If you’re heading to New York and planning your itinerary around food, we don’t blame you! With so much delicious food to eat in the city, it’s so hard to choose where to go. One thing you absolutely must try though, is a traditional New York brunch. Make sure you make reservations where you can, as those tables are fiercely fought over!
Brunch in the states takes place a little later than in the UK, with most places serving until the late afternoon. The meals also tend to include more traditionally 'lunch' items, so there'll always be something for everyone's tastes on the menu. Check out our recommendations for fitting brunch into your New York sight-seeing itinerary.
The Smith, New York (££)
The brunch menu at The Smith is enough to make the mind boggle – it’s so extensive you might wonder if you’ve picked up the right one! There’s all the traditional dishes you might expect from a brunch menu: eggs, smoked salmon toast and even a breakfast pot pie with eggs, sweet sausage, bacon and mushrooms as well as sandwiches, salads and even a raw sea food bar. The Smith Midtown also has a great outdoor seating area to enjoy if it’s a warm day and you can reserve, which is a big plus for the busy weekend crowds.
Where: 900 Broadway, New York
This kid-friendly brunch restaurant in mid-town is a little more on the expensive side but is perfect for a splash out brunch before catching a show on Broadway. The average cost of a dish is around $30, but you’ll definitely leave feeling like you got your money’s worth after feasting on ‘Super Cheesy French Toast with caramelized onions and Applewood smoked bacon’, ‘Breakfast Pizza with bacon, egg, cheese and caramelized onions’ and ‘Lox & Lox of Bagel’. We love it! Norma’s is also a great place to go before visiting The Top of the Rock as it’s just 7 blocks away.
Where: Le Parker Meridien New York, 119 W 56th St
Brunch then The Statue of Liberty
Sarabeth’s Restaurants (££)
If you’re heading out on a Statue of Liberty sightseeing cruise, you might want to stock up on some tasty brunch nearby first. Sarabeth’s restaurant in the Tribeca neighbourhood is a great place to swing by for some French toast, eggs or even just a healthy bowl of granola if you’re feeling like you’ve indulged a little too much on New York’s famous burgers. Best of all, they serve brunch until 4pm daily so it’s always three waiting for you, no matter what time you choose to take your tour.
Where: 339 Greenwich St, New York
Best Brooklyn Brunches
On Sundays between 11-3 there’s nowhere better to be than with a stool pulled up to the bar tucking into an elegantly-cooked brunch at Colonie. The Duck Hash and the asparagus and gruyere scramble served with potatoes, toast and baby lettuce are just two of the menu’s gourmet highlights which come with a really reasonable price tag of less than $15 a dish. If you like something a little bit more traditional, you can’t go wrong with the melt in the mouth buttermilk pancakes…yum!
Where: 127 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, NY
At egg, ‘breakfast is served all day, every day’. Sound like your kind of place? You can find it in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn, where you can tuck into some classic American breakfast and brunch dishes like ’biscuits and gravy’ (homemade buttermilk biscuits in sawmill gravy made with pork sausage or pan-seared mushrooms) or ‘Eggs Rothko’ (Easy-cooked egg in a slice of Amy’s brioche and topped with Grafton cheddar) among other traditional favourites. Where better to try some American’ style biscuits before a stroll over the Brooklyn Bridge though?
Where: 109 N 3rd St between Berry & Wythe
For Bottomless brunch
Enjoy bottomless mimosas, wine or frozen margaritas for 2 whole hours at the Mexican boozy brunch haven Agave. For $32.99 you can pair your bottomless drinks options with one dish from more than 10 eggy brunch options which include Poached Eggs on Toasted Brioche and, of course, Huevos Rancheros. You’ll find Agarve near the Meatpacking District, which is a hotspot for celebrity spotting.
Where: 140 7th Ave S, New York
Choose 1 entrée and bottomless mimosas, bloody marys or sangria and get seated for an hour and a half long brunch fest at this popular restaurant in Alphabet City. Popular dishes incude guacamole benedict, steak egg and cheese sandwiches and the lobster mac and cheese which is lip-smackingly good! Brunch is served on Friday, Saturday and Sunday so, if you can, try and go Friday when the restaurant might be a little quieter and you can really get the party started!
If you’re heading to New York, don’t forget your New York attraction tickets, for sights to see in between all these brunch reservations!
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