Brunch in NYC is alternately loved and loathed. Some folks deride its pricey dishes, some scoff at day drinking, and others call it amateur hour. Who knew pancakes could be so polarizing? But ya still gotta eat, and brunch splits the difference between sweet, rich breakfast items and savory, fortifying lunch fare. Call it what you wish: Brunch is a mid-morning (or afternoon) meal teeming with opportunity.
Since I first embarked on this oft-boozy journey over a year ago, I’ve filled my weekends with dozens of eggsellent meals in the hopes of uncovering as many distinctly amazing brunch spots as there are distinctly amazing neighborhoods in the city -- all for you, dear reader (someone has to make the sacrifice!).
Along the way I’ve learned that when you find that perfect spot, whether it’s in your own neighborhood, or the one you wished you lived in, something magical happens. Every weekend suddenly has the potential to be a little vacation, one Benedict or bacon Bloody Mary at a time. Sojourn your own getaway at the best brunch spots in 51 NYC neighborhoods.