The Official New York City Brunch Bucket List
Espresso-steamed eggs or bust
Your landlord raised your rent. The trains are a mess (we’re looking at you, L). Your upstairs neighbor decided to take up tap dancing. But here’s the one constant we can always rely on: amazing brunch.
Here are the 13 epic brunch dishes every New Yorker should try.
LEMON RICOTTA PANCAKES AT LOCANDA VERDE
You can’t go wrong with anything on the brunch menu at this Tribeca spot, but the fluffy and not-too-sweet flapjacks with blueberries and Meyer lemon curd are bonkers delicious. And we haven’t said “bonkers” in ten years.
377 Greenwich St. (at Moore St.); 212-925-3797 or locandaverdenyc.com
GREEN SHAKSHUKA AT JACK'S WIFE FREDA
OK, take the obligatory Instagram snap, then hurry up and dig in before it gets cold. These creamy baked eggs with a kick are the perfect winter comfort food.
224 Lafayette St. (at Spring St.); 212-510-8550 or jackswifefreda.com
MUSHROOM TOAST AT FIVE LEAVES
Regret downing that bottle of wine, vat of fettuccine alfredo and pint of Ben & Jerry’s last night? A healthy-ish, filling brunch to the rescue, featuring kale, a poached egg and maitake mushroom cream.
18 Bedford Ave. (at Lorimer St.), Brooklyn; 718-383-5345 or fiveleavesny.com
BEET-CURED SALMON SANDWICH AT HIGH STREET ON HUDSON
This NYC newbie has already earned a spot among the brunch elite. Any sandwich is a solid choice, but we’re partial to this beauty with fried capers, dill, red onion and celery cream cheese on a pretzel roll.
637 Hudson St. (at Horatio St.); 917-388-3944 or highstreetonhudson.com
THE LAYERED OMELETTE AT DIRT CANDY
Everything at celeb chef Amanda Cohen’s buzzworthy restaurant is vegetarian. This breakfast lasagna with mint-cilantro-radish filling and whipped goat cheese is hardly health food, but who’s counting?
86 Allen St. (at Broome St.); 212-228-7732 or dirtcandynyc.com
LEO EGGS WITH SMOKED SALMON AT SADELLE'S
The eggs are hidden inside, but trust us, they’re there. It’s so gorgeous, this dish needs its own exhibit at the Met.
463 W. Broadway (at W. Houston St.); 212-776-4926 or sadelles.com
ESPRESSO-STEAMED EGGS WITH PROSCIUTTO AT BUVETTE
The secret to the fluffiest, creamiest eggs in town: Scramble them with the steam wand attachment on an espresso maker. #themoreyouknow
42 Grove St. (at Bleecker St.); 212-255-3590 or ilovebuvette.com
THE HATTIE PLATTER AT RUSS AND DAUGHTERS
Nab a platter with smoked whitefish, kippered (an old-school word for “baked”) salmon, Gaspé Nova smoked salmon and sable. And good luck getting a table.
127 Orchard St. (at Delancey St.); 212-475-4881 or russanddaughters.com
MEXICAN BREAKFAST SKILLET COMBO AT SHOPSIN'S
The giant menu at this legendary brunch joint might be overwhelming, but you can’t go wrong with the ridiculously decadent concoction of Hatch green-chile egg sliders, fried plantains and fried hash browns. Oh, and doughnuts.
120 Essex St. (at Rivington St.); 212-924-5160 or shopsins.com
MIDDLE EASTERN EGGS AT CAFÉ MOGADOR
The options are authentic, flavorful and surprisingly healthy at this cozy Moroccan brunch spot. Keep it simple with a fried egg, a chopped salad, hummus, tabbouleh and pita bread.
Locations in the East Village and Williamsburg; 212-677-2226 or cafemogador.com
THE BIG SALAD AT DIMES
Grab this massive “salad with lots of stuff in it” whenever you want to channel Elaine from Seinfeld (aka every damn day).
49 Canal St. (at Ludlow St.); 212-925-1300 or dimesnyc.com
CHOCOLATE CHUNK PANCAKES AT CLINTON STREET BAKING COMPANY
Arguably the best pancakes in the whole city. After devouring this short stack slathered in melty chocolate and warm maple butter, we’re ready to accomplish anything…especially a nap.
4 Clinton St. (at Ave. B); 646-602-6263 or clintonstreetbaking.com
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