9 Brunch Spots to Add to Your Rotation, Stat
And a chocolate-babka French toast that will change your life
Monday through Friday is for kicking ass and taking names. But Saturday and Sunday are for catching up with your besties over French toast and Bellinis. Here are nine spots you’ll want to slot into your weekend plans ASAP.
Did you know? Any food becomes brunch appropriate when you throw a fried egg on it, like a pizza topped with kale, chicken sausage and smoked mozzarella. No food coma has ever been more worth it.
26 Broadway (between Kent and Wythe aves.), Brooklyn; 347-987-4500 or baranobk.com
The only thing better than Covina’s Hungarian potato fry bread? The brunch version, which comes topped with smoked salmon, avocado, scrambled eggs and lemon crème fraîche.
127 E. 27th St. (between Park and Lexington aves.); 212-204-0225 or covinanyc.com
We don’t know how we survived this long without chocolate-babka French toast, but we’re happy that we never have to go another weekend without it.
50 Commerce St. (at Bedford St.); 212-524-4104 or fiftyrestaurantnyc.com
LaRina Pastificio & Vino
Two words: breakfast pasta. This Fort Greene spot serves up dishes straight from our carb-obsessed dreams, like black-pepper raviolone topped with bacon and a poached egg. (We’re also dying to find out if “deviled burrata” is as wonderful as it sounds.)
387 Myrtle Ave. (between Clermont and Vanderbilt aves.), Brooklyn; 718-852-0001 or larinabk.com
Yep, you read that right: Your favorite workday lunch spot is about to be in the breakfast game with the opening of its new UES location on October 30. The menu features the wholesome eats you’d expect, like a harvest bowl topped with a farm egg and seasonal veggies.
1297 Lexington Ave. (at E. 87th St.); 212-545-7867 or diginn.com
We can’t imagine a better Saturday-morning pick-me-up than this cheery, skylit Mediterranean dining room and an order of pear-pecan French toast.
107 Rivington St. (at Ludlow St.); 212-796-8040 or cafemedinyc.com. Brunch currently available Saturdays only.
The new brunch offerings are no less crazy-genius than you’d expect from the place that brought us birthday-cake croissants: There's breakfast mac and cheese, carrot-cake waffles and a cinnamon-roll egg sandwich (pictured), to name a few.
6 E. 18th St. (between Fifth Ave. and Broadway); 212-633-6003 or unionfare.com
The French charmer’s newest location includes an adorable upstairs nook, perfect for going to town on a truffled “croque maman” and a caramelized half grapefruit (you know, to keep things balanced).
80 Kent St. (at Franklin St.), Brooklyn; 347-689-9195 or mamannyc.com
Everyone knows that a brunch spot is only as good as its mimosas, so you can be sure this Brooklyn Winery offshoot doesn’t mess around. If you need further convincing, this grilled pastrami and potato pancake masterpiece should win you over.
747 Franklin Ave. (at Sterling Pl.), Brooklyn; 718-399-1700 or bkwnyc.com
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