Best known for its waterside views and historic landmarks, Bayside’s hub of edible culture remains largely unexplored and undoubtedly underrated. Unbeknownst to most New Yorkers, Bayside plays host to hidden culinary gems along its quaint streets and sidewalks. So whether you’re looking for a classic meal of French toast or something unconventional like a brunch pizza, make Bayside the destination of your next brunch date. We profile the 10 best brunch spots in Bayside, Queens.
With a cozy ambiance featuring decor that merges rustic and elegant accents, French bistro Aperitif is the Brooklyn-meets-Upper East Side hybrid you’ve been looking for. The brunch menu boasts iconic French favorites such as croque monsieur, alongside American classics like eggs benedict. Make your brunch boozy for an extra $14, and opt for their unlimited bellinis, mimosas or Bloody Marys. So make your way to Aperitif for an authentic French-flared brunch without the price of a flight to Paris.
The newest addition to Bayside’s collection of restaurants, Fiamma 41 is an inviting Italian restaurant. Guests are immediately welcomed by the aromas of rustic Italian fare, as this is the place for classic Italian meals with an American twist. Brunch at Fiamma 41 will offer the likes of a spinach and Grana Padano frittata, rigatoni alla vodka, and Nutella crêpes. The prices are fair, the portions are hearty, and the interior is chic and stylish — reminiscent of an upscale uptown lounge. So if and when you’re in the market for a hearty Italian-inspired brunch, Fiamma 41 is a no brainer.
Krave It Sandwich Shop & Eatery, Bayside | Courtesy of Krave It Pizza
A newer addition to the Bayside culinary community, Krave It brings some modern, contemporary culture to its surrounding area. It’s pretty easy to dismiss this fun, casual establishment at first glance, but once you try it, you’re sure to be a regular. Krave It proudly presents a ‘pizza brunch’ on Sundays, and who doesn’t want to have pizza for breakfast? So take a walk down Bell Boulevard to try Krave It for yourself.
If you want more bang for your buck, head to Cajun restaurant Bourbon Street for brunch. For less than 20 dollars, not only do you get a full entrée, but you also receive a complimentary Bloody Mary, mimosa, or Screwdriver, plus bagels, homemade muffins, coffee cake, a fresh fruit cup, coffee, and tea. In other words, it’s practically all you can eat for a very reasonable price. The rooftop bar opens in the warmer weather too, so enjoy a view with your drink.
Veranda Restaurant & Café is one of the biggest restaurants in Bayside, and one of the most visually appealing as well. Whether you choose to sit in the elegant interior or opt for their whimsical outdoor seating with fairy lights strung throughout the trees, Veranda will whisk you away. Their brunch menu offers everything from the ‘American Breakfast’ to a nova lox Benedict, alongside typical brunch drinks including Screwdrivers, mimosas, and Bloody Marys.
Offering a slight reprieve from the trendy establishments that continue popping up across Bayside, Maggie Mays brings back local tradition. While from the exterior this may look like an unassuming pub, on the inside, Maggie Mays hosts a pretty unbeatable brunch deal and menu, with an outdoor patio to boot. Their main brunch deal allows customers to choose two cocktails from a selection of Bloody Marys, Screwdrivers, Mimosas, and an entrée such as French toast or steak and eggs, and coffee or tea. For good, Instagram-worthy food, al fresco seating, and a price that can’t be beaten, turn the corner of 214th Street to Maggie Mays.
There is not one person in Bayside who isn’t familiar with Press 195 (or ‘Press’, if you’re local). Press 195 is an restaurant specializing in pressed sandwiches and American food. There is no separate brunch menu, but that doesn’t mean you should pass up Press on a Sunday afternoon. The Belgian fries are addictive, and everything on the menu is always fresh and flavorful. The menu offers everything from sandwiches to burgers, vegetarian options, and more, with something for everyone. Pair your meal with a beer or a glass of sangria, and enjoy the Bayside views.
Another recent addition to Bayside, The Masala Box specializes in modern Indian cuisine. Even recently, Bayside’s primary fare was American, so locals rejoice. The restaurant has a vibrant energy, the drinks are delicious and visually appealing, and the food is delicious, with everything from rice dishes to Indian tapas, Desi pasta bowls, and more. Grab your friends and have a lazy Sunday brunch at The Masala Box.
While burgers for brunch may not exactly appeal to you, Bareburger sources all of their food locally, with sandwiches, salads, and sliders available all day. Add sides such as crispy brussels sprouts and ‘Macho’ fries, for those that need an extra kick. Bareburger doesn’t have a cocktail menu, but their milkshakes are delightfully indulgent. Who says you can’t have ice cream for brunch?
Right before the waterfront, you’ll see a retro, 1980s-style diner called Jackson Hole. Jackson Hole’s rise to fame was thanks to their giant seven-ounce burgers, but what people don’t know is that their breakfast (brunch if you arrive fashionably late) is just as filling and delicious. While there are no fancy cocktails to snap a picture of, they have 22 different omelets, pancakes, waffles, and French toast.