5 Best Brunch Spots in NYC

Brunch

by Anne Thompson

While New Yorkers appreciate a good lunch or dinner, the most popular meal is brunch.

The rise of brunch popularity in NYC is due to many factors: the option for breakfast or lunch options, bottomless drink options and cheaper prices for the most part.

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Whether you're hankering for an eggs benedict or a Mimosa, these venues are sure to deliver on either option.

Clinton Street Baking Company – 4 Clinton Street

Clinton Street Baking Company

Don't be fooled by the name, the Clinton Street Baking Company is much more than a bakery.

It serves some of the best brunch in town. It's not a very well-kept secret though so be prepared to wait over an hour for a table if you decide to go there for brunch.

Whether you decide to get the pancakes or the cheese grits, every option is sure to satisfy your taste buds. In addition to offering a flavorful menu, they are also environmentally conscious using only cage free eggs and chickens, high grade maple syrup and farm fresh dairy.

Due to the high volume of customers, they now allow you to use the NoWait app to put your name on the waitlist for a table.

Jack's Wife Freda – 224 Lafayette Street

Jack's Wife Freda

If you're looking for an interesting twist on the standard eggs and bacon brunch menu, Jack's Wife Freda is the perfect option.

The cozy environment makes you feel right at home and the perfectly portioned plates will leave you satisfied without feeling like you ate too much.

While they do offer things like pancakes, they all have a slight Mediterranean twist. If you want to be a bit more adventurous, try the Green Shakshuka – an egg dish coupled with greens like spinach and kale.

Even the cocktail offerings for brunch are slightly different – for example instead of a standard mimosa you will get a cantaloupe mimosa.

Casimir & Co. – 1022A Lexington Avenue

Casimir and Co

If you're looking for a quieter brunch spot, Casimir & Co. in the Upper East Side is the perfect place to sit back and relax.

Tucked away on the second floor of the building, this quiet location is a far cry from its busier Lower East Side location on Avenue B. With that said, they offer the same prix fix menu where you only pay $19.95 for a drink, entrée and coffee.

As a French inspired restaurant you'll see traditional items like Croque Monsieur and Baked Provencal beside more standard items like Eggs Benedict.

Of course, there is also the option of the a la carte menu where you can try out the mussels or steak tartare. Whatever you decide, you'll definitely walk away happy.

The Fat Radish – 17 Orchard Street

The Fat Radish

While most brunch places are first come first serve seating, The Fat Radish is one of the few that offer reservations.

That's great if you want to impress loved ones to a delicious meal. It gets fairly crowded on the weekends so you might be bumping elbows with your neighbor, but the ambience is so bright and airy that it never really feels cramped.

Every item on the brunch menu is delectable, but it's also worth trying out the daily specials. The Fat Radish's menu does change with the season so you'll never get bored of the food there.

Be forewarned, they are a cash only establishment during brunch hours.

Rye - 247 South 1st Street, Brooklyn

Rye NYC

Although it might not offer the excitement of fusion restaurants, Rye still holds its own in terms of flavor and atmosphere.

The "chill" ambience allows you to sit back and enjoy the food to the fullest, which is good since everything is lovingly made from the homemade biscuits to the house smoked salmon.

Rye places a high emphasis on locally caught and organic ingredients so you know you'll only be getting the best when you eat here.

Honorable Mention

Nights and Weekends - 1 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn

Nights and Weekends NYC

What do you get when you combine brunch with Mexican food? You get Nights and Weekends of course! This Mexican restaurant serves up a fusion Mexican and American style brunch.

You can go the standard route of huevos rancheros or you can spice it up a bit with the three grain porridge or waffels with chili pepper sauce.

If you're looking for a drink, you can indulge in a Bloody Maria – basically a Bloody Mary but with tequila.

There you go, the Best Brunch in NYC list.