You know you’re a true New Yorker when brunch plans are part of your weekly agenda and one of the most important and timely decisions of the week. Basically, we take brunch very seriously– As we should! With hundreds of restaurants to choose from, hangovers to appease, and new dishes to try that may end up being our best #yolkporn pic yet (like I said, this is serious!), we have to make a reservation stat! Since it’s hard to score a seat at one of the newest and hottest restaurants in the city, (and the options are endless!), we narrowed down a list of our top 10 brunches to make your decision a lot easier this weekend.
New-ish kid on the NoMad block Black Barn (opened mid-September) recently launched an entirely new brunch menu by Chef / owner John Doherty. Serving a selection of dishes that stay true to the restaurant’s rustic American theme and a list of seasonal cocktails featuring local whiskeys, rums, and apple brandies, diners will enjoy go-to items, such as Fried Chicken with Parmesan-Rosemary Waffles with Vermont maple butter; Vegetable Goat Cheese Foccacia with poached egg and spicy bacon; and Maple-Black Pepper Glazed Bacon and a savory Chickpea Pancake topped with Merguez sausage and a perfectly poached egg!. Sourcing directly from local farms, ranchers and fishermen, the restaurant will offer diners the comfort, country-themed feel as they enjoy the menu beneath expansive farmhouse rafters and glowing lanterns. For those looking for entertainment during brunch, Black Barn is launching a festive and new brunch experience every Saturday and Sunday starting this weekend, featuring the charming tunes of gyspy blues band La Pompe and half-priced bottles ($32) of sparkling wine served with quartinos of orange and peach juice for a build-your-own bubbles accompaniment.
Black Barn will also offer complimentary pastries on a rotating basis, featuring a selection of croissants, scones, biscuits, and more—to soak up the bubbles, of course!
Black Barn Restaurant
19 E. 26th Street, New York
11-3pm on Saturday and Sundays
KAT & THEO
You’re in for a treat! Upscale brunch is now available at hot new restaurant Kat & Theo in the Flatiron District. Following its recent opening, the restaurant debuted brunch last weekend and will be available on Saturdays from 11am – 3pm. Serving seasonal, New American fare with a Mediterranean touch by executive chef Paras Shah (who worked in many esteemed kitchens, including acclaimed chef Ferran Adrià’s world-famous El Bulli in Spain and Per Se and Momofuku Noodle Bar in NYC) the new brunch will combine Shah’s experience in high-profile kitchens both in NYC and abroad. A couple must-try inspired dishes on the new brunch menu includes: Broken Eggs: Inspired by Spain’s Huevos Rotos, a base of crispy patatas bravas–one of Shah’s specialties–is topped with a fried egg that has been “broken” and tossed into the potatoes. The dish is finished with a spicy tomato bravas sauce and aioli; Duck Confit & Potato Hash: Yukon gold potatoes are baked, mashed and mixed with duck confit and fresh scallions. The hash is crisped in a pan and then finished with a drizzle of chili-infused maple syrup for the perfect savory-sweet balance; Apaki & Egg: Pork loin is cured and smoked in-house and served in a sandwich with Greek kasseri cheese, braised greens and a runny-yolk fried egg and Pumpkin Ice Cream Sundae: House-made pumpkin ice cream topped with cinnamon graham cracker and toasted meringue.
Kat & Theo
5 W 23rd Street btwn 5th and 6th
11a.m.-3p.m. on Saturdays
Wow, a restaurant that serves food that healthy AND delicious! Located in the heart of West Village, a new vegan movement was born with the opening by CHLOE from celebrity chef Chloe Coscarelli. Offering diners an accessible (and TASTY) animal-free menu, the new buzzy restaurant now also serves brunch. Serving a fully vegan menu that won’t make you feel bad stuffying your face—brunch goers can choose from from Chloe’s Daily Pancakes with options like Kale Chocolate Chip Pancakes or Quinoa Hashbrown with vegan sour cream, smoked paprika, scallions; AB&B Toast with raw almond butter, banana, pure maple on 7-grain toast; sweet treats including Mom’s Cinnamon Roll; and more! With a mission to serve customers hearty, nourishing meals and redefine what it means to eat well, the restaurant certainly aims to please with a full menu filled bursting with locally- sourced and natural ingredients that are just as satisfying as they are healthy.
185 Bleecker St.
11a.m. – 4p.m. on Saturday & Sunday
Sadelle’s actually did things a bit backwards; Opening as a brunch, lunch and breakfast destination, the restaurant just recently launched dinner! Whoa, plot twist! However, the Major Food Group’s newest location still offers some of the city’s most killer Jewish food, including a large-format latke and smoked fish tower and unlimited bagels and shmear. Yes, unlimited bagels and shmear. The afternoon tea time-esque tower is a great way to start, but diners will also be dazzled by menu items that range from their triple decker sandwiches, a Cobb Salad and a patty melt for an awe-encompassing meal.
463 W Broadway, New York
9 AM — 5 PM Saturday & Sunday
BLACK TREE BK
Photo by NoLeftovers
Taking their buzzy and popular farm-to-table concept from LES to Williamsburg with their new offshoot this fall, Black Tree BK has maintained their status as a solid neighborhood hotspot offering diners approachable and good quality locally- sourced cuisine and now an innovative Saturday and Sunday brunch! Taking their sustainable mission to the next level, executive chef Sandy Dee Hall offers adventurous dishes that will be slightly tweaked week-to-week based on the featured protein or vegetable with items like a Breakfast Ramen ($15) with Mazamen style ramen, fried egg, 2 cheeses and crumbled beef sausage (protein will change to turkey for Thanksgiving next week); Double Benedict ($15) offering two different benedict styles with one meat and one vegetarian option topped with an inventive hollandaise to pair with flavors like Chimichurri, Ginger and anything else that suits the protein and veggie of the week. Or their signature farm-to-sandwich item Winter Pig ($16) will remain on the brunch menu and consists of Other Half IPA braised Pork Belly, Seasonal Preserve, Cheddar, House Pickles, Mint, and a Fried Egg and a great hearty dish to be washed down with seasonal Brunch Cocktails that consist of Apple Cider Mimosa and Dirty Flirt with espresso, chai, maple liquor and whisky, to name a few.
Black Tree BK
261 Metropolitan Avenue, 718-387-7612
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday & Sunday, with reservations available on Resy.
Zucchini pancakes at Dirt Candy. PHOTO: EVAN SUNG
Amanda Cohen is the chef and owner of Dirt Candy, the award-winning vegetable restaurant on New York City’s Lower East Side. The restaurant’s original location only had 18 seats and was open for six years receiving tons of accolades and prompting the innovative chef to open in a more expansive space. Opening in their new space and launching their first-ever brunch service, the menu consists of a Zucchini Pancakes with squash blossom butter and Corn French Toast with corn cob jelly, corn butter & bourbon maple syrup and dishes like a ‘greens sandwich’ stuffed with stir-fried vegetables, as well as a Spinach Ramen Salad. This can’t be ‘beat!’
86 Allen St
11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays & Sundays
BLACK TAP CRAFT BURGERS & BEER
Photo by Brunchboys
Beef up your morning at Chef/Owner Joe Isidori’ restaurant Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer at their NEW brunch at his SoHo location. Ok, so it was launched in September, but it’s still in our list of must-try brunches..especially with a themed burger brunch that includes items like The Croissant Burger made with a Pat Lafrieda patty with bacon, egg, Swiss cheese and truffle mayo of on the ‘lighter’ side, the Brunch Burger Salad prepared with a turkey burger, fried egg, bacon, apple, blue cheese dried cranberries and a buttermilk-dill sauce. Wash down the savory lunch with some interesting concoctions from the cocktail menu, such as a Spicy Margarita with a jalapeno infused soho and fresh lime or a SoHo Sandy (very fitting) mixed with grapefruit, lemonade, soju and Weiss beer!
Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer
529 Broome Street
11:30 a.m.- 12a.m. on Saturday and 11:30a.m.- 10:30 p.m. on Sundays
The French-Riviera import, located in SoHo, recently launched brunch with a menu of Italian/French Provençal-inspired dishes such as Crêpe Vonnassienne, traditional French pancakes served with marinated red-label salmon, poached eggs and hollandaise; Maccheroncini Carbonara with guanciale; and Smoked Duck Breast with green lentil salad. Brunch favorites include a Rolled Omelet with fontina and Provençal herbs; as well as French Toast with warm strawberries, balsamic vinegar and vanilla ice cream. A selection of brunch cocktails round out the menu, including a YELLOW Bloody Mary, called the Maria Giallo.
323 West Broadway (between Grand and Canal Street)
11:30a.m. to 4:00p.m. on Saturday & Sunday
BLUE RIBBON BAKERY KITCHEN
The Bromberg brothers West Village neighborhood joint just launched new brunch and lunch menus, featuring a custom burger with a variety of toppings to choose. From marrow, foie gras, and two types of bacon to 5 different kinds of cheese, pulled pork, and a sunny side up farm fresh egg, the combinations are endless. Additionally, the new menu offers lighter fare like soup and half sandwiches combos, as well as classic sandwiches such as Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup, or the Egg Salad sandwich and Matzoh Ball Soup.
Blue Ribbon Bakery Kitchen
35 Downing Street, New York
11a.m. – 4p.m. on Saturday & Sunday
Smoked Salmon Pie. Breakfast pizza.
Inspired by his upbringing in the European countryside and a career focused on redefining American classics, celebrated chef/ owner Laurent Tourondel’s newest restaurant L’Amico launched his brunch at the same time the restaurant opened its doors. With a modern Italian and American menu, the brunch offers standout items with a couple ‘lunch for breakfast’ items, such as breakfast pizzas or omelette soufflé cacio e pepe! With options to enjoy traditional breakfast items, diners can choose from the large variety of egg dishes or burrata with shaved truffles-yum!
851 6th Ave, New York
Brunch is available on Sunday from 11:30am – 3:30pm
Saturday and Sunday, Marcus Samuelsson’s Streetbird Rotisserie in Harlem will be serving brunch all day long (10:30AM-10PM) and has also introduced new dishes to the brunch menu adding more items to appease your cravings. Along with favorites like The Frenchie Toast ($12) with corn bread, fruit compote and bourbon maple syrup, and the Crispy Bird Sandwich, new brunch items include: The OG Classico Cheddar Omelette with a seasonal salad ($11), the Fatty Melt #2 with a double patty burger, house made BBQ mayo and all the fixin’s, and the Ballin’ Bird and Noodles with lemongrass-ginger chicken meatballs, chili tomato gravy and notti noodles ($15). The 68-seat Harlem Kitchenette is a tribute to the hip-hop and graffiti culture of the late 70s to early 90s, with a menu inspired by block parities and cookouts, as well as the surrounding neighborhood’s range of cultural influences and Samuelsson’s own Ethiopian and Swedish background.
2149 Frederick Douglas Blvd, Harlem (steps from the 116 street stop on the c and b trains)
Brunch is available Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am-10pm