The Ultimate Guide To Brunching In NYC

Is there anything better on a Saturday afternoon than a spicy Bloody Mary and some simple — but delicious — bacon and eggs? Didn't think so. Brunch is the weekend's saving grace. It doesn't happen too early; it's a social event almost everyone enjoys; and it offers just the right amount of indulgence. And, there's no one who knows brunch better than the R29 crew. We've rounded up our go-to weekend spots — from boozy to vegan, dim sum to Mediterranean, satisfying nearly every craving in the book. Ahead, over 50 of our favorites to try this weekend (obviously not all at once). Happy feasting!

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Friedman's Lunch
Friedman's Lunch is the epitome of the perfect Sunday brunch. They've got breakfast sandwiches, chicken & waffles, eggs, pancakes, and basically anything else your breakfast-loving heart could ever dream up. It's the perfect place for a big group brunch (they have booze, too) or a weekend date. Bonus: their gluten free offerings are amazing--they can make their fried chicken & waffles gluten free as well as all of their breakfast sandwiches. " —Michaela Rollins, Associate Partnerships Manager

Friedman's Lunch, 75 9th Avenue (in Chelsea Market); 212-929-7100.
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Brasserie 8 1/2

"The $14 endless mimosas deal is just one of the reasons to check out Sunday brunch at this midtown staple; the $34 buffet option includes everything from Ceviche and Seafood Paella to Nutella crepes and Truffle Polenta. Plus, Sex And The City fans will recognize the gorgeous French venue as the spot where Carrie Bradshaw got recruited to walk in the Dolce & Gabbana show. Sweeping down that spiral staircase, you'll have a high fashion moment of your own — hopefully, sans wipeout." — Caroline Stanley, Executive Editor

Brasserie 8 1/2, Solow Building Corporation, 9 West 57th Street, (between 5th & 6th avenues); 212-829-0812.
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Carroll Place
"Carroll Place is the West Village's best-kept secret. For $26, you get an entree and bottomless drinks for two hours. And they're not stingy with the mimosas, either. My favorite dish is the truffle pizza with a sunny-side up egg. It can get kind of rowdy, though — definitely not a place to bring parents!" —Asya Akchurin, Associate Growth Strategist

Carroll Place, 157 Bleecker Street (at Thompson Street); 212-260-1700.
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Good Enough To Eat
"Good Enough To Eat is one of my go-to's in my neighborhood! Let me tell you, it definitely lives up to its name. If you like sweet breakfasts, they have a huge selection of delicious french toasts, pancakes, and more, that never fail to impress me. The atmosphere is chill in the way your favorite hometown spot is, which makes it all the more welcoming in my mind. They also serve almost everything with this amazing strawberry butter, I seriously think I'd eat it straight out of the jar if I could." –Victoria Tomkinson, Social Media Editor

Good Enough To Eat, 520 Columbus Avenue (at 85th Street); 212-496-0163.
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The Shady Lady
“I’ve made the walk to The Shady Lady even when the winter weather is making everything disgusting outside. That’s how much this island girl loves to have brunch there. My to-go option is the chicken and waffles plate. With its crispy boneless chicken breasts, extra fluffy waffles, Sriracha honey mustard, and spicy maple syrup, it’s the perfect combination of sweet and savory. I also swear by their croissant battered French Toast and their “Back To Bed” mac and cheese. Even though the menu runs a bit on the pricey side, the portions are big enough to get extra full at brunch and have leftovers for dinner. You also get a free coffee and drink of your choice with the entreé. So really, there’s no way to lose here!” —Andrea González-Ramírez, News Writer

The Shady Lady, 34-19 30th Avenue (at 35th Street); 718-440-9081.
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"Peaches is the sunshine to my Sunday afternoon. Set amongst the brownstones in Bed-Stuy, it has a very homey, comfy feel. They serve brunch staples such as omelettes, egg scrambles, and French toast but my favorite items are the Southern specialties. I usually go with the amazing shrimp and grits, but also love the smoked chicken and sausage gumbo and jumbo shrimp po' boy. Get there early or after 1 p.m., though, that prime brunch hour can get a little busy." –Brooke Hinton, Insights Manager

Peaches, 393 Lewis Avenue (between MacDonough and Decatur Street); 718-942-4162.
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Bubby's High Line
"Bubby's has the best of both worlds: It serves small town vibes with shmancy big-city taste. The food will please your tastebuds, and the atmosphere will make your parents feel at home. Butter is in liberal supply, the biscuits can't be missed, and you should expect to see at least a few mason jars. The location makes it feel high-end and therefore perfect for out-of-town visits. Enjoy a mimosa (or a solid housemade soda) and, when you're all brunched out, head to the High Line to take in the sights." —Rebecca Farley, Editorial Assistant, Entertainment

Bubby's High Line, 73 Gansevoort Street (at Washington Street); 212-206-6200.
Peter Pan Donuts
"Peter Pan is an old school bakery/café with limited counter seating, and absolutely delicious, obsession-inducing donuts. These are not trendy donuts – they are old-school, and they are perfect. And honestly, I’m not being hyperbolic here. They’re that good. (And, not to be overlooked, their breakfast sandwiches are pretty excellent too.) This is not the place to go for a 'scene-y' brunch (though the people-watching in Greenpoint is great and it is bustling on weekends); it’s an ideal spot to gorge yourself on sugary goodness until you believe that you might possibly explode from taking another bite. I recommend walking it off with a stroll in McCarren Park on a beautiful day." —Caroline Ammarell, Content Strategy Editor

Peter Pan Donuts & Pastry Shop, 727 Manhattan Ave (between Norman and Meserole Avenues); 718-389-3676.
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Back Forty
"It's a warm and comfortable neighborhood spot with great food and a creative menu, unlike your average brunch restaurant. Between farm-to-table food, a great Bloody Mary, and my all-time favorite burger, this place is my top choice to spend a late Saturday morning." — Nell Riley, Associate Producer

Back Forty, 70 Prince Street (at Crosby Street); 212-219-8570.
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"Raoul's famously only makes 12 of its burgers (served with a delicious au povire sauce and duck fat fries) every day, making them hard to get. But there's a lesser-known fact: you can actually order them all day at brunch. Now that I know that, I regret sneaking out of work early once to sample its meaty delights. Don't make my mistake: stop by at your leisure on a Sunday afternoon, and see why this is a burger worth telling a white lie to your boss over." —Marshall Bright, Food Writer

Raoul's, 180 Prince St (between Thompson and Sullivan Streets); 212-966-3518.
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Union Fare
"If you needed any more proof that toasts were having a moment, look no further than Union Fare in Union Square. The whole menu is pretty BA (looking at you, chicken & carrot cake waffles), but I can’t stop dreaming about the summer berry and house-made ricotta smash, smothered with local honey on thick cut country toast. I honestly think it’s what dreams are made of" — Amanda Johnson, Senior Editor, Content Strategy

Union Fare, 6 E. 18th Street (between 5th Avenue and Broadway); 212-633-6003.
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The Regal
"I am currently loving The Regal in Williamsburg. Amazing decor and even more amazing bloody Mary's. Plus the best Chicken and Waffles I have had in NYC!" — Jeremy Jankowski, Executive Group Director

The Regal, 163 Hope Street (at Union Avenue); 718-388-4626.
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House Of Yes
"If brunch is your secret way of extending last night's festivities into the next morning, look no further than House Of Yes. The Bushwick space is a full on club/performance space and also happens to feature a restaurant with some seriously good brunch cocktails. Check the schedule because you can sign up for a daytime dance party plus brunch or even a weekend meal following a vinyasa yoga class set to "house beats." Whatever you choose, this won't be your typical Sunday morning, and that's why it's definitely worth trying, even if your usually more of an Instagram-and-go type of bruncher. Plus, did I mention there's an entire section of the menu dedicated to Eggs Benedict? If that isn't reason enough to go, then the The Bae — a mix of gin, aperol, orange blossom water, pomegranate juice, and champagne — definitely is. " — Zoe Bain, Senior Food Editor

House Of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Avenue (at Jefferson Street).
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French Roast Uptown
"The Upper West Side may get a bad wrap as a culinary desert, but it's hard to argue with the French Roast's no frills, back-to-basics brunch menu. I've tried the burger, served with a constellation of adorable little cornichons(!), and the sublime brioche french toast, but always come back to the three eggs any style—scrambled, with home fries and bacon, obviously. There's rarely a wait, and I love that it feels like a true UWS neighborhood spot (so much so that it's easy to imagine Nora Ephron popping in for a quick bagel!)." — Rachel Selvin, Assistant Managing Editor

French Roast Uptown, 2340 Broadway (at W. 85th Street); 212-799-1533.
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Buttermilk Channel
"It's all in the name — buttermilk pancakes, need I say more? This country-chic restaurant serves up some mean fried chicken and waffles on a nightly basis, so you can just imagine how finger-lickin' good their brunch must be. For some gourmet Southern fare with a pocket-friendly price, definitely float on over to Buttermilk Channel!" — Elizabeth Buxton, Food Writer

Buttermilk Channel, 524 Court Street (at Huntington Street), Brooklyn; 718-852-8490.
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"Even with all the impressive restaurants in the hot neighborhood of Williamsburg, I am continuously drawn back to Juliette for weekend brunch. In the main dining room, greenery hangs from the windowed ceiling, making you feel like you’ve walked off a Brooklyn street and straight into a romantic Parisian café. It’s not just restaurant’s décor that keeps me coming back though. The food is crafted with fresh ingredients and French techniques, and that shows in every bite you take. The Baked Eggs are a must-try. Just imagine a hot skillet filled with potatoes, lentils, two eggs, spinach, and sausage all hanging out together in beautiful tomato crème fraîche sauce. And, if you’re lucky, you’ll be there on a day when they’re serving hash bombs, cheesy potato fritters that keep you extremely happy until your main course comes."
Olivia Harrison, Food Trending News Writer

Juliette, 135 N. 5th Street (at Bedford Avenue) in Brooklyn; 718-388-9222.
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"Although Tekoá replaced a beloved neighborhood favorite (Ted & Honey), it has done a damn good job filling the over-sized cafe shoes that preceded it. Owned by the same Spanish-fare masterminds behind next door's La Vara, this zesty spot offers up luxurious brunch items for practical prices. The scrambled eggs with créme fraiche and chives on top of toasty french rounds (please add the avocado) is the stuff that morning dreams are made of. Nestled next to cozy Cobble Hill Historic Park, the vibes are peaceful and the food is on point."
Elizabeth Buxton, Food Writer

Tekoá, 264 Clinton Street (at Verandah Place) in Brooklyn; 347-987-3710.
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Mr. Purple
"You know when you're looking for that perfect balance of 4-star service/ambiance with a $$ price point in a sort-of convenient spot...and then you laugh because it doesn't exist? Well...
Fifteen stories above the heart of the Lower East Side, Mr. Purple brings in crowds based on the cool factor alone. Add in the gorgeous city views, fun cocktails, delicious brunch staples (like avocado toast, DIY omelette, and spicy bloody Mary) and a convenient location, you'll start to wonder why you ever went anywhere else on Saturday and Sunday mornings."
Ariane Bonne, Account Coordinator

Mr. Purple, 180 Orchard Street (between E. Houston and Stanton Street); 212-237-1790.
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Surfish Bistro
"Surfish is amazing — constantly good, and some of the best sangria I've ever had. They also have a $16 prix-fixe brunch: includes your entree, endless coffee, and a drink."
Allison Ochiltree, Video Department PM

Surfish Bistro, 550 3rd Avenue (at 14th Street) in Brooklyn; 718-788-8070.
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Nickel & Diner
"Ever since moving to the LES this summer, I've been on the hunt for a classic diner (read: no açaí) that's chic. Nickel & Diner is just that: an homage to the lunch counters of the 50s and 60s, but presented in an updated way -- from the food to the décor. The egg sandwich and chicken soup with ricotta dumplings were my two favorites, but after ordering about 3/4 of the menu, I can safely say it's hard to go wrong here. Better still: it's right around the corner from Opening Ceremony for some post-brunch shopping."
Gabriel Sands, Senior Marketing Manager

Nickel & Diner, 1 Howard Street (at Centre Street); 646-870-6100.
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Cafe Mogador
"I grew up in Israel so naturally I love middle eastern food, as well as there's nothing I ever want more for brunch than eggs - so Cafe Mogador has got the perfect combo of both. The brunch prefix is amazing for all the eggs Benedict lovers out there, and you get a glass of delicious fresh juice AND a cup of coffee/tea, not sure what more you could want... oh they also have labne... and halumi..."
Anna Sudit, Designer

Cafe Mogador, 101 St. Marks Place (between 1st Avenue and Avenue A); 212-677-2226.
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"Kind of in love with everything about Maman. From the worn wooden tables to the blue-and white porcelain plates, the decor plucks you straight out of New York and into the quiche-filled French countryside of your dreams. Plus, unlike a lot of other popular brunch places in the city, there's actually room to breathe -- you never feel like you're eating on top of the strangers next to you. Like a true parody of myself, I always tend to order the de-constructed avocado toast and fried egg (the homemade bread just makes it too good to pass up). But, everything here is perfectly decadent, just the right amount of indulgence for a hearty weekend brunch. The waffle iron hashbrowns, brioche "perdu," and, of course, the quiche of the day. Amazing. Oh, and don't forget to grab a chocolate chip cookie for the road!"
Melissa Haney, Marketing Analyst

Maman, Multiple locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
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Cafe Luluc
"If you love pancakes, Cafe Luluc is a must brunch (be warned, these flapjacks are dense in the best sense). And if you're not sold on sweets, go for the mushroom and gruyere omelette served with a side of mustard greens and crispy fries. The food is frenchy, the interior is always bustling, and there's a lovely back garden for when the weather is fine."
Elizabeth Buxton, Food Writer

Cafe Luluc, 214 Smith Street (at Butler Street) in Brooklyn; 718-625-3815.
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Champs Diner
"Oh man! I'm not even vegan but I love this spot. I don't know how they do it but their food is so good, my go to is the drunken cowgirl which is a mix up of 'eggs', veggie chili, 'cheese', and everything in between."
Alex Marino, Graphic Designer

Champs Diner, 197 Meserole Street (between Bushwick Avenue and Humboldt Street); 718-599-2743.
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M. Wells Dinette
"Everyone needs to RUN to M. Wells Dinette at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City. Dining area is set up like a classroom which is super nostalgic and the chalkboard menu is constantly changing - their steak tartar and chicken liver pate, balanced with a yummy bright salad are go to's. As a bonus my fiance and I have a huge crush on Chef Hugue and his wife Sarah."
Maryann Schafer

M. Wells Dinette, 22-25 Jackson Avenue (at 46th Avenue) in Long Island City; 718-786-1800.
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Delaware and Hudson
"Delaware and Hudson has everything I need in a brunch place, from a dish with smoked fish in the starring role to a delightful boozy drink option. I'm also slightly biased because it appeals to my mid-Atlantic roots (I mean, you can get scrapple as a main OR a side at this place)."
Sara Coughlin, Editorial Assistant

Delaware and Hudson, 135 North 5th Street (at N. 5th Street) in Brooklyn; 718-218-8191.
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Locanda Verde
"The homemade sheep's milk ricotta with truffle honey will change your life! The best part is it's served with semi burnt baguette slices that they's grated orange zest on before the toasting. Oh! My! God! I'm starving now. Go! You won't be disappointed."
— Steve Doss, Events Project Manager

Locanda Verde, 377 Greenwich Street (at N. Moore Street); 212-925-3797.
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Le Barricou
"One word. Pancakes. They are so amazing. They let you know that they're going to take about 30 minutes because they have to bake BUT it's so worth it once they come out. I think it's actually impossible to finish them alone. If you're not busy at work right now just google them." — Alex Marino, Graphic Designer

Le Barricou, 533 Grand Street (in between Union Avenue and Lorimer Street) in Brooklyn; 718-782-7372.
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"There's literally nothing not to like about this cozy little spot in SoHo. Not only do they have one of the best Bloody Mary's in the city (in my humble opinion), their avocado fritters are delicious and come with a spicy aioli you will want to dump on everything. My favorite things on the menu are their huevos rancheros and their shrimp and grits. Both are deliciously comforting, but have a divine, unexpected kick to them. And if you ask REALLY nicely, the kitchen will sometimes allow you to sample one of their amazing lemon ricotta pancakes as a side. Extra bonus: Lots of natural light for the perfect 'gram."
— Maria Del Russo, Beauty Editor

Seamore's, 390 Broome Street (at Mulberry Street); 212-730-6005.
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Saxon + Parole
"Great for large groups. Gorgeous decor, setting, AND a stellar bloody Mary bar and bread basket. They pickle everything in house."
Laney Coletti, Agile Coach

Saxon + Parole, 316 Bowery (at Bleecker Street); 212-254-0350.
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"Bottomless sangria on tap, need I say more? Barracca boasts seasonal sangria options that make for an incredible boozy brunch. Food-wise they offer tapas style munchies, including bacon wrapped dates and patatas bravas. Perfect for spring dining in the Village!"
Anissa Richmond, Branded Video Producer

Barracca, 81 Greenwich Avenue (at Bank Street); 212-462-0080.
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Tilda All Day
"Cozy, comfy, and hip. The food and coffee are delicious! Aside from crazy delicious offerings like Welsh Rarebit (not RABBIT), gravlox with cucumber, coriander, coconut, and the most ridiculously tasty egg sandwich, they also bake their own pastries and have something like 36-lbs of butter delivered each week! The pastries are super unique (earl grey pound cake, THE most amazing coffee cake) and change daily. Tilda's menu stays the same from breakfast to late lunch, hence the 'all day'. Also, the owners are awesome and basically built the place themselves."
—Deb Wenof, Senior Photo Editor

Tilda All Day, 930 Fulton Street (at St. James Place); 718-622-4300.
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Extra Virgin
"Their Egg's Benedict (with crispy bacon!) is the most delicious I've tried — and, trust me, I've tried them all. Plus, hairstylist Harry Josh told me that he and his client Gisele (yes, that Gisele) hit up this spot every time she's in town for the French Toast. If that's not a reason to go, I don't know what is."
—Cat Quinn, Beauty Director

Extra Virgin, 259 W. 4th Street (at Perry Street); 212-691-9359.
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Poco NYC
"This spot has a really chill, no-frills vibe with a great bottomless brunch option. It also has amazing cocktails and the best lobster mac and cheese in town. Lobster mac and cheese for brunch, you ask? YES, it is actually the perfect brunch food especially when you are hungover, and it's paired with a Bloody Mary. The owner is also always there and greets you with a smile. She is really relaxed and sets a good vibe."
—Emily Harris, Sales Director, Financial Services

Poco NYC, 33 Avenue B (at E. 2nd Street); 212-228-4461.
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Fort Defiance
"Fort Defiance has the best all-American breakfast — super-crispy hash browns, thick (but not too thick) bacon, and perfectly cooked eggs however you like 'em. Plus, inventive and delicious cocktails! Be sure to go back for Monday burger night — a burger and a beer for only $14."
— Kate Hyatt, VP, PM/Production

Fort Defiance, 365 Van Brunt Street (at Dikeman); 347-453-6672
I love the peaceful, gauzy, white-and-brick space, and that booth in the front is magical for a leisurely brunch with friends. Plus, the pão de queijo is delicious at all times, always. Also, they won't kick you out if you stay all afternoon, right through dinner...
— Neha Gandhi, VP, Editorial Strategy

Comodo, 58 Macdougal Street (at King Street); 646-580-3866
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Casimir & Co.
"Brunch spots on the Upper East Side are some of the best kept secrets, since everyone's busy making reservations downtown. Casimir & Co. is a quiet bruncher's dream, tucked away on the second floor of the corner of 73rd and Lex. You can get a generous serving of Bloody Mary's with a side of eggs poached however you want them for a dime off their French cuisine-inspired prix-fixe menu. My friends and I always make sure to finish off the meal by splitting the large cheese board and divvying up the bill in the French film DVD cases they always deliver it in."
— Ray Lowe, Fashion Production Assistant

Casimir & Co, 1022A Lexington Avenue (at 72nd Street); 212-879-6190.
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Antibes Bistro
"If you live in New York, you're fully aware how desperate the Lower East Side has become. But Antibes Bistro is the only reason I keep going back. It's the true meaning of a hidden gem, partly because it's tucked away on Suffolk Street — which is relatively quiet compared to the rest of them — and because it's delicious and affordable. It's completely unaware of how French it is with its grade-A coffee and European-style menu. I suggest you do what I've been doing for the past four years: Go there every Sunday (or as many as you can) by yourself, bring The New York Times, order the orange juice and French toast, and read. And don't forget to ask for blueberry syrup; if they don't have it, ask for two house syrups. It's the perfect place to just be."
— Landon Peoples, Editorial Assistant, Fashion

Antibes Bistro, 112 Suffolk Street (between Rivington and Delancey streets); 212-533-6088.
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The Commodore
"I love getting the chicken biscuit and a can of Schaefer here on the weekends — because if I'm being completely honest, I just give up on Saturday and Sunday (and Thursday and Friday, too)."
— Emily Howe, Photo Research Assistant

The Commodore, 366 Metropolitan Avenue (at Havemeyer Street); 718-218-7632.
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Concord Hill
"Concord Hill on Graham Avenue in Williamsburg isn't a secret, but all the same I feel like I'm shooting myself in the foot for sharing it because these days getting a table is a snap. Inventive American dishes combined with killer Bloody Mary's — plus a divine spicy chicken sandwich that actually cures hangovers? This spot is Sunday morning magic."
— Elizabeth Kiefer, Entertainment Writer

Concord Hill, 374 Graham Avenue (between Skillman Avenue and Conselyea Street), Brooklyn; 347-463-9322.
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"When I first went to Aurora, I sat outside in their beautiful garden (and didn't have to wait the typical three hours). I had the most amazing prosciutto and burrata to share with the table. To my surprise, I saw a dish called Baccala Mantecato on the menu — a delicious salted cod dish with poached eggs, roasted tomatoes, and cheese that I had first tried while I was studying abroad in Florence, and hadn't seen it on a menu anywhere since. Obviously, I ordered it, and it was absolutely amazing. This is definitely my favorite restaurant in Williamsburg."
— Bianca Heyward, Editorial Intern

Aurora, 70 Grand Street (at Wythe Avenue), Brooklyn; 718-388-5100.
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BLVD Bistro
"Yes the fried chicken is amazing; yes the mac and cheese has seven different types of cheese (and bacon!). All those things are wonderful. But what really makes this place absolutely amazing? The biscuits. They're super-fluffy, incredibly buttery...these are the type of biscuits you scarf down immediately — waiting only to slather on some cane syrup sugar butter. Just watch out for the inevitable food coma!"
— Jessica Chou, Associate Editor, Digital Innovation

BLVD Bistro, 239 Malcolm X Boulevard (at West 122nd Street); 212-678-6200.
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The Rabbithole
"I know it's been done a million times — and I have literally probably tried Eggs Benedict at every restaurant in New York City, but nobody — nobody — does it better than Rabbithole in Williamsburg. I have been going there steadily for six years. The biscuit is homemade, the bacon is insane, and the rosemary potatoes are literally to die for. This will be my last meal. One time when I was younger, I even ate it twice in one day."
— Jeremy Jankowski, Director, Key Accounts

The Rabbithole, 352 Bedford Avenue (between South 3rd and 4th streets), Brooklyn; 718-782-0910.
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Iris Cafe
"Iris Cafe in Brooklyn Heights is my favorite brunch spot of all time. It has really eclectic dishes and a warm environment, plus, the street that it's located on is incredibly charming! Seriously, what's not to like?"
— Madison Utendahl, Creative Associate

Iris Cafe, 20 Columbia Place (between Joralemon and State streets), Brooklyn; 718-722-7395.
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The Smile
"I'm such a fan of this cute little brunch spot. It's got a warm and welcoming vibe, and everyone is just so friendly. Plus, its Mediterranean-inspired menu is seriously delicious. My recommendations? The spiked basil lemonade and the baguette French toast."
— Christina Dun, Entertainment Intern

The Smile, 26 Bond Street (between Lafayette Street and Bowery); 646-329-5836.
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Pies 'n' Thighs
"I always associate Pies 'n' Thighs with dinner foods (fried chicken and pie), but its brunch is top notch. You can still get your fried food fix, but there is also tons of other delicious, southern-style breakfasts, many served alongside their amazing biscuits. They also have incredible doughnuts — the butter pecan is easily one of my top five favorite doughnuts in New York City."
— Jennifer Calloway, Front End Engineer

Pies 'n' Thighs, multiple locations.
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Nights and Weekends
"This is my go-to neighborhood spot for the best Bloodys, delicious Mexican food, and vibe-y tunes. The huevos purgatorios and the coarse ground polenta are always winners, and if Bloody Marys aren't your thing, the cocktail list will take care of that; my top picks are the margaritas and the 'Mi Corazon'. Round that all off with a fun and friendly staff and outdoor seating, and you can't go wrong."
— Theresa Caffrey, Senior PM/Producer

Nights and Weekends, 1 Bedford Avenue (between Manhattan Avenue and Lorimer Street), Brooklyn; 718-383-5349.
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Piccoli Trattoria
"While I normally wouldn't think to go to a traditional Italian restaurant for lunch, this is my absolute favorite place in the city — although, I normally go for a treat-yourself dinner. I happened to walk past one day and noticed their breakfast menu (which is, essentially, standard brunch fare with an Italian influence). I was more than pleasantly surprised, especially since the prices on their weekend menu are pretty reasonable. Plus, brunch paninis? Yes, please."
— Ana Colon, Editorial Assistant, Shopping

Piccoli Trattoria, 522 Sixth Avenue (at 14th Street), Brooklyn; 718-788-0066.
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Pure Bistro
"Pure has to be one of my favorite brunch spots because it's super-intimate, has efficient service, and is reasonably-priced. Plus, their sweet potato fries are the best, and the food will leaves you feeling well-nourished, not disgustingly-full."
— Jade Earle, Executive Assistant

Pure Bistro, 88 Fifth Avenue (between Warren Street and St. Marks Place), Brooklyn; 718-622-5314.
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Sugar Freak
"I'm a Brooklyn girl, but if there's one reason to leave my borough for brunch, it's this place. Three words: Brunch. Beignet. Sliders. With praline bacon, y'all. Between the macaroni and cheese bread bowl and the fried shrimp po' boys, there are infinite reasons to keep coming back."
— Alison Ives, Editorial Assistant, Brand Experiences

Sugar Freak, 36-18 Thirtieth Avenue (at 37th Street), Queens; 718-726-5850.
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Ivan Ramen
"Ivan Orkin might be best known for his super-traditional ramen broths, but I like his stuff best when it's a mix of his Jewish upbringing with his Japanese life. So, when he churned out a breakfast all day ramen for his Gotham West Market spot, I was sold — New York State cheddar gets emulsified with a double dashi broth, poured over whole wheat noodles, and mixed with thin slivers of scallion omelettes and ham. It's perfect for a hangover. Traditionalists can go for a classic Japanese breakfast, too."
— Jessica Chou, Associate Editor, Digital Innovation

Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop at Gotham West Market, 600 Eleventh Avenue (between West 44th and 45th streets); 646-678-3859.
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Le Fanfare
"It may be a bit of a hike, but Le Fanfare in northern Greenpoint is a great new tucked-away brunch spot. Rarely busy, you can always count on delicious standard brunch dishes with an Italian skew, cocktails that can't be beat, and tasty espresso drinks. The ambiance is chill, the waitstaff is friendly, and you can actually hold a conversation with someone; so it's a great place for a date, or if you are fighting a pounding hangover headache!"
— Katie Hegarty, Director of Brand Experiences, Lifestyle

Le Fanfare, 1103 Manhattan Avenue (between Clay and Dupont streets), Brooklyn; 347-987-4244.
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Egg Shop
Three words: Bacon. Salt. Rim. Yes, I'm talking about Egg Shop's Bloody Mary, which might just be the best in New York City (and trust me, I've tried tons). Food-wise, you really can't go wrong at a cafe that celebrates one of the most ubiquitous items around: the egg. The bacon, egg, and cheese is a classy, delicious version of the deli favorite, and the side of fried chicken is, well, heaven in the form of breaded goodness. Warning: The wait can be lengthy, but if you roll in around 3 p.m. (late risers, rejoice!), you'll have no problem grabbing a seat in this little slice of Nolita heaven.
— Erin Cunningham, New York Editor

Egg Shop, 151 Elizabeth Street (between Kenmare and Broome streets); 646-666-0810.
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"Whenever my friends from out of town ask for a brunch recommendation, I always point them to Mezetto. Without fail, they'd come back thanking me profusely and praising me for how 'in the know' I am (I found this place on Yelp, but I digress). Everything about this restaurant is on-point, from the Instagram-friendly decor to the scrupulous service. Try not to be overwhelmed by the super-gratifying duck confit skillet or the flavorful grilled calamari — you'll want to leave room for the bottomless passion fruit mimosas."
— Venus Wong, Editorial and Production Assistant, Living

Mezetto, 161 East Houston Street (at Allen Street); 212-933-4587.
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Lovely Day
"Lovely Day in Nolita has the loveliest brunch ever (repetitive word choice intended). It's my go-to for a classic Irish breakfast with some ginger fried chicken on the side. Super cheap, super yum, and super cute. The only drawback is that they're cash/Amex only."
— Gabriel Sands, Marketing Manager

Lovely Day, 196 Elizabeth Street (between Prince and Spring streets); 212-925-3310.
Photo: Courtesy of Dimes.
"The secret's totally out! My favorite neighborhood breakfast place is so packed on weekends that I make a point to wake up early just to snag a seat sans wait. I love that they have homemade almond milk - a very nice, very downtown touch!"
— Naomi Nevitt, Shopping and Market Director

Dimes, 49 Canal Street (between Orchard and Ludlow streets); 212-240-9410.
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Hundred Acres
"Take the chic ambiance, add a Grapefruit Cooler, the Goat Cheese Sage-Pudding, and the back garden room, and you've set yourself up for the best Soho Saturday morning ever. Basically, they had me at gooey cinnamon rolls."
— Mary Catanzarita, Account Manager

Hundred Acres, 38 Macdougal Street (between Prince and West Houston streets); 212-475-7500.
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"Citrus scented silver dollar pancakes served with cardamon pistachio butter, figs, and blood orange hibiscus syrup. The description pretty much seals the deal without question. M.O.B.'S brunch menu may be small, but they make up for it in artistry and quality. The large open communal space is also very inviting, and you're welcome to add your artwork to the wall. No matter what you get, you'll never walk away disappointed."
— Je Suis Encrateia, Senior Front-end Engineer

M.O.B., 525 Atlantic Avenue (between Third and Fourth avenues), Brooklyn; 718-797-2555.
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Five Leaves
"I absolutely love Five Leaves. There's always a wait, but if you go with a group of two, it's never that bad (and their outdoor seating has a nice view of the park). Between you and me and the internet, I like to put my name in and then walk around the block to Peter Pan and pre-game on donuts. It makes the wait a lot more palatable."
— David Kopach, Account Director

Five Leaves, 18 Bedford Avenue (at Lorimer Street), Brooklyn; 718-383-5345.
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Queens Comfort
"Queens Comfort. Hands down. The service rocks, the food is bonkers (think Cap'n Crunch french toast balls and fried green tomato eggs Benedict), the ambiance is hilarious (like stepping into a living room straight out of an '80s sitcom), AND — drum roll please — it's BYOB.

"It's totally unpretentious, absolutely delicious, and the perfect amount of rowdiness. The owners and staff are comprised mostly of local childhood friends and shape its homey vibe."
— Alex McGinn, Sales Marketing Manager

Queens Comfort, 4009 30th Avenue (between Steinway and 41st streets), Astoria; 718-728-2350.
Photo: Courtesy of Greenpoint Fish and Lobster.
Greenpoint Fish and Lobster
"If you are looking for sunlight and decadence, look no further than Greenpoint Fish and Lobster. Do yourself a favor and order the slow-cooked eggs, biscuits, and lobster gravy — and wash it down with a Michelada."
— Darin Brensnitz, Senior Director of Experiential

Greenpoint Fish and Lobster, 114 Nassau Avenue (at Eckford Street), Brooklyn; 718-349-0400.
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EJ's Luncheonette
"Whoever put the B-R in brunch is my kinda lady. If it were socially and medically acceptable to order EJ's jumbo flapjacks for breakfast (not brunch) every day, I would do that. Since it's not, I take a Bloody Mary, scrambled eggs, toasted challah, and a mint cookies and cream milkshake to-go. EJ's is the department store of diners — if they don't make it, you don't need it."
— Nina Wolpow, Editorial Assistant

EJ's Luncheonette, 1271 Third Avenue (at East 73rd Street); 212-472-0600.
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Café Moto
"Moto in Williamsburg has an awesome brunch and an even more awesome atmosphere. The spot is tiny, adorable, usually has live music, and the food is really good."
— Jennifer Calloway, Front End Engineer

Café Moto, 394 Broadway (between Keap and Hooper streets), Brooklyn; 718-599-6895.
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"I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE Maysville in Flatiron. It's a southern restaurant that specializes in its bourbon collection. The chef is from Alabama, and I've now had just about every item on the brunch menu (crispy grits, beef tartare, quiche, etc.), and it's all out of this world. The staff is also incredibly knowledgeable, which is helpful when trying to narrow things down from over 200-plus bourbons. And, if you're feeling overwhelmed, the bacon bourbon Bloody Mary is outstanding."
— Julia Finch, Photo Editor

Maysville, 17 West 26th Street (between Broadway and Sixth Avenue); 646-490-8240.
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Alice's Arbor
"Alice's Arbor in Clinton Hill/Bed-Stuy (outer-borough brunch, holla!) is down-to-earth, delicious, veg-friendly, and not too expensive — and there's blood-orange mimosas. Also, I've never had to wait, which is more than I can say for [insert name of any restaurant in Manhattan here]."
— Amelia Edelman, Content Editor

Alice's Arbor, 549 Classon Avenue (between Fulton Street and Putnam Avenue), Brooklyn; 718-399-3003.
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Milk Bar
“You can find me at Milk Bar in Prospect Heights pretty much every Saturday. They have THE BEST coffee. And, toasties, which are basically toasted baguettes topped with some combination of cheese, veggies, and poached eggs. And, sometimes avocado.”
— Sarabeth Sanders, Senior Editorial Manager, Brand Experiences

Milk Bar, 620 Vanderbilt Avenue (between St. Marks Avenue and Bergen Street), Brooklyn; 718-230-0844.
Photo: Courtesy of Joe and MissesDoe.
Joe and Misses Doe
"Joe and MissesDoe (formerly JoeDoe) combines two of my favorite things: comfort food and '80s rock vibes. As a girl from the South, I'm hooked on their biscuits with honey butter and their cheddar grits offering. Plus, their fun beer cocktails hit the spot on a sluggish Saturday morning."
— Jessica Roska, Senior Editor, Brand Experiences

Joe and MissesDoe, 45 East First Street (between First and Second avenues); 212-780-0262.
Photo: Courtesy of Vinegar Hill House.
Vinegar Hill House
“Even if you don't live in the neighborhood, it's worth making a trip to Dumbo for the sourdough pancakes at Vinegar Hill House. The rustic interior is super cozy, but I prefer the garden out back, which feels like you're tucked far away from the rest of the world. If you're in the mood for more fun after your meal, do a tour and tasting at the nearby Kings County Distillery in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. They have moonshine!”
Caroline Stanley, Executive Editor

Vinegar Hill House, 72 Hudson Avenue (between Water and Front streets), Brooklyn; 718-522-1018.
Photo: Courtesy of Jack's Wife Freda.
Jack’s Wife Freda
"Jack's Wife Freda is exactly where you want to nestle yourself on any weekend afternoon with friends. Its kale Greek salad is the best in town, and the Mediterranean breakfast with two eggs, salad, avocado, and pita always hits the spot. And, for the more adventurous, the cantaloupe mimosa is a pretty damn awesome way to start your day."
— Sam Schlaifer, PM/Producer

Jack's Wife Freda, 224 Lafayette Street (between Spring and Kenmare streets); 212-510-8550.
Photo: Courtesy of Buvette.
"This cozy spot in the West Village is full of Parisian countryside charm and definitely worth the wait (forewarning: It doesn't take reservations). Be prepared to go carb crazy — everything is warm, fluffy, and soaked in butter, but it's literally so delicious that you won't give it a second thought. My favorite dishes include the steamed scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, heavenly croissants, and you must get one of the Croques. After indulging, you can walk it all off by shopping your way through the West Village!
— Nikki Mendell, PR Manager

Buvette, 42 Grove Street (between Bleecker and Bedford streets); 212-255-3590.
Photo: Courtesy of Red Farm.
Red Farm
"For six months after Red Farm opened down the block from my apartment, I boycotted it. Chinatown is full of great, cheap dim sum, who needs fancy West Village dim sum? You — you need it. That is, unless you hate whimsical treats like multicolored dumplings getting chased across the plate by a sweet potato pac-man and spring rolls made with Katz's pastrami."
— Ben Reininga, Deputy Editor, Features & Contributors

Red Farm, 529 Hudson Street (between West 10th and Charles streets); 212-792-9700.
Photo: Courtesy of Dudleys.
"The avocado toast is simply to die for, and paired with a flat white, it makes for the perfect brunchie/breakkie combo!"
— Ly Ngo, Editorial Art Director

Dudleys, 85 Orchard Street (at Broome Street); 212-925-7355.
Photo: Courtesy of Melba's Restaurant.
Melba's Restaurant
"You really can't go wrong with Melba's. Not only do they have the friendliest staff, but the restaurant really makes you feel like you're a part of a community; I've accidentally ended up as part of a couple stranger's birthday parties at Melba's, and one of those 'strangers' is my friend now. But even beyond the atmosphere, the food is amazing. You have to try the southern fried chicken and eggnog waffles. Actually, now that I've typed this out, I definitely have to go this weekend."
— Rebecca Smith, Senior Audience Development Editor

Melba's Restaurant, 300 West 114th Street (at Frederick Douglass Boulevard); 212-864-7777.
Photo: Courtesy of The District.
The District
"I'll get right to it: The District's pork sausage pie is heaven on earth. It's kind of hard to describe how truly special the dish is because, well, I've never eaten anything like it. Although, the restaurant's drunken-blueberry french toast is a really close second. This quirky, Irish gastropub is hidden away in Yorkville on the Upper East Side boasts amazing service, and rarely ever has a wait (super important). My boyfriend will be so upset to find out I've given away our secret spot."
— Ellen Hoffman, Associate Shopping Editor

The District, 1679 Third Avenue (at 94th Street); 212-289-2005.
Photo: Courtesy of The Bluebell Cafe.
The Bluebell Cafe
"Going to Bluebell on weekend mornings is like taking a vacation to a country side bed & breakfast without having to really venture far from the subway. I'll make the trip over there from anywhere in New York City just to have their country eggs with bacon, biscuit, and jam. The simple, homestyle breakfasts fit in perfectly with the wooden tables, and mismatched dishes — you'll feel like you're in the kitchen you never knew you had."
— Rachel Handelman, Campaign Manager

The Bluebell Cafe, 293 Third Avenue (between 22nd and 23rd streets); 646-649-2389.
Photo: Courtesy of Chavela's.
"I have searched far and wide for great Mexican food in New York with little to no luck. I am a West Coast girl and will say that after leaving L.A, it has been tough to find a good Mexican spot in NYC. When I visited Chavela's for the first time, my search ended, and I could not have been happier! The food is amazing, the drinks are on point, and the ambiance is perfect and festive."
— Lilac Perez, Photo Editor

Chavela's, 736 Franklin Avenue (at Sterling Place), Brooklyn; 718-622-3100.
Photo: Courtesy of Norma's.
“You have to be pretty confident in your brunches to have a $1,000 lobster frittata that you ‘dare [me] to expense’ — and confident Norma’s is. Like the idea of a mango-papaya brown-butter cinnamon crêpe served with fresh-squeezed OJ? Maybe a fois gras brioche French toast plate? No? Fine. Nutella-filled pancakes with pineapple and raspberries it is. It's modern breakfast in a modern place.”
— Bryant Rockoff, Junior Developer

Norma's, 119 West 57th Street (between Sixth and Seventh avenues); 212-708-7460.