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NYC's 15 Hottest Brunch Restaurants, Summer 2013

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12345122012_10_hasmaps1345.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:

Note: A handful of these establishments are older restaurants that recently launched brunch. New brunches, all around:

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Montmartre

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158 8th Ave
New York, NY 10011
(646) 596-8838
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Tien Ho's menu at this Chelsea hot spot includes French-Asian dishes like a fried oyster omelette, crepes with crab and sauce gribiche, and "Hong Kong Style" French toast. If that's not your bag, you can also get things like pancakes and a cheeseburger. The other reason to go here for brunch is the brand new outdoor patio -- it's absurdly pretty back there.

2. 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.

3. The Harrison

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355 Greenwich St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 274-9310
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Jimmy Bradley's Tribeca charmer just started serving brunch for the first time in its 12-year history. In addition to egg dishes, the menu has a duck and bacon terrine, a falafel sandwich, several salads, and a cheeseburger. After all these years, The Harrison is still a crowd-pleaser.

4. The Strand Smokehouse

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2527 Broadway
Astoria, NY 11106
(718) 545-2120
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5. Cocina Economica

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452 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024
(212) 501-7755

Head to this well-reviewed new Upper West Side restaurant for monster tortas, tacos made with fresh tortillas, hearty egg dishes, and fresh baked pastries. Nothing on the menu is over $12. Pro tip: Make sure to get an order of the avocado cornbread.

6. The Arlington Club

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You will either love the steampunk cocktail parlor vibe of The Arlington Club, or you won't -- it's not for everyone. But if you're an Arlington Club enthusiast, you will certainly have a good time at brunch. In addition to steaks, the menu includes familiar brunch favorites like pancakes, eggs Benedict, and huevos rancheros. And if you want to knock your hangover into submission, order the popover stuffed with short rib meat and poached eggs. Many of the entrees are priced around $15.

7. The Marrow

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99 Bank St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 428-6000
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The brunch menu at Harold Dieterle's West Village restaurant 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.

8. 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).

9. Hearth

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403 E 12th St.
New York, NY 10009
(646) 602-1300

After a decade in business, Marco Canora started serving bunch at his East Village Italian restaurant recently. 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.

10. 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.

11. Littleneck

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288 3rd Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 522-1921
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This stylish Gowanus seafood restaurant introduced brunch not too long ago. The menu changes frequently, but you might find things like a duck egg sandwich with fries, fromage blanc pancakes, a burger, a smoked haddock omelette, or shrimp and grits. And if you want a clam belly roll or a lobster roll, of course you can get that too.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. M. Wells Dinette

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22-25 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 784-2084

Hugue Dufour's critically-acclaimed 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 noon. 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.

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. Montmartre

158 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Tien Ho's menu at this Chelsea hot spot includes French-Asian dishes like a fried oyster omelette, crepes with crab and sauce gribiche, and "Hong Kong Style" French toast. If that's not your bag, you can also get things like pancakes and a cheeseburger. The other reason to go here for brunch is the brand new outdoor patio -- it's absurdly pretty back there.

158 8th Ave
New York, NY 10011

2. 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

3. The Harrison

355 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

Jimmy Bradley's Tribeca charmer just started serving brunch for the first time in its 12-year history. In addition to egg dishes, the menu has a duck and bacon terrine, a falafel sandwich, several salads, and a cheeseburger. After all these years, The Harrison is still a crowd-pleaser.

355 Greenwich St
New York, NY 10013

4. The Strand Smokehouse

2527 Broadway, Astoria, NY 11106
[Photo]
2527 Broadway
Astoria, NY 11106

5. Cocina Economica

452 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

Head to this well-reviewed new Upper West Side restaurant for monster tortas, tacos made with fresh tortillas, hearty egg dishes, and fresh baked pastries. Nothing on the menu is over $12. Pro tip: Make sure to get an order of the avocado cornbread.

452 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024

6. The Arlington Club

New York, NY

You will either love the steampunk cocktail parlor vibe of The Arlington Club, or you won't -- it's not for everyone. But if you're an Arlington Club enthusiast, you will certainly have a good time at brunch. In addition to steaks, the menu includes familiar brunch favorites like pancakes, eggs Benedict, and huevos rancheros. And if you want to knock your hangover into submission, order the popover stuffed with short rib meat and poached eggs. Many of the entrees are priced around $15.

7. The Marrow

99 Bank St, New York, NY 10014

The brunch menu at Harold Dieterle's West Village restaurant 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

8. 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

9. Hearth

403 E 12th St., New York, NY 10009

After a decade in business, Marco Canora started serving bunch at his East Village Italian restaurant recently. 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

10. 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

11. Littleneck

288 3rd Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215

This stylish Gowanus seafood restaurant introduced brunch not too long ago. The menu changes frequently, but you might find things like a duck egg sandwich with fries, fromage blanc pancakes, a burger, a smoked haddock omelette, or 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

12. 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

13. 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.

68 Clinton St.
New York, NY 10002

14. M. Wells Dinette

22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101

Hugue Dufour's critically-acclaimed 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 noon. 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

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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