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In New York, the brunch ritual is as sacred as the Times' Sunday crossword or the pastrami at Katz's. But if you've ever waited too long for a table or misjudged the closest spot for dim sum, you know the angst that can accompany what should be your most leisurely meal.

Here to simplify the process is BrunchCritic.com, a new website devoted to brunching in the Big Apple.

The highlight of the site is the "Search + Find + Eat" function, which allows you to look for a brunch spot by both neighborhood and preferences (BYOB, gluten-free items, good for kids, etc.). For instance, we searched for "Chelsea" + "Takes Reservations" + "Critic's Pick" and were thrilled to quickly narrow our options to Gascogne and Cookshop.

Also useful are links to upcoming brunchie events and the lists of favorite restaurants organized by notable food item (huevos rancheros, Bloody Mary, etc.) or vibe (say, indoor seating that feels as if you're outdoors).

Amidst the many foodie resources, consider this one an easy step toward a stress-free weekend.

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