New Yorkers take their brunch very seriously. If you’re in the Big Apple and you’re looking for an early afternoon fix that’s either boozy, breathtaking, or both - these places are sure to impress.
Brunch. It's not quite breakfast, but it's not lunch either. No sir, it's a late morning culinary interlude that borrows elements from both meals - and it's glorious. Is your mouth watering yet? Mine too. Without further ado, here is our guide to the best brunch in NYC (you can thank us later).
The place where Miami meets Manhattan, Calle Ocho's vibrant decor is sure to add a little extra sunshine to your brunch and if you like Latin-inspired cuisine, you can't go wrong. Grab a Havana Banana sangria, a spicy Gallitos sharer for two, and enjoy yourself a mighty pre-lunch feast. Oh, and did we mention? All brunch diners get complimentary sangria! You can choice from an amazing selection of flavors, but you must enjoy them one at a time.
Agave – West Village
This rustic joint oozes old world charm, and if you're looking for a bottomless brunch in an intimate setting, Agave is hard to beat. This quirky Mexican and Southwest influenced brunching destination offers a range of boozy brunch accompaniments, and the fixed price menu offers a real feast at reasonable cost
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Founded by South African couple Freda and Jack, Jack's Wife Freda is one of the world's most homely brunch spots - you can even buy the house cookbook to recreate your meal from the comfort of your kitchen. Expect an outstanding, affordable middle-eastern style brunch classics including a host of eggs and big Belgian-style waffles and wash it all down with a pot of coffee or a chilled mojito.
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If you like to brunch Italiano, the seasonal wood-fired Locanda Verde will be right up your street. Expect a warm welcome, charismatic Italian hospitality, and big portions of hearty grub. Try the Bloody Mary Della Casa, uova in purgatorio, the lemon-ricotta pancakes, and shaved porchetta sandwich - they're delicious. Side note: if you’re a fella looking to impress on a first data, this is the romantic brunch destination.
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Noreetuh – 128 1st Avenue
Just because you can't go to Hawaii, that doesn't mean you can't enjoy its laid back vibes and mouthwatering dishes. The best place in town to get a full Hawaiian breakfast including Portuguese-style sausage and mac salad, Noreetuh promises sunshine in every meal. If you're looking for something fresh to accompany your meal, may we suggest the lychee bellini?
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The most colourful brunch places in the entire East Village, Miss Lily's is lively, lovely, and laid back. Kick back in a booth or pull up a pew at the rum bar and soak in those chilled West Indian vibes while tucking into jerk wings, a breakfast roti and a tasty rum punch. What’s not to like?
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Known as the 'neighbourhood eatery', The Edge Harlem's cool industrial vibes provide a wonderfully relaxed brunch setting and the food promises a mix of Jamaican and English classics sprinkled with New York attitude. Enjoy a curry chicken sandwich with fresh mixed greens washed down with a bottle of locally brewed beer - magic!
Cosme - East 21st Street
A chic artisanal hotspot, Cosme has one of the best brunch drinks menus in NYC and its Mexican-inspired brunch dishes are melt in your mouth - although some are a little spicy - in a good way, of course. Sup down a gin & shrub cocktail and chow down on a Stuffed seafood avocado, Mexican style. Ariba!
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Balthazar - Spring Street, Soho
Balthazar offers the perfect mix of French fare and New York flare - and its bistro feel makes for a warm and welcoming brunch experience. Sit down with your friends or loved ones, take a load off, and tuck into seafood tower, steak tartare, and champagne. Bon Appetit!
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In the summer Saxon + Parole offers top notch al fresco dining which is perfect for people watching (anyone from walk of shamers to flamboyant fashionistas). A classy brunch with a twist, S +P Nutella-stuffed French toast and spicy deviled eggs with salmon roe. The perfect place to take the parents.
Each of these NYC brunch spots is very different but equally amazing in their own way, and whichever you choose, you'll have the best dining experience. Looking for an epic night out in The Big Apple? Check out one of our New York club crawls.
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For the discerning diner who likes an endless amount of choices, Urbanspace Vanderbilt is the place, or space, to go. Offering a whole host of innovative street food vendors from the Big Apple, there are more homegrown classic options and spicy world foods than you can shake a stick at - and the atmosphere is electrifying - the ultimate alternative brunch experience.
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