Between morning visits to the Met and lazy afternoons in Central Park, locals and tourists flock to the city’s upper east side to sample the best of the island’s brunches. Here’s our guide to the best Upper East Side brunch spots.
A New York institution, Sarabeth’s serves lemon-ricotta pancakes, pork and apricot sausage, and crab cake sandwiches in a bright and inviting atmosphere. With its generous portions, creative dishes, and renowned specialty cocktails, Sarabeth’s is sure to please patrons for many years to come.
Sarabeth’s, 1295 Madison Avenue, New York, NY, USA +1 212 410 7335
Sojourn adopts a global approach to local fare. Foreign influences meet classic American food at this worldly restaurant, yielding exciting menu options like lobster brie omelets, truffle polenta, and lingon berry yogurt parfaits. From the culturally diverse menu to its warm, spacious interior, Sojourn invites you to join its culinary expedition.
Sojourn, 244 East 79th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 537 7745
The Writing Room
The Writing Room serves classic American cuisine. Delivering maximum flavor with minimal frills, the menu features traditional dishes, including honey-glazed corn bread, salmon Benedict, and buttermilk waffles. In addition to its solid food options, this unique spot boasts an elegant, retro atmosphere, complete with towering bookshelves and visual references to the venue’s glamorous past.
The Writing Room, 1703 2nd Avenue, New York, NY, USA +1 212 335 0075
At Infirmary, brunch entails alligator-pork sliders, cheesy baked oysters, and eggs Benedict po’ boys. The unique and flavorful menu is complimented by the restaurant’s eccentric cocktail list and extensive stock of Louisiana-based Abita beers. With its friendly staff, lively atmosphere, and exciting menu options, Infirmary is an excellent choice for a nontraditional brunch.
Infirmary, 1720 2nd Avenue, New York, NY, USA +1 917 388 2512
Vegan bistro V-Note offers dishes so filling and flavorful, you won’t even miss the meat. The accommodating menu includes brunch classics like french toast and blueberry pancakes, as well as tasty and inventive vegan dishes such as seitan schnitzel, tempeh bacon, and tofu scramble. With an extensive menu and an impressive stock of organic wines and beers, V-Note demonstrates that healthy eating and happy eating are one and the same.
V-Note, 1522 1st Avenue, New York, NY, USA +1 212 249 5009
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