Food & Drink

NYC's 10 Hottest New Brunches

Published On 06/29/2015 Published On 06/29/2015
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It doesn't matter how long the wait times are, or how watered down the bottomless mimosas are (OK, it matters a little bit how watered down the bottomless mimosas are), or how many bad decisions all-you-can-drinking leads to, we’ll never stop loving brunch. Especially the hottest new brunches in NYC, so here's some of that.

(Oh, and if you make it through all 10 of these, you can always go back to our Ultimate 2015 NYC Brunch Guide.)

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Tijuana Picnic

Lower East Side
Deciding that excellent mezcal and tequila cocktails weren’t a restful enough place for their laurels, this bar has a brand-new brunch with Mexican/Chinese mash-up options like drowned eggs (poached eggs up to their yolks in cumin-tinged salsa, black beans, serrano chilies, onions, epazote, and Chinese sausage) and its version of French toast, which doesn’t sound very French at all with Mexican bolillo bread and Chinese five-spice powder topped with spicy agave syrup and dulce de leche.

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Porchlight

Chelsea
Pimento cheese is essentially a mixture of mayonnaise, peppers, and cheese and it’s ensorcelled many a Northerner with its tangy, creamy, Southern charms. Be one of those Northerners at the “Summer Sundays 'til Sundown,” an all-day brunch at Danny Meyer’s first standalone bar that'll be serving a sandwich filled with the “caviar of the South,” along with a Double Trouble Bison Burger and a different special each time (the first one was a Louisiana crawfish boil).
 

Clocktower

Flatiron
Jason Atherton and Stephen Starr's much talked-about spot is banging out winners for brunch like a full English breakfast loaded with herb and garlic sausage, bacon & black pudding, avocado toast with poached eggs, and a king crab thermidor sandwich on brioche.

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La Gamelle

East Village
When’s the last time you had a croque-monsieur or -madame? You should really make that a more regular thing here.
 

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Ivan Ramen

Lower East Side
Breakfast ramen sounds like something you may do on a particularly desperate Sunday morning, but it’s about 100x better coming from a professional rather than someone who spent the previous night texting “u out” to every one of their contacts. The new weekend brunch here features the aforementioned ramen -- a combination of whole-wheat noodles, cheddar broth, crispy bacon, and scallion omelet -- as well as buckwheat waffles with peaches and ginger syrup, Dough donuts filled with matcha cream and dark chocolate, and the LES bun piled with pastrami, karashi mayo, and daikon slaw.
 

Butter & Scotch

Crown Heights
The boozy-pie makers are baking the fuck out of some biscuits -- do them up with some deli-style scrambled eggs, thick-cut bacon, and sharp cheddar, pour some gravy over one, or go non-’scuit and take down a magic bun with croissant dough covered in orange five-spice caramel.

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Estela

Nolita
With what it thinks is a contender for one of the best breakfast sandwiches in the city, this second-floor Barack Obama hangout is doing a brunch that brings its innovative small plates to the late-morning crowd, including slab bacon, duck egg, and spicy marmalade or an omelet with fava beans and Gouda.

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Randolph Beer

Little Italy
Usually bottomless beer brunches don’t roll out the crafts, but this new one from the Randolph Group (actually available at all of their spots) does -- $35 gets you all the beer you want and eats like a fried chicken sandwich, pulled pork hash, and shrimp & grits. Also, “pants are optional.”

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Cherry Izakaya

Williamsburg
Another spot for breakfast ramen (this one’s doing it with tonkotsu broth, braised pork belly, and two poached eggs), this fusion-y, split-level Asian eatery is also a spot for pork belly Benedict, cornflake-crusted French toast, and a dry-aged bacon, egg, and cheeseburger.
 

Colonia Verde

Fort Greene
Not “new” exactly, but newly revitalized after being shuttered by a fire, this Brooklyn favorite is back with a brunch where you can sit out in the garden and eat pancakes “El Bizcocho” with Mexican chocolate syrup, cochinita chilaquiles topped with coffee-rubbed pulled pork, tomatillo salsa, and cotija cheese, and the Surf, Turf, and Some Eggs, which is exactly what it sounds like it is -- grilled skirt steak, half a langoustine, and two scrambled eggs.

Andrew Zimmer is Thrillist’s NYC editor and, hear him out here, what about a brunch restaurant that just serves tons of different kinds of pizza bagels? That would be awesome right?!? Follow him on InstagramTwitter, and Pinterest, that's right, Pinterest.

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1. Tijuana Picnic 151 Essex St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

From the team behind Acme and Indochine, Tijuana Picnic focuses on Asian-inflected Mexican eats, like galangal-marinated chicken tacos (w/ guacamole, scallion, and chicken chicharron) and family style pork chop, marinated in coconut milk and served with a Thai spice chimichurri.

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2. Porchlight 271 11th Ave, New York, NY 10001 (Chelsea)

We all know Danny Meyer strikes gold with restaurants, but Porchlight, a collaboration with his Blue Smoke partner Mark Maynard-Parisi, represents his foray into the world of bars. The spot has a classy Southern vibe, which means a typical order here includes a Whiskey & Cola (mellow corn whiskey, Fernet-Vallet, house-made cola syrup) and jalapeño cheddar cornbread. When the Sazerac becomes one too many, however, the indoor porch, complete with rocking chairs, comes to the rescue.

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3. The Clocktower 5 Madison Ave, New York City, NY 10010 (Flatiron)

Located within the EDITION hotel, this restaurant from Chef Jason Atherton and restaurateur Stephen Starr plates high-end British-American fare in a classically designed space. Diners can schmooze in one of three dining rooms decked with golden-framed vintage photos, with the opportunity for a pre- or post-meal game of pool at a purple-felt pool table. And about that meal: you'll be choosing from entrees as decadent as bone-in strip steaks and côte de boeuf.

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4. La Gamelle 241 Bowery, New York, NY 10002 (East Village)

In the space that once housed his Bowery Diner, and then the pop-up/prelude to this restaurant Chez Jef, Mathieu Palombino has now unleashed this French brasserie with all the goods you’d want in something like that, including pot au feu, steak frites, and duck confit with sweet garlic mashed potatoes, mushroom jus, and frisee. Okay, almost all the goods you'd want (sorry, frisee).

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5. Ivan Ramen 25 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

There’s so much more than noodles to be had at Ivan Orkin’s NYC flagship, especially at lunch when fusion sandwiches like the Herbie’s International (Chinese-style roast pork and Tokyo duck sauce on a toasted miso garlic hero) and pork meatballs make an appearance. But don’t get us wrong, there’s a reason “ramen” is the name of the game: noodle guru Ivan Orkin has fused his Long Island upbringing and Tokyo training with age-old ramen traditions to make original and delicious dishes right here at home. The weekend brunch features a combination of whole-wheat noodles, cheddar broth, crispy bacon and scallion omelet ramen.

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6. Butter & Scotch 818 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225 (Crown Heights)

Butter & Scotch is a genius dessert and cocktail bar in Crown Heights. The menu is split between drinks like crafty cocktails and boozy milkshakes, and desserts that range from ice cream sundaes to cakes and pies, including the signature s'mores pie made with graham cracker crust, thick chocolate ganache, and toasted marshmallow fluff. The spot's weekend brunch serves up breakfast cocktails that go beyond the basic Bloody Mary and biscuit-centric plates.

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7. Estela 47 E Houston St, New York, NY 10003 (Nolita)

From sommelier Thomas Carter, Chef Ignacio Mattos (formerly of Isa), and Mark Connell (Botanica), Estela is a tiny Houston St walk-up focusing on carefully constructed small plates like burrata with radishes, raw scallops with fennel, and beef tartare. Part-bar, part-restaurant, Estela is also known for a serious wine list.

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8. The Randolph at Broome 343 Broome St, New York, NY 10013 (Nolita)

With homey and wood-heavy decor (think bricks walls with wood accents, wooden keg chairs, worn-wood counters, etc.), this laid-back Nolita spot's serving the best of both worlds: quality hand-brewed coffee and espresso by day, and innovative East Coast-style cocktails by night. Want your coffee IN your cocktail? They do that, too. One of the best beer bars in BYC, the Randolph at Broome features more than 30 well-curated taps that rotate seasonally, as well as a reserve beer menu built from specialty and hard-to-find beers, making this a great spot for serious hop-heads, or casual beer drinkers. The dinner menu is everything you want from a beer bar -- from small plates like pork sliders, hummus, or calimari, to burgers, BBQ ribs, and more than a few salads. The Randolph is also open for brunch and -- get this -- serves breakfast till 4 p.m.

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9. Cherry Izakaya 138 N 8th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249 (Williamsburg)

Cherry Izakaya is a dual-level contemporary Japanese eatery near the Bedford L stop in Williamsburg with tempting eats like Suntory-glazed short ribs, chorizo-stuffed calamari, and traditional and unusual sushi dishes.

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10. Colonia Verde 219 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205 (Fort Greene)

Colonia Verde's the place to go when you're feeling especially carnivorous -- they've got Latin American-style buttermilk fried chicken, grilled steaks, and slow-braised pork shoulder.

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