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Brunch is one of the few things that make Sundays worth looking forward to. Don’t blow this meal, which many New Yorkers regard as sacrosanct; waiting in long lines for mediocre food. Here are 10 of the best brunch spots on Manhattan’s Lower East Side that offer traditional as well as not-so-standard brunch fare.
If you’re looking for a weekend buzz, Schapiro’s is the place to go. Any of their brunch cocktails put the boring, old mimosa to shame. Try the breakfast cobbler cocktail made with sherry, amaro, lemon juice and orange marmalade or get your coffee fix with their morning jolt cocktail made with rum, chocolate liqueur and espresso. Schapiro’s self describes their food as having a ‘distinctive Jewish tilt,’ which means you can expect to find items like matzo ball soup, bagel and lox and a veal pastrami sandwich on the menu.
For a stick-to-your-ribs brunch that comforts the soul, look no further than Root & Bone. Leave a window for a nap after this meal because after eating hearty dishes, like waffle benedict made with pork belly bacon and lemon yolk sauce, shrimp and grits, or braised short rib meat loaf and eggs, you’ll need one. Their cocktails come with names that sound like characters out of an old western and even use homely ingredients like preserved peaches, black tea and orange blossom honey.
No one does Mediterranean brunch better than Mezetto. The za’atar flatbread with kalamata olives and olive oil is a great place to start and the perfect vehicle for delivering their hummus, eggplant or spicy feta spread. For something with a bit more sustenance, try the spanakopita omelet, the challah French toast with apples, figs and date honey, or the grilled chicken souvlaki sandwich.
If brunch dishes like strawberry artichoke dip and eggs benedict made with kimchi and bok choy strike your fancy, then Black Tree is the place to go. Black Tree sources all of the ingredients from local purveyors for their seasonally changing menu. Brunch here is anything but boring, so an adventurous palate is encouraged!