Have no fear, brunch is here! We are total junkies for all things brunch. Some New Yorker's consider themselves straight up brunch gurus but we just consider ourselves straight up hungry! We will travel anywhere to get our fix! With so many places in the city to fill your brunch cravings, we thought we would help you navigate the plethora of options with a few of our favorite brunch spots. Whether your looking for yolk porn, greasy burgers or a straight up boozy brunch, we have the 411 on what is hot and where is hotter.
BROOKLYN BRUNCH: SPEEDY ROMEO
This Brooklyn joint is serving up wood-oven-fired pizza that is sure to have your party licking their plates clean. Speedy Romeo offers appetizers, pizzas and sandwiches on the regular, their brunch menu offers a special extra something: Brunch Pizza! You heard right folks, all the goodness of the pizza you know and love but with baked eggs cracked on top of your pie. Try their pizza version of bagels, lox and cream cheese or their Bloody Mary with a slice of Pizza hanging from the rim of the glass. Speedy Romeo has a cool Brooklyn vibe that is relaxed and easy. They are speedy at getting their pies out to customers because when it comes to pizza, they're not yolking around.
OUR RECOMMENDATION: THE GRAVLAX · Grilled Dough, Fennel Cured Salmon, Ricotta, Red Onion, Capers, Lemon // THE RITZ · Grilled Taylor Ham, Provel, Farm Eggs, Tabasco // THE WHITE ALBUM · Roast Garlic, Ricotta, Provel, Pecorino, Béchamel // STUFFED PEPPERS · Hot and Sweet Sopressata, Ricotta, Pecorino
LES BRUNCH: RUSS & DAUGHTERS
Forget everything you know about Bubby's comfort food, because you're about to be transformed. This retro-style spot is known for their Jewish-style comfort food and was called "one of the 10 best new restaurants in New York" by the New York Times. Professionals in the smoked salmon game, Russ and Daughters finally opened their cafe restaurant in 2014. The taste of tradition is infused throughout every single dish on their menu, as this cafe is a new addition in conjunction with their famous smoke shop that has been a New York institution since 1914. With over 100 years in the smoked salmon business, this cafe is not only delicious but timeless. Serving up classic favorites such as bagels, potato latkes and blitzes, Russ and Daughters has something for everyone. Russ and his girls definitely know what they are doing!
OUR RECOMMENDATION: POTATO LATKES · with wild salmon roe & creme fraiche, applesauce & sour cream // PASTRAMI RUSS · Pastrami-cured salmon, munster cheese, sauerkraut, mustard, pickle, pretzel bun // THE CLASSIC BOARD · Roast Garlic, Ricotta, Provel, Pecorino, Béchamel // BLINTZES · Fruit compote, sour cream
MIDTOWN BRUNCH: BOUCHON BAKERY
Bouchon Bakery & Cafe is a part of the Thomas Keller restaurant group located at the Shops at Columbus Circle. This cafe is serving up high-end sandwiches and desserts that are simply delicious. Located on the third floor of the Time Warner Center, the view is easy on the eyes and so is their food. Whether you're looking for a soup and sandwich combo, pastries or a hearty salad, Bouchon Bakery is consistent in serving up fresh and vibrant dishes. HINT: Be sure to ask if they have any brunch specials on Saturdays and Sundays.
OUR RECOMMENDATION: Steak & Eggs · pan roasted flat iron, sunnyside eggs, marble potatoes // San Marzano Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese // Salmon Salad · Scottish salmon quinoa, market vegetables, hazelnuts, house vinaigrette // Cobb Salad · romaine hearts, roasted chicken, bacon lardons, blue cheese, avocado, hen egg, tomato, house vinaigrette
WEST VILLAGE BRUNCH: BLUE STONE LANE
Blue Stone Lane is an Australian style coffee shop and cafe that captures the essence of Melbourne's brunch culture. Melbourne is known for their premium coffee and avocado toast (we believe they started the avo trend) and Blue Stone Lane captures just that. You can smell their coffee brewing from around the corner and once you taste it, you will be addicted. Full in flavor, their coffee, espresso and lattes are some of the best beans we've ever tasted... and better yet is their food. Serving one of the best slices of avocado toast in the city, this hub is frequently visited by locals, socialites and celebrities. Spoiler: we totally sat next to Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden. So be prepared indulge in the flavor of Australia in New York style.
OUR RECOMMENDATION: AVOCADO SMASH · AVOCADO SMASHOn Balthazar toast w/ tahini, heirloom tomatoes, feta & e.v.o.o (add poached egg) // BANANA BREAD · Toasted and topped w/fresh ricotta, toasted pecans, drizzled w/ honey & topped with banana // BRIGHTON SMOOTHIE BOWL · Gree smoothie topped w/ granola, coconut, chia seeds, almonds, blueberries & strawberries // FLAT WHITE · latte
UPPER WEST SIDE BRUNCH: THE SMITH
We are pretty sure if you ask a New Yorker where their go-to brunch place is, the answer would be: The Smith. With four locations throughout the city, The Smith offers dishes that are familiar and creative. This bistro offers everything from Kale Salad to authentic comfort food classics, like, Buttermilk Waffles, Corned Beef Hash and a BLT Sandwich. This establishment is always busy but has plenty of space to fit larger parties. With a vast menu and a beating pulse energy, The Smith never disappoints us and is always the spot we keep heading back to.
OUR RECOMMENDATION: SICILIAN BAKED EGGS · artichokes, burrata, spinach, spicy tomato sauce, ciabatta // BLT*E SANDWICH · apple smoked bacon, fried egg, lemon aioli, croissant, fries // HOT POTATO CHIPS · blue cheese fondue // VANILLA BEAN FRENCH TOAST · maple butter, caramelized bananas
SOHO BRUNCH: 12 CHAIRS
Hallelujah! Finally, all day breakfast is served. 12 Chairs is serving up homemade prepared to order Middle Eastern dishes in the heart of Soho. Inspired by Middle Eastern flavors, 12 Chairs goes the extra mile in search of quality and taste. All of their produce is sourced from local markets and that freshness is realized throughout every single dish. With wines imported from Israel and a focus on fresh hummus, this rustic atmosphere is the perfect setting to chill out, relax and take a dip with pita and friends.
OUR RECOMMENDATION: LAMB BURGER · ground lamb meat topped with feta cheese, red onions, Israeli pickles and spicy mayo; served with long cut home fries // SHAKSHUKA · two eggs poached in a spicy Moroccan tomato sauce; with Israeli salad // HUMMUS · add falafel // ISRAELI BREAKFAST · two eggs any style, chopped Israeli salad, assorted cheese and dips, includes coffee and freshly squeeze orange juice
SOHO BRUNCH: EGG SHOP
Please excuse us while we pick our jaws up from the floor. Major DROOL worthy eats are featured at the Egg Shop, located in Soho. This casual eatery focuses on fancy Benedict's, organic and locally sourced egg sandwiches, and more. The atmosphere is intimate and the patrons are trendy locals looking for their yolk porn fix. We are totally egg-static about the wide variety of breakfast options that their menu has to offer. Almost every dish features some egg component. Check it out... you'll be happy you did.
OUR RECOMMENDATION: EL CAMINO · poached egg, avocado, pulled pork carnitas, tomato, fried tortilla, cilantro // EGG SHOP B.E.C. · broke yolk, white cheddar, black forest bacon, tomato jam, pickled jalapeño, panini roll // AGO & EGG · avocado smash, heirloom tomato, seat salt on multigrain toast