In New York City – we brunch like bosses. You can keep your boring omelets and soggy flapjacks. New Yorkers like to mix it up with fresh ingredients and flavors from around the world, served with a bottomless mimosa.
Yes, brunch is a beautiful thing in New York. But with over 24,000 eating establishments (you read that right) spread across the five boroughs, where do you even start?
Never fear – help is here.
This lifelong New Yorker and brunch buff is about to reveal the best spots in each borough to tuck in for an unforgettable meal.
465 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
When it comes to ambiance, service, and farm-to-table flavor, Prime Meats is a cut above the competition.
Even Andrew Knowlton, the Restaurant Editor at Bon Appétit magazine who doesn’t “do” brunch, makes an exception for Prime Meats. “Why? Because my Bloody Mary comes packed with fresh horseradish and Aquavit. Because I can go simple (sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich) or all-out (dry-aged Cote de Boeuf for two).” With hearty German-accented American fare and a full section of the menu dedicated to eggs, brunch-lovers and egg-lovers everywhere (like me!) rank Prime Meats among their favorites.
11 Schuyler St
Staten Island, NY 10301
Beso transforms from a tapas hotspot at night to a brunch must on weekend mornings. As Cailey Rizzo describes, “Those who visit on the weekend will find a brunch menu filled with Spanish-inspired breakfast items, such as bistek con huevos, alongside brunch classics, including French toast.” For only $25 you can enjoy a three-course meal, and believe me, it’s hard to choose just three.
How can you say no, especially when your first glass of Sangria is included?
5 E 21st St
New York, NY 10010
If you wake up feeling a little swanky, check out Cosme. Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, and Adele have all been spotted at this celebrity hotspot, but the real star of the show is the food. From their website, “[Cosme’s] World-renowned Chef Enrique Olvera and his team create dishes rooted in Mexican flavors and traditions, while also celebrating local and seasonal ingredients from the Hudson Valley and surrounding region.” Reservations can obviously be tricky to get. If they’re booked you can try and slip in at the polished bar. You really don’t want to miss their unconventional combinations like the seafood stuffed avocado and the uni tostada with bone marrow salsa. Yummmmm.
3618 30th Avenue
Astoria, NY 11103
Queens Comfort successfully combines quaint and quirky. Just look at their Instagram. They pride themselves on pushing the boundaries while maintaining a comfort food-centric menu. As they explain, “Queens Comfort was founded in 2011 with the goal of bringing no holds barred comfort food to Astoria, Queens. It was only a matter of time before our walk-ins became regulars, and our regulars became family.” These people love what they do, and with dishes like The Pig Mac and Capt’n Crunch Crusted Tofu Sandwich they obviously have a lot of fun doing it. With an extensive brunch menu that includes small plates and sandwiches, Queens Comfort has something to satisfy everyone.
4038 E Tremont Ave
Bronx, NY 10465
Italian cuisine has been a staple of New York since the first pizzeria in the US opened here in 1905, so it’s no surprise that Tosca Café appears on our list. This mom-and-pop Italian eatery boasts one of the best bottomless brunches in town. They serve meals with “family recipes using the finest ingredients and offering the traditional tastes of home-cooked pastas, lusciously fresh seafood, and the distinctly unique flavor of our coal oven pizzas.” Are you hungry yet? Because after reading that I know I am.
Just be careful. Once you begin their ‘Brunch Everlasting’ you may never want to leave.