Every New Yorker impatiently awaits the weekend, when they can round up a few friends and head to brunch. Whether you’re new to the brunch scene or you’re looking to shake up your usual routine, be sure to check out these ten brunch spots in New York City’s ultra-trendy Meatpacking District.
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Paradou’s rustic design, complete with hanging plants, exudes a cozy atmosphere that pairs well with its scaled-back menu. While their selection is not particularly extensive, every dish is packed with flavor. Try the tuna tartar with flash-fried, julienned leeks, or the lobster sliders with sautéed potatoes. If you have a sweet tooth, go for the French toast with fresh berry compote. For $30, you can kick things up a notch and opt for their unlimited champagne brunch.
Cookshop has a great selection of brunch items and will make your final choice a difficult one. Start off with beignets for the table, made with fresh ricotta cheese and roasted pear compote. For your main dish, try the huevos rancheros, or opt for the baked French toast. Their alcohol menu is separate, and brunch cocktails range from $12 to $14.
The Standard Grill has an upscale, elegant feel with affordable brunch options. Go for a simple, yet classic, dish of soft scrambled eggs with gruyere and mixed greens, or try the seven-grain waffle, served with spiced apple, pecans, and bourbon cream. Not in the mood for breakfast? Opt for their steak salad. The green papaya mixed with salty peanuts and tangy lime fuses beautifully. Whatever you’re eating, pair it with an ‘Orchard Bellini’ – a champagne cocktail mixed with apricot liqueur and fresh peach purée.
Bubby’s High Line is a pretty popular brunch spot, so we suggest making reservations. The natural light that pours through the windows, brightening their white walls and blue ceiling, creates a comfortable, homey feel. Their fried chicken and biscuits is a crowd favorite – the skin is crispy and the chicken is juicy. No matter what you decide to eat, make sure you save room for Bubby’s homemade pie, which changes daily, so ask your waiter for the flavor of the day.
With fun works of art strategically placed throughout the upper-scale space, Bagatelle is definitely a brunch spot worth the splurge. On warm afternoons, sit outside on their Frenchcafe-inspired terrace. Indulge in their Nutella French toast, or the duck confit and caramelized onion frittata.
Revel is a beautiful restaurant sporting a year-round garden with a retractable roof, which offers diners an al fresco experience regardless of the weather. The surrounding exposed brick gives the space a rustic feel, reminiscent of an Italiangetaway. Try the classic challah French toast or the Meatpacking omelet, complete with bacon, ham, sausage, and Swiss cheese. For $45, make your brunch bottomless with mimosas, bellinis, or Clerico.
Fig & Olive is the perfect place for a relaxed brunch. Their wine collection adorns the walls from floor to ceiling, and trees surrounding the front of the restaurant give it a fresh, natural feel. Their brioche French toast with fig and cinnamon jam is a crowd favorite, as is their rosemary-chicken panini. Since no brunch is complete without a cocktail, we suggest the blood orange mimosa, or the cucumber cosmopolitan.
Located beneath the High Line, Hector’s Café and Diner brings old-school flare to this contemporary neighborhood. While Hector’s isn’t a brunch spot, they do offer breakfast all day long, and it serves as a popular spot for locals. Try any one of their omelets, or opt for a nicely-charred burger.
Petite Abeille is a cute, Belgian-inspired bistro with checkered tablecloths, chalkboard menus, and, of course, TinTin iconography. Since this is a Belgian restaurant, you simply must have a waffle. If you have a sweet tooth, try the sucre – a plain waffle with sugar and strawberry sauce, or the Oreo waffle. If you prefer savory food, get the Croque Madame, a classic pressed ham and Swiss sandwich topped with an egg. Cocktails range from $8 to $12, and come in a pitcher if you’re in the mood to share.
High Street On Hudson is not your typical brunch spot, but they do serve breakfast until 2:30pm on Saturdays. Serving traditional American food, opt for the pastrami and hash breakfast sandwich, the duck meatball sub, or go for one of their freshly-baked bagels.