6 NYC Brunch Spots to Try This Weekend
By Erin Sandberg
If you’re a New Yorker, then you know that brunch is one of the most important meals of your weekend. Whether you’re craving south of the boarder grub or in the mood to satisfy your sweet tooth, here’s a handy go-to guide to finding the perfect spot for you and your groupies.
“I’m Feeling Elevated and Artistic” Crowd: ABC Kitchen
Put on your weekend best and meet a friend—or a date—at this airy and rustic-yet-chic space. The food is as pure as it gets—you won’t find pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, insecticides, antibiotics or hormones in any of the ingredients (which all come from regional farmers and fair trade cooperative). We love to sneak in some healthy omega-3 fats with the smoked salmon with horseradish crème fraiche and lemon. Yuuuuuuum!
[35 E. 18th St., Gramercy/Flatiron; 212.475.5829]
“I’m Eating Clean” Crowd: Sun in Bloom
Gluten-free? Check. Vegan? Check. Raw? Check. Sun in Bloom is perfect for when we owe our bodies a little break from the everyday, on-the-go fare (looking at you, New York-style pizza). The restaurant gives off a positive vibe that’s hard not to pick up—after all, their slogan is “Food for [Happy] Thought.” We love the sunrise scramble, made of ginger-miso glazed tofu, steamed greens, beans and brown rice. Don’t forget to grab an apple cinnamon spiced muffin from the bakery on the way out!
[460 Bergen St., Park Slope; 718-622-4303]
“I Just Want Some Comfort Food” Crowd: Jacob’s Pickles
When all you want is for someone to put a generous plate of southern comfort food in front of you, head to Jacob’s Pickles. Broiled grapefruit starts off the meal fresh, and the southern BLT (buttermilk fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, pickle slaw and sterling bacon on a southern biscuit!) will bring your taste buds back to life.
[509 Amsterdam Ave., Upper West Side; 212.470.5566]
“In the Mood for Mediterranean” Crowd: Jack’s Wife Freda
Full of charming character (we love how the sunlight streams through the French doors while you’re sipping a cup of Stumptown coffee!), Jack’s Wife Freda may be a cozy and quaint spot, but it’s big in flavor. Keep your palate simple by ordering the Mediterranean breakfast—eggs, chopped salad, labne, avocado and pita bread—or go a little more eclectic and munch on the Rosewater-infused waffle; it’s perfectly paired with Lebanese yogurt, fruit and honey syrup. Our tip: Make your way to Jack’s Wife Freda sooner rather than later on the weekends—this place draws a large crowd of trendy foodies.
[224 Lafayette St., SoHo; 212.510.8550]
“I’ll Rise But Won’t Shine” Crowd: Le Fanfare
Sometimes we want a bright, sunny brunch spot, and sometimes…we don’t. Seek shelter in the long and narrow, tucked away spot at Le Fanfare. The absence of windows along the lengthy walls gives you a peaceful space to catch up with a friend over coffee until you’re ready to face the daylight. The lemon-ricotta pancakes satisfy a slight sweet tooth, and the hangar steak and eggs energize us to stroll the streets of Brooklyn.
[1103 Manhattan Ave., Greenpoint; 347.987.4244]
“I Want Brunch Before Bed” Crowd: Bubby’s
As dancers, we sometimes have hectic schedules that have us practicing, performing or doing other fun Rox-related things past dinnertime. When nights like this happen, we take advantage of Bubby’s midnight brunch (Thursday through Sunday from 11 p.m. until 7 a.m. only!). Getting a meal that’s made from scratch—even when it’s as simple as farm eggs with house-cured meats and home fries—is just what we need before drifting off to dreamland.
[120 Hudson St., Tribeca; 212.219.0666]