The Best Brunch Spots in New York City

Saturday and Sunday morning plans in New York City always seem to revolve around brunch. And with so many places to grab a bite in The Big Apple, the possibilities are endless. But we know the work week is stressful enough. You shouldn’t have to worry about where to go to satisfy your craving for bacon or waffles on the weekends. To make things easier for you, here’s a list of the 10 best brunch spots in New York City. Enjoy!

10. Rabbithole

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Rabbithole’s warm and cozy décor makes it the perfect place to enjoy a meal with friends. Aside from some of the best coffee in the city, Rabbithole’s brunch menu features an egg white frittata with asparagus, sweet potato soup, maple walnut granola, a quinoa and wild rice salad with grilled artichokes, and an egg sandwich with bacon, Swiss cheese, tomato, and basil on a house made bun.

9. Milk Bar

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There’s a reason why celebrities think this is world-renowned restaurant is one of the best brunch spots in New York City. World renowned and beloved by celebrities, Milk Bar’s baked goods are incomparable. The Compost Cookie is made with pretzels, potato chips, coffee, oats, butterscotch and chocolate chips. There are also cakes, cake truffles, pies, soft serve ice cream, and milkshakes. If you prefer savoury to sweet, have no fear, Milk Bar’s buns are top-notch as well. The volcano bun is made with dough, potato gratin, caramelized onions, pancetta, bacon, and gruyere cheese.

8. Iris Café

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Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the vibe at Iris Café is so relaxed; the only issue you’ll have is deciding what to eat. Think brick walls, local art, fresh flowers, and well-crafted dishes. The menu showcases smoked salmon, a brie and apple sandwich, an arugula salad, and French toast with cinnamon butter and Vermont maple syrup.

7. Sugar Freak

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You wouldn’t expect a place called Sugar Freak to be serving up New Orleans Cajun and creole dishes. But they are, and they’re doing it well. Decorated like the inside of a vintage shop, Sugar Freak’s menu features the likes of fried alligator, baked oysters with bacon and hollandaise sauce, hushpuppies, chicken and waffles, eggs in purgatory, funnel cake pancakes, and Louisiana BBQ shrimp eggs benedict.

6. Prune

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Prune may be tiny, but the food packs a mighty punch. The brunch menu includes dishes like steak and eggs, spicy stewed chickpeas, a toasted caraway seed and sour cream omelette, and fresh soft ricotta with raspberries, figs, toasted pine nuts, and honey. Did we forget to mention the long list of specialty Bloody Marys? The ‘Chicago Matchbox’ Bloody Mary is made with homemade lemon vodka, pickled brussels sprouts, baby white turnips, caperberries, green beans, and radishes.  

5. Jack’s Wife Freda

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You’ve probably seen snapshots of the popular dishes at Jack’s Wife Freda all over Instagram. The food is as photogenic as it is delicious, making this one of the best brunch spots in New York City. The menu includes rosewater waffles, poached eggs with grilled tomato and haloumi, Greek salad, house cured duck bacon, mustard seed crusted tofu with spaghetti squash, a grilled eggplant baguette, and flourless chipotle chocolate cake.

4. Distilled

Distilled has redefined upscale gastropub fare in NYC. Their brunch menu includes French toast waffles, a grass-fed burger, a carrot and kale salad, crispy brussels sprouts with candied peanuts, biscuits and gravy, and St. Louis cut ribs with jalapeno, cilantro, and a mustard glaze. Try ‘The Morning Bell’ off of the drink menu, made with cold press coffee, unaged whiskey, amaretto, maraschino, and angostura cream.

3. Lido

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The bottomless mimosas will draw you into restaurant Lido, but the amazing food will keep you there. You can go any time of day to enjoy a meal, but the brunch menu really stands out. Dishes like braised short rib hash with poached eggs, a shrimp, asparagus, and goat cheese omelette, blueberry pancakes, steamed mussels, gnocchi with truffle butter, and a grilled organic chicken panini.

2. The Fat Radish

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Rustic yet stylish décor, farm fresh food, and famous guests; no wonder The Fat Radish is so popular amongst NYC locals and tourists alike. To name a few dishes off of the restaurant’s beloved brunch menu; warm banana bread, celery root potpie, market squash frittata, truffled duck fat chips, fresh squeezed juices, and applewood bacon. This is definitely considered one of the best brunch spots in New York City.

1. The Butcher’s Daughter

The vegetarian food movement is still in full swing, thanks to places like The Butcher’s Daughter. If you’re looking for a healthier option the next time you’re out for brunch, check out this hip hotspot. The bright and beautiful indoor décor is only amplified by colourful dishes like tacos verdes, smashed avocado toast benedict, spicy kale caesar salad with tempeh, and soaked organic muesli.


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