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There's a little bit of the Mediterranean in the weekday brunch at Virage, where a Shakshuka Moroccan Breakfast (eggs with a signature sauce and spices, with tahini and pita on the side; $9.50) beats tired standbys like brioche French toast ($9.50). 118 Second Ave at 7th St (212-253-0425, viragenyc.com). Mon–Fri 9am–4:30pm; Sat, Sun 10am–4:30pm.
The revolution will be brunchified, at least if Paris Commune has anything to do with it. Brunch is served every day of the week, and the menu includes the signature gingerbread ($4.50) and a cocktail decadent enough to incite an uprising, the Bloody Louis XVI (Grey Goose and herbs de Provence, served with a prawn, toast points and caviar; $36). 99 Bank St at Greenwich St (212-929-0509, pariscommune.net). Mon–Fri 11am–3pm; Sat, Sun 10am–3:30pm.
The international brunch menu reads like the itinerary for a college backpacking tour: Dutch steamed eggs ($10.50), Irish oatmeal ($5.75), even a Greek goat-cheese breakfast ($9). Brunch ends at 4pm daily, but certain treats are served all the way until the European-themed spot closes in the wee hours of the morning (that's 4am on weekends), including the Belgian waffle ($12) and a Bulgarian spinach torte with feta ($15). 201 W 83rd St between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway (212-496-6031, cafelalo.com). Mon–Fri 8am–4pm; Sat, Sun 9am–4pm.
Oak Wine Bar & Café
Squeezed-to-order orange juice ($4) and $3 mimosas are on offer every single day here—it's as if they know that you need vitamin C more than once a week. Daily brunch picks include strawberry-almond French toast ($9) and a stroke-of-genius panino made with bacon, scrambled eggs and truffles ($9). 361 Graham Ave at Conselyea St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-387-1245, oakwinebar.com). Daily 11am–4pm.
Bubby's Pie Company
A diverse spread—everything from sour-cream pancakes ($15) to lunchy burgers ($14)—is served well into the night at Tribeca's sunny stalwart. It's an abbreviated but similar menu to the hugely popular (daylight) weekend brunch, served in the midnight hours every day but Monday—because your liver needs a break from spicy Bloody Marys ($10) at some point. 120 Hudson St at North Moore St (212-219-0666, bubbys.com). Weekend brunch menu Sat, Sun 9am–4pm; late-night brunch menu Tue–Sun midnight–7am.
For traditional Thai cuisine in East Harlem, look no further than Malii. Adventurous diners will find plenty to try here, from a coconut seafood casserole ($15.95) to creamy tom yum noodles with shrimp, fish balls and ground pork in a lemongrass broth ($10.95). Some favorites, like the crispy pork belly ($12.95) come in a variety of preparations: sauteed with Chinese broccoli in a garlic sauce, cooked with string beans, carrots and basil in curry paste or served with scallion, red onion, mint and ground toasted rice in a spicy lime dressing. Other staples will be more familiar to takeout connoisseurs, like shrimp pad thai ($11.95), red curry with eggplant and chicken ($10.95), spring rolls ($4.95) and chicken satay skewers ($6.95). Don’t forget dessert: You’ll want to order up the fried banana with homemade coconut ice cream ($6.95) or mango sticky rice ($7.95).
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