If you are a brunch enthusiast visiting New York City, odds are Times Square is close to, if not first, on your to-do list. Lucky for you, you can take in the colossal, breathtaking lights on your way to grab some of the finest omelets or bagel sandwiches at any of these ten incredible brunch stops.
Bryant Park Grill, known as ‘the jewel’ of Bryant Park, is a little piece of Paris in the heart of New York. The restaurant, complete with a rooftop bar and a beautiful ‘stroll through the garden’ air, is the perfect spot for a romantic weekend brunch date. On Saturday and Sunday, catch Bryant Park Grill’s deliciously diverse brunch menu. From sweet pancakes and French toast to eggs of every option, Bryant Park Grill will satisfy the empty spot in your stomach.
The Sarabeth’s brand can be seen dominating jam and jelly shelves, and their restaurant chain is equally successful and satisfying. On stop in at the weekend and check out their extensive brunch menu. This menu isn’t your typical limited item brunch list. Sarabeth offers numerous dishes from fruits and granola to omelets to meaty entrées. By the time you’ve finished eating, you’ll want to thank Sarabeth herself.
If you want to be fancy and are looking for something a little more high-end, Norma’s is the place to go. The restaurant is located in the Le Parker Meridien Hotel, and specializes in uniquely sweet breakfast items. Attempts at self-control in this place are an exercise in futility, as the vast menu offers some of the most irresistible dishes, and if you’re a crêpe lover, you’ve hit the jackpot. In all honesty, you’ll probably end up ordering with your eyes instead of your stomach, but by no means will you be disappointed.
If you like chic walks through time, then the historical atmosphere of Lillie’s Victorian Establishment is the place for you. This incredibly spacious, high-ceilinged, and vintage restaurant satisfies hunger and the longing for a good, cold brew. Although the brunch menu may not be as lengthy as some of the others in this list, the dishes they do have make up for that. If you’re worried about calories then opt for the incredibly refreshing Watermelon and Feta Salad, complete with mint, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, and cucumber. You’ll walk out feeling full but virtuous.
Tonic Times Square isn’t exactly a quaint and quiet brunch spot. The sports themed bar and restaurant offers lively entertainment while you and your friends eat and toss back a few beers. Their weekend brunch is fantastically affordable. Great menu items are served with a side of hash browns, so enjoy your favorite hometown team kick butt while you kick back and relax.
Though eating at The View might take a little more planning than some of the other venues here, the additional preparation is well worth it. The View is a rooftop restaurant and lounge that lives to its name, offering fantastic skyscraper views of the city. The only thing that will successfully take your attention away from the buildings and lights will be the incredibly tasty cuisine.
Blue Fin is the place for the sushi and seafood lovers out there. At Blue Fin, enjoy the raw bar, dressed sushi, sushi rolls, or one of three exquisite main dishes. If you’re a seafood nut but the rest of your group isn’t, never you fear. The menu at Blue Fin caters to those who simply enjoy brunch classics like eggs, pancakes, or waffles, as well as salad and sandwich options. The menu items are a bit on the pricier side, but the portions and quality of the food compensate for that.
This American Brasserie celebrates American food delicacies. Bar Americain’s brunch menu offers a vast, diverse menu complete with brunch cocktail options. However, this isn’t the place for picky eaters or those who don’t want to put too much of a dent in their wallets. For the daredevils with no constraints out there, this is a really fun and interesting option.
BXL Café is a great restaurant for those of you looking for a worldly experience. This Belgian based restaurant offers a great brunch menu, while still offering bar food selections. Have a little taste of Europe with BXL’s brunch special.
Saturday and Sunday brunch at Thalia is a total party. With any entrée, enjoy a complimentary brunch specialty drink, options include mimosas, Bloody Marys, screwdrivers, house wine, or draft beer, or get unlimited brunch cocktails. What a way to start the day!