If you are a morning person who is up and chirpy with the morning light in your luxury New York City apartment, you likely want to know about the best brunch spots in your neighborhood and beyond. With thousands of NYC restaurants to choose from, it could take you more than 22 years to try them all if you ate out once a day, according to an unscientific estimate. Here are just a few spots located between Lower Manhattan and the Upper West Side that have Instagram-worthy food that actually tastes good and comes with a non-douchey vibe.
Citizens of Chelsea
Located minutes away from the highline, Citizens sits on the street corner with plenty of natural light and views. Neon signs, fresh plants, unique plate designs and teal cups are some of the attractions, besides great food. Salmon over toast and avocado toast with poached egg are delicious. Breakfast served all day, but either come early to this popular brunch spot or be prepared to wait for a table.
The Malt House
If you are looking for delicious food in an open restaurant with a big TV, serving bottomless brunch cocktails and craft beers, then try this American tavern in Financial District. Brunch burger, truffle fries, buttermilk bites, mac and cheese, and black forest benedict are some of the hot items.
Tartina Italian Restaurant
Situated across from the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Tartina offers live jazz brunch and Italian pastas and dishes freshly made in-house. Pandoro golden toast with berries, chestnut crepes with mascarpone and poached pear, caramelle pasta with radicchio sauce, and brunch cocktails are favored menu choices. With exposed brick, hardwood floors and warm lighting, the restaurant captures a chic and comfortable vibe.
Jack’s Wife Freda
If you want to shake up brunch and go for an American-Mediterranean twist with classic cocktails, try this understated bistro with locations in Soho and the West Village. Madame Freda sandwich with duck prosciutto, the green shakshuka, rose water waffle, Maya’s breakfast bowl and cantaloupe juice are much talked about items. Due to high demand, a wait time should be expected, and a reservation is highly recommended. They are open all day, every day of the week.
With the abundant restaurant options in New York City, it is not possible to include all the best places. Do you have a favorite brunch place in Manhattan or any of the other boroughs that you’d like to share with readers? Write in the comments section.