The Best Brunch in NYC: 5 Family-Friendly Restaurants


A delicious brunch can give you just the energy boost you need to take on a day of sightseeing. If you’re on the hunt for the perfect weekend meal locale, check out these five family-friendly restaurants where you can get the best brunch in NYC.

Buttermilk Channel

If you’re in the mood for a gourmet brunch, you should head on over to the Buttermilk Channel. This Carroll Gardens eatery in Brooklyn has plenty to offer for both kids and adults. As you walk in, you appreciate the classic décor, which comes complete with exposed brick walls. And when you take your seat at a table set with butcher paper, you instantly feel the urge to play a game of Hangman. If you like your java fix, be sure to order the fair trade coffee. But the best brunch in NYC isn’t complete without a Blood Mary. You might even want to try one with celery, peppercorn-infused vodka, and local, freshly-shucked oysters. Once you begin to peruse the menu, you’ll be drawn to the restaurant’s popular short rib hash, the fried pork chop over a cheddar waffle, or the pecan pie French toast, which is dripping with bourbon, molasses, and toasted pecans. But if your little ones prefer simpler dishes, have no fear! The kids’ menu has burgers, organic all-beef hot dogs, and pancakes. Just make sure to plan ahead if your group is made up of five to eight people. The Buttermilk Channel takes brunch reservations, but they always save tables for walk-ins, too. If your little ones start to get a bit antsy, you can give the hostess your phone number so that you can receive a text when your table is ready.

Serendipity 3

When you walk into this Upper East Side coffee house boutique, you feel like you’re stepping into a bygone era. As you look around Serendipity 3, you see Tiffany lamps and an eclectic assortment of other decor. In fact, your little ones might keep busy by playing I Spy and trying to find items like clocks, shoes, mirrors, hanging chairs, and giant keys. If you can’t decide what to eat, you should go for the Ftatateeta’s French toast, which is filled with cream cheese and topped with strawberries. Or you might want to try the omelet with curried mushrooms. And don’t forget about dessert! After finishing up your meals, it’s time to dig into an ice cream sundae or dark chocolate mousse. But no trip to Serendipity 3 is truly complete without ordering a frozen hot chocolate. These delicious beverages come with spoons and straws because they’re big enough to serve your whole family. If you have to wait a bit to get seated, just head next door to Dylan’s Candy Bar to pick up some more treats for later.

Bubby’s Tribeca

Fried chicken with buttermilk biscuits is Bubby’s Tribeca specialty. But the restaurant has a variety of other options, ranging from mac and cheese to Bubby’s BBQ Benedict, a dish that features pulled pork, smoked hollandaise sauce, and hash browns. At this family-friendly restaurant, your kids will love the homemade root beer and lemonade. But no matter what you order, make sure to leave room for dessert. After all, Bubby’s started out as a pie company. Some popular choices include the Michigan sour cherry pie and the peanut butter chocolate pie.

Atrio at the Conrad Hotel

If you’re worried about the crowds at the smaller storefronts, you can take your kids to a hotel brunch, instead. Atrio Wine Bar & Restaurant in Battery Park is a great option for you to consider. As you walk into this restaurant, which doubles as a wine bar, you’ll notice the sleek, clean lines and open space. There’s no chance that you’ll feel claustrophobic here! Atrio even has large windows that provide views of the greenery outside. Once you open up the menu, you may be drawn to a variety of different brunch specialties, like the lobster and corn risotto, ricotta hotcakes, or stone oven-baked eggs with Italian sausage and stewed peppers. But your little ones may prefer Lady Liberty chocolate chip pancakes or an omelet with bacon.

Katz’s Deli

Some of the best family-friendly restaurants are delis. Whether you go for table service or order at the counter, your kids will love Katz’s Deli. When you walk into this Lower East Side institution, be sure to pick up a ticket, which gets stamped with your orders. You’ll need this handy piece of paper to pay the bill when you leave (cash only!). As your kids try to choose between the bagel line and the sandwich and hot foods line, they’ll get excited by all the hustle and bustle. And when you’re waiting, your eyes may be drawn to the salamis hanging from the wall behind the counter, the old-fashioned water dispenser, or the hundreds of photos of famous people (and not so famous people). After you decide to order a bagel and lox, latkes (which are offered year round), or an enormous deli sandwich, you’ll try to take in the busy scene.

  • Buttermilk Channel

    524 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

    (718) 852-8490

  • Serendipity 3

    225 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022

    (212) 838-3531

  • Atrio Wine Bar & Restaurant

    102 North End Avenue, New York, NY 10282

    (646) 769-4250

  • Bubby's Tribeca

    120 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013

    (212) 219-0666

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