NYC Guide: The Best Brunch in NYC

We believe that brunch is the best meal of the week. Coffee? Check. Mimosas? Check. Here are some of our favorite places for a leisurely brunch in NYC. We’ll be posting more to our The Best Brunch in NYC guide!

The Best Brunch in NYC

The Best Brunch in NYC

Egg Shop NYC

Egg Shop:

A restaurant devoted entirely to eggs, that also serves breakfast for dinner? Count me IN. Egg Shop offers both spot-on ambiance and delightful egg sandos and bowls (they call them cruisers). Beware that the wait can be lengthy, so I recommend going early so you can snag a sun-soaked spot at the window counter.

Cafe Mogado NYC

Cafe Mogador:

I could literally eat Moroccan eggs poached in spicy tomato sauce (along with a pot of mint tea) any day of the week at this East Village mainstay. When it’s warm out, there is nothing better than sitting out on the sidewalk at a little table and lingering as you finish your tea.

High Street on Hudson

High St on Hudson:

One of my favorite new restaurants in NYC this year, period. High St on Hudson in a nutshell is fresh ingredients presented in a way that is not overwrought and over- complicated. The bread alone is reason enough to stop by, but I adore the “bodega” breakfast sandwich with some old bay fried potatoes and market veggie sides. (I chose the mushrooms.)

Jacob's Pickle NYC

Jacob’s Pickles:

This down-home, Southern comfort spot on the UWS is a trek for us downtowners, but so worth the trip. From the giant bloody marys (boasting pickled hard boiled egg and maple bacon garnishes) to the decadent mac n’ cheese and fried chicken biscuit sandwiches, this is no “light” brunch, but it sure is delicious.

Glasserie NYC


Head to Greenpoint for this gem of a brunch concept that let’s you sample a feast of Mediterranean dishes. You order the “mezze feast” for the table, which includes some of the best flatbread I’ve ever eaten, hummus, labneh, tahini, a variety of pickled veggies, incredible carrots, beets, and olives. To top that off, you can order a la carte items like sunny side up eggs with lamb sausage, and beautiful poached eggs in a green herb sauce.

What are some of your favorite brunch spots in NYC?

By Carolyn Stine: Carolyn is the Commerce Experience Manager at Club Monaco, but her heart (and stomach) lies firmly in the food and travel universe. Despite working on the digital side of the fashion industry by day, you can most frequently find her in search of the best new restaurant, knee-deep in planning a trip to a far-reaching locale, or at her local branch of the New York Public Library. Follow Carolyn’s adventures on Instagram at @carobaker1. Image via Refinery 29.

33 Responses to NYC Guide: The Best Brunch in NYC

  1. These places all sound great! I can’t wait to try some of them the next time I’m in NYC.

    • Carolyn says:

      Hi Vanessa,

      Thank you so much! I hope you get you try out one or all of these spots soon.


  2. Anna says:

    Omg, brunch is my FAVORITE meal! Thanks for sharing all these great options!
    -Anna |

  3. Jenny says:

    Brunch is life. All of these restaurants sound amazing!

    xoxo, Jenny

  4. Tracy Schwartz says:

    I LOVE BRUNCH and especially in NYC. I have only been to Jacob’s Pickle on this list so I am adding the others ASAP.

    I love Jack’s Wife Freda, Seamore’s, Bubby’s, Freemans just to name a few. There are so many on my list to try as well.

    This is a great series and I can’t wait to follow along.

    • Elana Lyn Gross says:

      I’ve never been to Bubby’s or Seamore’s. I’ll have to check them out.

    • Carolyn says:

      Hi Tracy,

      Could not agree more! Seamore’s is one of my faves – those fish tacos get me every time. And Freeman’s Alley is just too cute!


  5. Stephanie says:

    I’m such a brunch fanatic — I’ll definitely have to hit up one of these restaurants if ever I find myself in NYC! Thanks for sharing!

    Stephanie |

  6. Alix Maza says:

    I just ate a huge dinner, but your pictures have my mouth watering lol.

    Alix |

  7. Annaliese says:

    Definitely keeping this list on reference for any future trips to NYC!

    xoxo A

  8. Kayleigh says:

    Oh my goodness my mom and I could’ve used that bloody mary! Will def have to try these asap!

  9. Amy says:

    Brunch is my favorite meal of the day! Need to check out these places when I head up to NYC next!!
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  10. Lindsey says:

    These all sound incredible! Only breakfast for dinner? Count me in!

  11. Reading this post while hungry is a terrible idea! Haha

    I’m saving your recs for NYC for when I make my way over there.

    • Carolyn says:

      Hi Oksana,

      Writing these recs made me hungry too! Hope you make it up here soon!


  12. Jillian says:

    Wow, these look delicious! Jack’s Wife Freda is a favorite of mine in the city! These ones look so great and I’ll have to put on my list to try next time I’m there!


  13. Jordyn says:

    NYC has the best brunch options! I wish I could teleport over to NYC every weekend just for brunch and maybe some shopping before heading back to Seattle, hehe.

    • Carolyn says:

      Hi Jordyn,

      Couldn’t agree more! Although Seattle is pretty amazing too 🙂


  14. Savannah says:

    YUM, all of these look sooo good!

  15. Brunch is my favorite meal! Basic, I know, but I can’t help it. I’ll have to keep this post in mind on my next trip to NYC!

  16. Morgan says:

    Totally saving this for my next NYC trip!

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