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Published November 22, 2023

The Best Places for Holiday Brunch in NYC

The holidays are here and gingerbread waffles are calling. 🎄🥂🧇

by New York Bucket List


Winter is upon us in NYC, and love it or hate it, it's here to stay for a while. Thankfully, there are lots of ways to stay busy this winter, from spending an afternoon shopping the holiday markets to taking a spin at one of the city's ice rinks.

If you're looking for a festive and indulgent way to start your winter day though (and don't feel like spending any more time outside than you have to), we've got you covered. We've rounded up six of the top spots in the city to sit down for a hot meal filled with festive dishes. Whether you're looking for bottomless mimosas or want to spend a leisurely morning with the family, you can find it all below!

Where to Have Holiday Brunch in NYC

Brunch at the Holly Jolly Bar

The Holly Jolly Pop-Up Bar at Mad Morton comes with all the bells and whistles of festive fun you'd expect— glowing string lights, holiday decor, tinsel, and even classic holiday movies playing on the TV behind the bar. Saturday and Sunday mornings, they offer a brunch option (with bottomless cocktails) that includes menu items like Naughty + Nice Chicken & Waffles and North Pole French Toast, served with fresh berries and maple syrup.

Where: Mad Morton: 47 7th Ave S, New York, NY
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47 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014, USA
Holly Jolly Holiday Bar at Mad Morton
Starting at $15

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Holiday Brunch Aboard Yacht Northern Lights

Enjoy a festive brunch cruise around New York Harbor with a prix fixe buffet and a complimentary drink! Kick back and relax in a heated salon as you take in the sights of the city on a yacht decked out in holiday decor.

Where: 62 Chelsea Piers, Pier 62, New York, NY
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Chelsea Piers, Chelsea Piers, New York, NY, USA
Holiday Brunch aboard Yacht Northern Lights
Starting at $128

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Tinseltown is all about celebrating Christmas, so you can expect Santa, elves, presents, tinsel, festive tunes, and lots of winter warmer drinks, including a fabulous Christmas cocktail menu! The halls are more than fully decked with baubles, bows, hanging trees, wreaths, and just about every festive goodie you can imagine.

Where: Pekarna NYC: 594 Amsterdam Ave., New York
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Pekarna NYC, 594 Amsterdam Ave, New York, New York 10024
Tinseltown: The Christmas Speakeasy "Where every day is Christmas" - New York
Starting at $22

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A Very Tipsy Winter Brunch at Selene

Selene is the perfect cozy restaurant to enjoy an amazing winter brunch and cocktails. Get out of the cold and try holiday-themed plates from Sugar Cookie Waffles to Mrs. Claus Avocado Toast, plus a selection of fun drinks! Each ticket includes an entree from the brunch menu and unlimited cocktails.

Where: Selene: 11 Hanover Square, New York, NY
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Selene, 11 Hanover Square, New York, NY 10005, USA
Tipsy Winter Wonderland Brunch at Selene
Starting at $49

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Bubby’s 12 Days of Christmas

Bubby’s in Tribeca is known for simple and fresh comfort food. An NYC staple since 1990, the restaurant also puts on a 12 Days of Christmas Holiday Brunch. From December 22 through January 1, the restaurant will serve up a full brunch menu along with signature holiday specials, including Roasted Duck Cranberry Hash, Swedish Pancakes with Lingonberries, Eggnog Pie, and more.

Stop by anytime between 8am and 4pm—no reservations, walk-ins only.

Where: 120 Hudson St., New York, NY
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