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Head to Mexican cafe For All Things Good for a vegetarian brunch in Williamsburg.
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15 NYC Brunch Spots Worth Planning the Weekend Around

Where to find buttery pancakes, overflowing mariscos, and cheesy egg sandwiches

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Head to Mexican cafe For All Things Good for a vegetarian brunch in Williamsburg.
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There’s an endless array of brunch spots in the five boroughs, serving up buttery pancakes, cheesy egg sandwiches, crackly fried chicken, and steaming bowls of congee. But when it comes to making plans for brunch, a meal that can sometimes require two extra-strength Advil, the last thing on anyone’s mind is a fight about where to eat. Let this list be your stress-free guide to excellent brunches across New York City. Ritzy or affordable, creative or straightforward, this map has it all.

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Archer & Goat

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The menu at this Harlem brunch spot combines its owners’ Ecuadorian, Puerto Rican, and Bangladeshi American backgrounds. Dishes like chicken vindaloo arepas and lamb neck curry are available all day, joined by hot chicken sandwiches, date and pistachio French toast, and other brunch items on weekends. An hour of bottomless mimosas is priced at $25 per person with the purchase of an entree.

A plate stuffed with various different foods including orange pieces of fried chicken, red sliced strawberries, and white puffy biscuits.
Fried chicken and biscuits at Archer & Goat.
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Bica Cafe

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Brazilian and Portuguese mainstay Ipanema returned to Midtown earlier this year — after a two-year pandemic hiatus — with fancy new digs, a modernized menu, and an all-day cafe attached to the restaurant called Bica. It’s a sweet-and-savory brunch haven: There are croissants, empanadas, creamy cups of pastel de nata, cheesy pão de queijo, sandwiches, and bowls layered with garlic shrimp and roasted cod.

Mariscos El Submarino

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There’s few better follow-ups to a night out than a tall glass of Clamato — mixed with lime, hot sauce, and Maggi — and a table full of mariscos, a common hangover remedy in parts of Mexico. Head to this Jackson Heights storefront, home of some of the city’s best Mexican seafood right now, for just that: fiery aguachile negro (served out of a heaping molcajete), overflowing tostadas, and plastic cups of shrimp cocktail, all served starting at noon daily.

The aguachile negro at Mariscos El Submarino in Jackson Heights comes served out of a hulking molcajete.
The aguachile negro at Mariscos El Submarino.
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Dawa’s

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This restaurant in Woodside has two sides to its menu — “Himalayan inspired” and “American” — representing Dawa Bhuti’s heritage and New York experience, respectively. There are Himalayan dishes like pillowy momos, kewa datsi (a Bhutanese stew), and thentuk (Tibetan pulled noodles with beef), as well as some American brunch classics like pancakes, French toast, and a burger with Russian dressing. The mix-and-match possibilities make Dawa’s a standout option for brunch in Queens, with something for every mood.

Cookshop

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Cookshop is Manhattan brunch royalty, known for its classic breakfast dishes done up with caramelized onions, spoonfuls of creme fraiche, and other fanciful ingredients. This Chelsea restaurant has all the trappings of brunch greatness — an airy dining room, a solid mid-day cocktail list, a $25 brunch burger topped with a fried egg — but that’s no secret, so expect a wait.

Jack's Wife Freda

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Jack’s Wife Freda — which first opened in 2011 in Soho and has since spawned several other locations — too often gets cast off as being “basic,” but we stand by it as one of the city’s most reliable brunch options. The Middle Eastern-leaning restaurant serves a stellar rendition of shakshuka — which is green, thanks to its tomatillos — served with two soft baked eggs and a side of challah bread; aromatic rose water waffles dolloped with Lebanese yogurt; and a Mediterranean breakfast platter with labne, avocado, and pita. Call ahead for availability and try to snag a reservation, as lines during peak brunch hours are the norm here.

Waffles, eggs, French fries, and other brunch dishes at Jack’s Wife Freda.
A selection of breakfast items at Jack’s Wife Freda.
Jack’s Wife Freda

Chez Ma Tante

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For brunch in north Brooklyn, there’s few better options than Chez Ma Tante. This popular neighborhood bistro, from the same team as Le Crocodile and Bar Blondeau at the Wythe Hotel, takes its cues from French cooking with its menu of cheesy quiches and pig’s head terrine. No brunch here would be complete without an order of pancakes: They come two to an order with a crispy outer crust that isn’t too sweet or dense.

Chez Ma Tante’s spare dining room with dark wood tables and bar
The dining room at Chez Ma Tante.
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Jing Fong

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Jing Fong, once Manhattan Chinatown’s largest restaurant, recently moved to this smaller space on Centre Street, where there’s fewer dim sum carts but still plenty to love. Staples like shrimp siu mai, har gow, and chicken feet have stayed the same, while a menu of new dishes — crispy crab fried rice, silky egg tofu — are geared towards sit-down service. Between bites, keep an eye out for decorations from the restaurant’s former 800-seat home on Elizabeth Street.

Chinese broccoli, shrimp siu mai, har gow, and more dim sum from Jing Fong.
Chinese broccoli, shrimp siu mai, har gow, and more dim sum.
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Yin Ji Chang Fen

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Congee for brunch is never a wrong move, and Yin Ji Chang Fen serves up superb takes on the comforting bowl. Don’t miss the Lai Wan bowl, with barbecued pork, crunchy carp, and squid folded into the porridge.

Edith's Eatery & Grocery

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Edith’s Eatery & Grocery landed in Williamsburg earlier this year, bringing a Jewish restaurant, bakery, delicatessen, and grocery store to the neighborhood in one fell swoop. For the purposes of this map, it’s also a pretty pleasant place to sit down with a plate of chicken schnitzel or cheesy syrniki pancakes during brunch hours. Be sure to take a lap through the restaurant’s grocery area, whose shelves are “lined like a museum” with international ingredients and snacks.

Kahvalti, a Turkish term for breakfast, made with two eggs, merguez sausage links, and salad.
Kahvalti, a Turkish term for breakfast, made with two eggs, merguez sausage links, and salad.
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For All Things Good Williamsburg

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All-day cafe For All Things Good catapulted into Bed-Stuy during the pandemic and immediately found fans with its take on vegetarian Mexican cooking. The restaurant recently expanded with this second location in Williamsburg, where customers can find most of the same items — mezcal mushroom tlayuditas, black bean memelas — as at the original. New to the menu is a breakfast version of a chihuahua cheese-filled tetela, served with avocado and a runny egg in a pool of salsa roja.

A sunny-side up fried egg sits over a memela with avocado in an overhead shot; the memela is surrounded by assorted dishes including tacos on blue corn tortillas and a cup of horchata
Memelas, flautas, tetelas, and other dishes at For All Things Good.
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Golden Diner

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Momofuku alum Samuel Yoo brought this throwback-style diner to the Two Bridges area of the Lower East Side in 2019. Plop down on a seafoam green swivel stool at the counter and order from a menu of honey butter pancakes, chicken katsu club sandwiches, and Thai tea tres leches cake.

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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Peaches Restaurant

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This reliable Bed-Stuy restaurant churns out an all-day brunch menu anchored by fried chicken, seafood, and Southern sides. There’s steak with eggs, chicken with toast, catfish with grits, and plenty of other pairings that are sure to scratch a brunch craving. Non-brunch staples like crab cake sandwiches and shrimp po’ boys are served all day.

Three pieces of flakey, fried chicken rest in a red-and-white checkered napkin in a takeout basket.
A basket of fried chicken from Peaches Hot House.
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Tom’s Restaurant

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The lines that stretch out the door of Tom’s Restaurant aren’t as bad as those at, say, Bubby’s or Clinton Street Baking Co. in Manhattan, but expect to wait (or trudge up the street to Shane’s Brooklyn, another solid option in the neighborhood). This Prospect Heights diner has been family owned since 1936, serving classic diner fare — egg creams, corned beef hash — that probably won’t blow your mind, but might just cure your hangover.

Yafa Cafe

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Brothers Ali and Hakim Sulaimani have been holding things down at Yafa Cafe in Sunset Park since 2019. The joint business is one of a handful of restaurants where customers can order cups of Yemeni pour over coffee — worth every cent — and on weekends, it’s a standout brunch pick in the neighborhood. The all-day menu includes shakshuka, a breakfast platter with grilled sujuk (a fermented beef sausage), and fried chicken with cardamom waffles.

Archer & Goat

A plate stuffed with various different foods including orange pieces of fried chicken, red sliced strawberries, and white puffy biscuits.
Fried chicken and biscuits at Archer & Goat.
Tanay Warerkar/Eater NY

The menu at this Harlem brunch spot combines its owners’ Ecuadorian, Puerto Rican, and Bangladeshi American backgrounds. Dishes like chicken vindaloo arepas and lamb neck curry are available all day, joined by hot chicken sandwiches, date and pistachio French toast, and other brunch items on weekends. An hour of bottomless mimosas is priced at $25 per person with the purchase of an entree.

A plate stuffed with various different foods including orange pieces of fried chicken, red sliced strawberries, and white puffy biscuits.
Fried chicken and biscuits at Archer & Goat.
Tanay Warerkar/Eater NY

Bica Cafe

Brazilian and Portuguese mainstay Ipanema returned to Midtown earlier this year — after a two-year pandemic hiatus — with fancy new digs, a modernized menu, and an all-day cafe attached to the restaurant called Bica. It’s a sweet-and-savory brunch haven: There are croissants, empanadas, creamy cups of pastel de nata, cheesy pão de queijo, sandwiches, and bowls layered with garlic shrimp and roasted cod.

Mariscos El Submarino

The aguachile negro at Mariscos El Submarino in Jackson Heights comes served out of a hulking molcajete.
The aguachile negro at Mariscos El Submarino.
Luke Fortney/Eater NY

There’s few better follow-ups to a night out than a tall glass of Clamato — mixed with lime, hot sauce, and Maggi — and a table full of mariscos, a common hangover remedy in parts of Mexico. Head to this Jackson Heights storefront, home of some of the city’s best Mexican seafood right now, for just that: fiery aguachile negro (served out of a heaping molcajete), overflowing tostadas, and plastic cups of shrimp cocktail, all served starting at noon daily.

The aguachile negro at Mariscos El Submarino in Jackson Heights comes served out of a hulking molcajete.
The aguachile negro at Mariscos El Submarino.
Luke Fortney/Eater NY

Dawa’s

This restaurant in Woodside has two sides to its menu — “Himalayan inspired” and “American” — representing Dawa Bhuti’s heritage and New York experience, respectively. There are Himalayan dishes like pillowy momos, kewa datsi (a Bhutanese stew), and thentuk (Tibetan pulled noodles with beef), as well as some American brunch classics like pancakes, French toast, and a burger with Russian dressing. The mix-and-match possibilities make Dawa’s a standout option for brunch in Queens, with something for every mood.

Cookshop

Cookshop is Manhattan brunch royalty, known for its classic breakfast dishes done up with caramelized onions, spoonfuls of creme fraiche, and other fanciful ingredients. This Chelsea restaurant has all the trappings of brunch greatness — an airy dining room, a solid mid-day cocktail list, a $25 brunch burger topped with a fried egg — but that’s no secret, so expect a wait.

Jack's Wife Freda

Waffles, eggs, French fries, and other brunch dishes at Jack’s Wife Freda.
A selection of breakfast items at Jack’s Wife Freda.
Jack’s Wife Freda

Jack’s Wife Freda — which first opened in 2011 in Soho and has since spawned several other locations — too often gets cast off as being “basic,” but we stand by it as one of the city’s most reliable brunch options. The Middle Eastern-leaning restaurant serves a stellar rendition of shakshuka — which is green, thanks to its tomatillos — served with two soft baked eggs and a side of challah bread; aromatic rose water waffles dolloped with Lebanese yogurt; and a Mediterranean breakfast platter with labne, avocado, and pita. Call ahead for availability and try to snag a reservation, as lines during peak brunch hours are the norm here.

Waffles, eggs, French fries, and other brunch dishes at Jack’s Wife Freda.
A selection of breakfast items at Jack’s Wife Freda.
Jack’s Wife Freda

Chez Ma Tante

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Chez Ma Tante’s spare dining room with dark wood tables and bar
The dining room at Chez Ma Tante.
Stephen Yang/Eater NY

For brunch in north Brooklyn, there’s few better options than Chez Ma Tante. This popular neighborhood bistro, from the same team as Le Crocodile and Bar Blondeau at the Wythe Hotel, takes its cues from French cooking with its menu of cheesy quiches and pig’s head terrine. No brunch here would be complete without an order of pancakes: They come two to an order with a crispy outer crust that isn’t too sweet or dense.

Chez Ma Tante’s spare dining room with dark wood tables and bar
The dining room at Chez Ma Tante.
Stephen Yang/Eater NY

Jing Fong

Chinese broccoli, shrimp siu mai, har gow, and more dim sum from Jing Fong.
Chinese broccoli, shrimp siu mai, har gow, and more dim sum.
Gary He/Eater NY

Jing Fong, once Manhattan Chinatown’s largest restaurant, recently moved to this smaller space on Centre Street, where there’s fewer dim sum carts but still plenty to love. Staples like shrimp siu mai, har gow, and chicken feet have stayed the same, while a menu of new dishes — crispy crab fried rice, silky egg tofu — are geared towards sit-down service. Between bites, keep an eye out for decorations from the restaurant’s former 800-seat home on Elizabeth Street.

Chinese broccoli, shrimp siu mai, har gow, and more dim sum from Jing Fong.
Chinese broccoli, shrimp siu mai, har gow, and more dim sum.
Gary He/Eater NY

Yin Ji Chang Fen

Congee for brunch is never a wrong move, and Yin Ji Chang Fen serves up superb takes on the comforting bowl. Don’t miss the Lai Wan bowl, with barbecued pork, crunchy carp, and squid folded into the porridge.

Edith's Eatery & Grocery

Kahvalti, a Turkish term for breakfast, made with two eggs, merguez sausage links, and salad.
Kahvalti, a Turkish term for breakfast, made with two eggs, merguez sausage links, and salad.
Molly Tavoletti/Eater NY

Edith’s Eatery & Grocery landed in Williamsburg earlier this year, bringing a Jewish restaurant, bakery, delicatessen, and grocery store to the neighborhood in one fell swoop. For the purposes of this map, it’s also a pretty pleasant place to sit down with a plate of chicken schnitzel or cheesy syrniki pancakes during brunch hours. Be sure to take a lap through the restaurant’s grocery area, whose shelves are “lined like a museum” with international ingredients and snacks.

Kahvalti, a Turkish term for breakfast, made with two eggs, merguez sausage links, and salad.
Kahvalti, a Turkish term for breakfast, made with two eggs, merguez sausage links, and salad.
Molly Tavoletti/Eater NY

For All Things Good Williamsburg

A sunny-side up fried egg sits over a memela with avocado in an overhead shot; the memela is surrounded by assorted dishes including tacos on blue corn tortillas and a cup of horchata
Memelas, flautas, tetelas, and other dishes at For All Things Good.
Gary He/Eater NY

All-day cafe For All Things Good catapulted into Bed-Stuy during the pandemic and immediately found fans with its take on vegetarian Mexican cooking. The restaurant recently expanded with this second location in Williamsburg, where customers can find most of the same items — mezcal mushroom tlayuditas, black bean memelas — as at the original. New to the menu is a breakfast version of a chihuahua cheese-filled tetela, served with avocado and a runny egg in a pool of salsa roja.

A sunny-side up fried egg sits over a memela with avocado in an overhead shot; the memela is surrounded by assorted dishes including tacos on blue corn tortillas and a cup of horchata
Memelas, flautas, tetelas, and other dishes at For All Things Good.
Gary He/Eater NY

Golden Diner

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 brought this throwback-style diner to the Two Bridges area of the Lower East Side in 2019. Plop down on a seafoam green swivel stool at the counter and order from a menu of honey butter pancakes, chicken katsu club sandwiches, and Thai tea tres leches cake.

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

Peaches Restaurant

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

This reliable Bed-Stuy restaurant churns out an all-day brunch menu anchored by fried chicken, seafood, and Southern sides. There’s steak with eggs, chicken with toast, catfish with grits, and plenty of other pairings that are sure to scratch a brunch craving. Non-brunch staples like crab cake sandwiches and shrimp po’ boys are served all day.

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

Tom’s Restaurant

The lines that stretch out the door of Tom’s Restaurant aren’t as bad as those at, say, Bubby’s or Clinton Street Baking Co. in Manhattan, but expect to wait (or trudge up the street to Shane’s Brooklyn, another solid option in the neighborhood). This Prospect Heights diner has been family owned since 1936, serving classic diner fare — egg creams, corned beef hash — that probably won’t blow your mind, but might just cure your hangover.

Yafa Cafe

Brothers Ali and Hakim Sulaimani have been holding things down at Yafa Cafe in Sunset Park since 2019. The joint business is one of a handful of restaurants where customers can order cups of Yemeni pour over coffee — worth every cent — and on weekends, it’s a standout brunch pick in the neighborhood. The all-day menu includes shakshuka, a breakfast platter with grilled sujuk (a fermented beef sausage), and fried chicken with cardamom waffles.

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