The Top 10 Brunch Spots In Morningside Heights for Scholars

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27 October 2016

Morningside Heights has long been known as a quiet New York City neighborhood, home to a number of academic institutions, including Columbia University, Barnard College, and the Manhattan School of Music. Here’s our guide to best places for brunch in the area.

Community Food & Drink patio seating | ©Philip/Columbia Eats

Community Food and Juice

Cafe, Restaurant, American, Healthy, Vegetarian, $$$
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Pisticci exterior
Pisticci exterior | ©Shinya Suzuki/Flickr
Community Food & Juice is a Morningside Heights Sunday staple. This bright, airy cafe specializes in New American cuisine with a range of seasonal, local, and organic foods. Brunch highlights include the veggie or tofu scramble – served with whole wheat toast and fresh avocado – and carrot hash browns.


Market, Restaurant, Bistro, Italian, $$$
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Pisticci was the first restaurant in New York City to gain Carbon Neutral status. This Italian bistro crafts creative dishes from scratch using homegrown ingredients, and even invites local artists and musicians to showcase their work. Brunch comes with the taste of Italy, including uova contadine – poached eggs in spicy pepperonata – and pancakes drizzled in Pisticci’s signature lemon ricotta curd and fresh berries.


Kitchette is a petite, cheerful spot on Amsterdam Avenue, perfect for a relaxed weekend brunch of home-style comfort food. Chef’s picks include scrambled eggs with tomatoes topped with herb sour cream, and four-grain pancakes with mixed berries.

Kitchenette 1272 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY, USA +1 212 531 7600


Diner, American
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This classic American diner is located just two blocks down Broadway from Columbia University. Although open until midnight and good for breakfast, lunch and dinner, brunch is where this popular college joint truly shines. Deluxe offers a variety of organic egg dishes and fresh-squeezed juices at reasonable prices. However, its most delectable highlight is French toast stuffed with almonds and apricots, covered with caramelized bananas and rum brown sugar.

Flat Top

Flat Top impresses with traditional brunch fare as well as steak and eggs – served with home fries and pico de gallo – and blueberry buttermilk ricotta pancakes laden with roasted strawberry butter and maple syrup. If variety is what you’re looking for, look no further than Flat Top.

Flat Top 1241 Amsterdam Ave New York, NY, USA +1 646 820 7735


Though new to Morningside Heights, this little Italian eatery has already made a big impression. Regional specializes in the cuisine of the many different districts of the Italian peninsula. Try the potatoes seasoned with red pepper and baskets of miniature muffins dusted with powdered sugar.

Regional 2607 Broadway New York, NY, USA +1 212 666 1915

Crepes on Columbus

This delicious crêperie serves both sweet and savory meals just minutes from Morningside Park. Crepes on Columbus’s menu is dedicated to the delicious fusion of French and Spanish cuisine, with crêpe and omelet fillings that range from jalapeños and spicy salsa to smoked salmon and ratatouille. Patrons are free to experiment and craft their own unique crêpes.

Crepes on Columbus 990 Columbus Ave New York, NY, USA+1 212 222 0259

Artopolis Espresso

Artopolis Espresso offers exceptional Greek and Mediterranean dishes coupled with an airy and almost regal atmosphere. Try the frittata or omelet crêpe bursting with specialty cheeses and ripe vegetables. Artopolis also serves sweet crêpes filled with berries, banana, and Nutella.

Artopolis Espresso 1090 Amsterdam Ave. New York, NY, USA +1 212 666 3744

Harlem Tavern

Bar, American, $$$
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Harlem Tavern has a large beer garden
Harlem Tavern has a large beer garden | © Harlem Tavern
A neighborhood bar and grill that embodies the brilliant crossover between Harlem and Morningside Heights, Harlem Tavern serves upscale American cuisine. Featured dishes range from croque-madame with gruyere and spiced mahi-mahi salad, to cornflake-crusted french toast with brioche, dulce de lèche, and seasonal fruit. The highlight of Harlem Tavern brunches is the live jazz played every weekend.

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