16 FRESH NEW BRUNCH SPOTS TO TRY IN NEW YORK
There's no shortage of enduring brunch spots in New York City, but it's still worth changing it up every once in a while. Luckily, a handful of great restaurants have begun brunch service, and they've unleashed plenty of great new dishes, too.
- •L’AmicoWhat to Order: Omelette Soufflé Cacio e Pepe Price: $13 Laurent Tourondel opened his newest restaurant on Thursday, and he just began serving brunch on Sundays only, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Try this fluffy omelette: It's made with soufflé batter and egg whites, folded in half with cheese, cooked in a wood oven, and served with lemon-garlic olive oil.
- •The RibbonWhat to Order: Prime-Rib Poutine Price: $26 The Blue Ribbon team's new uptown restaurant launched brunch at the end of August, and it offers rich, hearty dishes, like a prime-rib poutine with French fries, sautéed onions, cheddar gravy, and a fried egg; and ham-and-cheese toast with a poached egg and jalapeño-cheese gravy. Leave time for a post-meal nap.
- •Rosie’sWhat to Order: Chochoyotes & Frijoles Quebrados Price: $13 This East Village Mexican restaurant serves classic items, like chilaquiles, as well as more inventive dishes, such as this one with poached eggs, masa dumplings, black beans, and charred-tomato salsa.
- •Dirt CandyWhat to Order: Corn French Toast Price: $11 Amanda Cohen just launched brunch service last weekend, with playful options like this French toast with yellow-corn jelly and bourbon-corn butter, and tomato biscuits with basil butter and green-tomato jam.
- •Sadelle’sWhat to Order: Chocolate-Chip Loaf Price: $2 In Grub's humble opinion, the ideal sit-down meal at Sadelle's involves Melissa Weller's bakery basket and the pigs in a blanket, but you'll also have to wait forever for a table (even if you reserve ahead). You're better off taking a bagel and a slice of the chocolate-chip loaf and walking to Washington Square for a DIY brunch.
- •WassailWhat to Order: Wassail "Burger" Price: $17 Chef Joseph Buenconsejo is the latest to hop on the veggie-burger bandwagon: His patty is made with grains (farro, buckwheat, quinoa, bulgur), dehydrated and smoked mushrooms, and miso. It's topped with a mustard-yuzu aïoli, smoked paprika-pickled onions, provolone cheese, smoked cheddar, smoked caramelized onions, fresh tomatoes, fresh red onions, and upland cress on a housemade herb brioche.
- •L’AntagonisteWhat to Order: Oeufs Meurette Price: $11 This new-ish French restaurant in Bed-Stuy from the owner of Le Philosophe serves a classic French dish of red-wine-poached eggs in Burgundy sauce. The green-tea-smoked wild Atlantic salmon with dill salt sounds intriguing, too.
- •MP Taverna BrooklynWhat to Order: Lamb-and-Potato Baked-Egg Skillet Price: $15 Michael Psilakis has expanded his Greek-restaurant empire to Williamsburg, and he's serving a warm, fall-appropriate dish that includes merguez, potatoes, onions, and feta cheese.
- •MamanWhat to Order: Matcha-Green-Tea Pancakes Price: TBD For the first time since it opened in Soho last October, Maman is starting brunch service on September 26. It'll be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a French-inspired menu that includes a signature croque "Maman," French toast with poached pears, and these pancakes with blueberries and shredded coconut.
- •Bar BolinasWhat to Order: Summer Squash and Tomato Price: $12 This family-run Clinton Hill restaurant has a NorCal vibe, which extends to this hyperseasonal, vegetable-forward dish, which also includes smoked trout and a fried egg.
- •Streetbird RotisserieWhat to Order: The Frenchie Toast Price: $12 ICYMI: Marcus Samuelsson began serving brunch in Harlem over the summer, and his French toast is quite special: Homemade cornbread gets battered, griddled, and topped with a seasonal-fruit compote, maple syrup, and powdered sugar.
- •Grand ArmyWhat to Order: Bloody Mary Platter Price: $70 As Grub has previously noted, this platter is a triumph — and it's more like a raw bar in brunch form. It includes two actual Bloody Mary beverages, and sidekicks of pilsner and pickled vegetables, along with raw oysters, clams, shrimp cocktail, and crab legs.
- •SessantaWhat to Order: Egg-and-Cheese Breakfast Sandwich Price: $13 You can trust that John McDonald will serve an excellent breakfast sandwich, and this one includes scrambled eggs, mozzarella, and prosciutto.
- •Black TapWhat to Order: The Super Linda Price: $15 This small Soho burger joint will launch brunch on September 25, with a spicy chorizo burger topped with jack cheese, pico de gallo, chipotle mayo, and an optional egg.
- •WillowWhat to Order: Buckwheat Pancake Price: $11 Over at the Pines' sister restaurant in Bed-Stuy, John Poiarkoff is serving brunch dishes that are actually interesting and ambitious: This pancake comes with yogurt, peaches, and pecans; and there's also a savory bread pudding made with oxtail.
- •The ClocktowerWhat to Order: Full English Breakfast Price: $18 Chef Jason Atherton is British, so it's a must to order this spread of two eggs (any style), toast, garlic-and-herb pork sausage, bacon, tomato, portobello mushroom, and, of course, black pudding.