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10 new NYC brunches you need to try

Andrew Zimmer Published On 11/04/2014 Published On 11/04/2014
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Trattoria Il Mulino

You're definitely waking up before 10am this Sunday. But if, by some totally unlikely chance, you don't do that, do one of these instead: 10 awesome new NYC brunches, ensuring that you're even more paralyzed by choices than you already were. Just pick one and don’t look back.

Zachary Lynd

Upsider

Midtown East
This recently opened modern American eatery is hitting your early-afternoon brunching sweet spot with goods like avocado toast, eggs Benedict, buttermilk fried chicken (which is totally a breakfast/lunch food if you want it to be, shut up), and a 28-day dry-aged beef with raclette, avocado, and egg.

Trattoria il Mulino

Trattoria Il Mulino

Flatiron
Meatball Benedicts, Hangover Pizzas, and burrata french toasts: all things you can now eat (along with a Margherita pizza-inspired Bloody w/ grappa and San Marzano tomatoes) at this beauty of a trattoria spinoff from Il Mulino proper.

Zandy Mangold

White Street

Tribeca
Floyd Cardoz’s glamorous new spot is now doing brunch, too, and doing it super well, with options like a Hangtown Fry omelette with bacon, caramelized onions, and crispy oysters; fried chicken wings with maple butter & a fried egg; and a Mangalitsa pork burger on a brioche bun with kimchi slaw and a fried egg.

Andrew Zimmer

Park Avenue Autumn

Murray Hill
Yes, they’ve got In-N-Out-style burgers for lunch, which is awesome, but their brunch is worthy of a switch-up -- cinnamon monkey rolls, breakfast sausage from The Meat Hook, breakfast risotto with English muffin croutons, a blend-your-own Bellini bar, and a few Bloody options, including the Autumn Smoked Mary topped with Aecht Schlenkerla smoked beer.

Blenheim

Blenheim

West Village
Despite experiencing a few hiccups after opening, this fine farm-to-table dining spot is playing up brunch goodness like short rib hash w/ two sunny-side-up eggs, French toast with vanilla-roasted figs, and a version of the chef’s Grandpa’s sausage patties.

Barchetta

Barchetta

Chelsea
Check this out: the seafood-centric spot from John Meadow and Dave Pasternack is doing clam-topped Bloodys, a burger, a lobster roll, and a baguette pumpkin French toast with apple-raisin compote and maple syrup.

Maman

Maman

Soho
With a Michelin-starred chef at the helm, this small cafe is impressing with small plates and baked goods, including a croque madame with ham, Comté & Béchamel on homemade bread; quiche done with roasted red peppers and eggplant; and tartinettes topped with goat cheese, honey-grilled peaches, and prosciutto.

Petaluma

Petaluma

Upper East Side
This re-launched UES-er is now pumping up your brunch with a Petaluma Scramble that's loaded with braised short rib, breakfast carbonara made w/ udon, bacon & eggs, and a peach pizza.

David Burke fabrick

David Burke fabrick

Midtown West
Are you looking for a new place to get a Bloody Mary with lobster in it? Here’s your spot. Bonus: the Angry Lobster Bloody Mary with chipotle vodka, Halo del Santo Fiery Chile salt rim, and poached lobster goes great with their French toast nuggets or South American breakfast with crispy pork belly, arepas, poached egg, and sweet plantains.

GG's

GG’s

East Village
This popular East Village tavern, from the guys behind crazy (and crazy-awesome) ice cream spot Morgenstern’s, has pointed its pizza-making game towards brunch and come up with pies like the La Prima, with Italian breakfast sausage, egg, and mozzarella, to go along with breakfast sandwiches, a pan-seared burger with "secret" sauce, and spoon bread.

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Andrew Zimmer is Thrillist’s NYC Editor and he agrees that a good brunch is a great way to start your day. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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1. The Upsider 1004 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022 (Midtown East)

With a large quartz bar, bright-blue accents, leather bar stools, and plenty of light, this ‘60s-inspired bar is Instagram gold. On weekdays it caters to an after-work crowd and there's a 40-seat street patio for weekend brunch. With top-notch American fare and a selection of reasonably-priced bar snacks, it's a great place to take your cocktails to a table and settle in for a while.

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2. Trattoria Il Mulino 36 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003 (Flatiron)

Trattoria Il Mulino brings upscale Italian cuisine to the Flatiron district. This more affordable spinoff from Il Mulino is a winner at brunch time: meatball Benedicts, Hangover Pizzas, and Burrata French Toasts await your sleepy Sunday morning taste buds.

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3. White Street 221 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013 (Tribeca)

White Street dishes out American cuisine, for steep prices, in TriBeCa. This glamorous spot from Floyd Cardoz also does brunch, with options like a hang town fry omelette (with bacon, caramelized onions, and crispy oysters), fried chicken wings (with maple butter & a fried egg), and a Mangalitsa pork burger on a brioche bun (with kimchi slaw and a fried egg).

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4. Park Avenue Autumn/Winter/Spring/Summer 360 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10010 (Murray Hill)

No two dining experiences at Park Avenue are ever alike, because the menu and interior change with every season. Locals enjoy stopping by throughout the year to taste inspiring new breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch dishes in a redesigned space, but the main draw is the California-style burger (served two to an order!), which is thankfully available all year.

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5. Blenheim 283 W 12th St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

We can't tell you exactly what to order at this 45-seat restaurant, named for the owners' farm, because the menu changes daily depending on what is produced on said farm. One day that might mean lamb with roasted spinach and mentholated yogurt, and another it might be Guinea hen with steamed lettuce and hazelnuts. Our solution: go for the five-course tasting menu.

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6. Barchetta 461 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011 (Chelsea)

Barchetta means "little boat", appropriate for this Italian spot bringing super-fresh, local seafood to Chelsea -- they're known for their crudo plates, of which there are 11 on the menu.

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7. Maman 239 Centre St, New York, NY 10013 (Soho)

With a Michelin-starred chef at the helm, this small cafe is impressing with small plates and baked goods including a Croque Madam with ham, comte, & béchamel on homemade bread, quiche done with roasted red peppers and eggplant, and tartinettes topped with goat cheese, honey grilled peaches, and prosciutto.

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8. Petaluma 1356 1st Ave, New York, NY 10021 (Upper East Side)

This re-launched UES-er is pumping up your weekend brunch with a Petaluma Scramble that's loaded with braised short rib, breakfast carbonara made w/ udon, bacon & eggs, and a peach pizza. The rest of the week you're gonna want to make sure you get your hands (and mouth) on their meatballs and house-made ricotta.

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9. David Burke fabrick 45 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018 (Midtown West)

Another notch in David Burke’s culinary belt lives on the first floor of the Garment District’s Archer Hotel, where the chef delivers his trademark interpretations of familiar foods. You can expect small plates like candied slabs of bacon hung on a mini-clothesline (a crossover from his kitchen at the James Hotel), cauliflower steak as hearty and satisfying as any hunk of beef, and flatbread topped with pastrami-smoked-salmon that delivers the flavor profile of an everything bagel. The space, with pops of bright yellow in tufted sofas, a rainbow of modern art, and aggressively contemporary light fixtures, proves as playful as the menu.

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10. GG's 511 E 5th St, New York, NY 10009 (Alphabet City)

GG's has eats like half-baked lobsters; oven-baked pasta; a pan-seared burger with white cheddar and melted onions; and an arsenal of pizzas including the Capo the Great, loaded with littleneck, cockle, and razor clams, mozz, ricotta, mascarpone, mushrooms, garlic confit, and rosemary.

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