Peacock Alley Sunday Brunch | Image courtesy of Waldorf Astoria New York
The weekend brunch tradition is deeply integrated into New York City culture; savoring indulgent egg creations and airy pancakes, reconnecting with friends, and people-watching is the New Yorker’s pastime. And any true New Yorker knows no brunch is complete without endless mimosas, champagne, Bloody Marys, or sangria. We profile the 10 best bottomless brunches in NYC.
Thoughtfully-created Mexican cuisine, coupled with a cool, brick-walled, industrial-columned Tribeca location and an affordable $29 bottomless brunch price, makes Añejo a must. Guacamole and salsa come in traditional and spicy varieties, and the bottomless ‘Bloody Maria’ option pairs perfectly with coriander chili-spiced steak tacos or mushroom queso fundido.
When the Waldorf-Astoria does bottomless brunch, they truly embrace the meaning of ‘bottomless’. Offered exclusively on Sundays on the legendary Midtown East hotel’s 20th floor, Peacock Alley’s cuisine runs the gamut from bagels and Waldorf smoked salmon to Beef Wellington. High-end breakfast options like cheese blintzes and fruit compote share the plate with supper entrées of lobster tails and local oysters.
Gallow Green is a head above the class compared to other brunch spots. Located in Chelsea, its rooftop above the McKittrick Hotel is a funky, inspired setting that poses as a tree house aerie with its greenery and garden environment. As if the setting isn’t enough, the endless mimosas and indulgent plates like chicken and waffles with bacon-studded collard greens and foie gras butter will keep diners coming back for more.
Quiet street corners and tranquil rooftops are not every person’s ideal brunch environment. For a space inviting dressed-up attire, a nightlife vibe, and thumping music, check out the dimly-lit PS 450 around the corner from the Empire State Building. With a dining area and bar in the front and club-like space in the back, PS 450 ensures that everyone is satisfied and has their fill of the $45 bottomless brunch.
Agave is known for its high-quality brunch fare, affordable bottomless option, and inviting patio in the front. Vino is a perfect complement for re-inventions of brunch classics like lobster Benedict and three-meat hash. The mojo chicken sandwich with chile rajas and pico de gallo provides sustenance to have that third glass of bottomless brunch wine.
Harry’s Café & Steak has an upscale cellar-feel providing patrons with a below-ground view of the passing Stone Street and Wall Street. Even though Harry’s is renowned for its rib-eye, have a smoked salmon scramble with cream cheese fondue or a hefty B.L.T. with avocado. The unlimited champagne provides a welcome accompaniment.
A communal feeling, quirky décor, and relaxed vibe can be found at the cozy East Village hideaway, Feast. Feasts offer of a brunch cocktail, lovingly brewed coffee, three small plates and an entrée make it a steal in the world of NYC brunching. A regularly changing menu with an emphasis on flavorful ingredients results in culinary masterpieces, like the spicy lamb merguez sausage stew, and quail egg-adorned, fontina cheese-stuffed croque madame.
A thin-crust breakfast pizza revives any brunch goer, especially when paired with a side of homemade meatballs. L’asso’s narrow storefront consistently draws a large crowd of trendy Italian food enthusiasts every weekend. Although the line can be daunting and the bottomless brunch is limited to one hour, the classic brunch pizza topped with prosciutto, a freshly cracked egg, and scallions is worth the wait.
A multitude of appealing brunch options exist outside of Manhattan. In the Bronx, Tosca is a Throgs Neck favorite best suited for those looking for a plentiful buffet and a celebratory vibe. In the warmer months, the roof deck provides the ideal ambience to enjoy several rounds of champagne. There is also a plentiful sushi and sashimi menu for Japanese food devotees.
Jane, a light-filled, sophisticated spot bordering Greenwich Village, benefits from a serene environment, a classic Parisian bistro-feel and phenomenal food. Try the passion fruit screwdriver or ‘Kentucky Mary’, with the slow-roasted pork-filled ‘Eggs in a Nest’. Also highly recommended are the carrot cake bread, jalapeño cheddar grits, and the kale and brussels sprout salad with apples and pecans.