Serious Brunching: Where To Eat In New York City

New York and brunch go together like two peas in a pod. It makes sense, then, that the city would be home to some of the very best foodie spots and when it comes to good brunching, Manhattanites know what they’re talking about. From full on food spreads to the latest in clean eating, New York is serving up some of the best mid-morning meals in the world. The next time you head to the city for a spot of sightseeing, make sure you do so with an empty tummy.

While New York might be the destination at hand, there’s no reason why you can’t take a little influence from the French. When it comes to fine dining, the Gallic gastronomy scene is what it’s all about and brunching is no exception. If you want a slice of something a little out of the ordinary, try making Lafayette your go-to spot. A state-side brasserie, the eatery is packed to the rafters with some of the best brioche, croque-madames, and softly scrambled eggs you’ve ever sunk your teeth into. Just make sure you go there on an empty stomach; you’re going to need room to try everything on the menu.

For something that crosses New York with Paris, however, Balthazar should be high up on your list. Making an entry on practically every foodie’s dining list around the world, the brunch spot is seriously popular, so get your reservation in before it’s too late. What’s on the menu, you ask? Try a selection of French eggs, delicately seasoned seafood, and some of the best steak you’ve ever tried. You will be bound to come back for more.

Hidden brunch spots rarely stay that way for long, so if you’re in town anytime soon, make sure you make a beeline for Fort Defiance. While not technically located on the island of Manhattan, it is a stone’s throw away, nestled in near Red Hook. Stuffed to the rafters with the usual suspects, this place gives hash browns and eggs a brand new lease on life.

If booze and food are of equal importance to your palette, Prime Meats is a place you’re going to love. With prime real estate in Brooklyn, the brunch spots attracts diners from far and wide, sending them off into the afternoon with full bellies and smiles on their faces. With a menu packed full of prime meats, fried chicken sandwiches and fresh juices, it’s not hard to see why local punters look so happy about their choice.

With a name as simple as its menu, it’s hardly surprising that Egg is a traditional brunching spot. Featuring a menu of Southern-inspired delights, the place will take you back to your roots (real or imagined) and give you something to smile about. You can expect to gobble down some biscuits and gravy, grits, and country ham in the Brooklyn-based spot, so make sure you go there prepared to do some serious damage.

Hannah Lamarque
Hannah is a freelance writer and copy editor living in Europe. She writes about travel, art, design and culture and loves discovering hidden places in the cities that she visits.