10 Spots To Brunch Like A Boss

In 1895, a British food writer named Guy Beringer decided that he'd had enough of the heavy meat pies served early on Sunday mornings and he proposed an entirely new meal: brunch. "It is talk-compelling," he wrote. "It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week." Beringer suggested that brunch begin with tea or coffee and some light pastries, before moving on to more substantial stuff.
Today, brunch can still be graceful and slight, though a mere coffee and croissant hardly counts. It can also be one of the week's most decadent meals, an undeserved reward we give ourselves for surviving a night of sin.
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No matter how you brunch, New York provides seemingly endless options. Here are 10 spots, either new or new to brunch, serving up everything from your standard eggs Benedict-and-Bloody combo to pizza bagels prepared by one of the city's greatest chefs.
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Photo: Courtesy of Atrium Dumbo.
Atrium Dumbo
A Superstorm Sandy tale that turned from bad to good, Atrium Dumbo is the phoenix that rose from the watery ashes of the restaurant Governor. Dig into pancakes with peaches and ricotta, hanger steak topped with a fried egg, and quark cheesecake for desert. Go in a group and get a cocktail pitcher of Pago Pago Punch with Jamaican rum, citrus juices, and honey.

Atrium Dumbo, 15 Main Street (between Water and Plymouth Streets); 718-858-1095.
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Photo: Courtesy of Picnic.
Picnic
Another Midwestern-themed spot, Picnic's all about comfort food done with excellent technique. That means sticky rolls, cheese balls (yes, cheese balls) with smoked salmon and dill, and a bacon-y breakfast burger topped with a fried egg and tomato jam. Try the smoked-cheddar scramble with turkey-leg confit and braised cranberries if you're still yearning for a taste of Thanksgiving.

Picnic, 117 2nd Avenue (between East 7th Street and East 6th Street); 212-777-3600.
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Photo: Daniel Krieger.
Alder
Chef Wylie Dufresne, famous for his modernist cuisine at wd~50, opened this casual pub-style spot in the spring. His brunch menu is typically Dufresnian with bacon-egg-and-cheese gyoza, Bloody Mary popcorn, and scrambled eggs with smoked trout and brown butter. You should also try Alder's famous take on pigs in blankets or a high-concept pizza bagel that won't make you feel like you're slothing out in a Snuggie.

Alder, 157 2nd Avenue (between East 9th and East 10th Streets); 212-539-1900.
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Photo: Alice Gao.
Louro
We brought you a taste of chef Dave Santos' cuisine at Louro with his recipe for a Thanksgivukkah mashup dish and his brunch options are just as inventive. Think kimchi fried rice with duck sausage, apple-cider beignets, and goat-and-pork-belly burgers. Oh, and to drink? You'll want the cactus pear Bellini.

Louro, 142 West 10th Street (between Waverly Place and Greenwich Avenue); 212-206-0606.
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Photo: Courtesy of ABC Cocina.
ABC Cocina
Jean-Georges opened the sister restaurant to ABC Kitchen earlier this year. It's decidedly funkier with a more casual attitude. The brunch menu reflects that ethos with a selection of shareable small plates (ham-and-cheese fritters, grilled maitakes) and larger ones (roasted pig sandwiches and mole burgers), in addition to huevos rancheros and eggs Benedict made with tortillas instead of an English muffin.

ABC Cocina, 38 East 19th Street (between Broadway and Park Avenue South); 212-677-2233.
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Photo: Nathan Rawlinson.
Corkbuzz
Laura Maniec knows good wine and wants you to know good wine, too. Corkbuzz is her restaurant-meets-lounge-meets-learning-center for all things vinous and, now, it's also a brunch destination. Order the lamb shakshuka, pork-belly Benedict, or a guanciale-stuffed "hangover sandwich," which should pair just fine with the bottle of pinot grigio you'll inevitably consume at the table. Or, better yet, live dangerously with Corkbuzz's Champagne Campaign, in which all bottles of the bubbly stuff are half-off at brunch. Hic.

Corkbuzz, 13 East 13th Street (between Fifth Avenue and University Place); 646-873-6071.
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Photo: Courtesy of Lafayette.
Lafayette
Andrew Carmellini's answer to the Parisian bistro is, by almost any measure, simply amazing. If you're just looking for something light to carryout, you can pick up a slice of the day's quiche or a croissant au pistou from the in-house bakery. But, you're even better served by sitting down to a brunch of lemon pancakes, rare-tuna Niçoise salad, baked eggs with merguez, or even a whole dry-aged strip steak frites with béarnaise.

Lafayette, 380 Lafayette Street (between Great Jones and East 4th Streets); 212-533-3000.
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Photo: Melissa Hom.
The Butterfly
This paean to Midwestern cuisine is the brainchild Michael White, who earned two Michelin stars for his midtown spot, Marea. Here, the food is more down-home (with excellent cocktails by master mixologist Eben Freeman) with a brunch menu of dry-aged patty melts, chicken and biscuits, turkey clubs, and Nutella French toast. If you're looking for something healthy (why?), you could do a lot worse than the house-made granola.

The Butterfly, 225 West Broadway (between White and Franklin Streets); 646-692-4943.
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Photo: Melissa Hom.
Arlington Club
Laurent Tourondel's steakhouse has a smoky Mad Men vibe and the brunch offerings feel just as classic. If you want to feel like a high-cholesterol high roller early in the day, order up a massive plate of oysters, shrimp, and crab legs followed by red-wine-sauced steak and eggs. You could do just as well with the challah French toast with gingerbread spices or the poached-eggs-and-short-rib popover. And, don't forget: Midcentury decadence is best served with several exquisitely dry martinis.

Arlington Club, 1032 Lexington Avenue (between East 73rd and East 74th Streets); 212-249-5700.
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Photo: Evan Sung.
The Elm
The King & Grove hotel in Williamsburg tapped Paul Liebrandt, chef and owner of the multi-Michelin-starred Corton, to run The Elm — and he's done nothing but exceed expectations. The Elm's Sunday brunch includes a three-egg omelet with hen-of-the-woods mushrooms and Spanish Leonora cheese, lobster Benedict on a house-made crumpet, and a dry-aged burger. Everything on the menu pairs well with the stellar selection of Bloody Marys.

The Elm, 160 North 12th Street (between Bedford Avenue and Berry Street); 718-218-1088.
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