Best Brunch Spots in New York City

brunch.jpgBreakfast in New York City tends to be a grab-and-go affair, often acquired from curbside coffee carts, but weekend brunch offers a welcome respite: locals settle in with the Sunday Times; friends gather over Bloody Marys; and children express their artistic side by putting crayon to placemat. Is it any wonder this meal is such a New York institution? Start your New York weekend right at our favorite brunch spots.

Aquavit
Midtown East
Celebrity chef and co-owner Marcus Samuelsson may no longer be in the kitchen here, but you’d never know it from the impeccable cuisine and service at this fine-dining restaurant and upscale cafe . . . Read more

Balthazar
Nolita
Even with long waits and excruciating noise levels, most out-of-towners agree that it’s worth making reservations to experience restaurateur Keith McNally’s flagship, a painstakingly accurate reproduction of a Parisian brasserie. Like the decor, entrees recreate French classics . . . Read more

Bubby’s
TriBeCa
Crowds clamoring for coffee and fresh-squeezed orange juice line up for brunch at this TriBeCa mainstay, but the restaurant serves fine lunches and dinners as well. The dining room is homey and comfortable . . . Read more

Hundred Acres
Soho
The owners of Cookshop and Five Points have set up new digs on MacDougal Street. Their latest restaurant, Hundred Acres, has a rustic, country feel and offers simple yet sophisticated cooking . . . Read more

Sarabeth’s
Upper West Side
Lining up for brunch here is as much an Upper West Side tradition as taking a sunny Sunday afternoon stroll in nearby Riverside Park. Locals love the bric-a-brac-filled restaurant for sweet morning-time dishes like lemon ricotta pancakes . . . Read more

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