Best-of Guides New York

NYC's Best Brunches

9 Restaurants
Brunch in New York crisscrosses the globe, from shakshouka to dumplings, with plenty of eggs, French toast, and pancakes in between.
Updated on 06 October 2022
Asian Jewels
133-30 39th Ave., 11354 New York
$$ · Chinese

This Flushing spot is well-known for its dim sum and authentic Cantonese cooking. Let the feasting begin with memorable crab-and-pork soup dumplings. Dim sum carts are not paraded all day here, so those seeking the freshest and the best of what this kitchen offers should plan to arrive by 10am on weekdays.

Sunday in Brooklyn
348 Wythe Ave., 11249 New York
$$$ · American

With all due respect to Monday through Saturday, the best day may be "Sunday in Brooklyn."—though brunch is served here every single day. A breezy vibe, old-school tunes and stirring sips encourages lingering. Start with pancakes—1, 2, or 3—with hazelnut maple praline and brown butter.

156 Tenth Ave., 10011 New York
$$ · American

It’s a delight just to enter this beautiful, sun-filled neighborhood dining room. Breakfast is big and served during the week, while weekends offer a full brunch menu, featuring the likes of a piping-hot composition of huevos with black beans, cheese, tortilla crisps and crema.

Chama Mama
149 W. 14th St., 10011 New York
$$ · Central Asian

Georgian cuisine centered around meats, cheese and bread is what this bright and modern spot is about. Enter to discover a colorfully scribbled chalkboard as well as a metal-topped bar adorned with Moorish tiles. Brunch favorites are here, but Georgian style—like kikliko (similar to French toast), chiji-piji (like shakshouka), and of course khachapuri, a molten, egg-topped bread boat of cheese.

Baker & Co.
259 Bleecker St., 10014 New York
$$ · Italian

This kitchen doles out honest, unfussy Italian food rendered with a deft hand and keen attention to ingredients. At brunch, this means a loaded eggs Benedict with smoked salmon and parmesan potato gratin and sinful Nutella French toast.

Miss Ada
184 DeKalb Ave., 11205 New York
$$ · Middle Eastern

This Fort Greene charmer delivers a one-two punch of good looks, great food, and a darling patio and garden. Whipped ricotta with brown butter, sage, and honey may just convince you to set aside the flatbread and pick up a spoon, while French toast with raspberry marmalade and labne mousse needs no maple syrup. 

135 Alexander Ave., 10454 New York
$$ · American

This is cooking that speaks to the borough's rich Puerto Rican and Black presence. The entrance foyer Behind the velvet curtain, you’ll find a stylish room donning the artwork of Andre Trenier and photos from local legend Joe Conzo. Yet, the best part is the food. At brunch this includes chicken and waffles with pickled strawberries and shrimp and grits.

38 E. 19th St., 10003 New York
$$$ · Vegetarian

Tucked inside the flagship showroom of ABC Carpet & Home, this restaurant offers elevated vegetarian food in a beautiful, minimalist space. The menu is detailed and clever, offering vibrant dishes for breakfast, lunch and brunch—like a deeply satisfying vegan einkorn pancake with coconut cream, peach compote, fresh raspberries, and maple syrup.

Thai Diner
186 Mott St., 10012 New York
$$ · Thai

This charming spot from Chefs Ann Redding and Matt Danzer can be spotted from afar by its corrugated metal-and-wood façade. Inside, the design is just as you'd expect—mashed-up diner with Thai accents, like woven bamboo, rattan screens, and a counter with shiny wood seats. Breakfast is served until 5pm; indulge in the Thai tea babka French toast or a cheesy, eggy sandwich on roti.