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New York City's Hottest Brunch Restaurants, Fall 2014

The 15 hottest places to eat brunch right now.

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There are plenty of brunches to choose from in this city, but all too often they involve lame prix fixe menus, boring egg dishes, or, worst of all, sloppy "bottomless" deals. But it doesn't have to be that way. Here's a guide to 15 new restaurants that serve an awesome brunch, with not a weak mimosa in sight.

The following restaurants are all less than a year old.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Meadowsweet

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149 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 384-0673
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Chef Polo Dobkin returns to his old stomping grounds, transforming the old Dressler space into Meadowsweet. The space is lighter and brighter now, and the brunch menu includes huevos rancheros, a burger, and fresh doughnuts with jam. [Photo: Daniel Krieger]

2. Bar Primi

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325 Bowery
New York, NY 10003
(212) 220-9100
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Pasta is the focus even at brunch at Andrew Carmellini's newest hot spot on the Bowery. Chef Sal Lamboglia serves a "breakfast spaghetti" (topped with an egg) alongside more classic pastas, plus breakfast-y items like a pine nut crusted french toast and a potato fritatta. [Photo: Daniel Krieger]

3. Pacifico's Fine Foods

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798A Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(917) 966-2670
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Former Back Forty chef Shanna Pacifico recently made the move to Crown Heights to open Pacifico's, a new American and Brazilian mash-up. At brunch, the menu ranges from your standard bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit to sweet corn pancakes, and a crab-stuffed baked tomato with eggs. [Photo: Yelp]

4. French Louie

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320 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 935-1200
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The brunch experts behind Buttermilk Channel only recently started serving it at their new-ish French restaurant in Boerum Hill. The menu includes buckwheat crepes, chicken cordon bleu, and socca, a chickpea flatbread served with pole beans, eggs, and freekah. [Photo: Daniel Krieger]

5. Dover

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412 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(347) 987-3545
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Joseph Ogrodnek and Walker Stern, the duo behind Battersby, just started serving brunch at their nine month old Carroll Gardens hit this past spring. On the menu find eggs benedict, shrimp étouffée, and a few holdovers from the dinner menu, like lamb ribs with eggplant, peanut, and mint. [Photo: Daniel Krieger]

6. Root & Bone

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200 E 3rd St
New York, NY 10009
(646) 682-7076
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Brunch is a natural fit for this Southern restaurant from former Top Cheftestapants Jeff McIinnis and Janine Booth. The menu includes shrimp and grits, a waffle benedict, and chicken and waffles in sandwich form (made with what Ryan Sutton calls some of the best new fried chicken in the city). [Photo: Daniel Krieger]

7. Au Za'atar

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188 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009
(212) 254-5660
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Just like at dinner, brunch at this East Village restaurant spans from classic French to classic Middle Easter cuisine. The menu includes a frisee aux lardons salad and brioche french toast, but also shakshuka, kafta benedict, and an "Au Za'atar Breakfast," served with eggs, pita, and a selection of mezze, which Robert Sietsema calls the restaurant's "greatest strength." [Photo: Krieger]

8. Russ & Daughters Café

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127 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 475-4880
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The long-awaited cafe offshoot of the iconic appetizing store serves just one menu all day, and needless to say, it's at its finest during brunch. Get a classic spread of smoked fish, cream cheese, and a bagel, or go for one of the egg dishes, like matzoh brei, or scrambled eggs with lox and onion. For the less classically-inclined, there's also chocolate babka french toast. [Photo: Daniel Krieger]

9. The Black Ant

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60 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 598-0300
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Insects appear somewhat less frequently on the brunch menu than at dinner, where grasshoppers are served piled atop a tlayuda. Instead, expect to find upscale Mexican versions of standards like a burger (in this case lamb) and huevos rancheros, plus fish tacos and a roll stuff with grilled octopus and bacon. The long menu of tequila cocktails, some made with vegetable juices, should help any hangover. [Photo: Foursquare]

10. Dimes

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143 Division St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 240-9410
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This scene-y, California-style spot in Chinatown serves, by all accounts, a killer brunch. Options range from acai bowls (better than the health food name suggests) to what Robert Sietsema calls a "killer breakfast sandwich," with scrambled eggs, cheddar, and pickled jalapenos. Don't be deterred by the beautiful people — you can still get a side of bacon here. [Photo: Paul Crispin Quitoriano]

11. Delaware and Hudson

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135 N. 5th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 218-8191
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Patti Jackson channels Pennsylvania Dutch cooking at her Williamsburg restaurant. For brunch that means house made scrapple, and funnel cake served with breakfast sausage. Pete Wells recently raved about the crab cakes, which get served benedict-style during the breakfast hour. [Photo: Facebook]

12. Miss Lily's 7A

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109 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009
7A Cafe was long a brunch mainstay for the East Village, and now it's replacement, Miss Lily's, fills the gap with Caribbean fare. The menu ranges from a burger to coconut pancakes, and of course jerk chicken. [Photo: Daniel Krieger]

13. Claudette

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24 5th Ave
New York, NY 10011
(212) 868-2424
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Wade Moises and Carlos Suarez have produced one of the hits of the summer with Claudette. For brunch, Koren Grieveson turns a mix of Mediterranean-style such as smoked salmon with scrambled eggs, and eggs benedict with chard and confit tomatoes. [Photo: Daniel Krieger]

14. Blenheim

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283 W 12th St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 243-7073
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After a rocky start, Blenheim is now in the hands of Ryan Tate formerly of Le Restaurant. He's been getting some buzz for his farm to table cooking, and recently added brunch to his repertoire. The menu is a straightforward one, with dishes like brioche french toast, and steak and eggs with hollandaise. [Photo: Bess Adler]

15. élan

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43 East 20th Street
New York, NY 10003
(646) 682-7105
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David Waltuck serves a classic brunch menu at his casual, long-awaited followup to Chanterelle. Expect duck confit hash and blintzes with sweet ricotta, plus a few hits from the dinner menu, including chicken pot pie and General Tso's Sweetbreads. Ask nicely and that much-discussed duck burger is also available off-menu. [Photo: Daniel Krieger]

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1. Meadowsweet

149 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Chef Polo Dobkin returns to his old stomping grounds, transforming the old Dressler space into Meadowsweet. The space is lighter and brighter now, and the brunch menu includes huevos rancheros, a burger, and fresh doughnuts with jam. [Photo: Daniel Krieger]
149 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211

2. Bar Primi

325 Bowery, New York, NY 10003
Read Review |
Pasta is the focus even at brunch at Andrew Carmellini's newest hot spot on the Bowery. Chef Sal Lamboglia serves a "breakfast spaghetti" (topped with an egg) alongside more classic pastas, plus breakfast-y items like a pine nut crusted french toast and a potato fritatta. [Photo: Daniel Krieger]
325 Bowery
New York, NY 10003

3. Pacifico's Fine Foods

798A Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Former Back Forty chef Shanna Pacifico recently made the move to Crown Heights to open Pacifico's, a new American and Brazilian mash-up. At brunch, the menu ranges from your standard bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit to sweet corn pancakes, and a crab-stuffed baked tomato with eggs. [Photo: Yelp]
798A Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

4. French Louie

320 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201
The brunch experts behind Buttermilk Channel only recently started serving it at their new-ish French restaurant in Boerum Hill. The menu includes buckwheat crepes, chicken cordon bleu, and socca, a chickpea flatbread served with pole beans, eggs, and freekah. [Photo: Daniel Krieger]
320 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11201

5. Dover

412 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Joseph Ogrodnek and Walker Stern, the duo behind Battersby, just started serving brunch at their nine month old Carroll Gardens hit this past spring. On the menu find eggs benedict, shrimp étouffée, and a few holdovers from the dinner menu, like lamb ribs with eggplant, peanut, and mint. [Photo: Daniel Krieger]
412 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

6. Root & Bone

200 E 3rd St, New York, NY 10009
Read Review |
Brunch is a natural fit for this Southern restaurant from former Top Cheftestapants Jeff McIinnis and Janine Booth. The menu includes shrimp and grits, a waffle benedict, and chicken and waffles in sandwich form (made with what Ryan Sutton calls some of the best new fried chicken in the city). [Photo: Daniel Krieger]
200 E 3rd St
New York, NY 10009

7. Au Za'atar

188 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009
Read Review |
Just like at dinner, brunch at this East Village restaurant spans from classic French to classic Middle Easter cuisine. The menu includes a frisee aux lardons salad and brioche french toast, but also shakshuka, kafta benedict, and an "Au Za'atar Breakfast," served with eggs, pita, and a selection of mezze, which Robert Sietsema calls the restaurant's "greatest strength." [Photo: Krieger]
188 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009

8. Russ & Daughters Café

127 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
The long-awaited cafe offshoot of the iconic appetizing store serves just one menu all day, and needless to say, it's at its finest during brunch. Get a classic spread of smoked fish, cream cheese, and a bagel, or go for one of the egg dishes, like matzoh brei, or scrambled eggs with lox and onion. For the less classically-inclined, there's also chocolate babka french toast. [Photo: Daniel Krieger]
127 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002

9. The Black Ant

60 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
Insects appear somewhat less frequently on the brunch menu than at dinner, where grasshoppers are served piled atop a tlayuda. Instead, expect to find upscale Mexican versions of standards like a burger (in this case lamb) and huevos rancheros, plus fish tacos and a roll stuff with grilled octopus and bacon. The long menu of tequila cocktails, some made with vegetable juices, should help any hangover. [Photo: Foursquare]
60 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003

10. Dimes

143 Division St, New York, NY 10002
Read Review |
This scene-y, California-style spot in Chinatown serves, by all accounts, a killer brunch. Options range from acai bowls (better than the health food name suggests) to what Robert Sietsema calls a "killer breakfast sandwich," with scrambled eggs, cheddar, and pickled jalapenos. Don't be deterred by the beautiful people — you can still get a side of bacon here. [Photo: Paul Crispin Quitoriano]
143 Division St
New York, NY 10002

11. Delaware and Hudson

135 N. 5th St., Brooklyn, NY 11211
Patti Jackson channels Pennsylvania Dutch cooking at her Williamsburg restaurant. For brunch that means house made scrapple, and funnel cake served with breakfast sausage. Pete Wells recently raved about the crab cakes, which get served benedict-style during the breakfast hour. [Photo: Facebook]
135 N. 5th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211

12. Miss Lily's 7A

109 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009
7A Cafe was long a brunch mainstay for the East Village, and now it's replacement, Miss Lily's, fills the gap with Caribbean fare. The menu ranges from a burger to coconut pancakes, and of course jerk chicken. [Photo: Daniel Krieger]
109 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009

13. Claudette

24 5th Ave, New York, NY 10011
Wade Moises and Carlos Suarez have produced one of the hits of the summer with Claudette. For brunch, Koren Grieveson turns a mix of Mediterranean-style such as smoked salmon with scrambled eggs, and eggs benedict with chard and confit tomatoes. [Photo: Daniel Krieger]
24 5th Ave
New York, NY 10011

14. Blenheim

283 W 12th St, New York, NY 10014
Read Review |
After a rocky start, Blenheim is now in the hands of Ryan Tate formerly of Le Restaurant. He's been getting some buzz for his farm to table cooking, and recently added brunch to his repertoire. The menu is a straightforward one, with dishes like brioche french toast, and steak and eggs with hollandaise. [Photo: Bess Adler]
283 W 12th St
New York, NY 10014

15. élan

43 East 20th Street, New York, NY 10003
Read Review |
David Waltuck serves a classic brunch menu at his casual, long-awaited followup to Chanterelle. Expect duck confit hash and blintzes with sweet ricotta, plus a few hits from the dinner menu, including chicken pot pie and General Tso's Sweetbreads. Ask nicely and that much-discussed duck burger is also available off-menu. [Photo: Daniel Krieger]
43 East 20th Street
New York, NY 10003

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