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The top seven NYC restaurants where you can make a brunch reservation

Want brunch but don’t want to wait? These eight NYC restaurants let you make a reservation. You’re welcome.

Written by
Cindy Augustine
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The competition for the best brunch in NYC is a fierce one, but these seven spots get the upper hand by letting you make a reservation. Instead of fighting hungry crowds willing to wait 45 minutes for cheap brunches and gluttonous foods, you can just reserve a spot at these restaurants in NYC the day before, then wake up bright and early at noon and stroll straight to your table.

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Where to make a brunch reservation

  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Union Square
  • price 2 of 4
The fresh fare that ABC Kitchen is known for—including favorites like pizza and salads—can be found on their brunch menu, along with omelets, scrambles, doughnuts and the like. Not surprisingly, the weekend offerings at this Flatiron mainstay hold their own when compared to the regular menu, and for those who like to booze at brunch (basically everyone), cocktails like the pomegranate Bellini are not to be missed.
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  • Restaurants
  • Gramercy
  • price 4 of 4
There are worse places to stare at during brunch than Gramercy Park—but that view is just one perk of dining here on the weekend. Besides the cacio e pepe eggs, ricotta pancakes and sides of pancetta, the Italian-style brunch offerings in the Gramercy Hotel restaurant are hearty, comforting and consistent all at once. Carb lovers, take note: Pasta is also available starting at noon.
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  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Midtown West
  • price 4 of 4
“Unusual” and “delicious” can pretty much describe anything in the Momofuku family, and brunch at Ma Peche is no exception. Tucked into midtown’s Chambers Hotel, brunch-goers can expect passed plates with a rotation of pastries, dips and salads, plus buns and that now-famous fried chicken sandwich. Oh, and there’s also a beverage cart with mimosas, Marys and micheladas, so arrive thirsty.
  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Midtown West
  • price 4 of 4
If a fancy brunch is in order, head toward Central Park and into Michael White’s gem of a restaurant for oysters, crudi, caviar, truffles and, of course, pasta. The menu is heavy on the Italian seafood that White is known for—this means no bacon and eggs—and the service is predictably top-notch, set in a gorgeous glittering dining room with lots of great art to boot.
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  • Restaurants
  • Steakhouse
  • Long Island City
  • price 2 of 4
The popular Long Island City steakhouse launched brunch not quite a year ago, but it’s been a hit since day one. Their famous bone-in burger appears on the brunch menu, and their Sunday offerings also include foie gras with oats, a seafood-sausage eggs Benedict and the ever-popular Russian Waffle. The cocktails are equally inventive, too (Bloody Mezcal or Maple Sideboob, anyone?).
  • Restaurants
  • American creative
  • Williamsburg
  • price 2 of 4
One of the best bets in Williamsburg is actually in the Wythe Hotel—the dining room is as busy as it is pretty (very), and it’s a welcome respite in the heart of hipster town. Brunch fare is classic, familiar and on point (think cast-iron pancakes and poached eggs) with fried chicken and grilled shrimp rounding it out.
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  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Harlem
  • price 2 of 4
Your standard bacon-and-eggs brunch fare, this ain’t. Combining African, Asian and American flavors, The Cecil’s seasonal takes on grits, eggs, sticky buns and dumplings are inventive yet approachable, and hopefully, the macaroni and cheese casserole will never ever come off the menu. Don’t forget to order the Brunch Punch, which has rotating flavors and is ideal for weekend day drinking.
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