Weekends in New York are all about the brunch! Since most restaurants have brunch it is extremely difficult to decide upon which place to go to. If you hunt around online for “NYC Brunch” you will literally get thousands of results. It can most definitely be overwhelming! I have been to a ton of places, many were good but there are a few that definitely topped my list, so I feel like I had to share! My NYC experiences have given you a full variety, whether you are looking for a good deal, unlimited drinks or just a mouthwatering meal! These are in no particular order. I tried.. couldn’t decide!
1. Cork ‘n Fork; East Village, Manhattan – This place has a tapas style brunch, which I love because I get to try different things. Why have one huge meal when you can try multiple options? If you prefer a regular meal, don’t worry, not everything on the menu is tapas, there are alternative options.
Plate at the top: Ave A – Singapore Crab cake: w.fried crispy boiled egg served w. chili crab sauce, Taquitos Wrap: Corn Tortilla wrapped w. chicken, cream cheese, spinach, cheddar and salsa pan fried and Black Angus Beef Slider with seasonal fries with a white win sangria.
Plate at the bottom: Ave C – Croquette Spinach: Spinach croquette and parmesan regiana with aioli, Stuffed Avocado Pico de Gallo: Stuffed w. tomato and pico de gallo, topped w. poached egg and chipotle salsa, Spanish Tortilla: Baked egg omelette w. idiazabal cheese, potato and Serrano ham and a French Kiss which is similar to a bellini (both drinks paid separately).
2. Max Brenners; Greenwich Village, Manhattan; Even though it is a restaurant that is known for its desserts, they have an amazing range of savory food choices as well. They offer the sweet options such as Cinnamon Apple & White Chocolate Cream French Toast and Chocolate Pancakes, but they also have savory meal options. No matter what you order, you will get a sweet treat with it. My omelet came with sugar buttermilk biscuit and a side of chocolate! I can never decide if I want sweet or savory so we usually order a savory meal and then a sweet treat to share. You better make sure you have room in your stomach for this place!
Hang-Over Omelet – bacon, onion, red pepper & cheddar cheese with a diamond-dusted sugar buttermilk biscuit, spiced home fries & a pure melted chocolate lick. I also got a delicious drink called Choco-pops! It is a hot chocolate topped with crunchy chocolate wafer balls.
After Party Belgian Waffle – balsamic strawberries, whipped cream, strawberry honey, melted white chocolate
3. Blue Ribbon Bakery Kitchen; West Village, Manhattan- One word.. Mouthwatering!! The Blue Benedict is a must-have, although tweaking the classic by adding Jarlsberg, tomato and putting it on top of toasted challah is a an awesome icing on the cake. As a disclaimer, I have to warn you, it is not cheap. My meal was $17 and it didn’t include a side or a drink, but it is so good that I didn’t care. The restaurant is small and they don’t take reservations, so I would suggest going off-peak around 2pm so you don’t have to wait.
Blue Benedict – Ham, Jarlsberg, Tomato on Toasted Challah
4. Agave; West Village, Manhattan – If you choose the $27.95 pre-fixe menu, you get your meal and a two hour bottomless choice of mimosa, wine or traditional margarita. This is the only place I’ve been to that has unlimited margaritas and trust me… they are not watered down! The waiters came by the table a lot with pitchers to refill us and didn’t kick us out after we were there past two hours.
5. Barraca ;West Village, Manhattan – Want some good sangria and a spanish style brunch? This place has unlimited sangria for two hours if you add an extra $15 to your meal, but I assure you, it is most definitely worth it. Instead of the typical red and white, they offer different flavors, which includes guava which is amazingly delicious!
6. Flo Lounge; Astoria, Queens – $15 prix-fixe which includes food and a coffee or tea along with a brunch cocktail. You can choose from sangria, mimosa, bellini, champagne, bloody mary or orange juice. The food was good and you have a great variety on the menu to choose from!
Southwestern Benedict – Toasted Biscuits topped with Smoked Pulled Pork, Poached Eggs, Cheddar and Chipotle Hollandaise
7. Jane; West Village, Manhattan; A little bit pricey (the cheapest breakfast item is $17) but my food was very, very good and you get a complimentary drink if you order from brunch section. Definitely make reservations!! This place is always packed so you will have a painfully long wait if you don’t.
8. NORMA’S at Le Parker Meridien; Midtown West, Manhattan – Does a donut cake filled with cheesecake, banana-macadamia nut pancakes or chocolate french toast sound good to you? Then this place is a must! I am still dreaming about what I am going to try the next time I go back. It is expensive and ranges from between $25-$30 depending on the dish, however, the plates are huge so you can share or wrap up your leftovers (or devour it all like I did!) If you don’t have a big sweet tooth, they have other options. But why would you? 😛
Donut Even Go There French Toast – Cheesecake-Stuffed, Coconut-Rolled with Orange Drizzle and Vanilla Ice Cream
Chocolate Decadence French Toast – Covered in Strawberries, Pistachios and Valrhona Chocolate Sauce. This is only a half a serving! We told our waiter we were going to share it and he had them pre-cut it for us before he brought it out.
Now that you know where to go, here is some additional information you will need. Brunch is typically served on Saturday and Sunday, between 11am-3pm. However, some are only on Sundays or have a different serving schedule so make sure to check online. Reservations are also very important otherwise you might not get in or have to wait 1-2 hours for a table. You can either call or use open table if the company has it. Now go make some reservations and eat up!!!