Best Brunch Spots in NYC

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Brunch is my religion of choice on Sundays in New York City. It’s one of those things that is such a part of the culture of this city, that I tend to miss and want to replicate when traveling elsewhere. As New Yorkers we love to show off our brunch spots to friends or anyone visiting our town. They are our badges of honor and the reason we choose the apartments we live in. Here is a list of my favorite places, worthy of bragging rights.

The Smith is one of those places that never disappoints.  It’s comfortable and casual, but still holds up to the standards of a brasserie. The coffee sizes come in two: cup or bowl; and the Bellini, Blood Orange Mimosa, or Bloody Mary are a must. Whether you choose to start off with their raw bar or go straight to their Steak Frites with chimichurri sauce to accompany your steak and eggs, you will no doubt enjoy the experience. Delicious food, fun staff, great ambiance – you just can’t go wrong.

Bosie Tea Parlor is for those who prefer to kick-off their weekend mornings with a nice cup of tea (though they also serve some really great coffee), in a more intimate setting. Following the style of French tearooms, Bosie provides guests with a wide selection of teas from all over the world, homemade sweets (though they are most celebrated for their macaroons), tea sandwiches, quiches, and other light brunch entrées.

Sarabeth’s is another favorite brunch spot known to draw crowds in love with the popular homemade jams and pastries. With various locations throughout the city, Sarabeth’s is a family and neighborhood favorite. My most enjoy the venue in Tribeca, for their sunny dining area, perfect to help welcome the day while sipping on a delicious cup of coffee, as you munch on a warm, homemade scone spread with just enough decadent jam to make you smile for hours.

When thinking of Bubby’s, I can’t help but think of pies…and of the awesome post wedding brunch I had there 11 years ago!  It was then, and still remains, one of the best things about New York City brunch with food items that promote and celebrate the purveyors who help bring it all to the table.  I don’t shy away from having pie for breakfast, but if you would rather start your day with something else, their Organic Cheese Grits, Jalapeño Scramblers, and Sour Cream Pancakes are all great choices too. And, if you happen to be in Japan, make sure to look them up!

This is a repost of mine from Forbes Travel Guide. You can check other New York City favorites of mine, from where to eat to where to shop, on my page on Forbes Travel Guide!

Photo credit: The Smith Bar and Restaurant



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Carol Cain

Carol is her happiest when on an adventure, either close to home or farther away. She's the mom to three fun boys and wife to a handsome Irish/Scot. She lives in New Jersey with her happy crew, but will always be a girl from Brooklyn. You can read her full profile here.

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