Five Restaurants for Brunch in New York City.

Five Restaurants for Brunch in New York City.

In honor of the weekend, I’ve decided to dedicate my post to something New York City does better than anywhere else – brunch. With unlimited cocktails, creative menus, and time to bond with friends, there’s no better way to spend your Saturday or Sunday morning.

While there are plenty of places to enjoy brunch up and down the island of Manhattan, here are five restaurants for brunch in New York City.

Obviously the drinks are the most important part of brunch. Paradou, September 2009.


August
Upon entering this Greenwich Village establishment, you feel immediately transported outside of New York, especially when sitting in the glass room in the back. It’s also the perfect place to enjoy a quiet conversation with someone special. The food is comforting and the atmosphere is relaxing. It also feels quite a lot like home.
What to order:
Any of the three Wood Oven Baked Eggs en Cocotte with an iced coffee and fresh fruit on the side.

Freemans
Set in the back end of an alley, it’s all about atmosphere here, and that atmosphere is rustic. Taxidermy decorates the walls, and it feels a bit more like Colonial Williamsburg than the Bowery. But, the food is excellent; no matter what you order, it’s sure to be good. The transport back in time is also a welcome change of pace compared to normal city living.
What to order:
The Roast Pork Sandwich pickled zucchini, garlic mayonnaise mixed greens salad and either the Saignée Crush or a Mrs. Palmer to drink.

Brio Flatiron
Conveniently, located in the Flatiron District, this is a great area to spend the afternoon strolling the streets shopping after brunch. With high ceilings and large windows, the spot is perfect for watching life go by outside. Brunch here is also a deal at only $19.50 with soup or salad and unlimited bellinis or mimosas. You can’t beat the quality or the price at Brio.
What to order:
Order the rolled piadina bread stuffed with scrambled eggs, prosciutto, and cheese. To drink, a bellini or mimosa, of course!

Update: The Flatiron location of Brio is closed, but you can still head Uptown to the 61st and Lexington location.

Paradou
Located in the Meatpacking District, this restaurant’s back room is a garden that is open all year long. Which makes it the perfect escape from those long and cold winter days. The food is incredible, but the best part of brunch here is the 2 hour unlimited champagne cocktail pre-fixe brunch starting at $29, with plenty of champagne cocktails to choose from.
What to order:
The pulled pork sliders with sautéed fingerling potatoes with any of the included champagne cocktails.

Thistle Hill Tavern
This spot is in Park Slope, Brooklyn, but well worth the trip. Take the F, G, or R train to this adorable spot with dark wood floors, exposed brick walls, and perfectly placed artwork. The spot is great for catching up with an old friend while people watching. After brunch, take a stroll through Brooklyn and discover the perfect little gem that’s consistently overlooked by visitors to New York.
What to order:
The Speck and Fried Egg Sandwich and a side of salt and pepper fries with one of the many beers offered.

There are plenty of other wonderful places to grab brunch in New York City, but these five have it all. But most importantly, they all have the ideal environment for sharing time with friends over a satisfying meal and a couple of drinks.

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  1. Amanda @ Adventure Year

    My boyfriend and I are HUGE brunch fans who are heading to NYC for a weekend in September. Guess who just decided we must do brunch while we’re there! These all sound like great picks.

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