New York’s Top 10 Brunch Spots
Brunch in NYC is a popular weekend activity with New Yorkers and is a must for visitors to the ‘Big Apple’. New York offers a taste of everything when it comes to brunching; from brunch alfresco to dining in a designer store, NYC has it sussed. If you are planning a trip to New York, check out these top 10 brunch spots.
1 Sarabeths, Central Park
A perfect start to the day, no matter how late as Sarabeths at Central Park offers brunch from 08:00 – 16:00 every Saturday and Sunday. Diners can choose from cold-pressed juices, steel-cut oats, granola, pancakes, fluffy french toast plus extraordinary eggs and omelettes. Situated right between the Ritz Carlton and the Plaza, you can load up on breakfast ahead of a day of exploring NYC’s Upper East Side sights.
To stay near Central Park during your NYC trip and just a few steps from Sarabeths, see all hotel options near Central Park.
2 The Dutch, Soho
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The ultimate go-to brunch drink is the famous Bloody Mary. We have researched the top Bloody Marys in NYC and consistently The Dutch in Soho tops the list. This typically sweet, spicy, tangy and salty drink tops the menu here. The Dutch set their version of Bloody Mary apart from others throughout the city by garnishing it with a hot and salty chorizo. An extra zing is created with a smoky pepper and paprika salt rim on the glass. This unique twist on brunch’s favourite drink makes us want to reserve a table for the weekend.
Take a look at hotels in Soho, New York City situated close to The Dutch and other Soho bars and restaurants.
3 Bubby’s, Tribeca
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Bubby’s delicious sourdough and sour cream pancakes offer brunch fanatics a twist on the typical NYC pancake stack. Bubby’s is a long-standing Tribeca-based food joint, opened in 1990. Their sour cream pancake recipe has been adapted from an heirloom recipe from food writer James Beard, but personalized with tangy sour cream for a superb airy texture. Good news for visitors: you can buy a pack of the sour cream pancake mix to take home and relive the Bubby‘s experience.
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4 Santina, The MeatPacking District
Brunch in NYC can be best enjoyed outside especially if the spring sunshine makes an appearance. Santina, an Italian-inspired Meatpacking eatery is the perfect al fresco brunch spot, situated directly underneath the High Line. Choose from zucchini muffins, almond pancakes or the popular shrimp frittata for outdoor dining with ease. The Meatpacking District is a hip and commercial area with many high-end designer stores, trendy restaurants and clubs. For a vibrant New York City stay, take a look at hotels in the Meatpacking District of the city.
5 Cafe Clover, West Village
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The ultimate Instagrammable NYC brunch spot can be found at Cafe Clover, a sleek café nestled on a charming tree-lined street in the West Village. Not only does it offer healthy and delicious dishes using pure and simple ingredients, its gold-gilded turmeric latte is making waves throughout the city’s Insta accounts. This infusion is the brainchild of Head Chef David Standridge. The drink combines cold-pressed turmeric juice, a shot of espresso, plus cinnamon and black pepper for their antioxidant properties. It can even be personalised with your choice of milk, including almond, soy and coconut.
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6 Norma’s, Downtown
If you have a hungry group of explorers on your hands, fill their bellies at Norma’s in Parker Meridian Hotel. The banana macadamia nut flapjacks are reported on numerous review websites as irresistible, especially when topped with whipped banana brown sugar butter. If you are more of a savoury fan, the seared rock lobster and asparagus omelette might be up your street. Feeling fancy? Choose the foie gras french toast over wild mushrooms to fuel your day of NYC adventures. Typically a little more pricey, this brunch location is a great spot to enjoy a more indulgent brunch with sumptuous food.
7 BEC, Chelsea
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NYC breakfasts are known for two things: 1) their enormous size and 2) the old-time favourite, bacon egg cheese (BEC) sandwich. Hunting out the best ‘BEC’ in the city seems like a massive feat; however, BEC in Chelsea was named as number 1 in the city by Time Out magazine. The NYC-based publication complimented the crusted brioche bun, runny egg, smoked bacon and sharp cheddar. Definitely worth a try!
For your daily fix of BEC, check out all Chelsea hotels for your New York city holiday.
8 Sweet Chick, Brooklyn
Sweet Chick in Brooklyn offers sumptuous treats like the popular chicken and waffles or steak and eggs. This popular American café has also established premises in LA as well as here on the east coast in NYC. It’s hard to not overeat at Sweet Chick because the food is just so good. It might be wise not to plan a crazy day of sightseeing after dining here; aim for a relaxed stroll along the Brooklyn Bridge to help digest the delightful brunch. Brooklyn has many interesting sights to explore so if you want to base yourself here, take a look at Brooklyn hotels.
9 ABC Kitchen, FlatIron District
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ABC Carpet & Home might not seem like your first choice for an NYC brunch, but Time Out NYC have awarded it the ‘top brunch destination with kids’ in the city. Located in the luxurious ABC Carpet & Home retail store, the ABC Kitchen offers locally sourced ingredients. The dining room has been created from salvaged materials offering a visual and tastebud experience. The antique mirrors, reclaimed wood tables and porcelain plates add the finishing touches to the delectable dishes. The kids might like hearty omelettes, seasonal glazed doughnuts or buttermilk pancakes with lemon curd. The brunch menu also offers pastas and whole-wheat pizzas, salads and a wide range of entrees.
10 Egg Shop, Lower Manhattan
Eggs are a big deal when it comes to brunch and breakfast in NYC and proof of this is the success of Egg Shop NYC. From egg sandwiches to egg bowls, this place has got eggs on the brain. Founded by a husband-and-wife team Demetri and Sarah, the first Egg Shop was opened in 2014 and grown ever since. Dishes are paired with fresh juices, refreshing cocktails and organic and bio-dynamic wines. The dishes here have proven so popular that Eggheads can be recreated via the café’s cookbook released just last year.