Sunday brunch is what many of us look forward to on the weekends. I have picked the best restaurants all over town specializing in brunch from Midtown to the Lower East Side. The plus in the headline is for a second stop for desert after brunch. Great way to visit 2 spots in 1 fun outing.
New York City brunch restaurants chosen here all have excellent food, so you’ll find all your favorite brunch foods, and if you’re in the mood for adventure, definitely some new items to tempt you. Since food is our main reason for the visit, I will mention places close by also well-known for their sweets.
Blue Note – Greenwich Village
One of the city’s premier jazz clubs since 1981, outstanding talent, comfortable chairs and good food. 131 West 3rd St, bet. 6th Ave, & MacDougal St.
After brunch: Visit Rocco’s an old time Italian bakery noted for their cannoli.
243 Bleecker St, bet. Carmine & Cornelia St.
Prune – East Village
Owned by chef and author Gabrielle Hamilton, serving her signature style of eggs, and Dutch pancakes to the throngs that line up early in the morning. 54 East 1st St, bet. 1 & 2 Ave.
After brunch: Go to Butter Lane, one of the better cupcake bakeries. Fun place where you can choose your cake and desired topping.
123 East 7th St, bet. 1 & A.
Clinton Street Baking – Lower East Side
A very popular and super busy spot serving high-quality panicakes and egg dishes, don’t forget to try their bacon. 4 Clinton Street, bet. East Houston & Stanton St.
After Brunch: Head over to Il Labortorio del Gelato, for excellent gelato and sorbet.
188 Ludlow St, corner of East Houston
Beaumarchais – Greenwich Village
Very popular destination in the Meat-Packing District for models and celebrity sightings. Add good food and alcohol to the mix, and it’s quite a party atmosphere. 409 West 13th St, bet. 9th Ave. & Washington St.
After Brunch: You won’t need any help find a gourmet desert in the Chelsea Market.
75 9th Ave, bet. West 15 & 16 St.
Clement – Midtown
In the Peninsula Hotel, an elegant location, superb service, stunning décor, and excellent food. Worthy for a special occasion. 700 Fifth Ave, West 55th St.
After Brunch: Go to the Time Warner Center for Bouchon Bakery, you’ll thank me later.
10 Columbus Circle, entrance on 8th Ave, bet. West 58-59 St.
Beautiful French bistro will remind you of Paris even if you’ve never been. Great food and service.
After Brunch: Pop into their retail bakery next door for bread and pastries.
80 Spring St, bet. Broadway & Crosby St.
Written by Bruce Scher, owner of Walking Tours Manhattan, native New Yorker,
and licensed tour guide, in business since 2008.
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