New York City brunch is an institution. It’s something that any Manhattanite should experience at least once in their lifetime if they aren’t already doing so on a weekly basis.
And guess what? New York City brunch can still be absolutely fantastic while indoor dining remains closed.
Outdoor dining has become the norm for us lately with places all across The Big Apple going above and beyond to ensure that your trip there is delicious, warm and most importantly… safe.
If you’re in the mood to dine and dish next weekend and need some brunch spots for inspiration, we’re here to help.
Check out eight New York City brunch spots we think you’ll love for more reasons than one.
Hole in the Wall offers brunch at their FiDi (15 Cliff Street) and Flatiron at Hotel Henri (37 W. 24th Street) locations beginning at 9am, and their Williamsburg (292 Bedford Avenue) location beginning at 8am. Signature dishes from Executive Chef Brent Hudson include a Chili Scramble, Avocado Toast and a Breaky Roll with applewood smoked bacon, chorizo pate, folded eggs, chimichurri and mayo on a milk bun with tots on the side. Sip on a Jalapeno Bloody Mary, a Blood Orange Negroni, an Aperol Spritz or a Mimosa anytime of day.
Haven Rooftop atop The Sanctuary Hotel (132 W. 47th Street) features brunch over the weekend from 11am-3pm with reservations strongly encouraged. Indulge in omelettes, avocado toast, huevos rancheros, blueberry French toast, brunch pizza with a sunnyside up egg on top or a crab benedict to start your year right. And rest assured this plan will work rain or shine since Haven Rooftop is heated and covered to protect from the elements.
Ainslie (76 Ainslie St.) in Williamsburg serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 11am with ample heated outdoor seating on their expansive sidewalk patio and rooftop. Feast on their Breakfast Pizza, French Toast, Pancakes, a variety of Omelettes or Eggs in Purgatory and feel free to add on bottomless Bloody Mary’s, Spiked Iced Tea or Mimosas for an hour and a half for $28.
Loulou (176 8th Ave) in the heart of Chelsea offers brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. With a heat lamp above each of Loulou’s 70 tables, you’ll be protected no matter what Mother Nature has in store. You can go for a decadent Croissant French Toast or Gruyère Omelette or start the year on the healthy side with a Mandarin Parfait or Healthy Grain Bowl. That can be complemented with a pitcher of mimosa or a healthy smoothie like their Green Giant or Beets varieties.
Clinton Hall (90 Washington Street) in FiDi is open for brunch beginning at 12pm on Saturday and Sunday. Crispy Chicken & Waffles, Eggs Benedict, Huevos Rancheros and a Classic Bacon Egg & Cheese are on the menu along with a selection of SUPERCRAFT beers, wine and brunch drinks. Dine from one of their swing seats and with oversized umbrellas and heaters throughout the space.
American Brass (2-01 50th Avenue) in Long Island City is open for brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 3pm. Start with their Sticky Buns and then enjoy dishes like their Wild Mushroom Hash, Smoked Salmon Benedict, a Vegetarian Omelette or Avocado Toast. Added options include East Coast oysters, Truffle Fries and Duck Fat Hash Browns. American Brass boasts 22 individual heated greenhouses, which all overlook the NYC skyline!
Ten Hope (10 Hope St.) in Williamsburg features brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 12pm – 4pm. Entrees include the Shakshuka Flatbread with two baked farm eggs on a flatbread with Shakshuka sauce and feta cheese, The Ten Hope Burger with an 8 oz. beef patty, white American cheese, bread & butter pickles, and comeback aioli served with hand-cut fries, and Lemon Ricotta Pancakes topped with a wild berry compote in addition to sides, desserts and brunch cocktails like a Screwdriver, Bloody Mary and Mimosa.
LoLo’s Seafood Shack (303 W. 116th St.) serves brunch beginning at 11am on Saturday and Sunday. Chef Raymond Mohan and Owner Leticia “Skai” Young created a menu filled with island flavors including Grits with Shrimp, Crab Cakes or Soft-shell Crab in addition to Fried Fish, Fried Shrimp or Broiled Salmon.