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

The 10 Best Brunch Spots In The East Village, New York City
The start of the weekend for New Yorkers means one thing: it is time to get your brunch on. While the East Village may be known for its nightlife, it also has a robust offering of restaurants for breakfast the morning after being out all night. With long-time dining staples and up-and-coming spots, there an outstanding variety of restaurants for every kind of eater. Here is a list of the 10 places you and your friends can go to start your day off right.
Prune Brunch Pancakes | courtesy of  Eric Wolfinger
Prune Brunch Pancakes | courtesy of Eric Wolfinger

Restaurant, Bar, American, Contemporary, $$$$
Prune, New 1st Street

Prune, New 1st Street | courtesy of Prune

Opened by chef and owner Gabrielle Hamilton, this East Village staple is a go to for locals looking for a refreshing and laid back breakfast experience. Prune is a restaurant that has a straightforward vibe and does not easily cater to the requests of the guests. Because of this, if you have serious food allergies and aversions, this may not be the place for you. An all time classic, this restaurant can get busy quickly in the morning. Hamilton, who is an award winning chef, has created a menu unlike many others in the city; it includes soft scrambled eggs on the wet side, huevos rancheros, grilled lamb sausage and more.
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Northern Spy Food Co.
Restaurant, American, $$$$

Sometimes it can be difficult to eat healthily without paying a heavy price in your pocket. Northern Spy Food Co. can satisfy both your appetite for locally sourced, organic foods and desire to not going broke while doing so. A small and intimate space, diners can easily find out more information about where their food came from. The menu is built around seasonal offerings and whenever possible is locally grown, caught or raised. Even the restaurant’s inside is local – built from reclaimed and re-purposed wood. Since their opening in 2009, Northern Spy Food Co. has been serving favorites like brioche French toast, corned beef hash and slow-whisked scrambled eggs.

Interior of Mudspot | Courtesy of Mudspot
Interior of Mudspot | Courtesy of Mudspot
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Originally a food truck, Mudspot is the bricks-and-mortar homebase that fans can seek out for a great breakfast experience. A great spot in the warmer seasons, Mudspot boasts a café for takeout, a restaurant for sitting in, and a garden to soak up the rays while dining. A large menu with a little something for everyone, this spot is sure to satisfy not only your food cravings, but also your caffeine needs, as it brews some of the best coffee the city has to offer.

Mudspot, 307 East 9th Street, New York, NY, USA + 1 212 228 9074


Brunch at Cafe Orlin | © Cafe Orlin
Brunch at Cafe Orlin | © Cafe Orlin
Cafe Orlin
Cafe, Restaurant, American, Middle Eastern, $$$$

Café Orlin, a longtime staple of the East Village, is known for its mix of American and Middle Eastern food. With lovely outdoor seating areas that give you a spectacular view of the East Village, diners can enjoy brunch while people watching, taking in the sun and enjoying the views. With plenty of gluten-free and other allergy friendly options, there’s something for everyone. There are no reservations for brunch, so diners should get there early to choose from great options such as eggs blackstone, wood-stone salmon, hummus, tabouleh and more.

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Restaurant, American, $$$
Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Chocolate Chip Pancakes | © hepp

A place to just sit and relax with your friends, Spiegel is the restaurant for you, especially if you like coffee. With an extensive variety of coffee options to balance out the international menu of entrées and more, it’s a great place for an early riser to visit. They offer items such as fresh pressed juices, grilled shell steak, waffles, homemade granola, baked feta and a grilled Portobello sandwich.

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Restaurant, Diner, European, $$$
Veselka, 144 2nd Ave, New York, NY. exterior storefront of a polish diner, and sidewalk cafe in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan.. Image shot 08/2018. Exact date unknown.

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A long-time staple of the East Village, Veselka is famous for its breakfast specials, no-frills attitude and the fact that they’ve been serving up traditional Ukrainian food for over 50 years. Consistent in its quality, service and ingredients, this restaurant is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. One of the few places to cook authentic Ukrainian cuisine, customer favorites include:blintzes served with sour cream and apple sauce, egg and kielbasa on a puffy roll and blueberry pierogi.
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Cornerstone Café
Bistro, Cafe, Diner, Italian, American, $$$

Brunch | © Ten Degrees Bistro

Open for brunch on weekends, Cornerstone Café is a typical local café. A local hangout for people in the East Village, the café has a wide-ranging menu of solid choices that can accommodate any kind of diner. Cornerstone serves up standard options like steak and eggs, eggs benedict, turkey burgers, pancakes and a multitude of sides. In addition, they have a wide selections of wines and spirits to go along with reasonably priced meals.

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Ten Degrees Bistro
Bistro, Restaurant, American, $$$$

An all-American restaurant, Ten Degrees Bistro serves up a mighty fare of traditional brunch options that will satisfy the hungriest of customers. With big portions and a diverse menu it might be a good idea for the table to order some different options and share with one another in order to taste everything. The location is on the smaller side, so getting there on the early side is a good idea. Favorites of regulars are avocado toast, homemade Belgian waffles with your choice of toppings, blueberry buttermilk pancakes and eggs benedict.

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Joe and Misses Doe
Restaurant, American, $$$$
Interior of The Wren

Interior of The Wren | © Paul Wagtouicz

With its sleek look and funky flair all around, this restaurant is sure to impress both in environment and on the menu. For the last seven years this casual American restaurant has been serving up unique plates and creative drinks. Chef and owner Joe Dobias has been on a number of television cooking shows, such as Chopped and Beat Bobby Flay. Dobias does not let his celebrity chef status get to his head, as he still maintains strict vigilance over the menu to ensure the highest quality. Menu items to check out are the salted snow peas, deviled eggs, the mother trucker, brisket hash and chicken biscuit.

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The Wren
Bar, Irish, Pub Grub, $$$

Open for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, The Wren does not accept reservations, so be sure to get there early to get a seat at this popular spot. An intimate setting with a great view of the street, this elegant menu has a classic feel. Popular items from guests include the potato rosti, the full Irish breakfast, bulghur wheat pancakes and the smashed avocado with a soft boiled egg.

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