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New York's 15 Hottest Brunch Restaurants, Spring 2013

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brunch112345122012_10_hasmaps.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 new restaurants that are serving non rip-off brunch menus with great food. Seek these places out if you like breakfast, lunch, or both:


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Marrow

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99 Bank St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 428-6000
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Harold Dieterle's West Village restaurant recently started serving a brunch menu that includes one of NYC's best new burgers. If you want something sweet, you can order some of Ginger Fisher's excellent pastries, or ricotta toast with honey and huckleberries. For savory dishes, the entree list includes a peekytoe crab frittata, pain perdu with duck liver mouse, and homemade bratwurst. The dining room is lined with huge floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto charming stretches of Greenwich and Bank Streets, making this an ideal place to dine during the day.

2. Maysville

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17 W 26th St.
New York, NY 10010
(646) 490-8240
If you are hungry (or especially hungover) get the mighty pulled pork sandwich at this great new Southern restaurant. The meat is smoky and very juicy, and it comes topped with a lightly dressed chopped kale salad. And, although this is listed as an entree, the plate of crispy grits with smoked ham is a great dish to share in addition to the main courses. Check out the full menu here (PDF).

3. Hearth

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403 E 12th St.
New York, NY 10009
(646) 602-1300
After a decade in business, Marco Canora just started serving bunch at his East Village Italian restaurant. The menu includes a Bev Eggleston pork blade steak with eggs, veal meatballs with polenta, pig trotter with poached eggs, and several vegetable-based entrees. The brunch menu offers a great taste of Canora's cooking at a very reasonable price, and the space has a nice, airy feel during the day time. Check out the menu here.

4. L'Apicio

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13 E 1st St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 533-7400
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The brunch menu at Joe Campanale and Gabe Thompson's East Village restaurant has a little something for everyone. You can get Italian pastries, salads, pancakes, fried chicken, pastas, and egg dishes. The brunch menu also includes one dish made with that cheesy starch that Pete Wells loved so much: polenta with shrimp, bacon, and tomato.

5. Pig and Khao

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68 Clinton St.
New York, NY 10002
(212) 920-4485
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On weekend afternoons, Leah Cohen's fun new Lower East Side restaurant serves dinner standouts like the sizzling sisig and the Chinese sausage salad, plus more brunch-oriented dishes like steak and eggs, pain perdu, and donuts. Bottomless mimosas are $15. Pro Tip: Sip some of those in the backyard when the weather gets nice.

6. Rosemary’s Enoteca & Trattoria

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18 Greenwich Ave.
New York, NY 10011
(212) 647-1818
Carlos Suarez's super-popular West Village Italian restaurant offers many of the pastas and salads from the dinner menu plus things like eggs Benedict, eggs with spicy tomato sauce, and smoked salmon on focaccia. Right now, Rosemary's is very manageable at brunch. This is a great place to take the lady, fellas.

7. El Toro Blanco

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257 6th Ave
New York, NY 10014
(212) 645-0193
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For brunch, Josh Capon and John McDonald's hot new Mexican restaurant serves things like steak and eggs, chilaquiles, huevos rancheros, hot honey apple cakes, and baked brioche with bananas and pecans. Much of the lunch menu is also offered on the weekend. Don't pass up the fresh guacamole with warm chips.

8. Chez Sardine

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183 W 10th St
New York, NY 10014
(646) 360-3705
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In addition to Japanese dishes like miso-baked oysters and shrimp okonomi, Chez Sardine also serves brunch favorites like eggs Florentine, a croque monsieur, and baked eggs with goat cheese and ramps. Although the stellar salmon roe pancake from the dinner menu did not make it on the list, during brunch Chez Sardine offers a "giant pancake" made with apples, bacon, and maple syrup. Chez Sardine might have the coolest dining room of any of the Little Wisco restaurants.

9. 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.

10. Willow Road

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85 10th Ave
New York, NY 10011
(646) 484-6566
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The brunch menu at this stylish new Chelsea restaurant includes things like brioche French toast, slow cooked eggs with oats and bacon, mac and cheese with ramps, and a spiced lamb sandwich. And if you want something on the healthy side, Willow Road's brunch menu includes salads, fruit dishes, and fresh pressed juices. This is also a good place to pop into if you want a drink and a snack after a stroll on the High Line.

11. Calliope

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84 E 4th St
New York, NY 10009
(212) 260-8484
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Calliope is the French-influenced restaurant from husband and wife team Eric Korsh (formerly of Waverly Inn) and his Ginevra Iverson (formerly of Prune). For brunch, Calliope serves German pancakes, several egg dishes, a burger, and a rabbit and pork terrine. The menu also includes three kinds of house-smoked fish, which you can order individually for $10 each, or all together for $26.

12. Gran Eléctrica

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5 Front St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 852-2789
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On the weekends, Gran Electrica serves a brunch menu with things like tacos, huevos rancheros, chilaquiles, buttermilk pancakes, quesadillas, and pastries. The critics love the Colonie team's light-and-fresh approach to regional Mexican cuisine, and the restaurant has an excellent cocktail list. If you're traveling from Manhattan, remember that this is just two blocks away from the East River Ferry terminal in Dumbo.

13. M. Wells Dinette

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22-25 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 784-2084
Hugue Dufour's critically-acclaimed new diner inside Moma P.S.1 does not offer a brunch menu, but the restaurant always serves a mix of hearty savory items, salads, and pastries, and it opens at 10 a.m. on the weekends. An average menu might include an egg & tomato pot, a Caesar salad, bone marrow with escargots, blood pudding, veal Stroganoff, and Paris brest for dessert.

14. Littleneck

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288 3rd Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 522-1921
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This stylish, year-old Gowanus seafood restaurant just introduced brunch (or "weekend lunch"). The menu includes a duck egg sandwich with fries, fromage blanc pancakes, a burger, a smoked haddock omelette, and shrimp and grits. And if you want a clam belly roll or a lobster roll, of course you can get that too.

15. ABV

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1504 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY 10029
(212) 722-8959
The chef at this hip Uptown wine bar peviously worked at Morimoto and Momofuku Ssam Bar. Right now, the kitchen is serving a small, but interesting brunch menu that includes dishes like eggs Benedict, breakfast tacos, brioche French toast, a meatloaf and fried egg sandwich, and a spring frittata.

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1. The Marrow

99 Bank St, New York, NY 10014
Harold Dieterle's West Village restaurant recently started serving a brunch menu that includes one of NYC's best new burgers. If you want something sweet, you can order some of Ginger Fisher's excellent pastries, or ricotta toast with honey and huckleberries. For savory dishes, the entree list includes a peekytoe crab frittata, pain perdu with duck liver mouse, and homemade bratwurst. The dining room is lined with huge floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto charming stretches of Greenwich and Bank Streets, making this an ideal place to dine during the day.
99 Bank St
New York, NY 10014

2. Maysville

17 W 26th St., New York, NY 10010
If you are hungry (or especially hungover) get the mighty pulled pork sandwich at this great new Southern restaurant. The meat is smoky and very juicy, and it comes topped with a lightly dressed chopped kale salad. And, although this is listed as an entree, the plate of crispy grits with smoked ham is a great dish to share in addition to the main courses. Check out the full menu here (PDF).
17 W 26th St.
New York, NY 10010

3. Hearth

403 E 12th St., New York, NY 10009
After a decade in business, Marco Canora just started serving bunch at his East Village Italian restaurant. The menu includes a Bev Eggleston pork blade steak with eggs, veal meatballs with polenta, pig trotter with poached eggs, and several vegetable-based entrees. The brunch menu offers a great taste of Canora's cooking at a very reasonable price, and the space has a nice, airy feel during the day time. Check out the menu here.
403 E 12th St.
New York, NY 10009

4. L'Apicio

13 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003
The brunch menu at Joe Campanale and Gabe Thompson's East Village restaurant has a little something for everyone. You can get Italian pastries, salads, pancakes, fried chicken, pastas, and egg dishes. The brunch menu also includes one dish made with that cheesy starch that Pete Wells loved so much: polenta with shrimp, bacon, and tomato.
13 E 1st St
New York, NY 10003

5. Pig and Khao

68 Clinton St., New York, NY 10002
On weekend afternoons, Leah Cohen's fun new Lower East Side restaurant serves dinner standouts like the sizzling sisig and the Chinese sausage salad, plus more brunch-oriented dishes like steak and eggs, pain perdu, and donuts. Bottomless mimosas are $15. Pro Tip: Sip some of those in the backyard when the weather gets nice.
68 Clinton St.
New York, NY 10002

6. Rosemary’s Enoteca & Trattoria

18 Greenwich Ave., New York, NY 10011
Carlos Suarez's super-popular West Village Italian restaurant offers many of the pastas and salads from the dinner menu plus things like eggs Benedict, eggs with spicy tomato sauce, and smoked salmon on focaccia. Right now, Rosemary's is very manageable at brunch. This is a great place to take the lady, fellas.
18 Greenwich Ave.
New York, NY 10011

7. El Toro Blanco

257 6th Ave, New York, NY 10014
For brunch, Josh Capon and John McDonald's hot new Mexican restaurant serves things like steak and eggs, chilaquiles, huevos rancheros, hot honey apple cakes, and baked brioche with bananas and pecans. Much of the lunch menu is also offered on the weekend. Don't pass up the fresh guacamole with warm chips.
257 6th Ave
New York, NY 10014

8. Chez Sardine

183 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014
In addition to Japanese dishes like miso-baked oysters and shrimp okonomi, Chez Sardine also serves brunch favorites like eggs Florentine, a croque monsieur, and baked eggs with goat cheese and ramps. Although the stellar salmon roe pancake from the dinner menu did not make it on the list, during brunch Chez Sardine offers a "giant pancake" made with apples, bacon, and maple syrup. Chez Sardine might have the coolest dining room of any of the Little Wisco restaurants.
183 W 10th St
New York, NY 10014

9. 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

10. Willow Road

85 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011
The brunch menu at this stylish new Chelsea restaurant includes things like brioche French toast, slow cooked eggs with oats and bacon, mac and cheese with ramps, and a spiced lamb sandwich. And if you want something on the healthy side, Willow Road's brunch menu includes salads, fruit dishes, and fresh pressed juices. This is also a good place to pop into if you want a drink and a snack after a stroll on the High Line.
85 10th Ave
New York, NY 10011

11. Calliope

84 E 4th St, New York, NY 10009
Calliope is the French-influenced restaurant from husband and wife team Eric Korsh (formerly of Waverly Inn) and his Ginevra Iverson (formerly of Prune). For brunch, Calliope serves German pancakes, several egg dishes, a burger, and a rabbit and pork terrine. The menu also includes three kinds of house-smoked fish, which you can order individually for $10 each, or all together for $26.
84 E 4th St
New York, NY 10009

12. Gran Eléctrica

5 Front St., Brooklyn, NY 11201
On the weekends, Gran Electrica serves a brunch menu with things like tacos, huevos rancheros, chilaquiles, buttermilk pancakes, quesadillas, and pastries. The critics love the Colonie team's light-and-fresh approach to regional Mexican cuisine, and the restaurant has an excellent cocktail list. If you're traveling from Manhattan, remember that this is just two blocks away from the East River Ferry terminal in Dumbo.
5 Front St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201

13. M. Wells Dinette

22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101
Hugue Dufour's critically-acclaimed new diner inside Moma P.S.1 does not offer a brunch menu, but the restaurant always serves a mix of hearty savory items, salads, and pastries, and it opens at 10 a.m. on the weekends. An average menu might include an egg & tomato pot, a Caesar salad, bone marrow with escargots, blood pudding, veal Stroganoff, and Paris brest for dessert.
22-25 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101

14. Littleneck

288 3rd Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215
This stylish, year-old Gowanus seafood restaurant just introduced brunch (or "weekend lunch"). The menu includes a duck egg sandwich with fries, fromage blanc pancakes, a burger, a smoked haddock omelette, and shrimp and grits. And if you want a clam belly roll or a lobster roll, of course you can get that too.
288 3rd Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11215

15. ABV

1504 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10029
The chef at this hip Uptown wine bar peviously worked at Morimoto and Momofuku Ssam Bar. Right now, the kitchen is serving a small, but interesting brunch menu that includes dishes like eggs Benedict, breakfast tacos, brioche French toast, a meatloaf and fried egg sandwich, and a spring frittata.
1504 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY 10029

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