What do skorts and brunch have in common? They’re both portmanteaus, and they’re both scathingly divisive.
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 summer months. Wobbly tables and chairs get dragged back out onto city sidewalks, rooftops are retracted, and windows and doors are flung open in even the most stifling humidity. And you like it! With the sun in your face or the AC breeze in your hair, a quickly disappearing cocktail gathering condensation in your hand, summertime brunch in NYC is like a months-long reward we all get to share in after slogging through the hostage situation known as winter. These are the best places for brunch fun under the sun.