Brunch is a New York institution. If you leave without having at least one (preferably boozy) brunch, you have not truly experienced the city.
A fan favorite, you MUST try to hot artichoke dip, no matter what time of day you come. They also mix up a mean cocktail. If you come at prime time (12:30-2) be prepared to wait, but rest assured it is worth it, if only for the stuffed pheasant dioramas and antlers that adorn the walls. Tip: check out Freemans Sporting Club for shopping or The National for coffee while you wait. Their sister spot Peels is also good.
Location: Freemans Alley, off Rivington Street, near Chrystie.
Another one that can be a long wait – still worth it! This nook of a place is super cozy and friendly. I recommend the Chicago Matchbox Bloody Mary – which includes a veritable smorgasbord of pickled vegetables plus a beer chaser – the sausage and oysters, the fried Monte Cristo sandwich and the Dutch pancake. Also good for a quiet, comfort food dinner.
Location: 54 East 1st St, between 1st and 2nd Ave
All the way on the Upper West – although there’s another in TriBeCa – this place is old school 1950’s kitchen all the way. Big ceramic mugs of coffee, cheese grits, eggs, waffles … and to die for coconut cake.
Location: 156 Chambers St and 1272 Amsterdam Avenue at 123rd St
Delicious bloodies and fried chicken that comes with mouth-watering honey-butter biscuits. They are famous for their pies, which I unfortunately am usually too full to eat. Tip: one of the few places to take reservations for brunch – make one.
Location: 131 Sullivan Street, at the corner of Prince
Bloodies (one with a shucked oyster on top!), eggs, ricotta fritters, meatballs – read my full review here.
Location: 38 MacDougal Street between Prince Street and Houston Street
Amazing mac and cheese. Need I say more? Oh, but there is! Challah French Toast with raspberry coulis. Pork belly sandwich. Eggs lots of ways. And 40 craft beers on tap. Location: 101 Rivington Street, at the corner of Ludlow