A bucket list destination for the brunch and Instagram crowd, Morning Glory’s menu more than lives up to the visual theatrics. The poofy souffle pancakes and instantly classic Morning Glory fried rice are must-tries, along with items like breakfast dim sum (served till noon) and Breakfast Carbonara, a tangle of al dente bucatini topped with crispy pork belly, a soft poached egg, and a drizzle of Calabrian chili oil. For special occasions, Family Affair entrees include a 45-day aged, two-pound Born and Raised porterhouse with eggs, hash browns, and truffles and serve two to three people. Of course, no self-respecting bruncher skimps on the liquid libations—we suggest the Socialist Republic of Coffee Cocktail, a boozy riff on Vietnamese coffee (if you want to wake up) or the Morning Wood Old Fashioned (if you need a little hair of the dog).
How to book: Indoor dining is on a first-come basis.
On weekends, you’ll likely wait for a table at this wildly popular brunch spot, which doesn’t take reservations. But it’ll be worth it. The atmosphere is loud, lively, and ready to have a good time—with hip-hop blasting over the speakers, a bachelorette party at the table next to yours, and lots of delicious bellinis and spritzers. While it’s hard to hear your dining companions over the exuberant din, you’ll be too busy chowing down on not-so-basic brunch fare to chat—from the spicy, salty Breakfast Carbonara (complete with crispy pork belly) to the Khachapuri (a Georgian dish that involves the holy trinity of bread, cheese, and egg), and the cloud-soft Souffle Pancakes (their take on the fluffy Japanese pancakes). Brought to us by the same team behind nearby Born and Raised, Morning Glory’s ‘80s-inspired decor is worth the visit alone—an extravagant pink space decked out with checkered terrazzo tile, walnut wood finishes, suede seating, an enormous lighting installation, and plenty of nods to architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
How to book: Walk-ins only.