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Sunday in Brooklyn
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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.

By Emma Orlow and Time Out New York contributors

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

Broken Shaker
Photograph: Gabi Porter

1. Broken Shaker

4 out of 5 stars
Bars Cocktail bars Kips Bay

Everyone's favorite hotel bar, Broken Shaker just launched their very own brunch. Pulling inspiration from its Miami roots, the  Saturday and Sunday morning menu offers a clever play on the brunch classics like their ode to the everything bagel, instead using malawach Yemenite bread, served with cream cheese and lox. Dine al fresco at the Freehand's rooftop.

2. Juliette

Restaurants French Williamsburg

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 vodka-cucumber cocktail with Francophilic fare like the French-rolled omelette packed with truffled goat cheese and asparagus, or Tartine's croque-monsieur on house-baked brioche. Sat, Sun 10:30am-4pm


3. Sunday in Brooklyn

Restaurants American Williamsburg

Contrary to what the name might suggest, Sunday in Brooklyn is open for brunch and dinner every day of the week. The rustic three-story space boasts an outdoor patio, marketplace, private dining room and rooftop garden. The brunch menu includes lighter bites, like yogurt with seasonal fruit and granola or avocado toast with whipped ricotta and wheatgrass, and heartier fare, like an egg-sausage sandwich with potatoes, cheddar and gojuchang aioli, malted pancakes with hazelnut-maple praline and a plate of smoked salmon, pastrami black cod, sour cream and pickled vegetables. Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat-Sun 9:30am-4pm

4. Gallow Green

Bars Cocktail bars Chelsea

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 $35 weekend buffet brunch: A hot station for frittata, suckling pig and fried chicken; a chilled station equipped with shrimp cocktail, beet salad and heirloom tomatoes; and a panier offering cinnamon rolls and chocolatines. Sat, Sun 11am-4pm


5. Catch

Restaurants Seafood Meatpacking District

At the glass-encased lounge and rooftop terrace roof of this three-story megarestaurant, enjoy classic brunch staples (croque madame, steak and eggs) or Asian-inflected seafood plates like king-crab hand rolls, caviar-capped truffle sashimi and wasabi-spiked toro tartare. Sat, Sun 11am-3:30pm

6. Alma

Restaurants Mexican Carroll Gardens

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 with jalapeño home fries, and pan Mexicana relleno—a South of the Border take on French toast that's stuffed with queso fresco and topped with sautéed apples and almonds. Sat, Sun 11am-2:30pm


7. Cantina Rooftop

Restaurants Mexican Hell's Kitchen

Located atop Stage 48, the modern rooftop restaurant offers a wide variety of classic brunch and Mexican-inspired dishes. Pick from plates like cinnamon- and sugar-dusted ricotta fritters, scrambled egg-stuffed breakfast enchiladas and a Pat LaFrieda burger topped with avocado and chipotle aioli. Sat, Sun 11:30am-3:30pm

8. Hotel Chantelle

Restaurants French Lower East Side

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. Go full haute with truffle egg fondue and wild mushrooms, or keep it classic with avocado toast topped with diced tomato and chili flakes. Sat, Sun 11am-5pm

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Tavern 29
Photograph: Jena Cumbo

9. Tavern29

Bars Gastropubs Midtown

Post up at a biergarten-style picnic table on the lit-strung rooftop of this bi-level gastropub, where craft beers from more than twenty taps are complemented by a brunch menu of banana bread French toast, Benedict arepas and a “hangover pizza” loaded with béchamel sauce, cheddar cheese and two sunny-side eggs. Sat, Sun 11am-4pm

10. 230 Fifth

Bars Lounges Flatiron

It’ll take you a while to get into this massive rooftop bar—not because of the door policy, but because of its popularity. Take in views of the Empire State, MetLife and Chrysler Buildings under shady umbrellas for sunny days, and near space heaters for chilly nights. Tuck into a $29 brunch buffet from 10am-4pm on the weekends, and in winter, gather in pop-up igloos to protect your party outfit from the elements. Sat, Sun 10am-4pm

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