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Nothing screams New York like a bagel and a schmear, and the bagels and lox at this brunch institution elicit just that. If carbs make you cower in fear, order any one of the mammoth egg dishes and be prepared for leftovers.
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Stone Park Café
Decadent versions of classics are the key to Stone Park Café’s popular brunch, with dishes like short-rib hash and eggs, and the Stone Park BLT, with braised pork belly standing in for its blue-collar cousin bacon. Decently priced wines by the glass and the usual mimosas and Bellinis are sensible complements.
Take your “happening” parents to this Park Slope restaurant, which has been around since 2000 B.G. (Before Gentrification). Expect a wait for the $14 prix fixe, where most everything’s made in-house, including the purple basil puree in the fried eggplant sandwich and the challah in the poppy-seed French toast.
The lines at this Lower East Side nook can be longer than your folks’ hair during the 70s. People queue up as much as 45 minutes before the opening hour to taste chef Gabrielle Hamilton’s special brunch combination plates, any one of which goes well with a choice of ten Bloody Marys.
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Despite a changing of the guard at Morandi (August’s Tony Liu replaced Jody Williams in May), the Keith McNally (Pastis, Balthazar) ode to Italy still has an impressive brunch menu. If your Catholic guilt keeps you from getting the $18 ham and eggs, you can opt for one of the antipasti, like addictive lemony fried artichokes.