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 fall -- a season that seems to do anything but linger. Leaves are changing, leather jackets are finally appropriate, and booths have yet to crowd with winter coats. There’s reason to celebrate: You’re drinking a hot beverage! It is socially acceptable to consume pumpkin! Whiskey is appropriate before noon! Toast to the crisp air, and settle in for some autumnal midmorning dining. These are the best places in NYC for brunch this fall.