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The 10 Best Brunch Spots In Midtown East, New York City

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Updated: 22 October 2016
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.


Má Pêche

Translating to ‘mother peach’ in French, Má Pêche has teamed up with Reserve to offer brunch à la carte for charity. Under the supervision of Chef Ian Davis, Má Pêche offers seasonal dishes that are sure to please even the most discerning New York City bruncher. Choose from a daily assortment of pastries, and order the likes of roasted beets, smoked trout dip, and broccoli salad to share. A variety of desserts from Milk Bar are also on offer.

Má Pêche, 15 West 56th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 757 5878

Ma Peche | © Gabriele Stabile

© Gabriele Stabile


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.

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

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Courtesy of Penelope

Peacock Alley

Located inside the iconic Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Peacock Alley offers classic brunch cuisine in an elegant atmosphere. Not your typical casual brunch spot, note that Peacock Alley requires formal attire to match the surroundings. Guests can dine on seafood dishes, salads, soups, and traditional breakfast options. Peacock Alley is closed for brunch in the summer, but it resumes taking reservations in the early autumn.

Peacock Alley, 301 Park Avenue, New York, NY, USA +1 212 872 1275

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Courtesy of Peacock Alley

Rue 27

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.

Rue 27, 60 West 57th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 307 5656

Eggs Benedict with Bacon - The Maling Room AUD13 | © Alpha/Flickr

Eggs Benedict with Bacon – The Maling Room AUD13 | © Alpha/Flickr

The Smith

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’.

The Smith, 956 Second Avenue, New York, NY, USA +1 212 644 2700

poached eggs-4 | © jules/Flickr

poached eggs-4 | © jules/Flickr

The Upsider

The Upsider has everything from salads to smashed avocado toast, Greek yogurt, smoked salmon, and more. Rated one of New York City’s top ten brunches to try by Thrillist, The Upsider is a must for brunchers everywhere.

The Upsider, 1004 Second Avenue, New York, NY, USA +1 646 726 4760

poached eggs with avocado and toast | © Stacy Spensley/Flickr

poached eggs with avocado and toast | © Stacy/Flickr


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.

Sarabeth’s, 40 Central Park South, New York, NY, USA +1 212 826 5959

Eggs Florentine/ Eggs Benedict | © Bharat Mirchandani/Flickr

Eggs Florentine/ Eggs Benedict | © Bharat Mirchandani/Flickr


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.

Tavern29, 47 East 29th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 685 4422

Breakfast Burrito | © erin/Flickr

Breakfast Burrito | © erin/Flickr

The Crooked Knife

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.

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

Omelet.jpg | © pacificbro/Flickr

Omelet.jpg | © pacificbro/Flickr

Lexington Brass

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.

Lexington Brass, 517 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY, USA +1 212 392 5976