Andrew Zimmer
EJ's
Good Enough To Eat
BrunchCritic
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1. Dough Loco 24 E 97th St, New York, NY 10029 (Upper East Side)

Chef Corey Cova (ABV, Earl's Beer & Cheese) is baking insanely delicious and creative donuts -- like miso-maple, blueberry-rosemary, and blood orange -- on the UES.

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2. Ouest 2315 Broadway, New York, NY 10024 (Upper West Side)

Considered one of the top spots for upscale dining in NYC, Ouest can seem intimidating. It's worth it though to have your wallet take the hit to try dishes like Moroccan spiced salmon or the prix fixe brunch.

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3. EJ's 1271 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10021 (Upper East Side)

This classic Upper East Side diner serves some of the neighborhood's best greasy spoon morning staples, like blueberry pancakes and eggs any style, plus specials like cornflakes-coated brioche French toast and crab cakes eggs Benedict. EJ’s is open all day, and if you aren’t hungry for a full meal, at least get one of the signature milkshakes.

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4. Fred's Restaurant 476 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024 (Upper West Side)

This Upper West Side institution is known for its enticing brunch options, as well as its quirky canine-themed decor. Guests can enjoy an on-the-house bread basket (highlighting a rotating menu of baked goods alongside house-made spreads), generous entree portions, and a number of cocktails -- all while starting at a glamorous photo of some lucky New Yorker's French bull terrier.

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5. Good Enough to Eat 520 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024 (Upper West Side)

Eating at Good Enough to Eat is like eating at your grandmother's house, minus all of the questions about why you're not married yet. The meatloaf and turkey dinners here are local favorites, but we're partial to the peach pie with homemade vanilla ice cream. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Good Enough to Eat also has a full service bar and bakery.

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6. Sarabeth's East 1295 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10128 (Upper East Side)

Which came first, brunch-as-a-New-York-institution or Sarabeth's? We'll never know because this posh city chainlet has been serving New Yorkers everything they crave on a weekend morning since 1983. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week, the Upper East Side location sits on prime real estate near Museum Mile and Central Park. The lemon and ricotta pancakes are a fan favorite, but no matter what you order, be sure to try the fresh-baked muffins and fruit spreads -- they're the house speciality.

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7. Jacob's Pickles 509 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024 (Upper West Side)

Jacob's Pickles is where you go when you want a Southern comfort kind of brunch. The Upper West Side restaurant pickles everything from cucumbers and beets to green beans and carrots. The non-brined part of the menu features baked-from-scratch biscuit sandwiches, buttermilk fried chicken, and Bloody Marys served in a mason jar with a stalk of romaine, a hard boiled egg and a bacon strip. The bar is also a big player in the craft beer scene, offering a rotating selection of more than 25 microbrews on tap from New York, Maine, California and other American beer makers.

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8. Corner Cafe and Bakery 1645 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10128 (Upper East Side)

This cozy neighborhood cafe and bakery is known for its low prices, baked treats, and serving weekend brunch until 4 pm.

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9. Nice Matin 201 West 79th St, New York, NY 10014 (Upper West Side)

This French, white-tableclothed, UWS restaurant draws in regular crowds for its weekend brunch service. As for dinner, you might be tempted to go for one of the classic entrees like the duck breast, steak frites, or grilled octopus, but the 5 Napkin Burger is the right pick. Don't believe us? The dish was so good the owners started a chain devoted to the delicacy. Yeah... THAT 5 Napkin Burger.

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10. Uptown 1576 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10128 (Upper East Side)

The Uptown Bar and Restaurant has a versatile layout, that includes a restaurant, bar, and lounge space, making it an ideal place for any occasion. The interior is colored with pink and purple, decorated with big indoor potted plants, flat-screen TVs behind the bar, snug intimate velvet booths in the back, and an outdoor space in front for when the weather is warm. The Skylight Room, located on the rooftop, is paneled with glass and has an additional bar, which you can reserve for a private party. The atmosphere is casual yet upscale, serving affordable food and drinks such as $4 draft beers, $6 selected wines, and $7 specialty martinis.

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11. Parlor Steak & Fish 1600 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10128 (Upper East Side)

Under the leadership of a husband and wife team, this meat and fish haven brings exemplary steaks and an impressive raw bar program to the UES. Parlor Steak & Fish is also credited with a popular brunch, where guests can enjoy typical land and sea fare (such as grilled branzino, broiled lobsters, and NY strip) alongside oyster and mimosa deals.