Where to Eat Brunch Right Now in NYC

From decadent Challah French Toast to greasy breakfast sandwiches, these spots are serving the best brunch in NYC.

Golden Diner
Golden Diner | Photo by Cole Saladino for Thrillist
Golden Diner | Photo by Cole Saladino for Thrillist

Thanks to chaotic crowds looking for bottomless options, Emo Brunch (yes, that’s a thing), and a bevy of overpriced, mediocre dishes, brunch has gotten a bad rep—but not in our city. Some of NYC’s best restaurants turn that notion on its head offering up expertly crafted avocado toast, egg dishes, and, more along with creative takes on the classic mimosa to sip on.

From shiny new openings to old standbys, no matter what neighborhood you call home, we’ve got the perfect brunch spots to add to your Saturday and Sunday repertoire after maximizing your weekend with can’t-miss events. In addition to classic local brunch spots like Ruby’s Cafe, Pastis, and Rosemary’s, here’s our list of 24 restaurants serving some of the best brunch in NYC.

Agi’s Counter

Crown Heights
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This new Crown Heights destination for Jewish and Eastern European cuisine has stand-out breakfast, lunch, and pastry shop offerings. Led by chef Jeremy Salamon, the menu features dishes like Pogacsa, a Hungarian cheese biscuit topped with a fried egg, dill, and alpine cheddar; and a Tuna Melt with pickled peppers. The Country Club Plate offers a sampling of cured salmon, chicken liver mousse, deviled eggs, and more for a full taste of all that Agi’s Counter has to offer.

Available for Reservations

Breakfast by Salt's Cure

West Village
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For those who insist on kicking off brunch with an order of pancakes for the table, this popular Los Angeles spot’s first NYC outpost is a must-visit. The simple menu at Breakfast by Salt’s Cure is centered around its signature item: Oatmeal Griddle Cakes. The thin pancakes are slightly crisp around the edges and are designed to eat without maple syrup. Choose from flavors like the OG with toasted cinnamon sugar; Banana Nut with toasted walnuts; and Blueberry with flax seed crumble. For sides, tack on options like Eggs offered sunny-side-up or flipped: Sausage Patties in chicken, pork, or chickpea; and Home Fries with slow n’ low ketchup to complete your meal.

SONA

Flatiron District
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This lavish Indian fine-dining restaurant has an exceptional brunch menu that allows guests to sample the restaurant’s stand-out dishes. SONA offers several egg entrees that are exclusively available during weekend brunch like Egg and Cheese Dosas; a Breakfast Bowl with spiced bacon-onion chutney; and a Bacon or Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Maska Bun. On the sweet side, the menu offers Baked Pancakes with pineapple jam, coconut cream, and lime or Coconut Waffles with cardamom jaggery butter and caramelized bananas. Brunch cocktails like a Guava Mimosa or the signature Bloody Mary with madras curry mix, celery, and your choice of vodka or gin also showcase traditional Indian ingredients. Standard brunch is available on Sunday, but those looking for a party can hit up the restaurant's Drag Brunch hosted by Rify Royalty on Saturdays.

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Carne Mare

Seaport District
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This swanky steakhouse isn’t just for grand dinners on the waterfront. Carne Mare recently introduced a brunch service featuring dishes like a Soft Scramble Crostino with prosciutto, Pane al Latte French Toast, and a perfect plate of Steak & Eggs. Many dishes have the same decadent quality New Yorkers have come to expect from this Italian chophouse considered as one of the best restaurants in town, so guests can top their Chop House Benedict with ossetra caviar or finish off the meal with a slice of 17-Layer Chocolate Cake. Plus, get some of the dinnertime favorites from Andrew Carmellini’s menu like the House Wedgini salad or 12-ounce Gorgonzola-Cured Wagyu Striploin at brunch as well. 

Available for Reservations

Harlem Public

Washington Heights
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With a flagship location in Harlem plus a new outpost in Washington Heights’ Northend Food Hall, Harlem Public is expanding its reach and drawing in a slew of brunch lovers. The casual neighborhood eatery’s brunch menu is divided up into two sections. Under “Use Those Hands,” you’ll find towering breakfast sandwiches like the Breakfast BLT and the Chicken and Waffle Sando served between two Belgian waffles. For menu section number two dubbed “Fork and Knife Action,” choose from traditional dishes like the Breakfast Poutine with cheese curds and sunny-side up eggs; and the Garbage Plate piled with beef, shredded cheddar, sausage gravy, fried eggs, and tots.

Bubby's
Bubby's | Photo by Cole Saladino for Thrillist

Bubby's

Tribeca
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Known as a comfort food stalwart, a visit to Bubby’s is welcome any time of day—but brunch is when this Tribeca restaurant really shines. You’ll know you’re there when you spot the line stretching down Hudson Street, but the wait is well worth it for classic diner breakfast dishes like a Turkey B.A.L.T. and Huevos Rancheros. On the sweet side, Bubby’s pancakes are top notch and come in the James Beard variety, which are light and fluffy, or 1890 Sourdough, which come thin and chewy. Both options can be topped with Blueberry Compote, Caramelized Bananas and Toasted Walnuts, or other toppings. Even better, you can order the Pancake Flight and try all of the options.

Chez Ma Tante

Williamsburg
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Home to some of NYC’s most famous pancakes, Chez Ma Tante has been a brunch staple since it opened in 2017. But beyond the thick, fluffy pancakes with a crispy exterior, this brunch spot has so much more to offer. On the savory side, classic European dishes like Country Pâté are available to start, and entrees like Sausage Toulouse with lentils and the Ham Sandwich topped with English cheddar and Branston pickle make up the bulk of the menu.

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This 32-seat mom-and-pop restaurant on the Lower East Side has achieved icon status, expanding to additional locations from DUMBO to Dubai. Clinton Street’s cozy space offers savory dishes like a Latke Eggs Benedict; Buttermilk Biscuit Sandwich; and a classic Southern Breakfast with sugar-cured bacon, cheese grits, and fried green tomatoes. But the star attraction are the Pancakes served with warm maple butter. Keep it simple or choose from toppings like blueberries, bananas and walnuts, or chocolate chunks—no matter what you decide on, you’ll quickly understand why these flapjacks have a loyal following. 

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Clover Hill
Clover Hill | Photo by Ezra Pollard

Clover Hill

Brooklyn Heights
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This recently reopened spot from a trio of Eleven Madison Park alums brings upscale yet approachable all-day fare to Brooklyn Heights. At Clover Hill, the same menu is available from 9 am to 3 pm daily, and the options include breakfast picks like a classic French Omelette and Croque Fromage to heartier dishes for mid-day like Smoked Steelhead Trout and Short Rib Cannelloni.

Available for Reservations
Miss Lily's 7A
Miss Lily's | Miss Lily's

Miss Lily's 7A

East Village
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When the weekend rolls around, you can expect to see the masses lining up for Miss Lily’s Caribbean brunch. With chef Kahari Woolcock helming the kitchen, explore signature dishes like the Jamaican Breakfast with ackee, saltfish, festival dumplings, and steamed greens; or the Jerk Chicken Roti with rice, peas, shaved cabbage, and Trinidadian flatbread. For smaller bites, try the Jerk Corn with jerk mayo and toasted coconut; Cod Fish Fritters; or Hot Pepper Shrimp in a fiery scotch bonnet sauce. Pull up on a Sunday for the bottomless brunch, which gives customers an hour of bottomless drinks—like the pineapple and peach bellini or the orange rum punch—for $25 with the purchase of an entree.

Available for Reservations

Nat's on Bank

West Village
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This neighborhood spot by Natalie Freihon (formerly of The Fat Radish) screams fun. From colorful mid-century modern furniture and art with pops of color in the dining room to a vibrant mural and disco ball hanging in the bathroom, Nat’s on Bank is the perfect place to get a group together for a celebratory brunch—and the menu seems designed with that plan in mind. Extensive raw bar offerings (including lofty towers that the restaurant named “Baller Shot Caller Towers”); the Soft Scramble with an option to add caviar; and Foie Gras Parfait are available for a decadent meal, alongside more classic brunch options like the Fried Chicken Sandwich or Poached Eggs with butter beans, kale, and feta. On the drinks side, all the classic brunch cocktails are available alongside special magnum bottles of wine to really get the party started.

Available for Reservations

Sunday In Brooklyn

Multiple locations
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This perennial brunch favorite recently opened a second pop-up location in the Seaport District, stretching its brunch influence into Manhattan for the first time. From savory dishes like Smoked Salmon Toast and a Cheddar Scramble with home fries to the famous Sunday Pancakes with Hazelnut Maple Praline and Brown Butter, Sunday in Brooklyn has everything you could want from a midday meal.

Available for Reservations
Veselka
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Veselka

East Village
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This Ukrainian coffee shop and eatery is one of the East Village’s most iconic culinary institutions. Located on a stretch that’s also known as Little Ukraine, its name translates to “rainbow” and has served the community for more than 60 years. Whether you visit for late-night Pierogies and Borscht or recap the night before over brunch, the popular restaurant is a true destination. In addition to the eatery’s famous Pierogies, brunch brings Salmon and Latkes Eggs Benedicts and Blintzes with toppings that change with the season to complement your mimosa.

Yellow Rose
Yellow Rose | Photo by Cole Saladino for Thrillist

Yellow Rose

East Village
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If you’re seeking an epic spread of breakfast tacos, look no further than Yellow Rose. The humble Tex-Mex spot by Krystiana and Dave Rizo gained a loyal fanbase for simple Bean and Cheese Tacos, Vegan Chips and Queso, and Texas Sheet Cake on the dinner menu, but it also draws crowds for brunch. Breakfast tacos on fresh flour tortillas with egg and house mesquite-smoked bacon and other fillings make up the menu’s staples, but stop by early to get your hands on the shop’s Buttermilk Brioche Donuts, which often sell out.

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Once a beloved bagel pop-up that would sell out daily, this neighborhood favorite just unveiled a full-service concept that’s perfect for brunch. At the new Edith’s Eatery & Grocer, order the Smoked Fish Plate with owner Elyssa Heller’s lauded hand-twisted bagels; a pan-seared Malawach flatbread with grated tomato, house-made bay leaf oil, and zhug sauce for dipping; and Chicken Schnitzel with cornbread, serrano relish, and harissa honey. On your way out the door, stop into the grocery portion of the shop to stock up on pantry staples and baked goods.

Available for Reservations

For All Things Good

Multiple locations
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With two NYC locations found in Bed-Stuy and Williamsburg, For All Things Good is a destination for fresh masa and tortillas. Quesadillas, memelas, tlacoyos, and other favorites shine on the casual spot’s all-day menu, but the brunch menu also features must-try dishes that utilize the shop’s handmade tortillas (which, by the way, are available to take home). Already a breakfast classic, the Chilaquiles are top notch, and the shop also offers an Avocado and Egg Memela; a Breakfast Tlayudita with egg, avocado, Oaxacan cheese, refried black bean spread, and chili oil; and more. Most of the dishes on the all-day menu and the entirety of the brunch offerings are vegetarian, so this spot is also a win for plant-forward eaters.

Golden Diner
Golden Diner | Photo by Cole Saladino for Thrillist

Golden Diner

Chinatown
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At this spot from chef Sam Yoo, nostalgic diner classics and renditions inspired by its Chinatown neighborhood are served up in a picturesque location below the Manhattan Bridge. The brunch menu features signature items like the Chinatown Egg and Cheese Sando; Honey Butter Pancakes; and Homemade Granola & Yogurt with pumpkin seeds and orange zest. Korean-inspired drinks include a Soju Bloody Mary and Makgeolli Horchata (with Korean rice wine and a housemade horchata blend).

Available for Reservations
Kimika
Photo by Evan Sung

Kimika

Nolita
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Well-executed dishes that fuse Japanese and Italian fare are the focus at Kimika, a Nolita restaurant led by executive chef Christine Lau. Bringing more than 15 years of industry experience, Lau’s menu has captivated New Yorkers with a delicious approach to an oft-attempted cuisine hybrid. Brunch options include the Baked Eggs with sweet italian sausage and spicy cabbage; Veggie Tamagoyaki Frittata Sandwich; and Matcha Mochi French Toast with citron syrup available alongside a menu of signature Pizzette Frittes and pastas.

Available for Delivery/Takeout
Kokomo
Photo courtesy of Kokomo

Kokomo

Williamsburg
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Wife-and-husband duo Ria and Kevol Graham created a tropical paradise of sorts near the Williamsburg waterfront with Kokomo. With a focus on Pan-Caribbean flavors, the spot’s bright energy and vibrant menu items make weekends shine even brighter with a dedicated brunch menu. Go for Koko’s Chicken and Waffle with housemade syrup and coconut whipped cream; Sweet Plantain Pancakes with tropical fruit; Callaloo Egg Frittata with home fries; and the Jerkmi Burger made with grass-fed beef, fried onions, bacon, and jerk mayo. Pair dishes with cocktails like a Jungle Bird, Special Good Juice Rum Punch, or even a Caribbean Rum Flight. On Fridays, the eatery offers a bottomless option for $55 that covers one entree and mimosas, and on Sundays, enjoy live entertainment in the restaurant’s tropical-themed outdoor patio.

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Le Crocodile
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Le Crocodile

Williamsburg
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This highly acclaimed Williamsburg brasserie (from the same team behind nearby Chez Ma Tante) is a brunch staple. At Le Crocodile, chefs Jake Leiber and Aidan O’Neal serve French fare inspired by their favorite haunts in both Paris and NYC with dishes like the Croque Monsieur, Eggs Florentine, and Waffles with rhubarb and zabaione. Finish it off with desserts like Sticky Banana Date Pudding, Tarte au Citron, and Crème Brûlée.

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With more than 25 years of experience in the NYC hospitality world, Leland Eating & Drinking House is industry veteran Randi Lee’s (Del Posto, Ruschmeyer’s in Montauk) first independent project. Located in Prospect Heights, the menu’s Mediterranean-inspired cuisine by chef Delfin Jaranilla (Fedora, Quality Eats) features nose-to-tail butchery and seasonal ingredients from local farms. For brunch, choose from dishes like the Babka French Toast with chocolate and coffee creme fraiche whipped cream; Sausage + Egg + Cheese on a Hawaiian Roll; and Eggs “Fra Diavolo” with sourdough.

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Mark’s Off Madison is a culmination of more than 30 years in the NYC food world for Queens-born chef, Mark Strausman. With past experience at legendary eatery, Freds at Barneys New York, and Italian spot, Campagna, Strausman’s first namesake restaurant focuses on quintessential NYC dishes of Italian, Jewish, and European roots made with sophistication. The eatery’s brunch menu can vary, but typical dishes include Mark’s Salmon Challah Benedict with two poached eggs and smoked salmon with cayenne hollandaise; Prime Rib Hash with fried eggs; plus the eatery’s signature dishes like Estelle’s Chicken Soup and Classic Chopped Chicken Salad are also available to order all day long.

Available for Delivery/Takeout
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Ursula
Photo courtesy of Ursula

Ursula

Crown Heights
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Pastry chef Eric See’s Crown Heights cafe and bakery, Ursula, has become a Brooklyn favorite known for its New Mexican-inspired menu. For many New Yorkers, morning weekend plans now include rushing to the fast-casual eatery before noon to snag a highly coveted breakfast burrito. Choose from four varieties—Chorizo, Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, or Vegan Pinto Beans—all of which are made with hash browns and include green and/or red New Mexican chile. Additional menu items include Brioche Egg Sandwich or a variety of baked goods including Blood Orange Almond Pastelito, Brioche Donuts, Tres Leches Cake, Earl Grey Lemon Load, and more.

Available for Delivery/Takeout
Win Son
Photo courtesy of Win Son

Win Son

East Williamsburg
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Since hitting the food scene with its Taiwanese-American offerings in 2016, the popular East Williamsburg corner location of Win Son has since gained a bakery (with signature donuts, desserts, and savory snacks) across the street. But at the original restaurant that’s open for dinner and brunch service, diners can revel in a daytime meal on Saturdays and Sundays through a dedicated brunch menu. Choose from items like Big Chicken & Waffles with pan gravy and a sesame waffle; Lu Rou Fan with minced heritage pork belly and two sunny side up eggs; and Sesame Noodles with oyster mushrooms, snow pea leaves, and peanuts. Small plates include Tián Dou Jiang with sweet house-made soy milk and you tiao; and the Hualien Egg Bomb with chili sauce and herbs.

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Liz Provencher is an associate editor at Thrillist. You can follow her on Twitter or see what she eats on Instagram.