The Best Brunch Restaurants in New York

The New York love affair with brunch is over a hundred years old and shows no signs of waning. A term coined in the 1890s as a Sunday morning recovery meal for Saturday revelers, brunch is the ideal fuel in the city that never sleeps. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the best brunch spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. You’ll find everything from neighborhood gems to classic New York bagel spots, airy bistros to cozy Italian—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. Impress your friends and family and score a table; we wish we could join you.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Sadelle’s, Balthazar, VILLARD
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Breakfast, French, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:SoHo, Midtown East
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Sadelle’s

$$$$·Breakfast·
SoHo
1,290 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Lunch

The Wall Street Journal said that Sadelle’s have made breakfast the new dinner. Considering that around 800 hungry customers walk through Sadelle’s in SoHo each morning, that’s no empty claim! Purport...

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Balthazar

$$$$·French·
SoHo
7,963 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies

A red canopy with gold writing announces the elegant presence of Balthazar on Spring Street. Primarily a French brasserie, besides the fine dining in the evening the restaurant has a fantastic brunch ...

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VILLARD

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Midtown East
242 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Special Occasions
  • Quiet Conversation

Set in the exclusive Lotte New York Palace Hotel, Villard Restaurant boasts the city’s “definitive breakfast room,” and the best brunch NYC has to offer. Numerous reviews back this up, praising the fo...

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Lafayette

$$$$·French·
NoHo
2,897 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Group Bookings

Lafayette is a celebration of French cookery in downtown Manhattan. The interior is a “cinematic landscape rooted in traditional brasserie style,” with bright colors meeting mahogany floors and beauti...

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Cookshop

$$$$·American·
Chelsea
5,647 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Brunch

Named after the 19th-century private homes where cooks served simple yet delicious food, Cookshop prides themselves on using seasonal produce to create a range of tempting menus. You can book at Cooks...

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Casa Enrique

$$$$·Mexican·
Long Island City
915 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies

One of the top restaurants in Long Island, Casa Enrique delivers tasty Mexican food to locals and tourists day in, day out. So booking is essential! Lunch and brunch meet on the same menu, and why not...

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Upland

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,583 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot
  • Special Occasions

Attempting to combine rusticity with seasonal eating and international cuisine, Upland is a smart and sophisticated fixture in the New York dining scene. Wood and leather abound in this brasserie-styl...

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Lincoln Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Upper West Side
5,640 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Scenic View

Enjoy Italian cuisine served in style at this modern and sleek restaurant at New York’s Lincoln Center. The restaurant works with local farmers and suppliers to get the best ingredients to produce aut...

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Sant Ambroeus - Madison Avenue

$$$$·Italian·
Upper East Side
659 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies

A mixture of Milanese tradition and New York elegance creates a welcoming atmosphere at Sant Amboeus’ Madison Avenue restaurant. Famous for risotto and stunning Italian wines, Sant Ambroeus also does ...

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Bar Boulud

$$$$·French·
Upper West Side
7,773 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
  • Neighbourhood Gem

Owned by one of the most revered French chefs in New York, Daniel Boulud, Bar Boulud prides itself on making sure each guest knows that they are welcome and important. With a range of menus daily incl...

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Temple Court on 10

$$$$·American·
Financial District
1,257 reviews
  • Romance
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies

If you like entertainment while you brunch, Temple Court in the Beekman Hotel is the place for you. Chef Carlos runs a seasonal brunch menu with live music from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Booking essential! St...

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La Pecora Bianca - Midtown

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown East
1,051 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies

Bright and open, this welcoming restaurant on New York’s Second Avenue is recognizable by the cute sheep logo adorning the window. The brunch menu is extensive and ranges from cocktails and antipasti ...

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Park Avenue Winter

$$$$·American·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,995 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance

Now known as Park Avenue Autumn/Winter/Summer/Spring, this most recent addition to the Park Avenue restaurant family focuses on reinterpretations of classic favorite dishes. The brunch menu has a fixe...

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The Dutch

$$$$·American·
SoHo
2,907 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Neighbourhood Gem

Proud to run an unpretentious American joint serving nice food and drink, the experienced team at the Dutch aim to provide a menu that makes them and their customers happy. Get a couple of plates to s...

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Cantina Rooftop

$$$$·Mexican·
Midtown West
1,074 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Hot Spot

If you fancy a rooftop brunch, NYC is the city that delivers. Add in fantastic Mexican flavors and a retractable glass roof to deal with the weather, and you've found Cantina Rooftop. Brunch is a popu...

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Locanda Verde

$$$$·Italian·
TriBeCa - Downtown
2,329 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Romance
  • Good for Anniversaries

An Italian restaurant that’s much in demand at the moment, it’s worth booking while you can. Time Out says that diners are clamoring for a table due to “seductive food” served among wine-bottle-lined ...

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ABC Kitchen

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Gramercy / Flatiron
6,692 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot
  • Special Occasions

The restaurant for ABC Carpet & Home is a popular destination for hungry shoppers and savvy diners alike. There's a beautiful dining room crafted from salvaged and repurposed materials, with gorgeous ...

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Nix

$$$$·Vegetarian·
Greenwich Village
2,023 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Healthy

Chef John Fraser and James Truman have created a celebration of vegan and vegetarian eating. Trying to move away from the idea that getting rid of meat is a sacrifice, they use seasonal, flavorful ing...

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AQUAGRILL

$$$$·Seafood·
SoHo
2,170 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies

There are so many places to dine in SoHo but if you love seafood, it should come as no surprise that with a name like Aquagrill, this is the place to be. Billed as NYC’s Best Oyster Bar, Fish and Seaf...

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