmesan polenta, tasso bacon, eggs) and a duck hash with confited bird, potatoes and fried eggs.

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West Village

Dudleys

The team behind the Aussie-accented Ruby's brings a tweaked version of the Bronte burger to the Lower East Side with this 40-seat spot. In the morning, get Counter Culture coffee at the U-shaped marble bar or cozy up at one of the outdoor patio tables. Lighter brunch standards include smashed avocado toast and a schnitzel salad, while the burgers can satisfy weekend cheat-day appetites.

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Lower East Side

Edi & the Wolf

Chefs Eduard Frauneder ("Edi") and Wolfgang Ban ("the Wolf") visit the flavors of their Austrian motherland at this cozy neighborhood tavern deep in Alphabet City. Simple comfort foods like a schnitzel burger with heritage pig, and a Kaiserschmarrn (caramelized pancake bits with strawberry and cinnamon sugar) populate the brunch menu, while an intimate backyard garden complements the rustic digs inside.

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East Village

Gran Electrica

Located under the Brooklyn Bridge, this vibrant-hued Mexican mainstay boasts an expansive back patio, powerful tipples and fiery Latin eats. Hearty brunch desayunos include a breakfast taco number—tortillas piled high with succulent house-made chorizo, potatoes, crema, avocado salsa and a crowning fried egg.

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Brooklyn Heights

Mission Cantina

After a brief foray into Vietnamese cuisine, the ever eccentric Danny Bowien returned Mission’s brunch program to its Mexicanesque origins, with offerings like the indulgent Baja fish quesadilla suiza blanketed in queso blanco, gut-sticking enchiladas (with lamb, potatoes and buttermilk crema), and even kale tostadas, nestling fried eggs and queso fresco. This year, for the first time, the Lower East Side eatery opened up its doors and added picnic tables to the surrounding sidewalk.

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Lower East Side

Santina

Outfitted with colored glass chandeliers and potted palms, even the indoor seating at this coastal Italian hit maker looks and feels alfresco. Though the actual outdoor section is directly underneath the High Line, you’ll still catch a nice breeze wafting through while you munch on morning standards like garden crudité and a smoked salmon affumicato. Also on offer is a sweet iced coffee mixed with aromatic house-made coconut cream.

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Meatpacking District

The Standard Grill

Chef Ron Rosselli offers an extensive menu of Greenmarket fare with big, wholesome flavors underneath the High Line. Checked tablecloths at the many breezy outdoor tables give off an urban picnic vibe. Dishes cater to every discriminating brunch palate, with options ranging from cured meats to raw bar and traditional entrées. 

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Meatpacking District

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Chuck D
Chuck D

Wow, some of those places look good! My personal favorite brunch spot in NYC is Uncle Jack's Steakhouse. They have a new brunch menu filled with delicious options. I absolutely love their French Toast Bread Pudding Skillet...it's to die for! I highly recommend any one of Uncle Jack's Steakhouse's excellent meal options.