In New York City, it’s safe to say brunch is almost an institution. There’s nothing like kicking off a relaxing Saturday or Sunday with delicious late-morning meal. We’ve rounded up the 10 best brunches in the mid-town area.
The NoMad, New York, NY, USA
Restaurant, American, $$$
A restaurant from Chef Daniel Humm and Restaurateur Will Guidara, The NoMad is located at the hotel of the same name. Offering discerning diners an elegant space comprised of several rooms situated around an atrium surround by glass, The NoMad’s menu features mouth watering options such as the roasted broccoli with lardo, parmesan and lemon and the suckling pig confit with white asparagus, English peas and potato rissole.
Folks who are serious about brunch should experience the sleek setting and quintessential hot spot that is Norma’s at Le Parker Meridien New York. The upmost professional service and a friendly, prompt staff is only one reason this premier brunch spot is a cut above the rest. With servings that are huge, clever takes on traditional plates, and fresh fruit smoothies, Norma’s is definitely worth multiple trips.
Michelin Star chef April Bloomfield and her partner Ken Friedman are behind this taqueria and cantina featuring a menu influenced by international cuisines. The venue is colorful, decked out in a rainbow of inviting decor and little knick-knacks. On the menu, you will find mushroom and egg burritos, chorizo and egg tortas, and three-bite tacos sans the traditional Mexican fillings. Salvation Taco is the perfect place to enjoy Bloomfield’s respected and shareable menu with friends and family.
Aside the business backdrop of modern midtown, Lexington Brass is a new-age American Brasserie, which uses seasonal produce to create a menu of hearty, tasty dishes. The people behind Abe & Arthur’s in the Meatpacking District are responsible for this 100-seat restaurant, which features a selection of raw oysters, tuna tartare tacos, and pumpkin spice gluten-free waffles. With additional vegan and gluten-free items, there are options for everyone to enjoy.
This legendary brunch spot with several NYC locations can get quite crowded, but it’s worth the wait. There isn’t anything particularly out of the ordinary or challenging on the menu, but you’re guaranteed to find classic breakfast and brunch food from egg-based selections, sweets (waffles, pancakes, French toast), and cereals (oatmeals and granolas). Sarabeth’s has been drawing loyal devotees with American comfort food and baked goods since the early 80s.
With an atmosphere that feels like a New England country kitchen, Penelope is a brightly painted part-bar, part-cafe, and part bakery. The decor and ambiance, which resemble a little cottage, are refreshingly out of place for New York City. Expect lines out the door because brunch here is in high demand with affordable prices to boot.
In a jewel box setting within walking distance of Broadway and Theatre Row, 44 & X features American classics perfected by chef Julio Fauce. A Hell’s Kitchen go-to spot, waiters serve popular brunch food with a theatrical flair perfect for before or after the play. Soak up some sun with outdoor seating and a great cocktail menu.
This rustic bistro-country kitchen is named after a forgotten river that used to run through Murray Hill. The Crooked Knife is the perfect place for those in favor of a boozy brunch. Two hours to chow down on your choice of entrée and limitless bloodies and mimosas? We’ll take it.
The Chester is an all-American restaurant, bar, and private event space known for its stylish decor and lively atmosphere. From the one and only Sam Hazen, renowned chef at Tao and Veritas, the spot offers a casual, yet sophisticated place to eat, drink and celebrate good times. Enjoy a selection of artisanal pizza, East and West coast oysters and a hearty short rib hash.
With a great waterfront location with dazzling views over the beach, ocean, and Haystack Rock, the Wayfarer Restaurant and Lounge is a popular venue. The restaurant specializes in Pacific Northwest cuisine, emphasizing the very finest in seasonal, fresh and locally sourced ingredients. Fish, seafood, poultry, and steak, along with egg-based dishes for breakfast, all feature prominently on the menu. The Wayfarer offers a particularly impressive wine list. It features an extensive range of local Oregon and Northwest varieties. In nice weather, the outdoor seating area is an atmospheric place to unwind, enjoy the view and dine on the delicious cuisine.