Five of the Best New York Brunch Spots

By Kristie Kellahan

Five of the Best New York Brunch Spots
Forget long, boozy dinners – in NYC, brunch is the weekend party meal. Here our five favourites.

Every Saturday and Sunday, the most fabulous places are booked weeks in advance, so plot out your Eggs Benedict trail before you leave home. Aim for a coveted 2pm reservation; the pre-noon sitting is strictly for tourists.

Gramercy Terrace (

An elegant, airy rooftop terrace atop the chic Gramercy Park Hotel, this is the place for a refined brunch without the snotty attitude. Rare works by Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst provide a visual feast while the modern American fare – lobster roll with watermelon radish; bbq pulled pork – sates the palate.

Bagatelle (

At this Meatpacking hotspot, the Euro-jetsetter brunch crowd parties like it’s 3am. International DJs, semi-clad servers, $2,000 bottles of plonk and a 6pm curfew make this one of the hottest tickets in town. The truffled roast chicken and potatoes is a triumph.

Yotel (

Arrive hungry and thirsty to this funky Midtown hotel, where the $40 all-you-can-eat-and-drink brunch deal goes down a treat. We dare you to stop at one serve of the popcorn chicken.

Sylvia’s (

Soul food, stirring gospel and a slice of Harlem history is served up every Sunday at Sylvia’s. Don’t miss the waffles and fried chicken smothered in gravy, served with grits and home fries. (Low-cal it ain’t.)

Beauty & Essex (

The Lower East Side’s most glam hidden bar – from the entry it appears to be a pawn shop – hosts a weekend brunch delicious enough to tempt wafer-thin models and celebs to eat. Savour the lobster & chorizo hash.


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