Brunch isn’t just a meal. It’s a lifestyle. It’s French toast at 4 p.m. on a Sunday. It’s bottomless mimosas after a night of bottomless whatever red you had on hand. It’s eggs with a side of gossip served equally hot. However it is you live your best brunch, we’re here to help. Even better, for those who want to keeping things al fresco, we’ve rounded up 34 NYC brunch spots where you can have your avo toast and eat it too—outside, that is. (Which, psst, we hope is here to stay post-COVID). Check out the 34 best NYC brunch spots with outdoor dining options, rooftops to gardens to heated sidewalk cafes and bubbles. Happy brunching!
The 34 Best Outdoor Brunch Spots in NYC
Enjoy bottomless brunch on Tavern 29’s dreamy rooftop beer garden on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Known for their craft beer selection, festive mixed drinks and seasonal menu, this spot is located just off of Park Avenue South, making transit a breeze. Other dining options include indoor seating on all three floors of the newly renovated 19th-century townhouse-turned-restaurant, delivery and takeout.
47 E 29th St.; tavern29.com
This upscale bistro in a brand new Northern Greenpoint location offers classic American cuisine with a southern Italian twist, meaning it delivers on ambiance and the perfect brunch pasta (seriously, try the butter and sage ravioli). Plus, for $17 with the purchase of any breakfast item, get unlimited mimosas for an hour. Dining options include dreamy garden seating and indoor dining.
35 Box St.; Brooklyn, milkandrosesbk.com
This West Village Italian staple offers fresh pastas, salads and an unlimited boozy brunch—plus, happy hour seven days a week. Enjoy your antipasti, focaccia, olive oil cake, seasonal dishes and more alongside the iconic Greenwich views. Seating options include outdoor dining on their heated patio, indoor seating, takeout and delivery.
18 Greenwich Ave.; rosemarysnyc.com
Kick off your weekend the right way: with bottomless mimosas, homemade jam and crispy baked French toast. Or check out this Harlem spot’s new pan-Asian tapas restaurant, BIXI, that’s located just a few doors down and also offers an excellent outdoor brunch (the waffles with tempura bananas and scrambled eggs with shrimp are two popular picks). Lido dining options include indoor seating, outdoor patio dining, takeout or delivery.
2168 Frederick Douglass Blvd.; lidoharlem.com
You’ll likely need to come by early to put your name on the waitlist for weekend brunch at this Williamsburg favorite. Just up the street from Domino Park, Sunday in Brooklyn’s fanfare bounces between American staples to their world-renowned Sunday Pancakes: malted pancakes with hazelnut maple praline and brown butter. Currently offering heated outdoor booths, indoor private dining rooms, delivery and takeout.
348 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn; sundayinbrooklyn.com
Located in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn, Verde on Smith offers bottomless brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. That means you don’t have to wait until the weekend to get your Bellini on as you try their spins on classic brunch staples. Now offering indoor dining, heated, covered outdoor dining on their patio, delivery and takeout.
216 Smith St., Brooklyn; verdeonsmith.com
The Shady Shed is heated, weather-proof and ready for outdoor diners. Enjoy the lemon blueberry pancakes with mascarpone cream, Thai-glazed wings, pork belly croquettes, the truffle and mushroom burger, birria tacos and more at this not-so-traditional Astoria brunch spot. Currently offering indoor seating, outdoor tent seating, delivery and takeout.
34-19 30th Ave., Queens; shadyladyastoria.com
This Israeli cafe boasts a heated, enclosed outside patio which feels “just like Tel Aviv.” Indulge in the schnitzel, lamb ragu and shawarma brunch dishes as well as veggie-friendly options like the falafel burger, the Yemenite pancake, shakshuka and more. Currently offering heated patio seating, full-capacity indoor dining, delivery and takeout.
544 Union Ave., Brooklyn; reunionyc.com
For only $20, you can get unlimited mimosas, sangrias, Bellinis, or Bloody Marys at the self-proclaimed first bottomless brunch in Queens from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. Top it off with their Brunch Burger, and you won’t regret it. Dining options include outdoor patio seating, indoor seating, takeout and delivery.
35-19 Ditmars Blvd., Queens; truastoria.com
This Park Slope cafe was started by two childhood friends and Brooklyn locals back in 2004—and they’ve been dishing up tasty eats ever since. Brats, short ribs, and fish cakes, oh my! Dining options include indoor dining, outdoor dining on the front sidewalk, takeout and delivery. Brunch is served Friday through Sunday.
324 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn; stoneparkcafe.com
With locations in Staten Island and Manalapan, New Jersey, you just know that a place that considers brunch a project is going to be good. These breakfast pros offer brunch every day of the week, including mac and cheese with grilled cheese croutons, fried Oreo pancakes and specialty seasonal shakes. Options include indoor seating, outdoor patio seating, takeout and delivery.
4553 Arthur Kill Rd., Staten Island; projectbrunch.com
Get comfy at Mom’s with comfort food classics (like shrimp and grits and chicken and waffles) on their heated outdoor patio. If you’re looking for bright drinks, big plates and super Instagrammable adult shakes, look no further. Oh, and did we mention that their brunch is all-day? Seating options include outdoor dining, indoor seating, takeout and delivery.
33-01 31st Ave., Queens; momsastoria.com
Between the heated, covered front terrace and the heated back garden, you can’t go wrong at this Upper East Side gastropub. The bubbly atmosphere and British brunch bites (say that 10 times fast!) will almost make you forget about this whole pandemic—wait, maybe that’s the extensive beverage menu. Sit inside, out front, out back, or choose takeout or delivery.
401 E 76th St.; joneswoodfoundry.com
This charming Williamsburg bar and grill is open for indoor dining, as well as their heated back garden and heated front patio. With different nightly specials featuring fresh fish, seasonal veggies and other tasty classics, what’s not to love? Also available for takeout and delivery.
105 N 6th St., Brooklyn; sweetwaterny.com
This Bed-Stuy staple brings together the best of the community: chicken, granola-crusted French toast and soul. Marietta Cade, also known as Peaches, was born and raised in the South—and the impetus of her cuisine proves it. Seating options include heated glass sidewalk cabins, indoor seating, takeout and delivery.
393 Lewis Ave., Brooklyn; bcrestaurantgroup.com
Located just blocks from the Hudson River, treat yourself to one of Hudson Clearwater’s fresh cold-pressed juices, locally sourced omelets or upstate New York grass-fed beef or veggie burgers. Yep, it’s one of those spots. Now offering indoor dining, outdoor sidewalk seating or dining in their charming back garden, takeout and delivery.
447 Hudson St.; hudsonclearwater.com
This rustic spot has the best salmon burger in the Bronx—or at least that’s what their Instagram claims. Embark on their boozy brunch offerings on the weekends, complete with chicken and waffles and a heated garden setting. Also available for takeout or delivery.
53 Bruckner Blvd., The Bronx; (929) 265-9682
If it’s a delicious, juicy meat dish, Oliver’s probably has it. This Queens favorite offers American fanfare, with a $6 mimosa to get the fun started. Dining options include heated outdoor patio seating, indoor dining, takeout and delivery.
37-19 Broadway (at 38th Street), Queens; oliversastoria.com
Tucked into a side street just off Bedford Ave., this charming French bistro offers upscale versions of your classic brunch favorites: French toast, croque madame, mimosas, Bellinis and more. Dining options include the sidewalk patio, a heated rooftop terrace bar, an indoor garden dining room, delivery or takeout.
135 N 5th St., Brooklyn; juliettewilliamsburg.com
For a splurge (a mimosa will set you back $16), visit the cozy West Village location of this Italian eatery. Known for their signature Bloody Marys, gelato, homemade cakes and cookies, this is the spot for some self-care brunch. Dining options include indoor dining, heated outdoor dining, takeout and delivery.
259 West 4th St., santambroeus.com
Staten Island locals likely know this fine dining establishment seated just on the edge of Clove Lakes but we think it’s worth a trip even for outside-the-borough dwellers. Escape for a little bit of greenery and upscale brunch classics on their lakeside patio or cobblestone terrace. Indoor dining, takeout and delivery also available.
1150 Clove Rd., Staten Island; thestonehousesi.com
This quaint Moroccan-inspired eatery offers breakfast and an award-winning brunch at both locations in Williamsburg and East Village. We’re fans of the Malawack (flakey Yemenite flatbread, organic egg, spicy grated tomato & labne) and sabich (Iraqi breakfast with roasted eggplant, tahini, organic eggs, spicy grated tomato & amba), but you also can’t go wrong with a family-style mezze or hummus platter. Currently offering indoor seating, front patio and backyard seating, takeout and delivery.
Multiple locations; cafemogador.com
Enjoy a family-owned-and-operated feel at this classic Mediterranean fusion joint. For Greek, Italian and other eclectic European flavors, grab brunch in one of their several outdoor dining seating options, including their heated gazebo, their rooftop or terrace, as well as indoor dining, takeout or delivery.
801 Annadale Rd., Staten Island; annadaleterrace.com
City Island is known for its extravagant seafood—and Archie’s fits the bill. For a seaside salmon wrap, a shrimp-avocado omelet or a delicious custom cocktail or housemade spicy bloody mary, look no further. Dining options include their front patio or backyard, limited indoor dining, takeout or delivery.
536 City Island Ave., The Bronx; archiestap.com
The grill at the world-famous venue and hotel, The Standard, High Line, has become a popular brunch spot in recent years. For fresh, local ingredients—plus arguably the city’s best people-watching of the High Line—grab a seat on their covered sidewalk cafe and take it all in. Guests can also eat indoors.
The Standard, High Line, 848 Washington St.; thestandardgrill.com
For a Spanish-inspired brunch in Alphabet City, Poco’s a go-to. If you can’t make their legendary boozy brunch on the weekend, they now offer bottomless dinner, as well as trivia, comedy and craft nights. Dining options include outside in their heated sidewalk patio tent and full capacity indoor dining.
33 Avenue B.; poconyc.com
For a rustic Hell’s Kitchen brunch filled with local beers and old-fashioned eats, Alfie’s is just a few blocks south of Central Park. Come for the heated outdoor patio, stay for the bottomless grapefruit mimosas. Dining options include outside on their heated patio, indoor dining, takeout and delivery.
800 9th Ave.; alfiesnyc.com
Prepare to be dazzled by this next selection. Located at the edge of Hudson River’s Pier 25 in Tribeca, Grand Banks is a seasonal oyster bar on the deck of a historic fishing boat. (We know—way to bury the lede!). Enjoy wild-caught, sustainably harvested East and West Coast oysters, plus caviar, avocado toast with poached eggs, a lobster roll and other seasonal, ingredient-driven plates. While their brunch is top-notch, we also think a sunset meal would make for an unforgettable date!
Pier 25 Hudson River Park; crewny.com/grand-banks
Newly opened in September, this upscale New American restaurant in the West Village just launched its brunch menu and is preparing to begin outdoor dining service in March. To put it simply: Their old-fashion cinnamon donuts with warm coffee anglaise are what dreams are made of. Alongside brunch-specific specialty cocktails like the vermouth-and-marmalade-based Breakfast in Bed and the wood-fired Bloody Mary, plates range from corned beef hash benedict to chocolate babka French toast. What more could you want?
118 Greenwich Ave.; jackandcharlies118.com
All you can drink brunch on Saturday and Sunday? Say less. For $28, this rustic-chic Williamsburg eatery offers 90 minutes of indulgence in your brunch cocktails of choice—bloody marys, mimosas or spiked ice teas—with the purchase of an entree. Nibble on wood-fired pizzas and pancakes with chocolate chip gelato from the vine-draped biergarten, heated sidewalk seating or the lavish roof deck bar.
76 Ainslie St, Brooklyn; ainsliebk.com
Looking for a more elevated brunch experience? Located atop the Sanctuary Hotel in Midtown—the heart of Times Square, so it’s a great spot to bring visitors—enjoy bottomless mimosas and Bellinis with brunch on weekends for $28 per person with the purchase of an entree, like the blueberry French toast or the crab benedict. The French-influenced spot boasts incredible views from their cabanas and heated, glassed-in rooftop, making it a perennial favorite.
132 W 47th St; havenrooftop.com
Nestled in the Rockaways, this French restaurant and bar offers a two-hour bottomless brunch on weekends starting at noon hosted indoors, on their rooftop overlooking the ocean, and on their outdoor patio. Get fancy with Veuve Clicquot mimosas, Bellinis or straight Champagne for $55 per person with the purchase of an entree. Or, for $30 per person, enjoy French bubbles instead. What’s more? They’re dedicated to paying employees a living wage, so 18 percent gratuity is included, no tip necessary.
190 Beach 69th St, Queens; barmarseille.com
This Carroll Gardens classic is rolling out a brand-new brunch menu with a revamped garden patio just in time for spring. As the oldest bar in Brooklyn—with furnishings circa 1890—weekend brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and they know what they’re doing. Build-your-own mimosas alongside standouts like the bacon clothesline of maple-glazed bacon, the Court St. fried egg sandwich served on a croissant with cheddar cheese and avocado, the not-your-ordinary avocado toast with Balthazar potato onion sourdough and topped with whipped avocado with lemon zest, chili flakes, feta, pistachios, fresh herbs, and more. Plus, if you stop by in the winter, make sure to visit the Court Street Ice Rink.
449 Court St, Brooklyn; courtstreettavern.com
Enjoy weekend brunch on a first-come, first-serve basis—they recommend coming before 11 a.m. or after 2 p.m. to avoid a long wait—at this Gramercy country-cooking spot. Housed in cozy Vermont farmhouse quarters, this family-owned restaurant was a pioneer in the farm-to-table movement, using only fresh, local ingredients in their dishes. From avocado tartare to old-fashioned pumpkin pancakes and salmon scrambled eggs, the whole family can find something to their liking. Dining options include in the heated patio, in a heated cabin, indoors, takeout and delivery.
77 Irving Pl; friendofafarmer.com
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