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25 Fun NYC Brunch Spots that You’ll Love – With Secret Local Tips!

I think we can all agree that not only is brunch one of the best meals EVER but there are a ton of amazingly wonderful and fun NYC brunch spots sprinkled throughout the city, just waiting to be discovered.

Am I right? I mean, not only do you get to sleep in but you can choose from an assortment of breakfast-inspired options that include pancakes, french toast, waffles, eggs, and basically any other piece of carb awesomeness that you can think of (sorry Dr. Atkins, this post on fun brunch spots in NYain’t for you).

But the real question Is, where are the best New York City brunch spots at? I mean, no one wants to be all hangry and aimlessly wander through the New York City subway saying, “Please sir, I want some brunch!”

And that’s where I come in. I’ve lived in the city for 30+ years and am a hardcore brunch enthusiast who knows all of the best and most fun brunch places in NYC – super cute brunch spots in NYC that you won’t find in any guidebook.

So, whether you’re taking mom out for a special Mother’s Day brunch, or heading out with 20,000 of your fave family members, for an amazing Easter Brunch in NYC, or just brunching it up with your favorite gal pals in a quest to find the cutest brunch spots in NYC, we can probably all agree that not all branches are created equally.

Yeah, I know it’s hard to believe but yes my friends, even New York City has some heinously awful brunch spots that SUCK, with a capital S. Don’t let it dissuade you because it has some great places to eat too!

So, what do you do (Besides add some of these places to your  New York City Itinerary in 24 hours) ?

Never fear (straps on a lame-ass cape), Girl with the Passport is here to answer all your questions about fun brunch spots in NYC. So without further adieu, let’s check out some of the fun brunch places in NYC.

Because whether you’re looking for a cheap brunch NYC or a boozy brunch NYC or a romantic brunch NYC or a lively brunch NYC, there will be something on this list that will TOTALLY tickle your fancy.

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1. Tavern on the Green (Central Park)

By: Allison Judkins of Seeking Neverland

Central Park is home to Tavern on the Green, one of many fun brunch spots in NYC

Embrace your inner Carrie Bradshaw and have a super fancy brunch at Tavern on the Green, especially if you’re planning a bachelorette party in NYC!See, Tavern on the Green, located right in the beautiful central park, offers is an amazing fun NYC brunch spot. First opened in 1934, then reopened in 2013, this restaurant has become a historic, New York City landmark and brunch icon.

Now, from the moment you walk in, to your first sip of their freshly made mimosas, you will be in awe of the decor, the service, and the decadent menu.  My personal favorites are the Eggs Benedict Florentine and the Tavern Burger, all washed down with perfectly made mimosas of course.

But, it gets better. The interior of the restaurant is lined with enormous windows, providing ample natural light and stunning views of Central Park. Garden seating is also available and offers the same weekend brunch menu.

Therefore, if you are looking for a classy weekend brunch in New York City, Tavern on the Green is a must. Just be sure to make a reservation and adhere to the smart but casual dress code because it’s fancy-schmancy!

Address: W 67th St, New York, NY 10023

Hours: Open Saturday and Sunday for brunch from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

Price: Main courses range in price from $20 to $34 per plate. 

How to Get There: Take the 1 train to 66th Street and Lincoln Center and walk to the restaurant from there.

2. Russ and Daughters (Multiple Locations in Manhattan)

By: Mona Molayem of Mona Corona 

Russ and Daughters is home to the iconic, NYC brunch, which is a traditional NYC bagel with cream cheese, and lox When considering some of the fun brunch spots in New York City, a classic bagel and lox spread should not be overlooked. Russ & Daughters is a true staple in NYC and might even be a possible contender for the best brunch in Manhattan.

This iconic restaurant should be high on your list of the best fun brunch spots in NYC since they have mastered the subtle art of smoking fish.

Now, while their original location (opened in 1914!)  is a traditional New York City deli to-go counter, offering smoked fish, caviar, and of course bagels, the Russ & Daughter’s Café on the Lower East Side (with another location in the Jewish Museum on the Upper West Side) is a sit-down restaurant.

The best part is that this location offers all the classics of the counter plus a variety of egg dishes and a selection of Jewish deli staples such as matzo ball soup and potato latkes.

But, it gets better. The café even has a bar for those in search of a boozy brunch and presents a selection of signature cocktails; champagne, wine, and beer; and my personal favorite, an assortment of infused Bloody Marys.

Therefore, my ideal brunch at Russ & Daughters consists of a classic board with nova smoked salmon, chive cream cheese, an everything bagel (with tomato, onion, and capers), and a side of wasabi infused row.

Top it all of with a smoked pepper-infused Bloody Mary and you have the best and cutest brunch spots in NYC.

Address: 127 Orchard Street, New York, New York 10002

Hours: Open Thursday through Monday from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. 

Price: A classic bagel and lox will cost you $14.00

How to Get There: Take the F/M train to Delancey Street/Essex Street station or the B/D train to Grand Street station and walk from there. 

3. Clinton Street Baking Company (LES)

Woman holding blueberry pancakes at one of the best rooftop restaurants New York has.

This is one of those fun brunch places in NYC that is home to some of the best pancakes that I’ve ever had. Like, in my entire life. And trust me, that’s saying a whole hell of a lot since I eat pancakes basically every chance I get. 

Anyway,  back to actually talking about Clinton Street Baking Company and not my poor dietary choices.

So yeah, Clinton Street Baking Company is basically a super chill, family-owned restaurant where you can go for some uber-delicious, blueberry pancakes.  A supremely sublime dish that makes the perfect Sunday hangover cure if I do say so myself. And spoiler alert, I absolutely do.

Sure, it’s nothing fancy, but what the place lacks in opulence it more than makes up for with delicious pancakes. 

That’s why, if you’re looking for something sweet, deffo get a stack of pancakes topped with a generous helping of stewed Maine blueberries. 

And if you have a hankering for something savory to the extreme, then opt for their biscuit sandwich, which is packed with scrambled eggs, melted cheddar cheese, homemade tomato jam, and hash browns on the side.

Pair it with a generous helping of sugar-cured bacon and you easily have one of the best brunches in NYC. 

Pro Tip: This place is super popular for brunch and typically has waits of up to two hours on the weekends. So, if you can, try and stop by in the evening or during the week since they serve breakfast all day long. You also can only make reservations for parties of five or more. 

Address: 4 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

Hours: Brunch is served all day, Monday through Sunday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

Price: Entrees start at $12.00 and go up to $19.00 (I’d get the pancakes though for $16.00 #justsayin’)

How to Get There: Take the F/M train to Delancey Street/Essex Street station and walk to the restaurant from there. 

4. Jack’s Wife Freda (SOHO or Greenwich Village)

By: Christabel Lobo of Where’s Bel 

A delicious breakfast bowl from Jack's Wife Freda.

There’s no shortage of fun NYC brunch spots to try. But there’s one that I just can’t out of my mind.And, to be honest, I actually don’t mind waiting in line for Jack’s Wife Freda. The restaurant is run by an immigrant husband and wife duo named Dean and Maya Jankelowitz.

Now, originally from South Africa and Israel respectively, the couple met while working in the restaurant industry in New York City and connected over a shared love of food and a desire to have their own brunch spot in NYC. 

That’s why the couple opened their first restaurant location at Lafayette St in 2012. The name pays homage to Dean’s grandmother, Freda, who was a wonderful cook and great host – amazing qualities that you will find in all of the staff at Jack’s Wife Freda. But wait, why do I love it?

Well, everything served here has a home-cooked feel, is filling, and is incredibly delicious. That’s why, I highly recommend the Green Shakshouka which is a green tomatillo sauce that is served over a Maya’s Breakfast Bowl – a serving of scrambled or poached eggs, red quinoa, kale, spaghetti squash, grilled tomato, and avocado.

Oh, and don’t forget to add a dash of their original green hot sauce for good measure!

Plus, with locations in SoHo and the West Village, brunching in New York City just got easier since this is a great place to start off your weekend on the right note.

Address: 50 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village location)

Hours: Open Monday through Thursday from 11:00 am to 9:30 pm, Friday from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm, Saturday from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm, and Sunday from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Price: Breakfast entrees range in price from $12.00 to $25.00. 

How to Get There: Take the 1 train to Houston Street station or the A/C/E train to West 4th Street and Washington Square and walk from there. 

5. Sugar Freak (Astoria, Queens)

By: Hanna Gao of Rated by Hanna 

Fried chicken and waffles from Sugar freak in Queens

Here’s the deal, my friends and I passed Sugar Freak multiple times before deciding to finally walk in! Funnily enough, we woke up too late for this other fun NYC brunch spot so we wandered into Sugar Freak instead.

Now, it was 10:45 am and the restaurant was already super busy so we sat at the bar while waiting for a table. And while I thought it was a candy store, it turned out to be a Louisiana-style, Creole restaurant that serves amazing Southern Comfort food!

The only problem? This restaurant features so many delicious brunch items and fun drinks that it’s hard to pick out just one thing to order.

My favorites include the hush puppies, biscuits & gravy, shrimp creole with cheesy grits, and beignet Benedict!

The truth is, I had never tried a beignet before, so I was eager to dive into my dish. My beignet benedict was the perfect combination of savory and sweet, with praline bacon that was blended to perfection with a hollandaise sauce that sat atop on a poached egg that in turn rested upon a homemade beignet.

And, the final verdict? I loved the beignet so much that I ordered a plate of five for dessert!

Address: 37-11 30th Ave, Queens, NY 11103

Hours: They now offer bottomless brunch on Friday from 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 3:300 pm. 

Price: Entrees are $16.95 with the exception of the steak and eggs which is $27.95. 

How to Get There: Take the N train to 30th Avenue station and walk to the restaurant from there.

6. 230 5th Avenue (NoMad)

By; Gabby Beckford of Packs Light 

View from 230 Fifth rooftop
Image provided by 230 Fifth.

One of my favorite fun NYC brunch spots in midtown is definitely 230 Fifth Ave!

First of all, the food is delicious and served buffet style. This way, you can serve yourself as many Eggs Benedict, french toast, and pancakes as you like.

On the downside though, alcohol isn’t unlimited. But, a good-sized pitcher of mimosas costs only around $7 – talk about a total steal.

But, that’s not even the best part. Because this brunch is actually served on a rooftop that is dotted with these adorable little igloos, making it a great, rooftop brunch in NYC!

You can head up there, relax in an igloo, and chat with friends, or make new ones while taking in the city air.

And if it’s cold, don’t worry because the restaurant also provides you with blankets and robes to help keep you cozy! Perfect for a chilly winter day in New York City.

Pro Tip: Go for their bottomless brunch which is offered at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. 

Address: 230 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001

Hours: Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

Price: Brunch a la carte entrees are $16.00 while bottomless brunch lasts 90-minutes and is $45.00 per person. 

How to Get There: Take the R or W train to 28th Street station and walk to the restaurant from there. 

7. The Smith (East Village)

By: Sierra Dehmler of Passport Voyager 

The Interior of the Smith in NYC

The Smith is one of my absolute favorite fun NYC brunch spots (and one of my favorite restaurants in NYC)! It has been my go-to brunch spot since I moved to the city over eight years ago.

Truth be told, It has become my default choice for gatherings with friends, birthdays, holidays, etc. Basically, any excuse to eat at The Smith, and I’ll take it!

The best part is that they a bunch of different locations (NoMad, East Village, Midtown, and Lincoln Square) so no matter where you are in the city, you can get your foodie brunch fix.

They also serve iconic, American fare that ranges from healthy to hearty to downright indulgent. Personally, my favorite location is the one in the East Village. It’s bright and airy with a beautiful design; a location that is always bustling with people.

The best part though? You can make reservations for brunch!

Yes, brunch reservations in NYC are hard to find! My current brunch obsession is their Ranchero Scramble which includes perfectly scrambled eggs, black beans, cheddar, avocado, and chipotle salsa that is set atop some freshly made corn tortillas.

Truth be told, I’d happily brunch at The Smith every single weekend!

Address: 55 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003

Hours: Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm. 

Price: Entrees range in price from $16.00 to $23.00 each.

How to Get There: Take the R/W train to 8th Street station or the 5/6 train to Astor Place station and walk from there. 

8. PS Kitchen (Mid-Town)

By: Erika Stauffer of Latin Atlas

Veggie burger from PS Kitchen

PS Kitchen is a delicious, plant-based, vegan brunch spot where you can get some of the best fun NYC brunch spots around. 

Now, I know what you’re thinking. For those who aren’t vegan (my hand is raised) hold up a minute; the food is gourmet, and the restaurant is chic. I seriously dare you to glance at the brunch menu and not be inspired.

Why?The menu remains fresh and delicious with seasonally and globally-influenced plates that are prepared in a classically French style.

But it gets better because the dreamy aesthetic of light tones, exposed brick, and fresh flowers is sure to please any and all of your brunch companions. 

To top it all off, the quality of the food is on par with any high-end restaurant in New York City, only without the insane amount of bureaucracy or exorbitant prices. So just consider this a mildly cheap brunch in NYC.

However, what really sets PS Kitchen apart from the competition is its one-of-a-kind, social-business model, where a 100% of the profits are donated to sustainable, local and global, charitable organizations locally and overseas.

Yup, just an extraordinary, socially conscious restaurant that makes you feel good about dining out.

Address: 246 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036

Hours: Open daily from 11:30 am to 10:00 pm. 

Price: Entrees range in price from $12.00 to $20.00 each. 

How to Get There: You can easily walk here from Times Square. 

9. Citizens of Chelsea (Chelsea)

By: Rachel Shulman of From East to West with RMS

Aerial view of the avocado toast at Citizens of Chelsea

 As an NYC resident, I always look for the newest and trendiest fun brunch spots in NYC. And while Manhattan has a ton of brunch options to choose from, the one that really stands is at  Citizens of Chelsea.

Why the fuss? Well, not only is this Australian cafe less than a year old but it is conveniently located on the west side of Manhattan. It is also one of those places where you immediately feel at ease and ready for brunch.

The downside? They don’t take reservations but we only had to wait tenty minutes for a table during a popular brunch time. Plus, the staff are super helpful and their Australian accents don’t hurt either.

Now, since Citizens of Chelsea is known for putting an Australian twist on trendy food items, their star course is naturally an avocado toast.

I got the avocado toast while my friend got the Acai bowl and both did not disappoint. Not only did they taste amazing but the display was incredible too.

That’s why I have already come back twice since visiting and don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

Address: 401 W 25th St, New York, NY 10001

Hours: Open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

Price: Entrees are between $10.00 and $15.50 each. 

How to Get There: Take the C or E Train to 23rd Street station and walk from there. 

10. Golden Diner (Two Bridges)

Over easy egg on toast

Brought to you by the same insanely awesome human – Sam Yoo – who developed Momofuku Ko and Torrisi respectively, this s one of those low-key, super fun NYC brunch spots that breathes new life into the city’s rapidly disappearing diner culture. 

So, step inside this casual eatery and expect to find leather-covered swivel stools, vintage-style curtains, and stained-glass lamps that harken back to yesteryear.

Although, you’re not really here for the decor. Nope, you’re here for the unique, Asian-inspired take on American classics like eggs, pancakes and so much more. 

And not to worry my vegan-minded brethren because there are plant-based menu items that pay homage to iconic, American diner classics. 

That’s why, if you’re looking to brunch it up at a total greasy spoon of awesome, then try awesome entrees like the mushroom Reuben quesadilla (perfectly paired with a side of Russian Dressing, The wontonini (pork dumplings in brodo), Taiwanese noodles, and the Patbingsu dessert which is basically like a Koran shaved ice but with roasted apples and Cinnamon Toast Crunch on top. 

Trust me, it’s even better than it sounds. Address; 123 Madison St, New York, NY 10002

Hours: Open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. 

Price: Breakfast entrees are priced from $9.00 to $16.00 and are served daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

How to Get There: Take the B or D train to Grand Street station and walk to the restaurant from there. 

11. NOMO Kitchen (Soho)

Opulent interior of Nomo Kitchen

Not only does this hotel restaurant have a menu of delectable brunch items that forever and always make me swoon, but the decor here is absolutely stunning, making this one of the fun NYC brunch spots on this list that is a total Instagrammer’s paradise.

Firstly, the entrance to Nomo Kitchen is covered by a topiary of neatly trimmed leaves that create a beautiful, botanical tunnel that serves as the entrance to the building.

Yup, people use this spot for impromptu photoshoots. I literally had to not so politely ask a woman to move because she has been there for a solid half an hour and I was getting hungrier but the minute.

But I digress. There are also quaint wooden seats, tables, statues, and trees that create a fantastic patio, in front of the restaurant, where you can sit, relax, and take photos after your meal.

However, once inside, you will be absolutely astounded. Between the modern glass roof, that floods the restaurant with copious amounts of light, the exquisite crystal chandeliers, and the walls that are adorned with vibrantly colored, street art style hearts, you definitely won’t leave without taking a few (hundred) photos.

Seriously, could a restaurant get any prettier than this? All this and we haven’t even discussed the FAB brunch menu or the helpful staff.                              

Well, one word. Okay, it’s actually three and they are Lemon Ricotta Pancakes. So good. Served with a dusting of powdered sugar, some fresh mixed berries, and a sprinkling of candied pistachios and you’ll have a hard time not asking for seconds.

The Avocado Toast with a poached egg is also really good too. But’s let be real, pancakes are a bit more fun than avocado toast.

Now, does this cute NYC brunch spot sound a bit out of your price range though? Well, you’re in luck.

All the entrees served here, besides the steak and eggs, are under $20. So even if your budget is tight (kind of like your pants are after eating here), you can still enjoy some of the finer things in life and add this to any DIY NYC food tour.

Oh, and dress up a smidge. This is one of those fun brunch spots in NYC that feels a little fancy schmancy. But not intimidatingly so. Like no ball gown needed.        

Address: 9 Crosby St, New York, NY 10013

Hours: Available Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

Price: Prices range from $14.00 to $26.00 for petit filet and eggs. 

How to Get There: Take the N/Q/R/W/6 train to Canal Street station and walk to the restaurant from there. 

12. Hotel Chantelle (LES)

Interior of Hotel Chantelle
Image sourced from Hotel Chantelle.

One of my absolute favorite brunch spots in New York City!

This gem of a restaurant, not an actual hotel, offers a delicious, reasonably priced brunch menu that is served amidst a light and airy top floor, adorned with vintage light fixtures, beautiful greenery, and a lovely glass ceiling that inundates the room with an exquisite amount of light, making it one of the best rooftop restaurants in NYC

As if the decor didn’t make this place awesome enough already, they serve brunch with a lively 20’s style band playing in the background.

They also come fully equipped with trumpeters, saxophonists, and a lead vocalist, who croons into a vintage microphone while dressed in a snazzy bow tie, a cabby hat, and a cool pair of shades.

Sprinkle in some fantastic wall art to create the perfect Instagram spot. Plus, this restaurant is also located right down the street from Black Tap and the first street outdoor street art gallery; making this my new go-to brunch spot,

What, not sure what to order at one of the most fun NYC brunch spots on this list? Well, when it comes to brunch orders, I’m a bit predictable and tend to order Eggs Benedict nine times out of ten.

However, Hotel Chantelle offers a variety of dishes from healthy options, like an acai bowl or avocado toast, to decadent delights like truffle egg fondue and fried burrata. But no matter what you order, I pinkie promise that you won’t leave this fun NYC brunch spot hungry. 

Address: 92 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

Hours: Available Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 4:15 pm. 

Price: Entrees are anywhere between $18.00 and $27.00 each. 

How to Get There: Take the F/M train to Delancey Street and Essex Street station or the B/D train to Grand Street station and walk to the restaurant from there. 

13. B&H Dairy (West Village)

Exterior of B&H dairy

Another one of the super informal, greasy spoon-type, fun NYC brunch spots on this list, B&H Dairy is a Kosher diner that has actually been around since ye olde 1938. So yeah, you know it’s good. 

It’s also a tiny – like 400-square feet tiny – lunch counter where you can order your eggs sunny side up with a side of pierogis for good measure.

Finally, soak up that eggy goodness with some complimentary challah and you have the stuff that informal brunch dreams are made up. Or, just go totally balls to the wall and order other menu staples like borscht, mushroom barley/split pea soup, blintzes and old-school matzo ball soup. Nom, nom, nom. 

And, added bonus? The staff are super friendly and make you feel totally welcome, even when the place is absolutely chocker box full of people. 

Address: 127 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

Hours: Open Sunday and Tuesday from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm, Wednesday through Friday from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm, and Saturday from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm. 

Price: You can get an egg sandwich for as little as $2.00 but most brunch entrees are around $8.00. 

How to Get There: Take the R/W train to 8th Street station or the 4/5/6 train to Astor Place station and walk to the restaurant from there. 

14: Egg Shop (Nolita)

Sandwich from Egg Shop in Nolita

This is one of those fun NYC brunch spots that, as the name suggests, serves up eggs, eggs, and, oh yeah, more eggs. So, if you like your huevos poached, fried, scrambled, hard-boiled, and pickled, then this is the hipster-chic Nolita eatery for you. 

And because everything here is organic and locally sourced – two words that all the hipster cool kids love – do expect a HUGE crowd and a long-ass wait if you stop by during premo brunch type. 

Although, you can make reservations, at least if you’re hitting up their Williamsburg location.

Otherwise, you can skip the minimalist, mint-green decor – with egg-shaped lights on the ceiling – altogether and just order your fave sammie sam to go. 

And if you’re not entirely sure what to order while you’re at one of the cutest brunch spots in NYC, then you can always go with a nice cold brew coffee and pair it with either a sausage breakfast sandwich or a classic breakfast sandwich. 

Both are served atop freshly toasted brioche buns with eggs that are cooked to perfection. FYI though, the sausage breakfast sandwich is a bit spicy and comes with divine, maple-flavored sausage. 

Address: 151 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012

Hours: Open weekdays, except Tuesdays, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and on weekends from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

Price: Most menu items are between $11.00 and $14.00 each. 

How to Get There: Take the B/D train to Grand Street station or the 6 train to Spring Street station and walk to the restaurant from there. 

15. Jacob’s Pickles (Upper West Side)

Home to Southern comfort food and a wide array of craft beers: Jacob’s Pickles is an upper west side restaurant with an exquisite, rustic barn meets city chic feel that will definitely leave you speechless, but in the best possible way.

Known for their buttermilk fried chicken and homemade biscuits (AKA food crack), you’ll definitely leave wanting more at this fun NYC brunch spot, even though their portions are enormous and you’ll probably leave feeling totally full.

But you know what they say? If a little is good then a lot is BATTER! Get it? I made a lame funny! Right, awkwardly moving on.

Another house specialty is, DUH, their homemade pickles, hence the name of the entire restaurant. Made in small batches, these little nuggets of awesome will forever change the way you look at jarred pickles.Truly Southern comfort food at its finest.

But guess what? It gets better! I know, shocking but true. Because most of their menu items are actually under $20, with some dishes, like their to-die-for mac and cheese, offering specific portion options that make it easy to order based on how hungry you are.

Added bonus? This is one of those epic fun NYC brunch spots that has over 20 different craft beers to choose from, as well as a delightfully diverse selection of cocktails, wines, and spirits that are perfect if you want to swan dive into one hell of a boozy brunch.

The not-so-good news? Jacob’s Pickles only accepts reservations for parties of 6 or more. Plus, it’s usually packed to the brim for brunch.

Therefore, this sometimes impacts the caliber of service here, so be sure to order an appetizer if you’re feeling like you might morph into a HANGRY BEAST at any moment.

Now, personally, I feel like waking up early kind of defeats the whole purpose of brunch. That’s why, If you’re like me and unwilling to sacrifice even a millisecond of sleep, then only dine here when you can make a reservation with five of your closest friends or strangers. Whatever works.

Otherwise, you can always just walk around the corner and visit Maison Pickle, where you’ll have better luck, even if the menu is far more limited.

Pro Tip: Weekend brunch reservations fill up quickly here (like fully booked for well over a month quick), so try and book a table as far in advance as possible.

Address: 509 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

Hours: Open Monday through Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 am, Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 am, Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:00 am, and Sunday from 9:00 am to 2:00 am. 

Price: Most entrees here are around $14.00 each. 

How to Get There: Take the 1 train to 86th Street station and walk to the restaurant from there. 

16. The Butcher’s Daughter (Multiple locations throughout the city)

Exterior of the Butcher's Daughter

For my vegetarian and vegan brunchers out there, I got your back! No diggity, no doubt!

See, although The Butcher’s Daughter may sound like a meat eater’s paradise, in actuality, this restaurant serves nothing but plants, plants, and more plants!              

I know, slightly confusing but the deliciousness of their food never is since this fun NYC brunch spot is perfect for herbivores, omnivores, and dare I say, carnivores, of every variety!

First of all, there are three different locations scattered throughout New York City (Nolita, West Village, and Williamsburg, Brooklyn), making brunch easily accessible no matter where you are. 

Plus, each location has its own unique food and drink menu, with a distinct, totally Instagrammable interior that reflects founder, (aka the actual butcher’s daughter) Heather Tierney’s background as an interior designer.

She developed each location as a fresh, feminine take on an old-school butcher shop. But, hold up. What about the food? Well, since, The Butcher’s Daughter is dedicated to ordering produce from local, organic farms, this vegetable slaughterhouse prides itself in supporting the local food community              

 As a result, the menu is constantly shifting to include more eat-with-the-season style dishes. Therefore, what you order really depends on the season, which means that you can continually visit and always find something new and exciting to enjoy.              

And while the brunch menu here is pretty standard, with tons of avocado and egg-based dishes, the smashed avocado toast Benedict really stands out as one of their more unique creations.              

However, the triple berry French toast is pretty dang drool-worthy too. Although, what really makes this eatery shine is their drink menu, which includes a broad range of teas, lattes, smoothies, and juices that are perfect for health-conscious individuals              

Talk about slaying at healthy living. But, not to worry if you’re looking for something stronger since they totally have mimosas! Sadly though, they’re not bottomless.

However, this egregious faux pas is totally forgiven since they offer other, wicked awesome concoctions like pineapple, orange, and passion fruit mimosa and a watermelon, lime, and lavender mimosa that totally piqued my interest.              

Prepare to get in line though since this eatery does NOT take reservations.  Fortunately enough, the wait doesn’t seem to exceed twenty minutes, but that really depends on the day and time of your visit.

 However, compared to some of the other cutest brunch spots in NYC, a twenty-minute wait time is easy peasey.              

Address: 19 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012

Hours: Open Sunday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm and Friday and Saturday from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm. 

Price: Most entrees are between $13.00 and $16.00 each. 

How to Get There: Take the B/D train to Grand Street station or the R/W train to Price Street station and walk to the restaurant from there. 

17. Red Rooster (Harlem)

Res Rooster interior

Now,  Let’s take it uptown to the heart of Harlem, where the brunch is forever bumpin’ at Red Rooster.              

Known for a variety of decadent comfort food, this famous eatery is filled with warm, homey, and inviting decor that is kicked up a notch by a live, in-house, jazz/gospel band that serenades you throughout your Sunday brunch.              

Trust me, all your senses are in for a truly soulful (get it because they serve SOUL food?) experience. And while Red Rooster does feature traditional, southern comfort food throughout its menu, everything here is always served with an unexpected twist, like their mama’s breakfast pie.              

This rich and hearty dish is served with a uniquely wonderful side of Korean barbecue brisket that definitely skyrockets this dish into the stratosphere.              

But, what if you’re looking to get your drank on? Then Red Rooster does not disappoint with amazing cocktails like the Savoy, Mamita’s Michelada, or their signature, Rooster Spritzer, which is technically just an Aperol spritz.              

But hey, I’LL TAKE IT! FYI, they also have your traditional, brunch classics like mimosas and the Bloody Rooster (AKA bloody mary). If you wanna go the traditional route.              

But regardless of what you order, this place is definitely worth the trip uptown. While you’re here, also check out the historic Apollo Theater and the National Jazz Museum of Harlem since both are practically right next door.

Just be forewarned that this place does not take reservations for Sunday brunch and operates on a first-come, first-serve basis.              

That being said though,  even if you do arrive at 11:00 am, you shouldn’t have to wait any more than twenty minutes since the real rush starts closer to noon.              

After that, well, enter at your own risk since wait times routinely exceed an hour.              

Address: 310 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10027

Hours: Available Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. 

Price: Between $17.00 and $24.00 each. 

How to Get There: Take the 2 or 3 train to 125th street station and walk to the restaurant from there. 

18. The Edge (Harlem)

The Edge Plate of Oxtail with rice

Owned by sisters Justine and Juliet, The Edge is all about curious dining, a concept that was inspired by Harlem and the vivacious community that helped raise this dynamic duo.

Now, because Harlem is all about diversity, especially within its food culture, this popular neighborhood eatery offers three distinct menus, from New York, England, and Jamaica respectively, which guests can choose from.

On the New York menu, you’ll find classic Harlem-style soul food featuring iconic dishes like shrimp and parmesan grits with scrambled eggs, and buttermilk pancakes with rum-spiced whipped cream.

In contrast, the English menu features a variety of  British cuisine staples like fish and chips and a savory, meat pie of the day.

And Jamaica, yeah, this menu showcases iconic, regional entrees like Jamaican jerk chicken with waffles and plantain-crusted crab cakes. Sigh. Too bad we’re not like cows and only have one stomach.

As far as the drinks are concerned…Mimosas for everyone since The Edge has, count em’, four different flavors to choose from like orange, mango, ginger, and spiced hibiscus.

Yes, feel free to be amazed by one of the many cool NYC brunch spots on this list. But if you can only pick one, definitely get the spiced hibiscus since It’s totally refreshing and something that you won’t really find anywhere else.

Now, because this place is SO popular, Sunday brunch fills up fast, like within fifteen minutes of opening fast.

Therefore, either get your butt here real quick or make a reservation with 5 to 12 of your closest gals pals.

And, in spite of the slightly posh sounding name, The Edge really does have an uber chill vibe with its rustic, industrial-chic interiors that are ultra-stylish but without being overly pretentious and hipstery.

The staff are also super friendly too, and will gladly make food recommendations if this amazing menu leaves you incapable of deciding what to order.

PSST…There are a ton of gluten-free options here for all of my gluten-less homies out there. Just be sure to tell your server in advance so that they can substitute any bread with something gluten-free.

Address; 101 Edgecombe Ave, New York, NY 10030

Hours  Brunch is available Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 3:45 pm. 

Price: Most dishes are between $10.00 and $16.00 each. 

How to Get There: Take the B train to 135th street station and walk to the restaurant from there. 

19. Freeman’s (Lower East Side)

The exterior of Freeman's.

This quaint, Lower East Side brunch spot has a charming, turquoise exterior that sits nestled away, at the end of a quiet alley that is adorned with some of the most fabulous street art in all of NYC.

And honestly, it only gets better from here. So, continue through the front door and you’ll find a country cottage-chic dining room that looks like something straight out of a fairytale.

Everywhere you turn you’ll find white-washed brick walls, hardwood tables, simple country chairs, wall-hung (electric) candles, and quaint, country paintings that all combine to create a beautiful rustic design aesthetic.

Yup, the decor at one of the many fun NYC brunch spots listed here truly is swoon-worthy and helps set the tone for an exquisitely indulgent, downright magical meal.

But, the only thing better than the decor? You guessed it, the glorious food! And it’s no surprise with mystical entrees like “Devils on Horseback” and “Hens of the Woods Mushroom Toast”.

However,I suggest starting your brunch with fresh greek yogurt that is then topped with Freeman’s homemade strawberry granola, as well as raw honeycomb, bee pollen (Crazy right?), and seasonal fruit.

Without a doubt, this dish will totally leave you thinking, “Please sir, I want some more!”.Although, you MUST ignore this yearning since the best is yet to come.

Because truthfully, the real stand-out here is a hearty, decadently delicious entree like banana buttermilk pancakes, topped with candied pistachios, vanilla glaze, and strawberries.

Seriously, could a pancake get any better? I think not! But wait, what if you’re looking for something savory?

No worries because Freeman’s has got you covered. Either try something simple like their skillet eggs, with tomato, bell peppers, spinach, and pepper sauce, or dare to be different and go for their bison steak and eggs.

Sure, this dish costs a whopping $34 but seriously, have you seen bison on a brunch menu before? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

But, all in all, I thoroughly enjoyed my brunch experience at Freeman’s and highly recommend this restaurant if you’re looking for a place that feels far, far away, but that actually isn’t.

Pro Tip: This is one of the few fun NYC brunch spots on this list that actually takes reservations. So, DEFFO avoid the wait and make one asap. 

Address: Freeman Alley, New York, NY 10002

Hours: Brunch is served Friday through Sunday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

Price: Entrees are between $16.00 and $22.00. 

How to Get There: Take the R/W train to Prince Street station or the B/D train to Grand Street station and walk to the restaurant from there. 

20. Clover Hill (Brooklyn)

Clover hill is a relatively new restaurant that has taken the town by storm. So first things first. The restaurant has just 34 seats so it is rather hard to get into and it is a place that you would want to reserve a spot in advance.

Why go through all that trouble? Well the executive chef Charlie Mitchell is a magician with food. Despite the sophisticated theme, breakfast is a laid back affair. Each dish on the menu may seem rather simple at first glance but Mitchell takes it up a couple ozen notches by incorporating some serious French technique.

Take for example the croque fromage aka the french way of making grilled cheese. You’ll find that this is laced with truffles. Just that extra hint to transform the traditional with the added omph!

One thing that really attracts the crowds is the cost. Usually the same items would be costly and you would not get much in terms of quantity.  Clover Hill on the other hand aims for a bountiful feeling when they serve their plates. Definitely a value for money option!

Address: 20 Columbia Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11201, United States

Hours: Mon-Fri: 6-10 pm (Tuesday closed). Sat: 11am-3pm, 6-10pm, Sun:11am-3pm

Price: Items start at $18

How to get there: Take the metro to Court Street Station. It is a 10 min walk from there.

21. Le Crocodile (Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

Roast Chicken and French fries from Le Crocodile

This super snazzy, French-ified restaurant in the ever-trendy neighborhood of Williamsburg is easily home to one of my favorite fun NYC brunch spots of all time. 

Not only does it occupy the basement of the luxurious Whythe Hotel but you can stuff yourself silly with French classics like roast chicken, croissants (they taste WAY better than the Americanized imposters we have here), creme brulle, and – everybody’s favie fave – chocolate mouse. 

The atmosphere here is also warm and welcoming with exquisite touches like limited seating, high ceilings, arched windows, exposed brick walls a massive hand-written menu (50+ items long), tiled floors, and waiters strutting their stuff in mildly out-of-date white jackets. 

The result? An upscale dining experience that is satisfying but not at all pretentious – a fact that is totally surprising given the look of this place when you first walk in. 

And if you can order only one thing while you’re here, let it be their half roast chicken with french fries. Sure, everything here is good but this entree is extra special with its crispy skin and juicy meat. 

You also can’t go wrong with classics like steak tartare, Oeuf Mayonnaise Chaud (it’s kind of like a cooked egg with mayo but really good), escargots with parsley and Pernod, profiteroles (order these and you’ll lick the plate clean), and sticky banana pudding (best dessert in the place, hands down). 

Address: 80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Hours: Brunch is available on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. 

Price: Brunch entrees are between $16 and $35 (for a whole roast chicken though)

How to Get There: Take the L train to Bedford Avenue station and walk to the restaurant from there. 

22. Leland Eating And Drinking House

The thing about brunch in NYC is that you are spoilt for options. You can literally choose a cuisine and have at least 10 great restaurants that serve you that. Picking out the best of the best is hard sometimes but when it comes to the Leland Eating and drinking house, there can be no doubts! 

I mean first of all the ambiance is classy. It’s set in a super cool setting. Housed in a historic building the structure itself has a lot of stories to add to the conversation. Plus it is pretty convenient to get to if you are in Brooklyn.

Now when it comes to the food, well I have to say that this is where they excel. There is something for everyone. Sourdough bread, pickled mussels and an assortment of Mediterranean cuisine just teases the taste buds and makes you want to eat more.

Did I mention that you can pair the meal with a variety of unique beverages? Most of which are sourced from sustainable small producers in the state. I really love how so many of the restaurants in NYC are becoming more and more sustainable. 

Address: 755 Dean St, Brooklyn, NY 11238, United States

Hours: Mon, Weds – Fri: 1-10pm, Sat: 10am -11pm, Sun:10am-10pm, Tuesday closed.

Price: Items on the brunch menu start as low as $10

How To Get There: Take the metro to Clinton Washington Avenue and walk from there.

23. Tim Ho Wan (Hell’s Kitchen)

Dim sum from Tim Ho Wan

With locations all across the world, you KNOW that brunch at Tim Ho Wan is gonna be good. 

And you know what? That assumption is absolutely correct since this is one of those fun NYC brunch spots that has delicious, totally authentic dim sum all over the menu. 

No really, this is not a drill people! Because whether you like your dim sum steamed, deep-fried, baked, pan-fried, or braised, Tim Ho Wan has got the perfect dish for you. 

And it’s all pretty dang cheap too since this place is known the world over for being the cheapest Michelin-starred eatery in the world. 

However, with such an extensive menu, it can be difficult to know what to order. Well, you honestly can’t go wrong with their signature BBQ buns, their decadent steamed shrimp dumplings, or their pan-fried turnip cakes. 

Yeah, I know they sound wicked gross but I swear they’re actually super good.

And for a relatively inexpensive place, the decor is pretty dang snazzy with bright circular lights, cream-colored booths, white recessed walls with circular patterns, and a giant dragon logo that is symbolic of the restaurant itself. 

All in all, just a great place to go for a reasonably priced but wonderfully delicious brunch experience in NYC. 

Address: 610 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

Hours: Open Tuesday through Friday from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm. 

Price: Less than $10 per order of dim dum. 

How to Get There: Take the M 42 bus from Broadway and 42nd street and get off at 42nd Street and 9th Avenue.

24. Poco NYC (East Village)

Poco is one of those epic spots to enjoy a fun brunch in NYC. Most of the people who visit come with a nice big group because the vibe is lively and it is just such a good place to mingle. Poco NYC always has loud music blaring which certainly adds to the atmosphere.

If you visit make sure that you come with a humongous appetite and order the bottomless brunch. You’ll thank me for that tip after your visit! If you want a smaller meal then try the barbeque chicken sandwiches or the French toast. They are absolutely delicious.

Poco NYC is also one of those places where you get a boozy brunch in NYC. Order one of their bottomless mimosas or a pitcher of Sangria to pair with your meal. You’ll find that there is never a delay when it comes to topping up your drink. Plus, the alcohol is pretty cheap for the neighborhood.

Note: The music is loud and it tends to attract people in their twenties. Don’t head here if this is a vibe that doesn’t suit you.

Pro Tip: Make a reservation in advance. The place gets full fast.

Address: 33 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009, United States

Hours: Wed – Thur: 5pm – 12am, Fri – Sat: 11am – 1am, Sun: 11am – 6pm

Price: $48 per person for brunch

How To Get There: Take the bus to E Houston St & Avenue B

25. Lily’s Craft And Kitchen (Hell’s Kitchen)

For many a brunch isn’t fun unless it’s a boozy brunch in NYC. Luckily for everybody, Lily’s Craft and Kitchen serves up one of the best brunches in NYC and also provides a variety of alcoholic drinks to choose from. 

Lily’s has some incredible music that is played by a DJ and it sets the mood of the place. Unlike Poco NYC, you will find that this is a more laid back atmosphere where you can peacefully enjoy your meal. It certainly is much much quieter.

It has both indoor and outdoor seating so you can choose where you want to sit. I do have to warn you that it fills up pretty quickly because it is very popular. So call ahead and make a reservation as always. 

When you are here, make sure that you order the salmon benedict. It is perfection on a plate! I’m still drooling thinking about it! 

Oh and if you think you can handle the bottomless brunch, try it! Just make sure to bring an appetite… Or a friend!

Address: 675 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

Hours: Mon – Fri:11am – 4am, Sat: 9am – 4am, Sun: 10am – 4am

Price: Items on the brunch menu start out at $16. The bottomless brunch is $28 and caps at 90 minutes.

How To Get There: Take the bus to 9th Av / 46th St

Fun Brunch NYC FAQ

What Are The Best Boozy Brunch In NYC?

Boozy brunches are all the rage. So of the best places for a boozy brunch in NYC are:

  • Poco NYC
  • Lily’s Craft And Kitchen
  • The Crooked Knife
  • Tavern 29

What Are The Best Bottomless Brunch Spots In NYC?

Feeling hungry? Well you better bring an appetite if you are heading to one of the bottomless brunch spots in NYC. Here are some of my top picks:

  • Jackdaw
  • The Flying Cock
  • The Malt house
  • Lily’s Craft And Kitchen
  • Tara Rose

What Are The Rooftop Brunch Spots In NYC?

If breakfast with a view is what you are looking for then pick one of these rooftop brunch spots in NYC and you will not be disappointed! They are some of the best rooftop restaurants in the city!

  • Electric Lemon
  • Cantina Rooftop
  • Refinery Rooftop
  • Republica
  • Haven Rooftop

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Map Of The Best Brunch Spots In NYC

Map of fun brunch spots NYC

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Monday 11th of November 2019

This is the most extensive brunch list and I LOVE it! Found it after reading about Jack's Wife Freda on Uniquely NYC and feeling really inspired to up my brunchin' game. Thank you for compiling this with so much detail - so helpful!


Tuesday 12th of November 2019

Oh, I am so glad to hear that Phoebe and thank you so much for reading. Hopefully, all f your brunches in NYC will be delicious ones from now on!


Friday 4th of October 2019

WOW great article. thanks for sharing this. i will save it for my trip to NYC..


Friday 4th of October 2019

Oh awesome! So happy that you found it useful!

Stephanie Crug

Monday 12th of August 2019

Tuff choice to choose where to go in New York City for the Brunch. Thank you for sharing the information.


Tuesday 13th of August 2019

Happy to help!


Sunday 11th of March 2018

There are so many amazing brunch spots in NYC it is hard to narrow it down to a list. I love Jack's Wife Frieda, Essex, Calle Ocho, El Toro Blanco, and I could go on and on. Some of the ones on your list I have not tried, so will have to work on that.


Sunday 11th of March 2018

I agree with you. I think the hardest part is narrowing it down to the ones you love.

Marissa | Marissa's Teachable Moments

Saturday 10th of March 2018

Yum! I've been to New York too many times to count and I've never visited any of these brunch spots. I need to bookmark this page for my next trip to NYC!


Sunday 11th of March 2018

I feel your pain. i haven't been to any of these places either so clearly I need to step up my brunch game.

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