Mornings are more special with brunch, and New Yorkers definitely have the best brunch spots for anyone looking to satisfy their taste buds.
Spend your weekend drinking Mimosa or Bloody Mary while eating a hearty plate of omelets and pancakes. NYC’s brunch scene can be bustling so make sure to have reservations in advance.
Here are some of the best brunch spots you can find in NYC.
Cupping Room Café
If you’re looking for good coffee to go with your brunch, then head over to the Cupping Room Café at 359 W. Broadway. The place was originally a wholesale coffee establishment serving different blends of coffee to customers. It even got its name from the act of blending and tasting different coffees called “cupping”.
The building itself is a landmark being the first “tall” building in Soho. Aside from coffee, you can enjoy a menu of American staples including French toast, pancakes, waffles, and omelets. Enjoy their fluffy, filling French toasts made from thickly sliced brioche while admiring the exposed-brick walls and high tin ceilings.
Another historic brunch spot is the Rainbow Room at the 65th floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza. The 9,431 brunch buffet items are already noteworthy but people come here for more than just food. The Rainbow Room offers you the best view of Manhattan as you enjoy your brunch.
For $95 per head, you can enjoy a live jazz performance surrounded by 15-foot-tall windows and brass railings. Enjoy a classic runny scrambled egg, honey-baked ham, French toast and even smoked salmon for brunch.
For an unpretentious but delicious brunch, take a seat at The Ellington at 936 Amsterdam Avenue. It combines the feel of a country kitchen with shabby chic interiors. The homemade dishes are a mix of European and American flavors in simple but hearty meals.
Try their Cumberland sausage served with mashed potatoes or Scotch egg served with chilled English mustard. The flavors will not disappoint you and the price will not hurt your wallet. French toasts are priced at $9 while steak and eggs go for $12.
Eggs are always part of brunch so it is not surprising that there is a brunch spot called Egg Shop in New York. This small space is found at 151 Elizabeth St. and is extremely popular. Chances are you will have to wait in line to get a table but it will be worth it.
Egg Shop serves eggs in almost every possible way, therefore making it the best choice for anyone who likes everything made out of them and with them. They serve a variety of great sandwiches and bowls to match the tastiness of the eggs. Try the “El Camino” which is a bowl of pulled pork carnitas, poached egg, avocado, cilantro, tomatoes and tortilla chips.
Aside from the common American and European inspired brunch, New York also features Mexican brunch with the Agave. This Mexican gem offers a bottomless choice of mimosa, wine or Agave’s traditional margarita for two hours together with any entrée.
There are seven flavors of margarita you can choose from or even try them all! You can also order their delicious Sunrise Fiesta Burrito or Texas Pecan Apple Pancakes. The large outdoor seating guarantees you a space whenever you’re craving for mimosa and eggs. You’ll be leaving the place with a full stomach and probably with a little buzz.
A casual brunch can be enjoyed when you visit Jane Restaurant located between Greenwich Village and Soho. The ambience is fun and energetic with great value for food. It also serves one of the best Bloody Marys in NYC. It is considered the spiciest one in town with its house-made vinegar infused with habaneros for that distinct kick. But make sure you reserve a table as Jane hosts a busy brunch crowd.
Amy Ruth’s Restaurant
For good soul food during brunch, Amy Ruth’s would be your best bet in NYC. This humble establishment has been open since 1998, and has been serving diners with southern staples including fried chicken, smothered turkey wings, mac n’ cheese, waffles, and red beans & rice. Imagine starting your Sunday with a bite of their cinnamon waffle with banana and pecans. A visit to Amy Ruth’s will remind you of the good old days of your grandmother’s cooking.
Brunch at New York City is definitely a serious affair not to be missed. Take it from Carrie of Sex and the City when she said “There are very few things this New Yorker loves as much as Sunday brunch”.