Arguably the most essential NYC meal, New Yorkers mean business when they brunch, and they demand a plethora of dynamic options to choose from. The accessible Manhattan neighborhood of Midtown East offers a wide array of brunch options, from the French variety to down home southern fare, farm-to-table eats, and more. We profile the 10 best brunch spots in Midtown East.
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Operating under the supervision of Chef Matthew O’Loughlin, Penelope offers a Saturday and Sunday brunch. Providing a delightful selection of brunch options for everyone, opt for the prix fixe menu and dine on Nutella French toast, a farmer’s market omelette or the brunch burger with a cocktail. Alternatively, their á la carte menu features salmon-wrapped poached eggs, a chorizo and egg sandwich, homemade granola, and more.
Specializing in French cuisine with Asian and American influences, Rue 27 offers the likes of eggs Benedict and banana pancakes alongside French onion soup and mussels dijonnaise under the masterful supervision of Executive Chef Rich Robson. If you are not in the mood to go out Rue 27 will deliver brunch right to your door.
Farm-fresh and creative bistro The Smith proudly supports local purveyors, sourcing the majority of its ingredients from small local businesses. The Sunday brunch menu includes a raw bar alongside poached eggs, Maine lobster salad, and vanilla bean French toast. Pair your meal with a cocktail like a traditional Bloody Mary or a Bellini, or opt for something a little different and try their ‘Barnstormer’, or ‘Passion Punch’.
One of New York City’s most classic brunch spots with multiple additional locations around the city, you can never go wrong with Sarabeth’s, where a full bar with specialty cocktails awaits you. Arrive early, as Sarabeth’s reputation precedes itself, and they don’t take reservations for Sunday brunch. Come for expert gourmet spins on the classics, from eggs to pancakes, French toast, and more.
Fostering a comfortable atmosphere perfect for a casual weekend brunch, cozy up at Tavern29. Their brunch menu includes classics such as steak and eggs and a breakfast burrito, alongside some less traditional brunch options like hot wings and a special ‘hangover pizza’. Be a true New Yorker and make your brunch bottomless for $25, which includes two hours of unlimited mimosas, Bloody Marys, or tavern Pilsner.
Pub-style brunch spot The Crooked Knife offers more than meets the eye. Come for their brunch special, and enjoy an afternoon of unlimited mimosas or Bloody Marys for two hours. Pair your drink(s) with an omelet and home fries, alongside other rustic brunch classics.
Described as a new-age American brasserie, Lexington Brass offers delicious brunch options made from the freshest ingredients. A perfect spot for a classic NYC brunch, this is the place for perfectly-balanced meals suitable for any dietary requirement. Try the organic Pennsylvania Dutch crispy chicken salad, the Brass ‘health bowl’, vegetarian mushroom pasta, and more, with additional gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan options.