These Are the 10 Best Brunch Spots in New York

Sure, you can find brunch in nearly every major city in the world, but it's New York that holds this tradition on a pedestal. While some may only consider it a convenient segue to recovery after a crazy night out on the town, others gush that it's the pinnacle of their week. It makes sense - after all, no other meal lends itself to so seamlessly to recounting the fun of the night before while simultaneously nursing yourself back to health, or catching up with friends without a looming list of weekday obligations.

As a visitor, you should take full advantage of New Yorker's passion and dedication to weekend brunch. Whether you choose to go luxe at French brasserie and celebrity hotspot Balthazar, or find a bit of southern comfort at Melba’s in Harlem, head to Brooklyn to Buttermilk Channel or perch yourself at Alta Linea or High Line overlooking New York and New Jersey. One thing is certain: you won't walk away disappointed.

In New York, brunch is serious business, an all day event filled with delectable treats, constant conversation, and depending on the mood, a launching off point for a whirlwind of connoisseur cocktails and coffee. Take some time to satisfy your cravings, but remember, anything beloved by New Yorkers usually requires a little patience and comes with a long line.



Even the grand staircase at its location in the Solow Building will spin your head at this highly rated French dining spot called Brasserie 8 1/2. Yet prices are affordable for this Midtown west locale just steps west of Fifth Avenue: prix-fixe...  Read More



Alta Linea is the Italian-inspired restaurant by restaurateur and beverage expert Joe Campanale, located in the picturesque courtyard garden of The High Line Hotel, Alta Linea in Italian. Brunch is the latest addition to this fresh, new...  Read More



Brunch is a hefty and solid affair here: from Short Rib Hash, to Eggs Huntington and Warm Lamb & Romaine Salad, chances are, you will likely not be hungry until Monday. Famous for their buttermilk fried chicken – which is not on the brunch...  Read More



Affectionately known as "The Sturgeon King," Barney Greengrass is the place where fish want to be smoked. Housed in its current location on the Upper West Side since 1929, the faded wallpaper and worn linoleum scream old-school Jewish eatery,...  Read More



Jack's Wife Freda dishes up a mean breakfast menu that mixes Jewish Grandmother via South Africa influences with American favorites. Order up the rosewater waffle with Lebanese yogurt, or opt for the green shakshuka, baked eggs floating in a...  Read More



If you ever ask yourself, "Do fresh and local ingredients make a better brunch?" Then Egg is the place for you. Explore this and other fascinating culinary question with Egg chef and owner George Weld. He serves up his balanced combinations of...  Read More



Born, bred and buttered in Harlem, Melba Wilson knew she wanted to stay close to home so she could nurture and provide an exquisite yet comfortable dining experience to the community that raised her. Melba's Restaurant opened its doors in 2005...  Read More

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The NoMad is among the most chic hotels in New York and has become something of a destination in itself as the restaurant is rooted in the same traditions found at the chef's critically-acclaimed, Michelin three-star rated Eleven Madison Park....  Read More



This 40-year-old Soho institution is buzzing with a new brunch menu since last fall. This is not the place for dainty, fluffy egg dishes, in fact, the chef at Raoul's swore off Eggs Benedict from the start. The breakfast-lunch hybrid, the rest...  Read More



Chosen by many as among the best bottomless brunches. Tosca's Cafe is nestled in the Throgs Neck section of the East Bronx and it is worth crossing a bridge or two to get there for the Sunday Champagne Brunch Buffet. New Yorkers don't often...  Read More


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