ABC No Rio and The Stanton Social

Avoid the Sunday brunch rush getting lost in zines before sharing delectable small plates.

Forget The New York Times—Sunday’s crossword is too hard! Instead, pull yourself out of bed for a late-afternoon trip to ABC No Rio (156 Rivington St between Clinton and Suffolk Sts; 212-254-3697,, an arts-and-crafts space that has almost 12,000 music-, politics- and culture-related zines on hand. Now that you’ve successfully avoided the brunch crowd, order some of the small plates at The Stanton Social (99 Stanton St between Ludlow and Orchard Sts; 212-995-0099, Share the potato-and-goat-cheese pierogies with caramelized onions and truffle crème fraîche ($8), herb-dusted fries with red chili aioli ($6) and kobe beef sliders ($7)—but you’ll want your own cocktails. Then crawl right back into bed—you have work tomorrow!

See more $50 dates >>