SIPA students LOVE brunch. Whether it is Friday afternoon, a weekend extravaganza, or just a break between classes. SIPA students like to dine! There are millions of lists out there of which restuarants to go, so I scoured the web and then spoke to my friends about their gastro favorites and of course used my own decision making to choose the the list curated! Below is a list of 15 great brunch spots throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. Don’t be shy to venture to the other boroughs. They are Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island.
1. Upsider (Midtown East)
This recently opened modern American eatery is hitting your early-afternoon brunching sweet spot with goods like avocado toast, eggs Benedict, buttermilk fried chicken (which is totally a breakfast/lunch food if you want it to be, shut up), and a 28-day dry-aged beef with raclette, avocado, and egg.
2. Trattoria Il Mulino (Flatiron)
Meatball Benedicts, Hangover Pizzas, and burrata french toasts: all things you can now eat (along with a Margherita pizza-inspired Bloody w/ grappa and San Marzano tomatoes) at this beauty of a trattoria spinoff from Il Mulino proper.
3. White Street (Tribeca)
Floyd Cardoz’s glamorous new spot is now doing brunch, too, and doing it super well, with options like a Hangtown Fry omelette with bacon, caramelized onions, and crispy oysters; fried chicken wings with maple butter & a fried egg; and a Mangalitsa pork burger on a brioche bun
4. Park Avenue Autumn (Murray Hill)
Yes, they’ve got In-N-Out-style burgers for lunch, which is awesome, but their brunch is worthy of a switch-up — cinnamon monkey rolls, breakfast sausage from The Meat Hook, breakfast risotto with English muffin croutons, a blend-your-own Bellini bar, and a few Bloody options, including the Autumn Smoked Mary topped with Aecht Schlenkerla smoked beer.
5. Blenheim (West Village)
Despite experiencing a few hiccups after opening, this fine farm-to-table dining spot is playing up brunch goodness like short rib hash w/ two sunny-side-up eggs, French toast with vanilla-roasted figs, and a version of the chef’s Grandpa’s sausage patties.
6. Allswell (Brooklyn)
The menu at this Williamsburg gastropub changes daily, but luckily for all you indecisive brunchers out there, gets updated every morning. Expect a frittata with seasonal fixins (ours recently came with the winning combo of marjoram, mushrooms, kale and ricotta), a gut-busting egg sandwich with homemade fries, and some picks straight outta left field. For a real eye-opener, try the Cowboy Coffee, a bracing mix of bourbon, iced coffee and cream
7. Café Luluc (Brooklyn)
Pancakes. There are, of course, other delights to be found at this cute Cobble Hill café on Smith Street—the pretty French interior makes it the perfect spot for leafing through the Sunday papers with your one and only, and there are magazines galore to choose from. Plus, the service is good, and the french fries are excellent. But really, Luluc’s pancakes are the jewel in its brunch crown: soft and super fluffy on the inside, just a little bit crispy on the outside and 100 percent delicious.
8. Egg (Brooklyn)
This Southern-accented breakfast-only abode has no parallel in Billyburg or beyond—which means you can expect a bit of a wait to get seated. Once you do get in, perch on mismatched chairs at a paper-covered table (crayons are provided), wake up at a leisurely speed to the old-time folk music on the sound system, and scarf down a cheap meal that may include eggs Rothko (a slice of brioche with a hole in the middle that accommodates a sunny-side-up egg, all of which is covered with sharp cheddar) or a terrific country-ham biscuit sandwich. If you must have dessert at breakfast, finish with a bowl of caramelized grapefruit and mint.
9. Enid’s (Brooklyn)
Come for the huevos rancheros (and the biscuits and the cheese grits), stay for the Bloody Marys. Okay, stay for three or four Bloody Marys: Enid’s has one of the best around, garnished with an olive and a mothereffing caper berry. Though there’s often a crowd, the staff kindly provides free coffee while you wait—and McCarren Park is right around the corner, so once you’ve got a good buzz going, you can decamp for the grass and catch up on some sleepy time in the sun. (Random eye-candy bonus: cute bartenders!)
10. Five Leaves (Brooklyn)
This is one of my favorite restaurants. Be sure to try the ricotta bowl! Brunch at this hip Greenpoint joint features pastries from Nolita’s Ceci Cela and entrées like spiced chia pudding with pears, ricotta pancakes with fruit and maple syrup, and a Moroccan scramble with merguez sausage, spiced chickpeas and avocado. To get into full weekend mode, sip on a kir royale or Tiny’s Drink (tequila, green chartreuse, lime, honey and lavender) as you soak up the sweet, bustling ambience.
11. Sweet Chick (Brooklyn)
The downside: Sweet Chick lies on that crowded patch of Bedford Avenue typically overrun by tourists. The food is worth the hassle. Sumptuous treats like chicken and waffles (they even have a vegetarian version) and chilaquiles more than make up for what the space lacks in personality. Brunch here means you won’t be eating much for the rest of the day
12. Community Food & Juice (UWS)
Wander a little further north into Morningside Heights and you’ll find a brunch spot that means what it says when it calls itself Community. At long tables, separate parties sit elbow to elbow to enjoy healthy, organic and sustainable comfort food. The brunch menu pays particular attention to specific dietary needs: diners can choose gluten-free versions of many of the dishes. Unique veggie-centric entrées include the celery root potato pancakes, smothered with crème fraiche and caramelized apple sauce and the bowl of beets, topped with an orange balsamic reduction, whipped goat cheese and toasted pistachios. Wash those down with a wasabi prairie mary, a sunshine screw, pear bellini or one of their many other signature cocktails.
13. Sarabeth’s (UWS)
Every list needs at least one trendy place, and on the UWS, that translates to long lines. Decent competition for this honor comes from Isabella’s and Good Enough to Eat, but my vote goes to Sarabeth’s. There’s a reason why she’s won numerous accolades over the years and discerning New Yorkers keep flocking there in droves: her baked goods and famous fruit spreads, which are now sold around the world. Sarabeth’s started with breakfast and continues to turn out tasty, wholesomely delicious fare. Egg dishes and omelettes are made with all-natural eggs and served with her legendary muffins and preserves.
14. Fred’s (UWS)
This is a “family friendly neighborhood restaurant.” You can stop by here any day or night of the week and it will be full. Fred’s is a popular Upper West Side brunch spot for a few reasons. For the dog lovers, your canine pal is welcome. Interior walls are adorned with photos of our four-legged friends. Bite into chocolate chip or banana pancakes, juicy burgers or mushroom ravioli. How’s that for variety?
15. Alice’s Tea Cup (UWS)
Whether you are looking for a fun book club spot- a birthday celebration or just a really great cup of tea- this is the spot. It specializes in teas and scones. A wide selection of sweet and savory crepes are also available. If you’re looking to truly satisfy that sweet tooth, bring home a cake and choose from over 15 fillings and seven frostings. This casual spot is successful in being that go-to place for something different. However, we suggest dining here with a friend and taking those business connections to The Smith or Sarabeth’s instead.