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40 of the Best Places to Eat Brunch in NYC

Tender pancakes, runny eggs, and hangover-busting burgers abound

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Brunch is a Big Deal in New York City. On the weekends, 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-y stuff to appease the masses. Also, no one wants to travel far for the (kind of) morning meal.

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

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. Red Rooster

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310 Malcolm X Blvd
New York, NY 10027
(212) 792-9001
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The brunch menu at Marcus Samuelsson's perennial favorite has cornbread with honey butter, fried chicken & waffles, and biscuits with gravy. Beyond the food, Red Rooster always has different events and Harlem-influenced touches, such as live performances from area musicians or an exhibit of hats from a local fashion icon.

2. Jacob's Pickles

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509 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024
(212) 470-5566
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This spacious Upper West Side gastropub serves way more than just pickles. The brunch menu has several types of biscuit sandwiches, egg dishes, and salads, plus poutine and mac & cheese. To drink, Jacob's Pickles has more than two dozen beers, available in various pour sizes, or as flights. It’s a fun place to brunch.

3. The Sparrow Tavern

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24-01 29th St
Astoria, NY 11102
(718) 606-2260
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For a dependable, relaxing morning meal, head to Astoria's Sparrow Tavern. All the brunch staples are there, from eggs sandwiches to pancakes.

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4. Boulud Sud

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20 W 64th St
New York, NY 10023
(212) 595-1313
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Daniel Boulud’s Mediterranean-inspired restaurant near Lincoln Center has a cushy, earth-toned dining room, and a menu that's got a little something for everyone. Consider ordering the shakshuka, chicken tagine, or the sensational lamb burger. Two- and three-course prix fixe menus are available in addition to an a la carte menu.

5. Maison Kayser

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1294 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10021
(212) 744-3100
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Over the last few years, bread guru Eric Kayser has expanded his Parisian bakery/cafe mini-chain to several location across the city, and all of them are reliably good. The original NYC outpost is a nice place to visit before or after hitting up the museums, or window shopping on Madison Avenue. During brunch, the dine-in menu has a wide selection of tartines, salads, egg dishes, and pastries. The croque-madame is an especially strong choice.

6. 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 ways 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. 2nd Ave Deli endures as a throwback option for Jewish classics in a diner-like, uniquely New York space.

7. Queens Comfort

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3618 30th Ave
Astoria, NY 11103
(718) 728-2350
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Now in a new location, this quirky restaurant famously serves a slew of different kinds of egg Benedicts for brunch, from a Cajun-inspired shrimp and fried tilapia version to one with brie cheese and fig jam. It also offers crazy fried concoctions like a Guy Fieri-approved spicy mac-and-cheese ball. Queens Comfort is one of the most popular brunch restaurants in the area, so to avoid the wait, consider showing up at 10 a.m. when it opens, or after 2 p.m., when service is winding down.

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8. Victor's Cafe

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236 W 52nd St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 586-7714
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Wake up with live music, tropical decor, and brightly colored art in a restaurant that dates back to 1963. Try the ropa vieja, a Cuban national dish of shredded beef, or the lechon asado, roast pig with crackling skin, at this elegant and old-school Cuban spot, first opened in 1963.

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9. LIC Market

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2152 44th Dr
Queens, NY 11101
(718) 361-0013
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The popular Long Island City restaurant gets many of its ingredients from local organic farms, and the bar is pouring natural and organic wines. The menu changes regularly, and as a nice reward for the wait, the staff serves a complimentary basket of pastries before the meal. Sample dishes include slow cooked pork with beans & eggs; roasted duck hash with dried cherries, red onions, pine nuts, and eggs; and a shredded brisket sandwich.

10. Cookshop

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156 10th Ave
New York, NY 10011
(212) 924-4440
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Chef Marc Meyer has a knack for serving rustic, market-driven New American fare, and the quality extends to brunch, too. This bright corner restaurant features huge windows and sidewalk seating — perfect for watching the tourists who are checking out the High Line.

11. Upland

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345 Park Ave S
New York, NY 10010
(212) 686-1006
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The charming restaurant from Stephen Starr and Justin Smillie famously serves one of the city’s best brunches, with a menu that has both classic and more adventurous options. Besides dishes like eggs Benedict and buttermilk pancakes, Upland serves more lunchy options like smoked salmon pizza and cacio e pepe, too. Or, you can order like President Barack Obama, who ate the burger when he visited the restaurant in 2015.

12. High Street on Hudson

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637 Hudson St
New York, NY 10014
(917) 388-3944
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The New York location of High Street is just as good as the Philadelphia original. Eli Kulp and Ellen Yin’s restaurant has a cafe in the front room where you can grab creative pastries and coffee to go, plus a main dining room where you can enjoy some of the city’s finest breakfast sandwiches. If it’s your first visit to High Street, get the Redeye Danish and The Bodega sandwich.

13. AbcV

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38 E.19th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 475-5829
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Jean-Georges Vongerichten's new vegetarian venture AbcV features brunch drinks like the Champagne cocktail, which includes blueberries, lavender, and damiana, an ingredient touted as an aphrodisiac. Also on the menu are various entrees to feed anyone, like gluten-free almond pancakes, various dosas, and grain bowls.

14. Joseph Leonard

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170 Waverly Pl
New York, NY 10014
(646) 429-8383
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Gabe Stulman's West Village cafe is a cozy space run by friendly people, and the coffee here is very good. The tiny kitchen cranks out French-American comfort food dishes during brunch, including a fried chicken sandwich, avocado toast, and grits and greens.

15. Jack's Wife Freda

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50 Carmine St
New York, NY 10014
(646) 669-9888
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This cozy West Village cafe serves affordable Middle Eastern-inspired sandwiches, salads, and egg dishes that are tasty, but not too heavy. It’s no wonder that there’s always a crowd of fashionably dressed people milling out front.

16. Cafe Mogador

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101 Saint Marks Pl # 1
New York, NY 10009
(212) 677-2226
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Head to this Moroccan boîte, open since 1983, for halloumi with eggs, assorted mezze, big salads, and terrific tagines. Students and European tourists love this place, and there’s a sizeable outdoor patio when it’s nice out.

17. Atla

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372 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012
(646) 837-6464
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This all-day restaurant from Enrique Olvera and Daniela Soto-Innes is a lovely modern space with great people watching for weekend dining. Consider dishes like tlacoyos, green or red chilaquiles, or the guacamole goat cheese toast.

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18. 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 an egg and sausage sandwich, stracciatella with almonds and lemon, and a pork and pistachio terrine. The highlight of daytime dining here, though, are the pancakes — big, thick specimen that aren’t too sweet or dense. Share everything.

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19. Sadelle's

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463 W Broadway
New York, NY 10012
(212) 254-3000
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The people at Major Food Group — who also operate Carbone, Parm, Dirty French, and Santina — created a diner/deli/appetizing shop that feels like something from a Hollywood musical. Sadelle’s is big, bright, and busy, and the food is always right on the money. Make sure to order a tower of bagels with spreads for the table.

20. Five Leaves

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18 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 383-5345
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Greenpoint’s best place for people watching also happens to serve great breakfast and lunch dishes that won't break the bank. The Moroccan scramble might be the best thing on the menu, and the avocado toast will make you realize why people love avocado toast so damn much. A bonus piece of trivia about Five Leaves: Heath Ledger was one of the investors.

21. Prune

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54 E 1st St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 677-6221
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Chef Gabrielle Hamilton has written about how intense brunch at her East Village restaurant is behind the scenes: “Sunday brunch is like the Indy 500 of services at Prune.” Still, Prune kills it during the weekend rush, offering both classics breakfast items like eggs Benedict and less classic ones like lamb sausage with oysters on the half shell. It also has an expansive bloody mary menu.

22. Balthazar

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80 Spring St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 965-1414
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Keith McNally’s enduring Soho brasserie is one of the most spectacular places to enjoy brunch in New York City. It actually might be the greatest brunch restaurant in the world, for that matter. Balthazar is a swell place to go with a small group for a celebratory meal on the weekends. For a real splurge, order a seafood tower, steak tartare, and Champagne.

23. Reynard

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80 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 460-8000
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Andrew Tarlow’s restaurant in the Wythe Hotel, led by chef Christina Lecki, has a very pleasant vibe during the morning and early afternoon, thanks to the gigantic windows that run along the eastern edge of the dining room, and the faint smell of smoke from the kitchen’s wood-fired grill. Order anything with seasonal vegetables or housemade charcuterie. Great coffee and pastries, too. Note: Tip included.

24. Clinton St. Baking Co.

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4 Clinton St
New York, NY 10002
(646) 602-6263
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The restaurant from chef Neil Kleinberg is one of the most famous brunch destinations in the city. It’s best known for pancakes, and people wait hours on the weekends to nab a seat to try them. Since it opened in 2001, Clinton Street Baking Co. has expanded to Dubai, Tokyo, and Singapore.

25. Locanda Verde

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377 Greenwich St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 925-3797
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Locanda Verde is arguably New York's finest wood-fired seasonal Italian restaurant — and there are a lot of good ones throughout the city. During brunch, consider ordering the uova in purgatorio, the lemon-ricotta pancakes, or the shaved porchetta sandwich. After all these years, Locanda is still chef Andrew Carmellini’s most satisfying restaurant.

26. Russ & Daughters Cafe

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127 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 475-4880 ext. 2
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The iconic Jewish appetizing spot Russ & Daughters’s Lower East Side sit-down cafe serves a very fishy brunch. Boards of salmon and cheese spreads come with bagels, bialys, shissel rye, or pumpernickel bread. And there are egg dishes, too, like a smoked salmon Benedict with challah as well as sturgeon with eggs and toasted pumpernickel. Sweet options include blintzes and indulgent chocolate babka French toast. The cocktails are boozy, and there are four kinds of bloody marys, including one made with caraway-infused vodka, rye croutons, and pickled vegetables.

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27. Royal Seafood

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103 Mott St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 219-2338
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Royal Seafood is one of Chinatown’s best dim sum parlors, and devotees crowd the hall — still decorated in old-fashioned red and dragons — at lunchtime. The carts speed back and forth dispensing some of the best braised tripe in town, and the miniature custard pies, fresh tofu, shrimp rice noodle rolls, and pea shoot dumplings are also top notch.

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28. Egg

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109A N 3rd St
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 302-5151
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Don’t be dissuaded by the throngs of people on the sidewalk, and the clipboard full of names inside — Egg is totally worth the wait. Williamsburg’s classic brunch restaurant serves country-style breakfast and lunch dishes, cooked with care. Consider ordering any of the breakfast meats on the side — especially the scrapple if it’s available — and pay attention to the specials, which are often terrific.

29. Okonomi

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150 Ainslie St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

At night, this tiny Williamsburg restaurant serves ramen. But during brunch hours, it offers a sensational Japanese breakfast, with your choice of three fish options, plus pickles, tamago, soup, and rice for under $25. In February 2016, Eater critic Robert Sietsema wrote: “While this rendition of Japanese breakfast contains some modern chefly flourishes, it is delicious, satisfying, and totally within the spirit of the meal as eaten in Japan.”

30. Barano

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26 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(347) 987-4500
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This rustic but elegant South Williamsburg Italian restaurant has been dishing out consistent Southern Italian fare since 2016, and that style extends to weekend brunch, too. Go for semolina pancakes with lemon curd or the breakfast bowl with farrow, mushroom, kale, and broccoli rabe pesto. Three pizzas get a breakfast bent as well, like lox pie with everything spice. 

31. Roberta's Pizza

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261 Moore St
Brooklyn, NY 11206
(718) 417-1118
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Eating pizza for brunch is one option at Roberta's, but the midday entrees are also worth checking out. On an average weekend, you might find a soft scramble with seasonal vegetables, split pea soup with Benton's bacon, or cornmeal pancakes with vanilla-pear butter. Pre-noon diners should have no problem snagging a seat at the communal tables, and those who need to wait can take solace in a nicely spiced bloody mary at the tiki bar.

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  • 32. Vinegar Hill House

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    72 Hudson Ave
    Brooklyn, NY 11201
    (718) 522-1018
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    This is one of Brooklyn's coolest restaurant spaces — it feels like a Prohibition-era barroom that was boarded up decades ago and recently brought back to life. The menu is full of rustic dishes, like sourdough pancakes, shrimp and grits, and a big, fat cheeseburger. After your meal, consider ambling around the ancient streets near the southern tip of the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

    33. Peaches Restaurant

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    393 Lewis Ave
    Brooklyn, NY 11233
    (718) 942-4162
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    The laid-back Bed-Stuy restaurant offers a bunch of traditional brunch plates, as well as Southern-leaning dishes like shrimp and grits and fried green tomatoes. Parmesan grits can be added to any order as a side.

    34. Miriam

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    79 5th Ave
    Brooklyn, NY 11217
    (718) 622-2250
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    The Israeli wine bar transforms into a bustling brunch destination in the neighborhood on the weekend. The service is lively, and if you sit at the bar, the staff will offer enthusiastic recommendations if you ask. It offers both brunch standards like omelets and breakfast sandwiches, but options like a bureka, and scrambled eggs with labneh provide a welcome and delicious change from typical fare.

    35. MeMe's Diner

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    657 Washington Ave
    Brooklyn, NY 11238
    (718) 636-2900
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    This small Prospect Heights diner is incredibly hot at brunch. It focuses on comfort, both on the menu and off. Think classic Americana fare, such as chicken and biscuits or an everything bagel babka. Beyond food, the owners’ focus is on making the restaurant a queer space, and that emphasis has people lining up. Plus, there are free bowls of dry cereal, a mix of Lucky Charms, Froot Loops, Trix, and Golden Grahams.

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    36. Olmsted

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    659 Vanderbilt Ave
    Brooklyn, NY 11238
    (718) 552-2610
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    Prospect Heights neighborhood hit Olmsted rose to fame for its dinner, but its airy, plant-filled space has come alive with weekend brunch. The tight menu includes eclectic options like egg rolls filled with bacon, egg, and cheese, plus a grilled burger with a sauce choron. Waits can be long; on warmer days, sit in the back garden during your wait and indulge in carrot mimosas and snacks like a moist honey nut squash bread accompanied by clotted cream instead of butter.

    37. Fort Defiance

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    365 Van Brunt St
    Brooklyn, NY 11231
    (347) 453-6672
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    This is the kind of restaurant every neighborhood needs — it's got a lively vibe, and food that's reasonably priced and dependably good. For brunch, this Red Hooks staple serves red beans on toast, huevos rancheros, French toast, and a biscuit sandwich stuffed with eggs, ham, and jalapeño jam. The cocktails here are a few notches above what you find at your local neighborhood bistro.

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    38. Fausto

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    348 Flatbush Ave
    Brooklyn, NY 11238
    (917) 909-1427
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    This neighborhood restaurant on Flatbush, known for its wines and warm service, continues its Italian bent at weekend brunch, where a breakfast sandwich on ciabatta gets a kick of pesto and pancakes are flavored with lemon and ricotta. A couple pastas are available too, including a popular orecchiette one with fennel-braised pork. 

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    39. The Farm on Adderley

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    1108 Cortelyou Rd
    Brooklyn, NY 11218
    (718) 287-3101
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    The Ditmas Park gem offers brunch in its dining room as well as its charming garden, weather permitting. The restaurant is popular with families, and the menu focuses on classics with a twist, like a corned beef hash accompanied by beet mustard, and a burger on an English muffin.

    40. East Harbor Seafood Palace (迎賓大酒樓)

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    714 65th St
    Brooklyn, NY 11220
    (718) 765-0098

    East Harbor is one of Sunset Park’s dim sum superstars. During his survey of the area’s dim sum restaurants a few years ago, Eater critic Robert Sietsema wrote: “This sprawling banquet facility sparked the resurgence of dim sum in Sunset Park when it debuted in 2009, and also extended the boundary of Sunset Park’s Chinatown — which is more upscale and relaxed than Manhattan’s — about five blocks south.” Robert recommends the “jujube-dotted green-tea Jell-O, open-ended rice rolls stuffed with fish paste and Chinese celery, and scallion-flecked fish balls of uncommon subtlety.”

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    1. Red Rooster

    310 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10027

    The brunch menu at Marcus Samuelsson's perennial favorite has cornbread with honey butter, fried chicken & waffles, and biscuits with gravy. Beyond the food, Red Rooster always has different events and Harlem-influenced touches, such as live performances from area musicians or an exhibit of hats from a local fashion icon.

    310 Malcolm X Blvd
    New York, NY 10027

    2. Jacob's Pickles

    509 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

    This spacious Upper West Side gastropub serves way more than just pickles. The brunch menu has several types of biscuit sandwiches, egg dishes, and salads, plus poutine and mac & cheese. To drink, Jacob's Pickles has more than two dozen beers, available in various pour sizes, or as flights. It’s a fun place to brunch.

    509 Amsterdam Ave
    New York, NY 10024

    3. The Sparrow Tavern

    24-01 29th St, Astoria, NY 11102