Everyone knows that brunch is New York City’s favorite meal. I mean, who doesn’t love brunch?! From sweet to savory, there’s always something for everyone on the menu. Whether you’re visiting the Big Apple or you’re a regular Sunday brunch connoisseur, we’ve compiled a list of the top five NYC brunch spots that you’ll want to add to your culinary bucket list! What are you waiting for? Put on your best Sprezza tie and get to brunchin’!
If you’re looking for a healthier brunch alternative, Friedman’s is the place for you! This restaurant’s focus is on mindful eating and there is something on the menu for every dietary request, whether you’re a meat-eater, vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free! Friedman’s has five different locations in New York City, making it an easy trek from almost any neighborhood. We recommend the Nova benny, falafel burger, and the strawberry french toast!
2. Clinton Street Baking Company
People line up for these pancakes and for good reason, because [per New York Magazine] they were named the best pancakes in New York City! Clinton Street Baking Company dishes out classic American comfort food at its finest, all while using locally sourced ingredients and lots of love & butter! The atmosphere is warm and cozy, and the smells of fresh muffins, coffee, and fried chicken make Clinton Street Baking Company one of the most nostalgic brunch spots in the city.
February is “pancake month” at Clinton Street Baking Company, so you definitely don’t want to pass these up when brunching here. Other stand-out dishes are the buttermilk biscuit sandwich, Spanish scramble, and fried chicken and waffles.
With a mile-long list of market vegetables, Westville prides themselves on using high quality, fresh, and simple ingredients grown by local farmers. With an array of rotating daily specials, the market vegetable plate remains an all-time favorite for brunch OR dinner. The poached egg and kale salad, baked challah bread french toast, and smoky mac and cheese are the creme-de-la-creme of brunch foods. Also, don’t forget to get your caffeine kick with their mocha latte because you wouldn’t want to miss the beautiful animal-inspired latte art.
4. Jacob’s Pickles
I’m not going to hide it – I’ve waited over two hours for brunch at Jacob’s Pickles and I’m not ashamed of it. Honestly, it is SO worth the wait. Jacob’s Pickles, on the Upper West Side, serves the best southern comfort food in New York City. From the chicken biscuits and gravy to the cheese grits and fried green tomatoes, I’ve yet to find a disappointing item on the menu. I recommend going with a large group of friends so you can share a number of different dishes.
Don’t forget about their unique cocktails, either! My favorites are the spicy brine margarita and the rosemary vodka lemonade. Truly, everything on the menu is a winner!
5. The Smith
When I think about everything a New York City brunch should be, I think of The Smith. The Smith is serving up fresh modern American favorites while utilizing local ingredients. The delicious food, the upbeat atmosphere, and the buzzing energy are what makes The Smith a perfect brunch pick.
The Smith has four locations in New York City: The Smith East Village; The Smith Midtown; The Smith Lincoln Square; and The Smith NoMad. Some of our favorite dishes are the salted caramel pancakes with whipped ricotta, avocado toast, and the breakfast pot pie! The Smith also makes a mean cappuccino, but if you’re looking for something a little boozier, the passion punch cocktail is a must-try!
Let us know which of these brunch spots you’re most excited to try in the comments below!
Amber D. // The Guide