When it comes to indulging in a delightful brunch experience, few cities can rival the vibrant and diverse culinary scene of New York City. From classic American to international flavors with innovative twists, the Big Apple offers something for everyone. Whether you are a local looking for your next go-to spot, or a visitor looking to explore the gastronomic adventures of the city, check out the best brunches in NYC:
If you need a little excitement in your life, head to Maison Close for an energetic, boozy time inspired by French dining culture. With a decadent menu filled with caviar, lobster, king crab, truffle, foie gras, filet and more, you will find the perfect pairing to a champagne- heavy wine list and overall sexy brunch experience.
From the team at Prince Street Hospitality comes Italian eatery Cucina Alba. With a focused menu that features seasonal offerings curated by Executive Chef Adam Leonti, make sure to try the brunch options of Focaccia with Whipped Ricotta, Crispy Calamari and fan-favorite Rigatoni Arrabiata.
Always a standard for brunch in NYC, The Standard Grill has totally revamped brunch menu, with a new take on classic brunch items. Don’t miss out on the French Toast Montecristo (canadian bacon, cheddar, gruyère), caviar tots: housemade tater tots crème fraîche, chive oil, lemon), Drunken monkey bread (warm bourbon caramel, sea salt, cream cheese icing) or always classic Avocado Toast. With some of the most decadent cocktails including punch bowls for 4-6 people, Cereal cocktails (Pebble Piña Colada and Cuckoo Espresso Martini) and the bespoke Rainbow Mimosa Service with half or full bottle of bubbles served with a rainbow of fruity mixers.
Located in the beautiful, airy atrium of the iconic NoMo Soho, this chic, trendy eatery is not only serving up delicious brunch options in the form of Ricotta Pancakes and Breakfast Pizza, but does collaborations to offering guests an elevated experience- October saw guests experiencing tarot card readings and aura readings. Check the website here for all upcoming events!
Have brunch at a working distillery in downtown Manhattan, before your distillery tour and whisky tasting at The Restaurant at Great Jones Distilling Company. Feast on House Made Monkey Bread, Short Rib Benedict or Shrimp and Grits on Saturday and Sunday from 11:30-3:30pm. All ingredients are sourced from local New York vendors, harvested in peak season, and thoughtfully curated into creative, classic dishes.
Art deco-inspired Albert’s Bar is the perfect spot by Grand Central to grab a hearty brunch in the dual-level space. Brunch is available from 11am-3pm Saturday and Sunday, and popular items include Clams Casino, Forbidden Rice Arancini, Mortadella Toastie, Spicy Artichoke Dip and the Double Deluxe Burger with Bone Marrow.
Every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, guests can dine on fresh baja-fare dishes like Huevos Rancheros, Kobe Steak & Eggs, and Crab & Shrimp Cakes ‘Benedicto’ paired with Tropical Tableside Mimosas, served as a chilled bottle of sparkling wine paired with a choice of four juices: orange, watermelon, guava, mango, strawberry, pomegranate, or pineapple.
This authentic greek restaurant in midtown Manhattan focuses on simple and elegant ingredients, as well as sustainability. The seasonal weekend brunch menu includes Lobster Souvlaki, Kalamari, and Kavourokeftes, all in a light, airy space.
Upscale sports bar Rocco’s offers brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 4pm, led by Food & Beverage Director Max Stampa-Brown. The playful menu features comforting takes on classic brunch-time fare like Banana Hotcakes, Steak and Eggs, Smoked Brisket, and Hash Browns. Rocco’s specializes in large format classic brunch cocktails, like the Bloody Mary with fresh juiced tomatoes, horseradish, Crystal hot sauce, cucumber, and black pepper, Mimosa with orange juice and prosecco, and Aperol Spritz for the Table with two bottles of prosecco, a bottle of Aperol, and orange to garnish.
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