The 10 Best Brunch Spots In Kips Bay, NYC

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Kadisha Kentish

Bordered by Murray Hill to the north and Gramercy Park to the south, Kips Bay is a lesser-known Manhattan neighborhood. While it’s less popular among the younger New York City crowds, this area is home to great shops and restaurants. We profile the 10 best brunch spots in Kips Bay.


This quaint little restaurant offers a unique take on homemade American fare. Penelope is characterized by a rustic atmosphere, complete with wooden furniture and charming blackboards. Come for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 8am through 4pm for raspberry sour cream coffee cake and salmon-wrapped poached eggs.

159 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY, USA +1 212 481 3800

Poached eggs on toast with bacon and spinach at The Italian Chef in South Yarra

2. The Bluebell Café

Cafe, American

The Bluebell Café is a relatively new neighborhood addition. The interior looks like a studio apartment with cozy brick walls, fostering a NYC-meets-Paris vibe. Dishes are affordable and delicious, with seasonal cuisine that combines French flavor with American home cooking. Choose from several egg combinations such as eggs Benedict or poached eggs, or go for lunch-style options like tuna niçoise or hangar steak frites.

Friend of a Farmer

Friend of a Farmer is a cozy café that’s been around since 1986. This spot pioneered the farm-to-table movement, and garnered a reputation for incredible seasonal fare on a lengthy brunch menu. Unsurprisingly, Friend of a Farmer has a distinctively rustic atmosphere. Customers can be seated indoors or outdoors. The interior is equipped with fireplaces and wooden accents, while their outdoor space is located on charming Irving Place.

77 Irving Place # 1, New York, NY, USA +1 212 477 2188

Le Parisien

This classic French restaurant serves bistro-style cuisine in an intimate Parisian-esque space closer to Murray Hill. Stepping into Le Parisien is a great way to faux travel to France, with white brick walls, sparkling lights, wooden furniture, and French paintings.

163 East 33rd Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 889 5489

French Toast at King and Prince

PS 450

PS 450 is an oasis off of Park Avenue South, with three comfortable and exceptional settings. This is the perfect brunch spot. Go for the ‘Endless Brunch’ prix fixe, which gets you one main dish and two hours of unlimited cocktails, from Bellinis to mimosas, Bloody Marys, or beer.

450 Park Avenue South, New York, NY, USA +1 212 532 7474

Hill and Bay

Hill and Bay is a bistro with new American food, cocktails, and craft beers. This modern space is equipped with dark furniture, brick walls, and bright lighting. Hill and Bay also has a to-go pick-up window for customers who don’t have time to sit down and enjoy a meal.

581 2nd Avenue, New York, NY, USA +1 212 245 5554

Maharlika Brunch

The Crooked Knife

The Crooked Knife is an Irish pub with a brunch menu and a wide selection of beers. With that typical old-world, rustic feel, customers can enjoy their brunch indoors or outdoors. Choose between salmon cakes, nachos, eggs Florentine, eggs Benedict, home fries, crème brûlée French toast, a selection of omelettes, and more.

29 East 30th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 696 2593


Friedman’s is a family-run business with several locations around the city. This contemporary restaurant specializes in locally-sourced, seasonal, and mostly gluten-free comfort classics. Friedman’s takes pride in knowing that their food is antibiotic free, their vegetables are locally grown, and the food is naturally delicious.

132 West 31st Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 971 9400


Petite Abeille

This causal Belgian bistro is a popular brunch spot in New York City. Petite Abeille offers just that. This spot serves classic Belgian dishes such as Belgian waffles, stoemp saucisse (Belgian sausage with mashed potatoes), croque monsieur (a gourmet ham and cheese sandwich), carbonnade flamande (stew and fries), and mussels.

44 West 17th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 727 2989

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