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A tamarind honey bun and assortment of doughnuts from Yellow Rose.
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15 Brunch Spots to Check Out in New York City

Tender pancakes, runny eggs, and saucy sandwiches abound

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A tamarind honey bun and assortment of doughnuts from Yellow Rose.
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Brunch is back in New York City as a weekend event — even if to-go cocktails are no longer allowed and indoor dining still faces some regulations. Restaurants in the five boroughs contain an endless sea of midday dining options, so it’s not easy to tell which ones actually care about the food and the experience, or which are just serving some eggs and other brunch promotions to appease the masses. Luckily, there’s a choice for every type of brunch goer.

With that in mind, here is a guide to excellent brunch options spread across NYC for geographic ease. Ritzy or affordable, creative or straightforward, this map has it all.

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

Note: This is an updated version of a map originally published in 2017.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Archer & Goat

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187 Malcolm X Blvd
New York, NY 10026
(917) 261-6602
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The menu at this Harlem brunch favorite channels its owners’ Ecuadorian-, Puerto Rican-, and Bangladeshi-American heritages. Dishes like chicken vindaloo arepas and lamb neck curry are available all-day, while more traditional brunch items — hot chicken sandwiches, date and pistachio french toast — round out the menu on weekends. An hour of bottomless mimosas is priced at $25 per person. 

A plate stuffed with various different foods including orange pieces of fried chicken, red sliced strawberries, and white puffy biscuits
The hot chicken biscuit sliders at Archer & Goat.
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2. Dagon

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2454 Broadway
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-2466
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Since opening in February, Dagon has shown that not all Upper West Side restaurants have to live up to their reputation of being a snooze. The space is pulsating with Israeli pop and the sun-drenched dining room is often packed. It makes for a lively brunch with dishes like spicy tomato shakshuka, an impressive mezze spread (get the labneh), and a Levantine spin on the Caesar salad dotted with fried chickpeas. Bottomless brunch is available from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends.

3. 2nd Ave Deli

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1442 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10021
(212) 737-1700
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A classic Jewish deli is one of the most comforting places to spend brunch, whether noshing on indulgent challah French toast, lighter matzah brei, or a classic whitefish salad sandwich. There’s a whole egg section, too, with choices like omelets, eggs any way, and corned beef hash.

A brick building in New York City with 2nd Ave Deli on the ground floor
Second Avenue Deli on the Upper West Side.
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4. Comfortland

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40-09 30th Ave
Astoria, NY 11103
(347) 642-9932
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Rollicking Astoria brunch destination Queens Comfort shut down last fall, but the restaurant’s signature saucy, stacked sandwiches live on at Comfortland, the owners’ counter-serve spot located two blocks away. Brunch knows no time limits here, as diners can order brunch items all day long.

5. Yellow Rose

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102 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 529-8880
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Texas transplant Yellow Rose offers a weekend-only brunch menu stacked with egg-stuffed breakfast tacos, golden kolaches, and a selection of brioche doughnuts with flavors and fillings that change on weekly basis. Keep on eye on the restaurant’s Instagram account to stay up to date on their constantly rotating menu.

The sign for Yellow Rose, a mix of white lettering, pink bordering, and a teal background hangs above the striped awning of the venue
Yellow Rose in the East Village.
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6. Chez Ma Tante

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90 Calyer St
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 389-3606
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Greenpoint’s popular neighborhood bistro Chez Ma Tante takes its French Canadian-ish bent at brunch and executes it into simple but flavorful dishes like a ham and cheese sandwich, kale and cheddar quiche, and country pate with pistachio and foie gras. The highlight of daytime dining here, though, are the pancakes — a big specimen with a crispy outer crust that aren’t too sweet or dense.

Chez Ma Tante’s spare dining room with dark wood tables and bar
Chez Ma Tante’s simple-but-elegant room is often filled up with customers.
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7. Rule of Thirds

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171 Banker St
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(347) 334-6684
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Planning brunch in NYC can be a chaotic affair but when diners enter Rule of Thirds, the restaurant’s decor — flowing outdoor drapes, a sleek industrial design — helps impart a sense of tranquility. On the menu are four different set meals, ranging from roasted fish to hearty braised pork belly paired with miso soup and a side of vegetables. But the star of the menu might be the Japanese souffle pancake, a stunning hotcake that’s pillowy and drenched in honey maple butter and sesame.

A deflated but golden brown souffle rests in a tin dish on top of a wooden table
The Japanese souffle pancake at Rule of Thirds.
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8. Clinton St. Baking Company

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4 Clinton St
New York, NY 10002
(646) 602-6263
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Crowds line up at Clinton St. Baking Company for inch-high, buttermilk pancakes, chicken and waffles, and creamy, buttery grits — all of which have fueled this Manhattan brunch hotspot for two decades. For those looking to avoid the lines, Clinton St. also runs a daily to-go counter stocked with coffee and baked goods including chocolate chip scones and blueberry muffins.

9. La Mercerie

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53 Howard St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 852-9097
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Soho all-day cafe La Mercerie serves a very Parisian breakfast on the weekends starting at 10 a.m. that includes a ham-and-egg crepe and baguettes with salted butter. Absolutely everything is for sale in the dreamy space, from the silverware to the tables, which is inside the Roman and Williams store. Fashion elite, from Vogue to bloggers, have accordingly flocked. So has Ina Garten

The airy interior of a restaurant with high ceilings and a lot of natural light streaming in through windows.
Inside La Mercerie.
La Mercerie

10. Fandi Mata

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74 Bayard St
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 388-8877
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This airy two-story restaurant opened its doors in Greenpoint last year, operating out of a warehouse that used to be an ambulance repair shop. Some original trappings still hang from its ceilings, but the interior has been redesigned as this memorable brunch destination with indoor plants and lots of room to spread out.

A high-ceilinged indoor dining room with lots of indoor plants and custom light fixtures hanging overhead.
The high-ceilinged dining room at Fandi Mata.
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11. Yin Ji Chang Fen

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91 Bayard St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 227-4888
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There are plenty of cheung fun, or rice roll, options in NYC these days, including the solid versions served at this buzzing Chinatown spot. But it’s the other items on the menu that make Yin Ji Chang Fen a great brunch option. Fragrant curry fish balls make for a nice starter to share and the generous portions of congee — the pork with preserved eggs are a classic, but there’s also a fish version worth checking out — are as satisfying as any other classic brunch fare.

The youtiao cruller rice roll at Yin Ji Chang Fen sits on a white plate, adjacent a shrimp rice roll.
A youtiao cruller rice roll at Yin Ji Chang Fan.
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12. Golden Diner

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123 Madison St
New York, NY 10002

Momofuku alum Samuel Yoo has added a throwback-style diner to the Two Bridges area of the Lower East Side, where breakfast starts at 10 a.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Perch on seafoam green swivel stools while eating Yoo’s takes on diner fare, including an egg and cheese sandwich on a sesame scallion milk bun, honey butter pancakes, and matcha coffee cake. Closed Mondays.

An fluffy egg sandwich with pieces of bacon and a thick hash brown patty rests on a diner plate.
The egg and cheese sandwich at Golden Diner.
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13. Peaches Restaurant

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393 Lewis Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11233
(718) 942-4162
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This reliable Bed-Stuy restaurant churns out its Southern-leaning brunch menu all day. Order fried chicken and granola-encrusted French toast from the weekend-only menu, or stick to staples like crab cakes and shrimp and grits, available throughout the week.

Three pieces of flakey, fried chicken rest in a red-and-white checkered napkin in a takeout basket
Takeout fried chicken from Peaches Hot House.
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14. Shane's Brooklyn

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794 Washington Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 872-6900
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Skip the lines at Tom’s Restaurant, and head to this cafe with plenty of outdoor seating on the same block. Shane’s serves a menu of proven brunch hits — red velvet pancakes, chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits — all reasonably priced and generously portioned. Come on a Saturday or Sunday morning and expect to find a high-energy, quick-moving crowd. 

15. Mo's Original

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453 Rogers Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225
(718) 513-0698
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This laid-back restaurant in Prospect Lefferts Gardens comes from the team behind Crown Heights crowd-pleaser Glady’s, which closed during the pandemic. The restaurant, best known for its ramen and fried fish sandwiches served at dinner, reopened for brunch on weekends with a menu that includes eggs, bagels, bloodies, and lots of grits.

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1. Archer & Goat

187 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10026
A plate stuffed with various different foods including orange pieces of fried chicken, red sliced strawberries, and white puffy biscuits
The hot chicken biscuit sliders at Archer & Goat.
Tanay Warerkar/Eater

The menu at this Harlem brunch favorite channels its owners’ Ecuadorian-, Puerto Rican-, and Bangladeshi-American heritages. Dishes like chicken vindaloo arepas and lamb neck curry are available all-day, while more traditional brunch items — hot chicken sandwiches, date and pistachio french toast — round out the menu on weekends. An hour of bottomless mimosas is priced at $25 per person. 

187 Malcolm X Blvd
New York, NY 10026

2. Dagon

2454 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

Since opening in February, Dagon has shown that not all Upper West Side restaurants have to live up to their reputation of being a snooze. The space is pulsating with Israeli pop and the sun-drenched dining room is often packed. It makes for a lively brunch with dishes like spicy tomato shakshuka, an impressive mezze spread (get the labneh), and a Levantine spin on the Caesar salad dotted with fried chickpeas. Bottomless brunch is available from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends.

2454 Broadway
New York, NY 10024

3. 2nd Ave Deli

1442 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10021
A brick building in New York City with 2nd Ave Deli on the ground floor
Second Avenue Deli on the Upper West Side.
Ben Fractenberg/Eater

A classic Jewish deli is one of the most comforting places to spend brunch, whether noshing on indulgent challah French toast, lighter matzah brei, or a classic whitefish salad sandwich. There’s a whole egg section, too, with choices like omelets, eggs any way, and corned beef hash.

1442 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10021

4. Comfortland

40-09 30th Ave, Astoria, NY 11103

Rollicking Astoria brunch destination Queens Comfort shut down last fall, but the restaurant’s signature saucy, stacked sandwiches live on at Comfortland, the owners’ counter-serve spot located two blocks away. Brunch knows no time limits here, as diners can order brunch items all day long.

40-09 30th Ave
Astoria, NY 11103

5. Yellow Rose

102 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003
The sign for Yellow Rose, a mix of white lettering, pink bordering, and a teal background hangs above the striped awning of the venue
Yellow Rose in the East Village.
Alex Staniloff/Eater NY

Texas transplant Yellow Rose offers a weekend-only brunch menu stacked with egg-stuffed breakfast tacos, golden kolaches, and a selection of brioche doughnuts with flavors and fillings that change on weekly basis. Keep on eye on the restaurant’s Instagram account to stay up to date on their constantly rotating menu.

102 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10003

6. Chez Ma Tante

90 Calyer St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Read Review |
Chez Ma Tante’s spare dining room with dark wood tables and bar
Chez Ma Tante’s simple-but-elegant room is often filled up with customers.
Stephen Yang/Eater

Greenpoint’s popular neighborhood bistro Chez Ma Tante takes its French Canadian-ish bent at brunch and executes it into simple but flavorful dishes like a ham and cheese sandwich, kale and cheddar quiche, and country pate with pistachio and foie gras. The highlight of daytime dining here, though, are the pancakes — a big specimen with a crispy outer crust that aren’t too sweet or dense.

90 Calyer St
Brooklyn, NY 11222

7. Rule of Thirds

171 Banker St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
A deflated but golden brown souffle rests in a tin dish on top of a wooden table
The Japanese souffle pancake at Rule of Thirds.
Bao Ong/Eater NY

Planning brunch in NYC can be a chaotic affair but when diners enter Rule of Thirds, the restaurant’s decor — flowing outdoor drapes, a sleek industrial design — helps impart a sense of tranquility. On the menu are four different set meals, ranging from roasted fish to hearty braised pork belly paired with miso soup and a side of vegetables. But the star of the menu might be the Japanese souffle pancake, a stunning hotcake that’s pillowy and drenched in honey maple butter and sesame.

171 Banker St
Brooklyn, NY 11222

8. Clinton St. Baking Company

4 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

Crowds line up at Clinton St. Baking Company for inch-high, buttermilk pancakes, chicken and waffles, and creamy, buttery grits — all of which have fueled this Manhattan brunch hotspot for two decades. For those looking to avoid the lines, Clinton St. also runs a daily to-go counter stocked with coffee and baked goods including chocolate chip scones and blueberry muffins.

4 Clinton St
New York, NY 10002

9. La Mercerie

53 Howard St, New York, NY 10013
Read Review |
The airy interior of a restaurant with high ceilings and a lot of natural light streaming in through windows.
Inside La Mercerie.
La Mercerie

Soho all-day cafe La Mercerie serves a very Parisian breakfast on the weekends starting at 10 a.m. that includes a ham-and-egg crepe and baguettes with salted butter. Absolutely everything is for sale in the dreamy space, from the silverware to the tables, which is inside the Roman and Williams store. Fashion elite, from Vogue to bloggers, have accordingly flocked. So has Ina Garten

53 Howard St
New York, NY 10013

10. Fandi Mata

74 Bayard St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
A high-ceilinged indoor dining room with lots of indoor plants and custom light fixtures hanging overhead.
The high-ceilinged dining room at Fandi Mata.
Luke Fortney/Eater NY

This airy two-story restaurant opened its doors in Greenpoint last year, operating out of a warehouse that used to be an ambulance repair shop. Some original trappings still hang from its ceilings, but the interior has been redesigned as this memorable brunch destination with indoor plants and lots of room to spread out.

74 Bayard St
Brooklyn, NY 11222

11. Yin Ji Chang Fen

91 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013
The youtiao cruller rice roll at Yin Ji Chang Fen sits on a white plate, adjacent a shrimp rice roll.
A youtiao cruller rice roll at Yin Ji Chang Fan.
Ryan Sutton/Eater NY

There are plenty of cheung fun, or rice roll, options in NYC these days, including the solid versions served at this buzzing Chinatown spot. But it’s the other items on the menu that make Yin Ji Chang Fen a great brunch option. Fragrant curry fish balls make for a nice starter to share and the generous portions of congee — the pork with preserved eggs are a classic, but there’s also a fish version worth checking out — are as satisfying as any other classic brunch fare.

91 Bayard St
New York, NY 10013

12. Golden Diner

123 Madison St, New York, NY 10002
An fluffy egg sandwich with pieces of bacon and a thick hash brown patty rests on a diner plate.
The egg and cheese sandwich at Golden Diner.
Ryan Sutton/Eater NY

Momofuku alum Samuel Yoo has added a throwback-style diner to the Two Bridges area of the Lower East Side, where breakfast starts at 10 a.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Perch on seafoam green swivel stools while eating Yoo’s takes on diner fare, including an egg and cheese sandwich on a sesame scallion milk bun, honey butter pancakes, and matcha coffee cake. Closed Mondays.

123 Madison St
New York, NY 10002

13. Peaches Restaurant

393 Lewis Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11233
Three pieces of flakey, fried chicken rest in a red-and-white checkered napkin in a takeout basket
Takeout fried chicken from Peaches Hot House.
Clay Williams/Eater

This reliable Bed-Stuy restaurant churns out its Southern-leaning brunch menu all day. Order fried chicken and granola-encrusted French toast from the weekend-only menu, or stick to staples like crab cakes and shrimp and grits, available throughout the week.

393 Lewis Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11233

14. Shane's Brooklyn

794 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Skip the lines at Tom’s Restaurant, and head to this cafe with plenty of outdoor seating on the same block. Shane’s serves a menu of proven brunch hits — red velvet pancakes, chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits — all reasonably priced and generously portioned. Come on a Saturday or Sunday morning and expect to find a high-energy, quick-moving crowd. 

794 Washington Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

15. Mo's Original

453 Rogers Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225

This laid-back restaurant in Prospect Lefferts Gardens comes from the team behind Crown Heights crowd-pleaser Glady’s, which closed during the pandemic. The restaurant, best known for its ramen and fried fish sandwiches served at dinner, reopened for brunch on weekends with a menu that includes eggs, bagels, bloodies, and lots of grits.

453 Rogers Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225

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