Adresses pour un brunch à New York
Say Bon Appétit to Brunch in the Big Apple
– More than Just Pancakes and Omelets, Brunch in New York City is Second to None –
From chorizo con huevos to crepes and Chinese dim sum, brunch in the Big Apple takes diners on a whirlwind world tour. As the gateway to global gastronomy, New York City offers an amazing variety of more than 18,000 restaurants serving sumptuous cuisine from around the world. What better way to discover the rich diversity of dining than by enjoying a fabulous brunch with friends over the weekend?
“With so many diverse and delicious options, it’s no wonder that brunch is a favorite weekend activity among New Yorkers,” said Tracy Nieporent, Chairman of NYC & Company’s Restaurant Committee. “Whether you’re craving classic eggs benedict or something more exotic, New York City’s brunch restaurants have got it all.”
A Taste of Iberia
Travel to Lisbon by way of the West Village at Alfama Fine Portuguese Cuisine. Savor specialties such as bacalhau spiritual, a velvety gratin of salt cod with shrimp and cheese (551 Hudson St., 212-645-2500, www.alfamarestaurant.com ). Near Union Square, Barca 18 serves up Spanish tapas, sangria and more on Sundays. The menu features delicious dishes like chorizo con huevos—Yukon gold potatoes and chorizo hash with poached eggs and hollandaise (225 Park Ave. South, 212-533-2500, www.brguestinc.com ).
Say oui to brunch at Capsouto Freres Restaurant, which offers a three-course contemporary French prix fixe menu with yummy choices such as pâté de canard, boeuf bourguignon and blueberry crêpes (451 Washington St., 212-966-4900, www.capsouotofreres.com ). Near the theater district, the festive Chez Josephine celebrates the life of famous American chanteuse Josephine Baker. Every Sunday, diners can enjoy live piano performances and bistro fare including salade Nicoise, chicken paillard and Crème Brûlée (414 W. 42nd St., 212-594-1925, www.chezjosephine.com ). The Sunday Champagne Brunch at Tocqueville features a selection of bubbly to accompany eggs and caviar, house-cured sturgeon and the other flavorful French and American dishes (1 E. 15th St., 212-647-1515, www. tocquevillerestaurant.com ).
La Dolce Vita
If the mood calls for Italian, try Gusto Ristorante e Bar Americano. Housed in a 19th century landmark building in Greenwich Village, the eatery brings to life the aesthetics of Italian cinema of the fifties and sixties. During Saturday and Sunday brunch, the bar offers six different kinds of Bloody Marys, Prosecco cocktails and tasty plates such as Fagottini Quattro Formaggi, a four-cheese crepe and Pizza Occhio di Bue, grilled pizza with pancetta del pecorino (60 Greenwich Ave., 212-924-8000, www.gustonyc.com ).
Dine on delicious dim sum at the massive restaurant Jing Fong in Chinatown. Pick and choose from a selection of small plates such as steamed shrimp dumplings, roast pork buns and sticky rice with lotus leaf from rolling carts that whiz by the tables (20 Elizabeth St., 212-964-5256). In addition to a traditional brunch menu, trendy Kittichai offers tasty Thai dishes such as grilled marinated beef salad, roasted chicken breast in yellow curry and coconut crepes for dessert alongside creative cocktails such as the mixed berry mojito and raspbellini (60 Thompson St., 212-219-2000, www.kittichairestaurant.com ).
On the Upper West Side, Calle Ocho presents a Nuevo Latino brunch menu with eclectic choices such as a Latin Benedict featuring Indian bread, Serrano ham, two poached eggs and chipotle scented hollandaise sauce (446 Columbus Ave., 212-873-5025, www.calleochonyc.com ). Located steps away from the theater district, Azucar Cuban Restaurant showcases the cuisine of Cuba with hearty dishes like Tortilla Cubana, a typical omelette filled with potatoes, onion and sausage, paired with your choice of tropical drinks ranging from mango bellinis to mojitos (939 Eighth Ave., 212-262-5354, www.azucarnyc.com ).
In Greenwich Village, Good Restaurant’s brunch menu features a healthy basil and goat cheese scramble over sourdough with roasted tomatoes and asparagus (89 Greenwich Ave., 212-691-8080). The soulful Gospel Brunch at B.B. Kings Blues Club and Grill in Times Square serves up an all-you-can-eat Southern-style buffet with candied yams, grits and catfish and a performance by the world-famous Harlem Gospel Choir (237 W. 42nd St., 212-997-4144, www.bbkingblues.com ).
To the delight of diners citywide, the owners of New York brunch institution Sarabeth’s have opened another location on Central Park South. The contemporary American menu puts its own spin on brunch classics with dishes including the Filet Mignon Eggs Benedict served with watercress salad, crisp fries and Béarnaise sauce and Sarabeth’s famous ‘Pickled’ Bloody Mary (40 Central Park South, 212-826-5959, www.sarabethcps.com ).
On the Upper East Side, Candle 79 serves vegetarian cuisine such as vegan pancakes and waffles, tasty burritos and organic Mimosa, wine and sake for Sunday brunch (154 E. 79th St., 212-537-7179, www.candlecafe.com ). In the Bronx, The Riverdale Garden puts its own spin on weekend dining with an inventive “blunch” menu that includes items such as apple-cranberry-ricotta pancakes, wild boar ragu and carmelized onion tartlet (4576 Manhattan College Pkwy., 718-884-5232, www.theriverdalegarden.com ).
Harlem is home to the famous gospel brunch where diners can enjoy some soulful music with their soul food. Sylvia’s serves up classic southern fare during its gospel brunch every Sunday from 12:30 to 4pm. Among the specialties at Sylvia’s are chicken and waffles, southern fried chicken and grits and country style bacon and eggs (328 Lenox Avenue, 212-996-0660, www.sylviassoulfood.com ). Singer Helen Slade packs the house every Sunday at Mo Bay Restaurant for a rousing gospel brunch. Waffle aficionados will rejoice at Mo Bay’s extensive and exotic waffle menu featuring eight different specialties (212-876-9300, 17 West 125th Street, www.mobayrestaurant.com ).
Savor one of the city’s best views and an equally remarkable brunch menu at Terrace in the Sky. Set 16 stories above Northern Manhattan, brunch specialties at Terrace in the Sky include Brioche Stuffed French Toast with warm Bananas Anglaise and Seared Beef Carpaccio with Poached Quail Eggs. (400 West 119th Street Suite #16, 212-666-9490, www.terraceinthesky.com )
Head downtown to the renowned Tribeca Grill for a tasty prix fixe brunch. The three-course brunch includes choice of entrée specialties including scrambled eggs and gravy and jack cheese biscuits, goat cheese ravioli with hon shimeji mushrooms, or Belgian waffle with vanilla and quince chutney. Among the mouth-watering a la carte options are crossiant French toast and filet of beef with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. (375 Greenwich Street, 212-941-3900, www.myriadrestaurants.com )