On those lazy Sunday mornings in New York, there’s nothing better than meeting up with your friends for brunch to catch up on the weekend’s happenings over great food, a few cups of coffee, and maybe even a cocktail. The city has been mad for brunch for decades now, but a few spots rise above the rest for for their creative menus and welcoming vibe. Here are our favorites for the laziest, tastiest meal of the week.
Schiller’s Liquor Bar
Judging from its name, Schiller’s Liquor Bar would seem like a late-night spot, but its open layout, natural light, white tiles, and bistro-style tables are the perfect way to ease into the day as well. Between bites of eggs Benedict, roasted potatoes, and kale salad, gab with your friends about your latest disaster date and new favorite hole-in-the-wall pub. Later, sip on one of the best bloody marys in town while you surreptitiously spy on a celeb or two also enjoying the bar’s cool, relaxed atmosphere.
As you enter this Tribeca classic, the sweet, welcoming smell of French toast and buttermilk biscuits makes you wonder whether you’ve accidentally made your way to grandma’s house. At Bubby’s, plates of organic food from local farms are slid across the table in front of you, complete with homemade jam and maple syrup to liberally spread or drizzle on top of your meal. Bubby’s pancakes with sauteed banana and walnuts melt in your mouth, while the chicken apple sausage makes for a delectable side that causes you to close your eyes in pure satisfaction–rather than post-Saturday-night exhaustion.
Harry’s Cafe and Steak
If you’re a meat lover, head down a lively cobblestone side street in the Financial District to this lauded steakhouse. Sure, it’s popular every night with Wall Streeters, but it also serves what many consider the best brunch in the city, with a juicy sirloin burger or savory steak and eggs. At Harry’s Cafe and Steak, the best part of its brunch is its prix fixe menu, which is the perfect chance to try an appetizer, main dish, and dessert, all with unlimited champagne.
At this classy bistro in the heart of Soho, you half expect to see the Eiffel Tower and Trocadéro out the window as you soak up Balthazar’s Parisian vibe. Casually sip on a glass of champagne or a spicy oyster mary before ordering a delicious crepe du jour or ratatouille omelet to share among your group. Though you had plenty to talk about earlier in the morning, once your brunch arrives, the only sound that’s left is scraping forks.