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NYC's 20 Hottest Brunch Restaurants, Fall 2013

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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 20 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. Corkbuzz

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13 E 13th St
New York, NY 10003
(646) 873-6071
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Laura Maniec's convivial wine bar is an excellent choice for a boozy brunch. The brand new menu has things like short rib hash, Moroccan-style braised lamb, lobster salad, and French toast. Corkbuzz's Champagne Campaign extends to brunch, so that means that all bottles of Champagne are 50 percent off. And, as a bonus, Maniec is offering a "bucket list," which is a selection of wines that pair well with brunch food, all priced at $40.

2. 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 just launched 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]

3. 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.

4. Atrium

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15 Main St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 858-1095
Three db Bistro Moderne alums recently opened this airy French-influenced Dumbo restaurant. 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 for $35.

5. Porsena

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21 E 7th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 228-4923
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Sara Jenkins just started serving brunch at her year-and-a-half-old East Village pasta parlor. Brunch skews slightly more Mediterranean than dinner, but you can still order pasta carbonara and pene arrabbiata. Other options include French toast with Nutella, orange-ricotta pancakes, fried eggs with porchetta hash, and a seared pork chop with polenta. Brunch rolls from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

6. Milkflower

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34-12 31st Ave.
Astoria, NY 11106
(718) 204-1300
Brothers Danny and Pete Aggelatos just launched brunch at their Astoria pizzeria. In addition to classic Neapolitan pies, the menu has several "toasts" topped with things like poached eggs, prosciutto, braised leeks, and chorizo. Other brunch options include granola with fresh fruit, and a pizza with Brussels sprouts and poached eggs. [Photo: Facebook]

7. River Styx

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21 Greenpoint Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 383-8833
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Dennis Spina's new Greenpoint restaurant has a cool, slightly industrial dining room that gets great light during the day. The chef's food is quirky at times, but always satisfying. For brunch, consider the Roman egg drop soup, the focaccia-like "Big Chef" with mortadella and eggs, or the fried eggs with corn and tomatoes. River Styx also serves a killer plate of nachos, which works as an entree or as a dish to share.

8. The Butterfly

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225 W Broadway
New York, NY 10013
(646) 692-4943
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The brunch menu at the Altamarea Group's retro Tribeca restaurant includes a fancy patty melt, fried chicken, egg dishes, pancakes, and salads. Eben Freeman's elaborate cocktails are also available during brunch, if you want to go down that road. The crisp, pleasantly creamy Grasshopper cocktail might be a good choice for brunch.

9. The Meatball Shop

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1462 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10075
(212) 257-6121
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The Meatball Shop is a great place to go if you're nursing a hangover, because you can either dive head first into a big plate of carbs, or order an assortment of proteins and vegetables, all for very little money. The new Upper East Side location is the first Meatball Shop to offer brunch. The options include balls Benedict, "smash bun" French toast, and a version of biscuits and gravy made with meatballs.

10. 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 things like 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.

11. 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 recently 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.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. 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).

16. Hearth

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403 E 12th St.
New York, NY 10009
(646) 602-1300
After almost a decade in business, Marco Canora started serving bunch at his East Village Italian restaurant earlier this year. 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.

17. Littleneck

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288 3rd Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 522-1921
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This stylish Gowanus seafood restaurant introduced a new brunch menu this month. The menu changes frequently, but right now it has poutine with clam gravy, shrimp with grits, a smoked trout omelette, and chicken & waffles. And if you want a lobster roll or a bowl of chowder, of course you can get that too.

18. 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.

19. 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.

20. 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. Corkbuzz

13 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003
Laura Maniec's convivial wine bar is an excellent choice for a boozy brunch. The brand new menu has things like short rib hash, Moroccan-style braised lamb, lobster salad, and French toast. Corkbuzz's Champagne Campaign extends to brunch, so that means that all bottles of Champagne are 50 percent off. And, as a bonus, Maniec is offering a "bucket list," which is a selection of wines that pair well with brunch food, all priced at $40.
13 E 13th St
New York, NY 10003

2. Nobu Next Door

105 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013
Drew Nieporent's beloved Tribeca restaurant just launched 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

3. 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.
38 E 19th St.
New York, NY 10003

4. Atrium

15 Main St., Brooklyn, NY 11201
Three db Bistro Moderne alums recently opened this airy French-influenced Dumbo restaurant. 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 for $35.
15 Main St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201

5. Porsena

21 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003
Sara Jenkins just started serving brunch at her year-and-a-half-old East Village pasta parlor. Brunch skews slightly more Mediterranean than dinner, but you can still order pasta carbonara and pene arrabbiata. Other options include French toast with Nutella, orange-ricotta pancakes, fried eggs with porchetta hash, and a seared pork chop with polenta. Brunch rolls from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
21 E 7th St
New York, NY 10003

6. Milkflower

34-12 31st Ave., Astoria, NY 11106
Brothers Danny and Pete Aggelatos just launched brunch at their Astoria pizzeria. In addition to classic Neapolitan pies, the menu has several "toasts" topped with things like poached eggs, prosciutto, braised leeks, and chorizo. Other brunch options include granola with fresh fruit, and a pizza with Brussels sprouts and poached eggs. [Photo: Facebook]
34-12 31st Ave.
Astoria, NY 11106

7. River Styx

21 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Dennis Spina's new Greenpoint restaurant has a cool, slightly industrial dining room that gets great light during the day. The chef's food is quirky at times, but always satisfying. For brunch, consider the Roman egg drop soup, the focaccia-like "Big Chef" with mortadella and eggs, or the fried eggs with corn and tomatoes. River Styx also serves a killer plate of nachos, which works as an entree or as a dish to share.
21 Greenpoint Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

8. The Butterfly

225 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013
The brunch menu at the Altamarea Group's retro Tribeca restaurant includes a fancy patty melt, fried chicken, egg dishes, pancakes, and salads. Eben Freeman's elaborate cocktails are also available during brunch, if you want to go down that road. The crisp, pleasantly creamy Grasshopper cocktail might be a good choice for brunch.
225 W Broadway
New York, NY 10013

9. The Meatball Shop

1462 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10075
The Meatball Shop is a great place to go if you're nursing a hangover, because you can either dive head first into a big plate of carbs, or order an assortment of proteins and vegetables, all for very little money. The new Upper East Side location is the first Meatball Shop to offer brunch. The options include balls Benedict, "smash bun" French toast, and a version of biscuits and gravy made with meatballs.
1462 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10075

10. Montmartre

158 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011
Michael Toscano's new menu at this Chelsea hot spot includes things like 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

11. The Harrison

355 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013
Jimmy Bradley's Tribeca charmer recently 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

12. 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

13. 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

14. 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

15. 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

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16. Hearth

403 E 12th St., New York, NY 10009
After almost a decade in business, Marco Canora started serving bunch at his East Village Italian restaurant earlier this year. 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

17. Littleneck

288 3rd Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215
This stylish Gowanus seafood restaurant introduced a new brunch menu this month. The menu changes frequently, but right now it has poutine with clam gravy, shrimp with grits, a smoked trout omelette, and chicken & waffles. And if you want a lobster roll or a bowl of chowder, of course you can get that too.
288 3rd Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11215

18. 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

19. 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

20. 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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