Published February 21, 2023
The Best Places for Brunch in Manhattan
by New York Bucket List
Bucket Listers rounded up the best places for brunch in Manhattan. Take a look at our picks below:
Since 1938, this tried-and-true lunch counter has been named among the best places for brunch by culinary experts and hungover citygoers alike. Its beloved kosher menu features rotating soups, stuffed perogies, classic egg dishes, and more. You’re not going to want to miss out on its complementary challah, either.
Location: 127 Second Ave.
Hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday
For more information on B&H Dairy.
Tiny’s & The Bar Upstairs
Tiny’s is as full of charm as its menu is full of flavor. If the townhouse’s iconic pink facade doesn’t draw you in, its brunch offerings will be sure to. From a loaded egg sandwich to Nutella and mixed berry French toast, the easy eats show that this small space packs a punch. Feeling fancy? Try Tiny’s Oyster & Bubbles for 2 special.
Location: 135 West Broadway
Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday through Sunday
For more information on Tiny’s & The Bar Upstairs.
With locations around the world, Buvette has refined its taste of European fare to serve carefully crafted items drawing on a rich history of the old world. This restaurant-meets-bar-meets-café feels upscale while comfortable. Start off with a delicate pastry, indulge in steamed organic eggs or buttermilk waffles, and wash it down with a fresh squeezed juice or sparkling infused wine.
Location: 42 Grove Street
Hours: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
For more information on Buvette.
Two Hands sources its quality pork, beef, and lamb from its local farm in New York. The café has a strong community focus and is passionate about serving up nutritious and memorable meals in a relaxed environment. Its four New York locations all serve up refreshing salads, warm bowls, and plenty of decadent breakfast options.
Location: 74 Bleecker St (NoHo); 262 Kent Ave. (Williamsburg); 251 Church St. (Tribeca); 164 Mott St. (Nolita)
Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday (except Nolita is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.); 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
For more information on Two Hands.
Friend of a Farmer
Friend of a Farmer is a family-owned eatery that has built a reputation for fresh and locally sourced ingredients. Its role in pioneering the farm-to-table in the 30+ years since its opening has been a source of pride for the restaurant and the community it serves. Start off with an “Eye Opener” like Avocado Tartare and choose from over 10 different egg dishes or an entree from the griddle. Friend of a Farmer doesn’t take weekend brunch reservations, so be sure to get in early for your spot.
Location: 77 Irving Place
Hours: 9 a.m. to 4p.m. (closed Mondays)
For more information on Friend of a Farmer.
La Pecora Bianca
La Pecora Bianca is equally loved for its fresh Italian cuisine and its stylish atmosphere. Perhaps best-known are its pasta dishes, which are made in-house every day, so you can’t go wrong. For those looking for a more traditional breakfast experience with a delicious twist, try a unique dish like its baked eggs with spicy tomato sauce and pancetta. Don’t forget to top it off with a sweet, Italian-inspired treat, like a heaping portion of tiramisu or olive oil cake. The best part? You can catch La Pecora Bianca all around the city.
Location: 54 Prince St. (Soho); 1133 Broadway (Nomad); 950 2nd Ave. (Midtown); 20 West 40th (Bryant Park); 817 Washington St. (Meatpacking)
Hours: Vary between locations
For more information on La Pecora Bianca.
Upper West Side
There’s nothing quite like Southern comfort food, and Jacob’s Pickles knows this well. As the name suggests, you can try one of its eight specialty pickles à la carte or with one of its delectable meals. Jacob’s Pickles also specializes in homemade biscuits, fresh jams, sustainably sourced meats, and artisanal beer, so come hungry.
Location: 509 Amsterdam Ave.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 a.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday
For more information on Jacob’s Pickles.
This centrally located restaurant is a great spot for brunching. Enjoy three different floors, including a rooftop garden, all making for a unique dining experience. Beer lovers rejoice, because Tavern 29’s eclectic selection of 34 draft lines are constantly changing. As for food, you can’t go wrong with fan favorites like the Tavern 29 benedict or burger.
Location: 47 E 29th St.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday
For more information on Tavern 29.
Since 1990, Bubby’s has been a brunch hotspot in Tribeca. The menu has something for everyone, from veggie burgers to classic breakfast fare. Can’t decide? Try Bubby’s Pancake Flight for a sampler of some favored flavors.
Location: 120 Hudson St.
Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information on Bubby’s.
Updated Italian is the name of the game at Vic’s. The locally sourced Italian-Mediterranean menu features homemade pizzas, pastas, and more. Enjoy your meal with house-made limoncello either indoors or outdoors.
Location: 31 Great Jones St.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
For more information on Vic’s.
With the elegance and cuisine of old-world Europe, American Bar offers an upscale, welcoming vibe. Only here can you find chicken fingers on a menu next to caviar. With different offerings on weekdays and weekends, there’s no shortage of Americana-inspired samplings at American Bar.
Location: 33 Greenwich Ave.
Hours: 12 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
For more information on American Bar.
Nat’s on Bank
If you’re looking for a place with a fun, vibrant ambiance you’ve got to go to Nat’s on Bank. Their menu of daytime cocktails will get your brunch started right. With a long menu of items and specials, including special seafood picks like “Prawn Frites,” and a raw “Brunch Baller Tower” (two bagels, smoked salmon, white fish spread, crab rangoon dip, peel and eat shrimp, cream cheese, capers onions) you won’t leave hungry either.
Location: 51 Bank St, New York, NY 10014
Hours: Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday and Tuesday closed, Wednesday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday and Friday 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
For more information on Nat’s on Bank.
A more upscale brunch experience is being served at Cathédrale Restaurant. Opt for some of their signature menu items like the famous “Potato Chip Omelette.” Book a table for the terrace or outdoor dining area when the weather is nice. However, if you sit inside, the epic architecture will be something to marvel at while you wait for your food.
Location: 112 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003
Hours: Monday closed, Tuesday-Friday 5 p.m. to 12 a.m., Saturday and Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
For more information on Cathédrale Restaurant.
Jack’s Wife Freda
If you’re wanting all-day brunch, look no further. Jack’s Wife Freda has just what you need at four locations around New York. Affectionately described as “South African Israeli Jewish grandmother cuisine” by New York Magazine, the menu seamlessly blends cultural staples like Freda’s matzo ball soup with modern updates like savory avocado toast. The lively, floral atmosphere is just another perk.
Location: 226 Lafayette St. (SoHo); 50 Carmine St. (West Village); 116 8th Ave. (Chelsea); 258 Wythe Ave. (Williamsburg)
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday
For more information on Jack’s Wife Freda.
Tucked away in a cozy alley, Freemans has both the ambiance and the menu for a perfect brunch outing. Come for the unique location, stay for the colonial-American-inspired eats. The restaurant is rustic and classic with a modern twist, serving up eggs in iron skillets and an extensive cocktail — and mocktail — menu.
Location: End of Freemans Alley
Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information on Freemans.
Canary Club is a New Olreans-inspired restaurant that hosts live music in a downstairs club at night, and a delicious brunch during the day. Their seasonal menu changes depending on what's fresh, and they source their bread from Balthazar. Brunch takes place at 11 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Sometimes there’s even live jazz outside during the day, so be sure to check their entertainment schedule for updates.
Location: 303 Broome St, New York, NY 10002
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 5 p.m. to 12 a.m., Friday-Saturday 5 p.m. to 3 a.m., closed Sunday and Monday
For more information on Canary Club.
Miss Lily’s is the place to go if you’re craving Jamaican. With a modern twist on classic dishes, the menu is as vibrant and fresh as the decor. Miss Lily’s signature brunch features favorites like Jamaican Rancheros, breakfast roti, and coconut pancakes. Feel transported to an island paradise while in the heart of bustling NYC at Miss Lily’s.
Location: 109 Avenue A
Hours: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
For more information on Miss Lily’s.
Lamia's Fish Market
Seafood lovers should head to Lamia's Fish Market. They serve up fresh fish, oysters, and more at a vibrant, colorful spot in East Village. Their shakshuka includes calamari, octopus, shrimp, and a poached egg. Meanwhile, their seafood omelet is stuffed with shrimp, calamari and octopus. Of course there are other classics like a salmon bagel and lobster roll, too. Wash it all down with one of their hilariously named cocktails, like the “Basic AF” or “One Too Many Margaritas.”
Location: 47 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009
Hours: Monday-Thursday 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday 4 p.m. to 12 a.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
For more information on Lamia's Fish Market.
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