- New York
- Julia Goicochea
Known for its stately townhouses and iconic institutions, Manhattan’s Upper West Side also harbors a good restaurant scene. From quirky tea rooms to upscale eateries, the neighborhood accommodates all appetites and budgets. Whether you wish to dine like a local or embark on a culinary journey to foreign lands, here are 10 Upper West Side brunch spots you’re going to want to try.
Join the lively crowd at neighborhood hot spot Jacob’s Pickles, a New American eatery specializing in down-home dishes with a creative twist. The Southern-inspired menu features unique options including shrimp and bacon cheese grits, loaded mushroom mac and cheese, and of course, plenty of flavored pickles.
Jacob’s Pickles, 509 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 470 5566
For cuisine with a conscience, Peacefood Cafe offers an array of vegan concoctions sure to satisfy every eater. From veggie-heavy raw pizza to the popular Japanese pumpkin sandwich, the menu at this inviting cafe features inventive interpretations of global flavors. Also serving tasty juices and smoothies, Peacefood is perfect for flavorful foods that won’t slow you down.
Peacefood Café, 460 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 362 2266
Come to Andanada for the sangria-soaked brunch, and stay for its authentic Spanish fare. With both sweet and savory menu options, including creamy ham croquettes, lobster-stuffed eggs, and custard with Maria cookie, Andanada delivers indulgent dishes for every appetite.
Andanada, 141 West 69th Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 646 692 8762
Dine like locals at Barney Greengrass, a no-frills delicatessen serving Upper West Side classics such as hot pastrami sandwiches, lox-topped bagels, and homemade matzo ball soup. A popular neighborhood spot since the early 1900s, Barney Greengrass promises an authentic, old New York experience, complete with specialty Jewish foods, a cash-only policy, and entertaining people-watching.
Barney Greengrass, 541 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 724 4707
Situated in a Central Park-adjacent townhouse, Telepan delivers New American cuisine that’s as creative and sophisticated as its location. Pancake soufflé, brown sugar bacon, and blintzes made with sheep’s milk ricotta are just a sample of the restaurant’s exciting menu options. Great for a leisurely post-park brunch, Telepan turns a house into a home for its patrons.
Telepan, 72 West 69th Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 580 4300
Bringing downtown vibes to the Upper West Side, Amused has unique menu items such as the beer-infused Cuban sandwich, breakfast banana split, and the ‘pig in a pretzel’ topped with mustard caviar. They also serve creative beverages including a seasonal fruit bellini and cold-brewed coffee milkshake,
Amused, 142 West 83rd Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 347 298 8200
Alice’s Tea Cup
Proving tea parties aren’t just for kids, Alice’s Tea Cup is a whimsical dining experience for all you adult dreamers. Trading crackers for crêpes, the restaurant serves grown-up treats such as French toast bread pudding, smoked salmon and scones Benedict, and homemade peanut butter crêpes. With three locations, or ‘chapters,’ throughout the city, Alice’s invites New Yorkers to turn tea time into a celebration.
Alice’s Tea Cup, 102 West 73rd Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 799 3006
Start the weekend off right with exciting Latin cuisine from Calle Ocho, a Cuban-Caribbean eatery that’s as colorful as it is cozy. Enjoy complimentary sangria as you embark on a culinary journey, sampling everything from sweet corn arepas and smoked salmon to spicy huevos rancheros made with chicken.
Calle Ocho, 45 West 81st Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 873 5025
For flavor-packed plates and Instagram-worthy presentation, visit upscale Mediterranean restaurant Boulud Sud. With an extensive (and photogenic) menu of nontraditional brunch options, including pistachio French toast, orange blossom and couscous yogurt parfaits, and a fire-roasted Turkish brunch pizza, the restaurant is a favorite among local foodies.
Boulud Sud, 20 West 64th Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 595 1313
Part specialty food emporium, part snack shop, Zabar’s is a New York institution for good reason. Skip the scarce seating and grab your freshly filleted lox, knishes, and homemade babka to go for an impromptu picnic in nearby Riverside Park. Throw in a cup of Zabar’s delicious coffee, and even without the seats, it will be a brunch to beat.
Zabar’s, 2245 Broadway, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 787 2000