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.
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.