12 NYC Brunch Spots Worth Exploring

February 6, 2022, 9:26.04 am ET  

Hancock St, Banana French Toast, NYC
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Hancock St.

Hancock St. recently reintroduced brunch with warm cinnamon rolls drizzled with cream cheese frosting, broche French toast with banana and salted caranel sauce, and a Spanish omelet with pancettam potato, crispy brussels sprouts and shaved cheddar.

Edith’s Eatery & Grocery

Edith’s Eatery & Grocery is offering a Turkish Breakfast complete with two eggs, choice of mushrooms or Merguez sausage, a mezze of pickles, vegetables and cheeses, and house-made Turkish Bazlama flatread. Also on the menu, a house-smoked fish plate for two with salmon, arctic char, and torched pickled mackarel with a melange of pickles, crudite, cream cheese and two bagels of your choosing.

Nami Nori, Brunch, Williamsburg
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Nami Nori

Nami Nori in Williamsburg recently added brunch to its line-up with brunch temaki or hand rolls. They come in flavor combinations like Tomato Tamago, micro cilantro, and lime;  Smoked Whitefish Tamago with crispy potato, and dill; Avocado "toast" with pickled beets, and crispy carrot; and  the Philly - smoked salmon, cream cheese, and cucumber. The rolls can be ordered a la carte or in sets. Cocktails include  mango mimosas and an Umé-tinis.


Sona is offering an Indian brunch with dishes like Hash Brown Aloo Tikki with chaat chutneys and spiced yogurt. There are Mutton Egg Devil with ground lamb, soft egg, and kasundi cream; Masala Eggs, a 3-egg omelette with chilies, tomatoes and red onions; and Desi Eggs Benedict with poached eggs, kal dosa, spinach and spiced hollandaise.

 Jack & Charlie's No. 118, NYC, interior
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Jack & Charlie’s No. 118

Jack & Charlie’s No. 11 is offering brunch on Sundays, including Whole Wheat Belgian Waffles with wild berries, whipped lemon curd; Chocolate Babka French Toast with berries and orange blossom maple syrup; Steak & Eggs with black garlic marinated skirt steak, farm eggs, peppercorn bearnaise and French fries;and Croque Monsieur with French ham, bechamel, gruyere (make it a Madame w/ a fried egg). Cocktails come with names like Breakfast in Bed and It’s All Greek to Me.


Miriam, which just opened a second location on the Upper West Side, is known for turning out some dynamite egg dishes. The brunch menu includes Jerusalem Breakfast with Jerusalem bagel, two eggs any style, avocado salad, fresh tomatoes, pickles & tahini; Gabne Cheese Arias, a Mediterranean grilled cheese sandwich on pita, comes with avocado and house dried tomatoes served with Israeli salad tahini and hard boiled eggs; and Green Shakshuka with two baked eggs, tomatillo, poblano peppers, onions, garlic, cilantro, feta cheese & pita. There's also a red variety. 

 JaJaJa, West Village, NYC
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JaJaJa with multiple locations is known for its plant-based fare and cocktails. It’s all-day brunch includes Kale Pancakes with coconut mango jam and shaved coconut; Brunch Tacos with scrambled “eggs,” chorizo, beans, turmeric queso fundido, jalapeño and onion; Breaky Burrito with vegetarian sausage, guacamole,“eggs”, coconut queso and fermented beans; and Chilaquiles Rojo or Verde made with corn tortillas in choice of spicy red or green sauce with “eggs.”

Sunday in Brooklyn

Sundays in Brooklyn begins its brunch with house-made maple cheddar biscuits.  From there you can move on to things like Avocado Toast with charred avocado, cilantro tahini, roasted walnuts & hazelnuts on sourdough; Sunday Pancakes are served with hazelnut maple praline and brown butter; Biscuits and Gravy come with poached eggs, breakfast sausage gravy, and hot sauce on a cheddar biscuit; and the Sunday Burger offers two patties, cheddar cheese, special sauce, B&B pickles on a sesame “Big Marties” bun.

 Sereneco, Brunch, NYC
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Sereneco is serving up brunch Tuesdays through Saturday. Menu options include a Smoked Salmon Croissant with scrambled eggs, cheddar, chives, & side salad; Vegetable Frittata with squash, red bell pepper, spinach, sweet marinara & arugula salad; Breakfast Burrito with scrambled eggs, pickled pepper, avocado salsa, monterey jack, sour cream, & side salad; and a Short Rib Panini on sourdough with horseradish mayo, arugula, sauteed onion, cheddar and side salad. Cocktails include an Amaro Spritz and Dorothy Parker Sour.

Jack’s Wife Freda

Jack’s Wife Freda (with three locations) is a brunch favorite with offerings like Rosewater Waffles with Lebanese yogurt, mixed berries and honey syrup; Maya’s Breakfast Bowl with scrambled or poached eggs, Red quinoa, kale, spaghetti squash, grilled tomato, radish and avocado; and Jack’s Breakfast with grilled skirt steak, 2 eggs any style, grilled tomatoes, fingerling potatoes, pickled onion and sourdough toast. Margaritas, negronis and spritzes are among the cocktail choices.

 Temperance Wine Bar, NYC
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Temperance Wine Bar

Temperance Wine Bar on Carmine Street offers playful brunch options. Think “Slutty French Toast” with peanut butter & chocolate with bacon; Der Pioneer’s Buttery Pastry Basket; Eggs a la Benedick; Lebanese Lamb Burger, and Deviled Eggs with Calabrian chili and more.


Tasca on the Upper West Side offers a two-course brunch ($25) with bottomless sangria (optional price). The menu includes Huevos Gitanos with baked gypsy eggs, potatoes, spinach, chorizo, and Serrano ham in a tomato sofrito; Torrija - Spanish-style French toast with flambe sweet plantains, Seville orange maple syrup and bacon; and Pastelon de Cangrejo - lump crab meat, sweet plaintain pastelon, lightly cooked egg and criollo sauce.


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