If you love food as much as I do, living in New York City will make you a huge foodie and at times overwhelm you with too many options to choose from. One of my favorite things to do on the weekend is have an amazing brunch, visit a museum with a new exhibit, and cook an amazing meal for dinner that evening. I know….lots of food. Because of all the amazing food we have at our disposal, I’ve put together my favorite spots for brunch. Whether you’re visiting or a local this list is for you (I’ll continue to update this as I find new spots)!
One of my all-time favorites. The best lox I’ve ever had and the bagels are delicious (they are also made in the same facility). I love that they bring your fish on a tower which makes it even more fun to eat (and take that insta pic). If you aren’t into smoked fish do not worry, this spot also has eggs, salads, French toast (coined by some as some of the best in NYC), and much more. Some of my favorite items include their house salmon, white fish salad, salt and pepper bagels (I can easily eat three of them), and their bloody marys. Fun fact: This restaurant is by Major Food Group which also manages Carbone, Dirty French, and THE GRILL. Love them all. THE GRILL I recommend for a cocktail at their bar, it’s breathtaking (food is very expensive and was not a favorite of mine).
This needs no introduction, I’m sure you have heard or have tried their macaroons. If you want a whimsical experience and a feeling you’re in Paris this is your spot. What I love about it is that you can have your tea and all that comes with tea time, but you can also have more filling food like sandwiches and steak. My favorites include the French omelet with fries, their tea blends are spot on, steak frites, and but the steak frites is pretty good too.
L’Avenue [Midtown East @ Saks]
I first learned about L’Avenue in Paris a few years ago (the spot has attracted celebs such as Beyonce and Kim Kardashian) and had my doubts about the NYC location. However, after attending for drinks and food several times it makes the list of favorite brunch spots. This place is pricey but certainly worth it for a special occasion.
The menu has been well curated having something for everyone, whether you are trying to eat healthy or not. Note that the options are more lunch than breakfast. Some of my favorites include: Tuna tartare, ceviche, sea bass, curry chicken, and foie gras.
The decor is beyond stunning. Decorated by Philippe Starck (ghost chairs anyone?), it has two floors. One for dining which is bright and airy, and the other resembling a chalet, making you forget you’re in NYC and instead out west like Aspen.
A busy place but worth it. The menu includes classic options such as omelettes and French toast but you can also order ceviche and sushi rolls. If you want to start with something light like raw fish and then dig into a delicious breakfast option it’s a great spot. I know it may sound weird but it’s actually really good to get their crispy tuna before an omelet, I promise. In the summer the upstairs has outdoor seating and on a nice day it’s the perfect way to spend your morning before a walk on the highline.
By the globally-acclaimed Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, this place is elegant and delicious. Perfect for an Upper East Side day of museum hopping (The Frick and The Met are my favs) or shopping on Madison Ave. You will find all the traditional breakfast items, pizzas, raw fish, and pasta. I really enjoy their club sandwich, crispy sushi, and pepperoni pizza. Fun fact: This hotel is where Meghan Markle had her baby shower at one of their suites J.
Bar Sardine [West Village]
Hands down one of my favorite burgers. It’s a small spot but a favorite among many and in one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in NYC. When I go I always feel like I’m having a Sex and The City moment, definitely somewhere Carrie would go to. The menu is slightly different than what you would find for brunch, and not too long, but everything is delicious. Order the burger and one of their daily specials (always good).
The Ginger Man [Midtown East]
This is where my husband and I met 11 years ago, so of course it needs to make it on to this list! It’s known for having many beers on tap and although their food selection is limited it’s pretty good. I love their parmesan soft pretzel and their Ginger Man club.
This is it for now, let me know if you have tried any of these spots or you recommend new ones. I am always searching for new favorite places.