Every New Yorker knows that brunch is the most important meal of the week — and nothing short of an institution in the city. Whether you’re a fan of the sweet or the savory, we’ve got you covered with six of our favorite brunch spots that pack a punch so heavy you just may have to skip dinner.
Waldorf Astoria New York
When it comes to brunching, the all-inclusive brunch at Peacock Alley at Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Waldorf Astoria New York is the gold standard. Considered an icon for its decadence, the spread features an endless array of seafood (caviar, lobster tails, oysters), numerous carving stations (beef wellington, honey glazed ham), eggs made on demand (including eggs Benedict, which were originally created at the hotel) and mouthwatering specialty desserts (a chocolate fountain, baked Alaska on demand and red velvet cake — another hotel original).
Be sure to try a Bloody Bunny, the hotel’s unique take on the classic cocktail made with carrot juice. Though alcoholic beverages are charged per item, the midday party otherwise includes endless trips to the buffet as well as unlimited soft drinks.
Viceroy New York
With a lively bar scene, subway-tiled floors and edgy, original takes on typical brunch classics (the breakfast pizza topped with eggs, cheese and maple bacon is a must-try), Kingside almost seems too cool for its Midtown address. Chef Marc Murphy’s new American cuisine pairs perfectly with a renowned bar program of handcrafted cocktails that will help you start the weekend off right. End your meal with the King Bar, the restaurant’s own homemade candy bar comprised of chocolate caramel layers and roasted blackberries.
The Chatwal, A Luxury Collection Hotel
Get your early afternoon groove in full swing at The Chatwal’s signature restaurant, Four-Star The Lambs Club, with two jazz-themed brunches: the Bossa Nova Brunch (every Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) or the Jazz Brunch (every Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.).
Kick your meal off with the signature Lobster Fra Diavolo Bloody Mary even before grabbing your fork. When it comes time to nosh, expect Geoffrey Zakarian’s contemporary American twists on brunch fare like the duck confit latke or the stuffed French toast with pear-cranberry chutney, oatmeal streusel and spiced Chantilly cream to warm your soul. The Lamb’s Club Burger on toasted challah bread and assorted pastries are also out of this world. Enjoy it all alongside the musical stylings of live jazz performed in front of a roaring fireplace.
If you equate long waits at 9 a.m. with being a successful restaurant, then consider Major Food Group’s (Carbone, Parm and Dirty French) latest venture, Sadelle’s, an unquestioned winner. Here, the grand tradition of bagels and lox are taken to a whole new level with market-priced smoked-fish towers and insanely delicious bagels that are baked on premises in a glass-enclosed oven in the center of the restaurant. Oh, and then there’s SoHo baker Melissa Weller’s delightful carbohydrate creations. Her sticky buns alone make life worth living.
For a unique take on brunch, head to this modern Israeli and Mediterranean food mecca on St. Mark’s Place. Chef Nir Mesika mixes up traditional favorites such as eggs Benedict by subbing the world’s tastiest challah and lox in the dish.
Other unique items include shakshuka (poached eggs in a tomato sauce) and polenta with eggs and mushrooms. If you’re taking things light at the table, go for the brunch special and receive a mimosa, bottomless drip coffee and a variety of dips, salads and fresh pita.