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New York City's Hottest Brunch Restaurants, Winter 2014

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2013_brunch_heatmap_helo.jpegThis city has plenty of restaurants that offer lame brunch prix fixes with sloppy egg dishes and weak mimosas — these places give brunch a bad name. Here's a guide to 15 restaurants that serve awesome food and drinks during brunch. And don't worry, you won't lose your foodie cred by going to these places.

Most of these establishments are less than a year old, but a few are older restaurants that recently launched that weekend meal that's a mix of breakfast and lunch. Check it out:


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Momofuku Ssäm Bar

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207 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 254-3500
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That's right, Ssam Bar now serves brunch. The menu has pork jowl tacos, smoked salmon buns, and Benton's ham steak with eggs, plus Ssam Bar classics like the kimchi apples and pork buns. [Facebook]

2. El Quinto Pino

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401 W 24th St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 206-6900
The new brunch menu from Alex Raij and Eder Montero has many of the popular tapas from the dinner menu plus breakfast-y items like a cod omelet, fried eggs with sweat peas, and blood sausages with eggs. The absolutely bonkers El Doble burger is also available, as well as the uni panini. [Bess Adler]

3. Glasserie

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95 Commercial St.
Greenpoint, NY 11222
(718) 389-0640
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Glasserie is the Brooklyn restaurant that all the foodies of this city are clamoring to get into right now. The dishes on chef Sara Kramer's brunch menu are just as fresh and exciting as the ones she serves at dinner. Make sure to get an order of the flaky bread, and if it's available, try the superb lamb sandwich. [Photo: Bess Adler]

4. Gotham West Market

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600 11th Ave
New York, NY 10036
Caroline Fidanza's station at Gotham West serves egg fried rice, fried eggs with vegetables, and an amazing egg biscuit, plus a bunch of killer sandwiches and salads. This is definitely the best breakfast/lunch option here, but really, all of the stands at Gotham West are worth trying. UPDATE: Sadly, Little Chef closed earlier this month. But there are still plenty of great midday options at Gotham West. [Daniel Krieger]

5. Uncle Boons

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7 Spring St
New York, NY 10012
(646) 370-6650
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The brunch menu at this Spring Street critical darling has a beef rib stir-fry, shrimp Pad Thai, pork noodle soup, and a "Boons plate" full of meaty, spicy delicacies. If you're not avoiding alcohol, consider a beer slushie or "Bloody Boons" made with Thai bird chiles. [Daniel Krieger]

6. Alder

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157 Second Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 539-1900
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Wylie Dufresne's freewheelin' East Village restaurant recently launched Sunday brunch service with a menu that has pastrami hash, coconut waffles with jerk chicken, a "pizza bagel," pigs in a blanket, French onion soup rings, and bacon, egg & cheese gyoza. Think of this as a version of dim sum brunch. [Krieger]

7. The Red Cat

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227 10th Ave
New York, NY 10011
(212) 242-1122
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The new brunch menu at this Chelsea classic has something for everyone. Options include fusilli with oxtail, huevos rancheros, French toast, shrimp tacos, and eggplant parm. Of course, Jimmy Bradley's famous green beans are also available. [Daniel Krieger]

8. The East Pole - Kitchen & Bar

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133 E 65th St
New York, NY 10065
(212) 249-2222
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The East Pole is already a big hit with the neighbors, and the critics like it too. The brunch menu at this stylish UES newcomer has light dishes like granola and a macro plate, plus heartier fare like a burger, bangers & mash, and a full English breakfast. [ Facebook]

9. The Elm

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160 N 12th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 218-7500
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The Elm's cheeseburger belongs in the Hamburger Hall of Fame. It's out of this world. Paul Liebrandt's restaurant in the King & Grove also serves lobster Benedict, steak and eggs, and a fancy breakfast sandwich during brunch. But seriously, try the burger. [Krieger]

10. Lafayette

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380 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 533-3000
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Lafayette's cushy dining room is an ideal place to start your weekend. It's not a mob scene in the morning, and the menu includes many of the standout dishes from the breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. You can get a foie gras terrine, salads, soups, omelettes, steak frites, pastries, tripes Bourguignon, and fancy pressed juices.

11. ABC Cocina

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38 E 19th St.
New York, NY 10003
(212) 677-2233
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ABC Cocina's brunch menu has several sandwiches, plus breakfast dishes like huevos rancheros, Mexican-spiced French toast, and coconut pancakes. But the best thing to do at ABC Cocina is order several of the vegetable plates, seafood starters, and fried snacks, and share everything. [Daniel Krieger]

12. Nobu Next Door

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105 Hudson St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 334-4445
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Drew Nieporent's beloved Tribeca restaurant recent started serving brunch for the first time in its 15-year history. Many of the dishes are Japanese riffs on American brunch classics. Options include "scrambled egg donburi," blueberry and yuzu soba pancakes, lobster with soba and poached eggs, and chicken karaage with green tea waffles. Of course, if you just want top-notch sushi, or classics like the black cod with miso or creamy spicy crab, those are available too. [Photo Credit]

13. Atrium

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15 Main St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 858-1095
Atrium is the airy new French-American restaurant in Dumbo from three db Bistro Moderne alums. For brunch, Atrium is serving pancakes, omelettes, hanger steak with eggs, and homemade pastries. Beverage director Alexander LaPratt is also mixing up Pimm's Cup pitchers and other large-batch brunch cocktails. [Daniel Krieger]

14. Montmartre

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158 8th Ave
New York, NY 10011
(646) 596-8838
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Michael Toscano's new menu at this Chelsea hot spot includes tuna Niçoise, a dry-aged-beef burger, chicken & waffles, and several egg dishes. If you're really hungry, consider the shoulder steak with roquefort butter, pommes frites, and eggs.

15. Salvation Taco

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145 E 39th St.
New York, NY 10016
(212) 865-5800
During brunch, Salvation Taco serves two of the best dishes from the lunch and dinner menus: the chicken thigh torta and the stellar lamb naan tacos. You can also get chilaquiles, a steak and egg burrito, a Spanish tortilla, or assorted fresh baked pastries. This is a cool choice for a long, boozy brunch, or a round of midday cocktails with Mexican bar bites. Brunch drinks are $10.

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1. Momofuku Ssäm Bar

207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
That's right, Ssam Bar now serves brunch. The menu has pork jowl tacos, smoked salmon buns, and Benton's ham steak with eggs, plus Ssam Bar classics like the kimchi apples and pork buns. [Facebook]
207 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003

2. El Quinto Pino

401 W 24th St, New York, NY 10011
The new brunch menu from Alex Raij and Eder Montero has many of the popular tapas from the dinner menu plus breakfast-y items like a cod omelet, fried eggs with sweat peas, and blood sausages with eggs. The absolutely bonkers El Doble burger is also available, as well as the uni panini. [Bess Adler]
401 W 24th St
New York, NY 10011

3. Glasserie

95 Commercial St., Greenpoint, NY 11222
Glasserie is the Brooklyn restaurant that all the foodies of this city are clamoring to get into right now. The dishes on chef Sara Kramer's brunch menu are just as fresh and exciting as the ones she serves at dinner. Make sure to get an order of the flaky bread, and if it's available, try the superb lamb sandwich. [Photo: Bess Adler]
95 Commercial St.
Greenpoint, NY 11222

4. Gotham West Market

600 11th Ave, New York, NY 10036
Caroline Fidanza's station at Gotham West serves egg fried rice, fried eggs with vegetables, and an amazing egg biscuit, plus a bunch of killer sandwiches and salads. This is definitely the best breakfast/lunch option here, but really, all of the stands at Gotham West are worth trying. UPDATE: Sadly, Little Chef closed earlier this month. But there are still plenty of great midday options at Gotham West. [Daniel Krieger]
600 11th Ave
New York, NY 10036

5. Uncle Boons

7 Spring St, New York, NY 10012
The brunch menu at this Spring Street critical darling has a beef rib stir-fry, shrimp Pad Thai, pork noodle soup, and a "Boons plate" full of meaty, spicy delicacies. If you're not avoiding alcohol, consider a beer slushie or "Bloody Boons" made with Thai bird chiles. [Daniel Krieger]
7 Spring St
New York, NY 10012

6. Alder

157 Second Ave, New York, NY 10003
Wylie Dufresne's freewheelin' East Village restaurant recently launched Sunday brunch service with a menu that has pastrami hash, coconut waffles with jerk chicken, a "pizza bagel," pigs in a blanket, French onion soup rings, and bacon, egg & cheese gyoza. Think of this as a version of dim sum brunch. [Krieger]
157 Second Ave
New York, NY 10003

7. The Red Cat

227 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011
The new brunch menu at this Chelsea classic has something for everyone. Options include fusilli with oxtail, huevos rancheros, French toast, shrimp tacos, and eggplant parm. Of course, Jimmy Bradley's famous green beans are also available. [Daniel Krieger]
227 10th Ave
New York, NY 10011

8. The East Pole - Kitchen & Bar

133 E 65th St, New York, NY 10065
The East Pole is already a big hit with the neighbors, and the critics like it too. The brunch menu at this stylish UES newcomer has light dishes like granola and a macro plate, plus heartier fare like a burger, bangers & mash, and a full English breakfast. [ Facebook]
133 E 65th St
New York, NY 10065

9. The Elm

160 N 12th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
The Elm's cheeseburger belongs in the Hamburger Hall of Fame. It's out of this world. Paul Liebrandt's restaurant in the King & Grove also serves lobster Benedict, steak and eggs, and a fancy breakfast sandwich during brunch. But seriously, try the burger. [Krieger]
160 N 12th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249

10. Lafayette

380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012
Lafayette's cushy dining room is an ideal place to start your weekend. It's not a mob scene in the morning, and the menu includes many of the standout dishes from the breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. You can get a foie gras terrine, salads, soups, omelettes, steak frites, pastries, tripes Bourguignon, and fancy pressed juices.
380 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012

11. ABC Cocina

38 E 19th St., New York, NY 10003
ABC Cocina's brunch menu has several sandwiches, plus breakfast dishes like huevos rancheros, Mexican-spiced French toast, and coconut pancakes. But the best thing to do at ABC Cocina is order several of the vegetable plates, seafood starters, and fried snacks, and share everything. [Daniel Krieger]
38 E 19th St.
New York, NY 10003

12. Nobu Next Door

105 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013
Drew Nieporent's beloved Tribeca restaurant recent started serving brunch for the first time in its 15-year history. Many of the dishes are Japanese riffs on American brunch classics. Options include "scrambled egg donburi," blueberry and yuzu soba pancakes, lobster with soba and poached eggs, and chicken karaage with green tea waffles. Of course, if you just want top-notch sushi, or classics like the black cod with miso or creamy spicy crab, those are available too. [Photo Credit]
105 Hudson St
New York, NY 10013

13. Atrium

15 Main St., Brooklyn, NY 11201
Atrium is the airy new French-American restaurant in Dumbo from three db Bistro Moderne alums. For brunch, Atrium is serving pancakes, omelettes, hanger steak with eggs, and homemade pastries. Beverage director Alexander LaPratt is also mixing up Pimm's Cup pitchers and other large-batch brunch cocktails. [Daniel Krieger]
15 Main St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201

14. Montmartre

158 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011
Michael Toscano's new menu at this Chelsea hot spot includes tuna Niçoise, a dry-aged-beef burger, chicken & waffles, and several egg dishes. If you're really hungry, consider the shoulder steak with roquefort butter, pommes frites, and eggs.
158 8th Ave
New York, NY 10011

15. Salvation Taco

145 E 39th St., New York, NY 10016
During brunch, Salvation Taco serves two of the best dishes from the lunch and dinner menus: the chicken thigh torta and the stellar lamb naan tacos. You can also get chilaquiles, a steak and egg burrito, a Spanish tortilla, or assorted fresh baked pastries. This is a cool choice for a long, boozy brunch, or a round of midday cocktails with Mexican bar bites. Brunch drinks are $10.
145 E 39th St.
New York, NY 10016

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