Brunch is a total thing in New York City, and for good reason. It’s an occasion when New Yorkers actually take some time to sit back and relax, enjoying food and conversation. If you add music to the mix, then you’ve got the perfect way to spend a few hours with friends or family. There are brunch spots all around the city where you can enjoy live jazz, gospel, and basically whatever kind of music you’re into, along with your bacon and eggs. Here are two spots that offer tunes, treats, and a little extra.
In addition to great food and music, you can cruise around New York Harbor taking in the Big Apple’s sights from a different angle. During the two-hour Hornblower Cruise, you see some of New York City’s iconic landmarks up close. You spy the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, and One World Trade Center as you cruise around the harbor. You can’t do this kind of sightseeing at normal brunch spot. But this isn’t just about landmarks, it’s also about eating, so you make several trips to the buffet. There are hot entrees like traditional eggs and sausage, ratatouille, and quiche, alongside a beef and turkey carving station. If you want a more traditional NYC breakfast, there are also cold items like poached salmon and New York bagels on the menu too. With unlimited mimosas, the live jazz brunch takes on a celebratory feel. After the savory items, you head to the dessert buffet and sit back with a cup of coffee while the jazz band plays old favorites and new. Dancing is encouraged, and you’re tempted to get up. By the time the brunch cruise is over, your stomach is more than satisfied, and you feel like you’ve gotten the real NYC experience.
Ginny’s Supper Club
For a taste of Harlem, head to Ginny’s Sunday Gospel Brunch at acclaimed chef Marcus Samuelsson’s restaurant. The brunch is downstairs, and the vibe and the mood lighting give the restaurant more of a speakeasy vibe than the brightly lit brunch spots you might be used to. You know you’ve come to a special place. You find traditional Southern brunch items on the menu here—all with Samuelsson’s special twist. At the buffet, you just go for it and try the fried chicken (known here as Fried Yard Bird), mac and greens, mashed potatoes, French toast, and biscuits with gravy. You take your time and enjoy your meal, because you know, with the energetic Vy Higginsen’s Gospel for Teens Choir in the house, you’ll be clapping, singing, and dancing the rest of the afternoon away.