Brunch has become my personal favorite things to do on the weekends. I’m not big on drinking but having a bloody mary or mimosa to start your day is always good, right? I don’t mind some boozy brunch either! I do have a hard time choosing my dishes since I love waffles, pancakes, french toast, eggs benedict’s and basically….. EVERYTHING!! Good thing my girlfriends are so great at sharing! Here is my guide on where to brunch in Manhattan!
East Village/Lower East Side
Beauty & Essex – (146 Essex St) This is by far one of my favorite restaurants in Manhattan! When I first moved to New York this was one of the first trendy/speakeasy restaurants I tried and have fallen in love since. I take all my visitors here! They have the best cocktails and best tapas for dinner and brunch! It’s hidden behind a pawn shop giving it that speakeasy vibe. What to order: red velvet waffles, lobster chorizo hash, and grilled cheese dumplings!
Tip: They offer free champagne in the women’s bathroom!
Photo by: @beautyandessexnyc
Clinton Street Baking Co. – (4 Clinton St) Home to the best pancakes! Indeed it is pretty good!They also do pancake month during February each year which offers different flavored pancakes a week! What to order: Any Pancakes and Chicken & Waffles.
Tip: go for dinner to avoid the long wait during the daytime! They serve breakfast all day!
Photo by: @clintonstbakingco
Stanton Social – (99 Stanton St) Another great tapas spot for dinner & brunch! What to order: Oreo Pancakes!
Photo by: @stantonsocial
Vandal – (199 Bowery) This is one of the newer restaurants on my list and also another tapas favorite! The menu is unique with Asian inspired dishes. What to order: Red Bean Paste French Toast with Milk Tea, Coffee Pancakes and Katsu Chicken on Hong Kong style waffles!
Root & Bone – (200 E 3rd St) Super cute spot! What to order: Chicken & Waffles Sandwich and Deviled Eggs.
Pies n Thighs – (43 Canal) Original location is in Brooklyn. What to order: Chicken & Waffles and Donuts.
Freeman’s Restaurant – (191 Chrystie St) Tucked away in Freeman’s alley this place has a rustic atmosphere. What to order: Pancakes and Eggs Benedict.
Russ & Daughters Cafe – (127 Orchard St) I love getting to go salmon bagels at the original shop but since they opened a sit-down shop it’s my go-to spot! What to order: Bagels, The Heebster, Potato Latkes and Babka French Toast.
Golden Unicorn – (18 E Broadway) Located in Chinatown this is one of my favorite Dim Sum spots in New York. There is always a wait but I just love their pig buns!
Upland – (345 Park Ave) Californian & Italian influence this place has awesome food for dinner & brunch! What to order: Salmon Pizza.
Photo by: @upland_nyc
ABC Cocina – (38 E 19th St) Yes I love tapas and this is another great tapas spot for brunch! What to order: Everything!! Especially the tacos.
Nomad Restaurant – (1170 Broadway) Located in the Nomad Hotel this is an awesome restaurant! What to order: Foie Gras Chicken Sandwich.
Norma’s – (119 W 56th St) Located inside Le Parker Meridien hotel this restaurant is classy and upscale. On the pricey side but well worth trying! I had the freshest most delicious orange juice here!! They have really unique dishes such as the Wowza waffle pictured below, Donut Even Go There French Toast which is cheesecake-stuffed, coconut-rolled with orange drizzle and vanilla ice cream! If you have some extra cash to splurge on they even have a dish called The Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata which is $100!
The Back Room – (153 W 57th St) Located at One57. Upscale dining for brunch but amazing service and food! What to order: Beets Risotto and Eclairs!
Momofuku Ma Peche – (15 W 56th St) Located in the Chambers Hotel bottom floor this spot has awesome dim sum brunch! Anything in the Momofuku chain is always amazing. After brunch, head upstairs to the Milk Bar for some awesome desserts.
Sarabeth’s – (Multiple Locations) Very chick, beautiful atmosphere for a girls brunch.
Chef’s Club by Food & Wine – (275 Mulberry St) I love this restaurant for dinner as well but brunch won me over with their specials! They always have new dishes from various chef’s. What to order: Foie Gras Bagel and Johnny Cakes.
Egg Shop – (151 Elizabeth St) VERY small spot but love the food and concept! What to order: EVERYTHING! A must is the biscuits.
Photo by: @eggshopnyc
Lafayette – (380 Lafayette St) French restaurant with great cocktails and brunch. It’s great for summer since they have a beautiful patio. The front of the restaurant also has a bakery so don’t forget to order some desserts to go!
Sadelle’s – (463 W Broadway) As one of the newest bagel shops in Manhattan it has gained much popularity. I recommend getting reservations or going to the take-out window!
Baz Bagel & Restaurant – (181 Grand St) New York is all about the bagels so here is another favorite and with fewer crowds. What to order: Latkes and the Mooch.
Balthazar – (80 Spring St) Balthazar is one of the most established restaurants in the city and also a great option for brunch! What to order: Waffles and Pancakes.
NOMO Kitchen – (9 Crosby St) Stunning decor (think glass roof and chandeliers everywhere). What to order: Truffle Flat Bread and Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe.
Bruvette – (42 Grove St) Order the Croque Madame and the scrambled eggs with smoked salmon! Feeling fancy? Add caviar!
Jack’s Wife Freda – (Multiple Locations) Any of the dishes are a winner but this eggs benny with beet hollandaise was great! This place is cheap too!
Perry St – (176 Perry St) Very beautiful space and far along the west side by the Hudson River. For only $28 a 3-course pre-fixe brunch is a steal! All the dishes are very well presented and definitely Instagram worthy. What to order: Salmon Tartar and Fried Chicken.
Untitled at The Whitney – (99 Gansevoort St) Located at the Whitney Museum this is a great place to have brunch after a morning at the museum. I love the open space and all the natural light it gets from the big windows. Everything here was amazing!! I highly recommend making a reservation and ordering everything along with all the desserts.
Blue Ribbon Bakery & Cafe – (34 Downing St) Come here for the most beautiful looking French Toast.
Did I get you hungry? I sure am after this post!!