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Best Brunch Spots in NYC in 2016

May 26th, 2016

Brunch in New York City

What’s a real New Yorker’s favorite meal of the day? Brunch, of course! Whether you’re a native Gothamite or you’re heading into town for an unforgettable weekend, here are the best — and hottest — places to have brunch in NYC. Make a late reservation, and don’t forget that rule about the hair of the dog — because the best brunch restaurants in NYC make killer cocktails.


Take a pass on Noho’s Lafayette and head north to Cosme instead, where you’ll find inventive, satisfying and delicious Mexican foods and outstanding cocktails. Cosme is one of the hottest tickets in town, but getting a reservation is a bit easier for brunch, according to If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of a celeb nursing a hangover with a Bloody Maria — a not-to-be-missed bevvie.

Blind Pig

The gastropub phenomenon is still smoking hot, but as native New Yorkers know, getting into one is almost impossible. Blind Pig, once one of the toughest rezzies in town, has a $25 brunch that includes an entrée and bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys for two hours! Cheers to day drinking at this can’t-miss spot in the East Village. When you’re done, take a brisk stroll and check out the neighborhood’s boutiques and museums.

Casimir & Co.

Everybody loves downtown, but Manhattan is BIG. And that means if you’re camped out at The Mark on the UES, then you don’t want to take an hour or more to get to the latest downtown brunch spot. Head instead to Casimir & Co, home of the quietly excellent brunch in the unassailable neighborhood at 73rd St. & Lexington Ave. Poached eggs? Check. Cheese board? Check. Fresh bread? Check, check. Find your own best-kept secret, and leave the downtown crowds behind.

BLVD Bistro

When comfort food — and only comfort food — will do, head north to BLVD Bistro. Home to fluffy, buttery biscuits, outstanding fried chicken, and mac and cheese — don’t forget the bacon — BLVD is Malcolm X Boulevard’s answer to the snootier eats farther south. And let’s face it, on some Sunday afternoons, there isn’t anything like a food coma to see you through the weekend.


So far, our picks have focused on Manhattan, what most consider THE borough in the City. But those in the know understand the cool crowd left the world’s favorite grid long ago in favor of Brooklyn, the edgy borough to the east and the undisputed hipster capital of the world. There are dozens of hot brunch spots in Brooklyn, but if you want the real-deal outer borough vibe, check out Rye. Rye serves incredible homemade biscuits and delicious eggs benedict with pork belly that must be tried to be believed. And with the casually cool look and feel, you’ll see why Brooklyn is where many in-the-know visitors choose to go.

Blue Water Grill

If you’re looking for a classic brunch spot that’s not too hard to find and not too difficult to get a reservation — yet still serves reliably excellent food in an unmistakably New York setting — head to Blue Water Grill. Have a drink at the copper-coated bar, then ask for a seat by the window, or on the patio if the weather cooperates. Get the seafood tower and a bottle of Champagne, and laugh the afternoon away. Sunday features music, and you can walk around beautiful Union Square afterward.

What’s not to like?