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The best brunch happy hours in NYC

Pair your Eggs Benedict with discounted specials on bloody marys, mimosas or good old-fashioned brews

By Taya Kenny and Rachel Wharton
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There are more than enough happy hours in NYC, and tons of great options for places to grab a breakfast sandwich or a bacon egg and cheese. But, why choose between the two, when you can indulge in both? Whether your hungover and looking for a hair of the dog, or just looking for a great way to spend a lazy weekend day, we've got the best brunch happy hours to spend all day boozing without the sticker shock. Keep the party going at a Sunday happy hour, and you're looking at the perfect way to unwind before the start of the work week. Bottoms up!

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Best brunch happy hours in NYC

The Rookery
Photograph: Courtesy The Rookery

1. The Rookery

Bars Gastropubs Bushwick

British and West Indian flavors collide at this 50-seat Bushwick gastropub, lined with vintage wallpaper and paintings. During their brunch hours (11am-6pm) they offer $5 mimosas and $7 bloody marys, which will go great with pub-grub favorites like a full English breakfast, banana battered french toast, and an oxtail sloppy joe. But unlike other time-limited brunch options, you can post up all day on Sundays at their horseshoe bar or outdoor garden, where happy hour runs 11am-2:30am. During this time, try out $5 wells, house red & white and frozen drinks, and $1 off select 20oz draughts.

Venue says To-go options available! Start and end your night at The Rookery. Late night food and drink specials, 7 days a week.

Yuca Bar
Photograph: Courtesy Yuca Bar

2. Yuca Bar

Restaurants Pan-South American East Village

Students, artists, and old-timers tumble into this breezy space’s veranda doors and onto the narrow outside patio. During their brunch happy hour, which runs until 5pm, enjoy mimosas with freshly-squeezed orange juice for $4, sangrias, Bloody Marys and mango drivers for $5, and mojitos, margaritas, and caipirinhas for $7. Pair with your choice of huevos rancheros, guacamole toast with eggs, or their namesake Yuca Benedictos with shrimp, yuca hash browns, guacamole and poached eggs all topped with cilantro hollandaise.

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Koda Restaurant & Lounge
Photograph: Courtesy Koda Restaurant & Lounge

3. Koda Restaurant & Lounge

Restaurants American East Williamsburg

This Bushwick joint is well-loved for it's generous daily happy hour which runs from 5pm-10pm nightly (and again from 1am to 3am). Stop in from brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm to 4pm for a huge selection of your favorite brunch dishes and Koda classics and enjoy unlimited mimosas for $15, or individual glasses for $6. Have a couple of $6 Bloody Marys as well, while you're at it.

4. The Sunburnt Cow

Restaurants Australian East Village

You'll surely have no worries at this Aussie spot, as the $18 "endless brunch" features both food and truly bottomless (unless you get rowdy) Bloody Marys, mimosas, Greyhounds, screwdrivers and Foster's beer. Mix and match those with beyond-hearty Down Under brunch fare, like the burger topped with bacon, egg, cheese, pineapple, roasted beets and fried onions.

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The Fulton
Photograph: Hannah Mattix

5. The Fulton

Restaurants American Financial District

During the weekdays his American brasserie is famous for gussied-up classics, including lobster mac and cheese and kobe beef sliders. On weekends its brunch game is equally strong, offering fresh and contemporary takes on traditional breakfast favorites, including a pulled pork Benedict with braised pork and Canadian bacon, baked eggs with sausage basquaise, or eggs florentine with pesto hollandaise.  For $20 you can also add unlimited Bloody Marys and mimosas.

Betti Bar
Photograph: Courtesy Hourglass Tavern

6. Betti Bar at Hourglass Tavern

Music Hell's Kitchen

Upstairs from the the cozy Hourglass Tavern restaurant is Betti Bar, the even cozier watering hole that offers Mediterranean and American eats, an especially popular stop for a pre-theatre bite and brew. From 11am-3pm on Saturdays and Sundays, stop in for a pre-matinee brunch and choose from entrees that range from healthy fresh selections like Greek yogurt with nutty granola and fresh berries or a seasonal Belgian waffle to rich decadent hangover-blasters like creole shrimp and grits or eggs with short rib hash. Wash it all down with your choice of 6 cocktails for a mere $5 that include both your classic Bloody Mary and mimosas as well as specialty drinks such as the HG classic (vodka and peach nectar) or the Paloma (tequila with grapefruit juice, lime and a splash of soda).

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Photograph: Jenna Andrews

7. Paradou

Restaurants French Meatpacking District

At this Provenal bistro's $29 unlimited Champagne-cocktail brunch—you can order quiche, duck Reubens or poached eggs with salmon, among other entrees. In fact, brunch is so popular they have to post the rules: They will cut you off after two hours (or at 3:45pm), and you'll get charged more per person for large parties.

8. Marc Forgione

Restaurants American Tribeca

A modern American bistro with a modern American deal: $10 unlimited apple-cider mimosas, paired with breakfasts like bacon, scrambled eggs, sun-dried tomatoes and cheese on a parmesan popover ($10) or eggs Benedict with butternut-squash home fries and preserved-lemon hollandaise ($14).

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9. Rose Water

Restaurants American Park Slope

One of the city's first locally sourcing spots, this beloved restaurant offers some of the best brunch mixology around. Don't miss the sake Bloody Mary spiked with wasabi, kir royale and, come April, seasonally inspired sangrias with flavors like strawberry-rhubarb. You'll pay $7 for each, but it's worth the price to sip something beyond the usual.

Yerba Buena Perry
Photograph: Michael Alexander

10. Yerba Buena

Restaurants Latin American East Village

Along with Mexican-born chef Julian Medina's Pan-Latin brunch specials—like eggs Benedict with Berkshire ham, suckling pig and jalapeno salsa—the East Village location of Yerba offers unlimited cocktails for $16 per hour. Try bellinis, mimosas or jalapeno Bloody Marys.

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Sotto Voce
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Mia K.

11. Sotto Voce

Restaurants Italian Park Slope

On weekends, indulge in unlimited mimosas and Bloody Marys for the price of your $13.95 breakfast at this often-packed Italian spot. For eats, there are the standard frittatas and eggs Benedict and Florentine, but daylong drinkers might opt for pastas, with salmon and cream sauce or with spinach and ricotta cheese.

12. Bar 43

Bars Sports Bars Astoria

The low-budget breakfast plates at this brick-walled bar and restaurant—eggs Benedict with choice of meat or avocado starts at 11.99; a three-egg, three-filling omelette with home fries is $10.99; and a full Irish breakfast is $14.99. Add $20 to any brunch item for 2 hours of bottomless mimosas, Bloody Marys, screwdrivers and coors light draughts. Just don't come during football season! They shut down brunch in favor of the game.

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Calle Ocho
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Lani C.

13. Calle Ocho

Restaurants Cuban Upper West Side

Brunch plates run from $21 to $18 at this Upper West Side Latin spot, which serves omelets with tomato and Manchego cheese or Venezuelan corn crepes with smoked salmon. That fee also buys you unlimited access to the eight-flavor sangria buffet, featuring everything from tamarind-vanilla to mango-pineapple-lemongrass. Small parties are allowed 1.5 hour seating, while parties of 10 and over are allowed up to 2 hour seating from the reservation time.

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