The 6 Best Brunch Spots in NYC
Brunch in New York City is often jokingly referred to as the big city’s primary religion. Locals head to their favorite hot spots to wake up with a fresh cup of coffee, or beat the hangover with more drinking. Meanwhile, tourists receive puzzled looks from restaurant hosts when asking for a “lunch” menu at 1 p.m. on a Sunday. “Where are you visiting from?” they ask politely, confirming that this is the guest’s first experience with NYC Brunch.
Here is a list of some of my favorite spots throughout Manhattan. Whether it’s a spectacular view, relaxing ambiance or one-of-a-kind food, these liquored lunch locales each have something unique and special to offer.
Narcissa, 25 Cooper Square (Between 5th & 6th Sts.)
Named for a particularly feisty dairy cow at André Balazs’ farm upstate, Narcissa’s fresh farm-to-table menu is full of vibrant ingredients and creative dishes. Bowery is becoming the “new meatpacking” with hotels like The Standard East creating a place to stay, eat, see and been seen. With great ambiance and both indoor and outdoor seating, this is our top pick for brunch. Stay around and grab a cocktail or coffee at Café Standard.
Balthazar, 80 Spring St. (Between Broadway & Crosby)
Balthazar can easily be considered the quintessential New York City brunch. Converted from a leather wholesaler’s warehouse, the well-known SoHo restaurant serves delicious bistro fare in an authentically French setting packed with a lively mix of artists, celebrities, locals and tourists. In her famous 73-question interview with Vogue, Anna Wintour is asked where she would like to eat the following week. Before her secretary is even finishes asking the question, she blurts out “Balthazar.” Even with a reservation, wait times are somewhat lengthy, so expect to spend some time standing at the crowded zinc bar. But not to fret– the Brioche French Toast is definitely worth it.