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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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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 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.

A plate stuffed with various different foods including orange pieces of fried chicken, red sliced strawberries, and white puffy biscuits.
Hot chicken biscuit sliders from Archer & Goat.
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2. Mariscos El Submarino

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8805 Roosevelt Ave
Queens, NY 11372
(718) 685-2780
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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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3. Dawa’s

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51-18 Skillman Ave
Woodside, NY 11377
(718) 899-8629
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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.

4. Cookshop

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156 10th Ave
New York, NY 10011
(212) 924-4440
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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 — but that’s no secret, so expect a wait.

5. Breakfast by Salt's Cure

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27 1/2 Morton St
New York, NY 10014
(646) 719-1850
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This Los Angeles brunch chain with a mouthful of a name opened in the West Village last fall, combining “the unfussy look of a country kitchen and the soul of a diner,” according to Grub Street. The restaurant with three locations on the West Coast is known for its oatmeal “griddle cakes” — ostensibly, thinner and sweeter pancakes — served with sides of eggs and sausage, but never maple syrup.

Griddle cakes with cinnamon butter as well as eggs, and sausage on a white plate atop a tan background at the Santa Monica location of Breakfast by Salt’s Cure.
“Griddle cakes” at Breakfast by Salt’s Cure.
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6. Jack's Wife Freda

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50 Carmine St
New York, NY 10014
(646) 669-9888
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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.

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

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90 Calyer St
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 389-3606
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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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8. Jing Fong

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202 Centre St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 964-5256
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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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9. Edith's Eatery & Grocery

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312 Leonard St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 316-6056
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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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10. For All Things Good Williamsburg

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314 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(646) 238-2068
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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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11. Golden Diner

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123 Madison St
New York, NY 10002
(917) 472-7800
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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, where breakfast starts at 10 a.m. daily. Pull up 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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12. Win Son Bakery

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164 Graham Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11206
(917) 909-1725
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Bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches on a scallion pancake. Need we say more? This Taiwanese American cafe comes from the same team behind Win Son, located across the street and also open for brunch, but head here for a casual, counter-service vibe with fan tuan, milk bun sandwiches, and other filling brunch fare. Don’t miss the pastry case, usually stocked with pineapple buns and mochi doughnuts.

Two hands holding a folded scallion pancake egg and bacon sandwich
The scallion pancake bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich at Win Son Bakery.
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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 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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14. Tom’s Restaurant

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782 Washington Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 636-9738
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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.

15. Yafa Cafe

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4415 4th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11220
(347) 464-3999
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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 $7 cups of Yemeni coffee — worth every cent — and on weekends, it’s a standout brunch pick in the neighborhood. The all-day menu includes shakshuka, za’atar avocado toast, and fried chicken with cardamom waffles.

A community fridge offering free food for neighbors in front of Yafa Cafe in Sunset Park
Outside Yafa Cafe.
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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.
Hot chicken biscuit sliders from 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.

187 Malcolm X Blvd
New York, NY 10026

2. Mariscos El Submarino

8805 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372
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.

8805 Roosevelt Ave
Queens, NY 11372

3. Dawa’s

51-18 Skillman Ave, Woodside, NY 11377

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.

51-18 Skillman Ave
Woodside, NY 11377

4. Cookshop

156 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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 — but that’s no secret, so expect a wait.

156 10th Ave
New York, NY 10011

5. Breakfast by Salt's Cure

27 1/2 Morton St, New York, NY 10014
Griddle cakes with cinnamon butter as well as eggs, and sausage on a white plate atop a tan background at the Santa Monica location of Breakfast by Salt’s Cure.
“Griddle cakes” at Breakfast by Salt’s Cure.
Andrea D’Agosto/Breakfast by Salt’s Cure

This Los Angeles brunch chain with a mouthful of a name opened in the West Village last fall, combining “the unfussy look of a country kitchen and the soul of a diner,” according to Grub Street. The restaurant with three locations on the West Coast is known for its oatmeal “griddle cakes” — ostensibly, thinner and sweeter pancakes — served with sides of eggs and sausage, but never maple syrup.

27 1/2 Morton St
New York, NY 10014

6. Jack's Wife Freda

50 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014
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.

50 Carmine St
New York, NY 10014

7. Chez Ma Tante

90 Calyer St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Read Review |
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.

90 Calyer St
Brooklyn, NY 11222

8. Jing Fong

202 Centre St, New York, NY 10013
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.

202 Centre St
New York, NY 10013

9. Edith's Eatery & Grocery

312 Leonard St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
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.

312 Leonard St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

10. For All Things Good Williamsburg

314 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
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.

314 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

11. 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 brought this throwback-style diner to the Two Bridges area of the Lower East Side in 2019, where breakfast starts at 10 a.m. daily. Pull up 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.

123 Madison St
New York, NY 10002

12. Win Son Bakery

164 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Two hands holding a folded scallion pancake egg and bacon sandwich
The scallion pancake bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich at Win Son Bakery.
Gary He/Eater NY

Bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches on a scallion pancake. Need we say more? This Taiwanese American cafe comes from the same team behind Win Son, located across the street and also open for brunch, but head here for a casual, counter-service vibe with fan tuan, milk bun sandwiches, and other filling brunch fare. Don’t miss the pastry case, usually stocked with pineapple buns and mochi doughnuts.

164 Graham Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11206

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.
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.

393 Lewis Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11233

14. Tom’s Restaurant

782 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

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.

782 Washington Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

15. Yafa Cafe

4415 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220
A community fridge offering free food for neighbors in front of Yafa Cafe in Sunset Park
Outside Yafa Cafe.
Clay Williams/Eater NY

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 $7 cups of Yemeni coffee — worth every cent — and on weekends, it’s a standout brunch pick in the neighborhood. The all-day menu includes shakshuka, za’atar avocado toast, and fried chicken with cardamom waffles.

4415 4th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11220

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