Like riding the subway, paying $14 for a movie ticket, and making a tipsy 2 a.m. pizza run, weekend brunch has become somewhat of a New York City custom. And one we take quite seriously. (After all, it is the only time drinking Champagne before noon is acceptable—nay, admirable).
Between boozy and bottomless options, good-for-groups spots, and nutritious breakfast-meets-lunch service, there’s no shortage of restaurants to gossip about who did what last night. Yet every Saturday and Sunday morning, the same controversial question, “where should we eat?” is asked. And we don’t blame you—there are watered down all-you-can-drink deals, irritable staff, and of course, the never-ending “should I get something sweet or savory” self-debate to think about.
So to satisfy hungry, hangry, hungover (and everything in between) stomachs, we’ve compiled the best weekend feasts the five boroughs have to offer. Brunching uptown? We’ve got you covered at Sarabeth’s—just a stone’s throw from Central Park—where you can dig into a stack of lemon and ricotta pancakes. Brooklyn-bound? Check—hop on the subway to Buttermilk Channel and devour a plate of pecan pie French toast dripping with bourbon and molasses. Looking to wow visiting in-laws? The smoked salmon pizza at The Upland will surely blow them away. Searching for the best Bloodys in town? Knock back a beet, apple, and orange juice blend at The Penrose. There are even health-conscious options to help keep your New Year’s resolutions in check. But proceed with caution: post-meal naps are known to be a side effect of the best brunch spots in NYC.