In New York City, it’s safe to say brunch is an institution. There’s nothing like kicking off a relaxing Saturday or Sunday with a delicious late-morning meal, and Manhattan’s Midtown has myriad options. From the French variety to down-home Southern fare, farm-to-table eats and more, we profile the 10 best brunch spots in the city’s center.
You can never go wrong with Sarabeth’s, one of New York City’s classic brunch spots with multiple locations around the city. 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, plus a full bar with specialty cocktails.
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.
The Smith is a farm-fresh and creative bistro that 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 (bourbon, Aperol, Italian bitters, grapefruit and prosecco), or What’s Up Doc? (aquavit, carrot-ginger-tarragon shrub, tangerine, lemon and dill).
Alex Wexelman contributed additional reporting to this article.