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1. Cafe Mogador 101 Saint Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009 (East Village)

This casual, family-owned Moroccan/Mediterranean cafe is perpetually packed on the weekends with the East Village brunch crowd, but it's seriously worth the wait. Since 1987, Cafe Mogador has offered a number of traditional menu items -- such as lamb tagine with a spicy green chermoula sauce and couscous -- alongside elegant cocktails and an impressive wine list.

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2. Jeffrey's Grocery 172 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

Jeffrey’s Grocery is a seafood-centric West Village restaurant known for its a) oyster bar and b) brunch. Fish makes its way into most of the dishes, like the poached shrimp omelette and fried clam roll on the brunch menu, and the lobster spaghetti at dinner. There are plenty of turf options too, like the raclette burger.

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3. Clinton St. Baking Co. & Restaurant 4 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

What began as a wholesale bakery is now an all-day restaurant with a rolodex of accolades for its pancakes and a brunch scene that never tires. It's hard to say what makes the pancakes here so good, but it's likely a combination of the texture -- light and fluffy on the inside, crispy and golden on the outside -- and the warm maple butter that puts syrup to shame. Weekend mornings are known to have hour-long waits, so your best bet is to show up a half-hour before the first seating at 9am, or stop by to put your name down about an hour before you want to be seated. You'll get a text 10 minutes before your table is ready. If all else fails, you can order the pancakes (and other house signatures like brioche French toast and buttermilk fried chicken) at Clinton St.'s dinner service.

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4. Buvette 42 Grove St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

This charming West Village spot (with a second location in Paris’ 9th arrondissement) offers a number of classic dishes like croque-monsieur and coq au vin alongside some great French wines, but its known primarily for its standout brunch -- namely, espresso wand-steamed scrambled eggs topped with prosciutto and shaved Parmesan.

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5. Edi & The Wolf 102 Ave C, New York, NY 10009 (Lower East Side)

The barn-style interior of Edi & The Wolf captures the causal feel of an Austrian wine-tavern. With its quirky, industrial-chic secret patio and a menu of braised short ribs, wiener schnitzel, and goat cheese ravioli, this Lower East Side joint is unlike any other. Try the Austrian cinnamon sugar-caramelized pancake bites with grapefruit, or get a four-course prix fixe with options like English pea dip (with flatbread crisps and ricotta salata), roasted lamb (with mint jus and potatoes).

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6. Prune 54 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

Warning: you're going to be a bit cramped. Prune's turned into one of the most influential restaurants with food like Spatchcocked Pigeon and Roasted Marrow Bones. Don't miss brunch here either because the Bloody Marys rock. From classic to Chicago Matchbox, they've got every flavor you've ever wanted.

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7. The Wayland 700 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009 (Alphabet City)

From a duo that spent many years bartending, cooking, and consulting in the restaurant business, The Wayland is a live-music cocktail bar in the heart of Alphabet City that aces the neighborhood watering hole game. Connected to the bar is a kitchen that specializes in small plates like raw (or fried) oysters, pork belly BLTs, and fried mashed potatoes. The cocktails reflect a DIY approach, with hours of prep work just to produce house-made radish, spiced apple, and key lime-flavored bitters.

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8. Brindle Room 277 E 10th St, New York, NY 10009 (East Village)

This East Village gastropub specializes in some of New York's favorite things: American comfort food, small plates, and weekend brunch. While regulars love the Brindle Room for its decadently simple Steakhouse Burger (topped with American cheese and caramelized onions), the specials menu is not to be overlooked.

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9. Feast 102 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003

Welcome to Feast, home of taxidermied grit like Tommy the Bobcat, and tasting-menu "regional American" banquets supplied by former Veritas chefs and the owner of uptown's Savoy Bakery.

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10. Saxon + Parole 316 Bowery, New York, NY 10012 (East Village)

Saxon + Parole is a stylish restaurant on the Bowery whose decor and clientele look straight out of a Ralph Lauren ad. The seafood tower and charcuterie board appetizers define the surf and turf cuisine, as do the separate menu sections dedicated to land, sea, and steak. The standout is the signature burger, topped with melted Havarti cheese, maple bacon, a fried egg, and a bone marrow béarnaise sauce. A vintage wood-paneled bar in the front is well-stocked with whisky and usually packed with groups of thirty-somethings waiting for their table.

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11. The Waverly Inn 16 Bank St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

Tucked into the ground floors of two adjoining townhouses, the Waverly Inn will make you feel like you’ve been invited to dine in a cozy, secret club. The menu features American classics alongside contemporary seasonal dishes, and even though the food is notable, the real reason you go to the Waverly Inn is for the scene. Co-owned by Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Graydon Carter, it's routinely packed with a mix of celebrities and the who's who of New York's social landscape. The main room's red booths, fireplaces, and low lighting make for a comfortable hangout, and the indoor/outdoor garden is a West Village gem.