Brunch skeptics have their place in the world, but here in New York, the cutesy breakfast/lunch mash-up is as much a religion as it is a tradition. Brunch appears to have been first proposed in 1895 as a lighter alternative to massive post-church lunchtime affairs. It “sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week,” its inventor presciently posited. And in the intervening 123 years, brunch has become the very midday extravaganza it was created to stymie. A satisfying brunch experience marries your crew to unlimited booze, and church is... your call.
A meal made for lingering, brunch is especially intoxicating during the cold winter months -- when you need to indulge early because it gets dark before dinner. The big coats are out, fashionable footwear is replaced by utilitarian boots, and we’re weeks away from sustained sunshine. But at brunch, there’s still reason to celebrate: It is socially acceptable to start drinking before noon! Toast to the frosty air and settle in at the the best places for brunch in NYC this winter.