New York City’s is known for its serious brunch culture. Every weekend, friends meet up at their favorite restaurant for a meal and cocktails. We love to wash down a good omelet with mimosas, but it’s nice to break from routine every once in a while. Whether you’re looking to jazz things up with live music or just want a new culinary experience, here’s a lineup of unique brunch spots in NYC for when you’re in the mood for a dining adventure.
Spoons, Toons, and Booze at Nighthawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Ave
Remember when Saturday mornings were all about watching cartoons and eating bowls of sugary cereal? The only thing that could make the weekend ritual better now is if alcohol were part of the equation. Nighthawk Cinema hosts Spoons Toons & Booze, which allows you to indulge in your childhood obsessions with a curated selection of cartoons and all-you-can-eat cereal bar. The brunch trifecta is completed with specialty themed cocktails that count Cinnamon Toast Crunch-infused rum and Cocoa Puffs as ingredients.
Brigitte, 37 Canal St
A newcomer to the NYC restaurant scene, Brigitte offers a menu that brings together French fare with Brazilian flavors. This corner eatery boasts a vibe that is stylish, yet cozy with marble décor accents and beach paradise photos defining the interior. The French-Brazilian fusion features brunch dishes that you won’t find anywhere else. We suggest starting with the charcuterie with fig jam, country bread, and cornichons. For your main, try the pancakes with banana, spicy walnuts, and maple syrup or the Brigitte Waffles topped with Butterfield hen and chili maple syrup.
Celestine, 1 John St
Nestled under the Manhattan Bridge on the Dumbo Waterfront, Celestine offers stunning views of the Manhattan skyline. Under the direction of chef Garett McMahan, the kitchen serves up ‘soulful fare’ inspired by the cuisine of Northern Africa, the Mediterranean coastline, and the Middle East. The result is an exciting brunch menu bursting with an eclectic array of flavors. Savory highlights are the Lamb Kibbeh salad with red cabbage, house-made yogurt, and pomegranate and the steamed egg with lamb belly, wheat berries, ricotta, and zhug. Satisfy your sweet tooth with the Moroccan donuts with cinnamon and clove syrup and French toast casserole.
Dirty French, 180 Ludlow St
Housed in the Ludlow Hotel, Dirty French is modeled after the classic French bistro in look and cuisine. The interior atmosphere is Parisian café laid out in banquette seating, large mirrors, and glowing chandeliers. Peppered with French-influenced favorites, the menu includes Duck Hash with confit leg and fried eggs, tartine with avocado, tomato, and mustard oil, and pancakes with preserved lemon and maple syrup. For the ultimate café experience, come on Saturday from 12-3 pm when a New Orleans-style jazz band performs.
Red Rooster, 310 Lenox Ave
Every Sunday morning in Harlem, Red Rooster takes diners to church with its Gospel Brunch. Performances take place at Ginny’s Supper Club, located in the restaurant’s basement. The ambiance harkens back to the Harlem’s speakeasy era when music buzzed through the streets day and night. Enjoy the sound of Vi Higginsen’s Gospel For Teens Choir while chowing down on celebrated chef Marcus Samuelsson’s famous soul food brunch.
Brigitte photo by Kate S. via Yelp.