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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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Chicken And Waffles At Buttermilk Channel

It’s where Bey and Blue Ivy get brunch, so you know it has to be good. Fried chicken + waffles + maple syrup = the best kind of food coma.

524 Court St. (at Huntington St.), Brooklyn; 718-852-8490 or

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

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

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