The Best Places for Weekday Brunch in NYC

These restaurants serve brunch throughout the week, not just on weekends.

Brunch is a glorious thing. It can skew more toward breakfast or lunch, depending on what you are craving and sometimes—often?—involves alcohol. Weekend brunch is pretty much a NYC pastime—but why should something so wonderful be relegated to only two days of the week?

We have two words for you: Weekday. Brunch.

Whether you are in town for a midweek business trip or are on an amazing vacation, here are some restaurants in Manhattan and Brooklyn that offer brunch food when you want it—any day of the week.


Upper West Side

Cafe Lalo

This charming European patisserie that was featured in the 1998 movie, “You’ve Got Mail,” offers an international brunch menu daily. Signature items include the French “kiss” quiche served with a Mediterranean salad; a Greek dish of goat cheese, olive twist bread and yogurt with honey; and a Dutch dish of steamed eggs with crumbled sea salt and a side of Gouda cheese and rosemary twist bread. For a cool treat on those warmer days, enjoy Lalo’s special frozen yogurt with berries, nuts or fresh fruits. Brunch: M-F 8 am-4 pm, Sa-Su 9 am-4 pm.

Jacob's Pickles

Jacob’s Pickles

Fans of Southern cuisine are going to love Jacob’s Pickles, where pickles are an elevated art form—think Pickle and Cheese Patty Melt. Fresh local eggs are utilized in dishes like “The Coop Platter” and made-from-scratch biscuit sandwiches. Go for grit-crusted fried green tomatoes or chocolate chip banana pancakes. Top it off with fried Oreos with homemade cream. Brunch: M-F 10 am-4 pm, Sa-Su 9 am-4 pm.

Midtown

Sarabeth’s (Central Park South)

On a technicality, Sarabeth’s brunch menu is only offered on weekends, but during the week, breakfast is offered until mid-afternoon—overlapping with lunch. Ergo, weekday brunch. Sweet items include lemon and ricotta pancakes served with blackberries, fluffy French toast with strawberries, and a toasted coconut waffle with maple rum butter. Savory dishes include a variety of Benedicts (eggs, salmon or crab cakes), short ribs hash and a vegetable frittata, among others. Weekday breakfast begins at 8 am, weekday lunch starts at 11:30 am and both meals are served until 3:30 pm, M-F. Weekend brunch 8 am-4 pm, Sa-Su. (Additional locations are on the Upper East Side, Upper West Side and Park Avenue South and in TriBeCa.)

Garment District

Egghead

This sandwich spot inside the Moxy Times Square is all about breakfast all day, focusing on the egg. Sandwiches like “The Classic” (fried egg, crispy bacon, American cheese, tomato, fried shallots and spicy aioli) are served on a Kennebec potato brioche bun; or make the egg the star in a grains and greens bowl. Brunch: M-F 6 am-3 pm, Sa-Su 8 am-3 pm. Open late night F-Sa 10 pm-4 am.


West Village

Avocado smash at Bluestone Lane Collective Café

Bluestone Lane Collective Café

This restaurant emulates an Australian café experience and serves sophisticated, clean and natural fare. Dishes include bacon and egg on a brioche roll, green baked eggs and the signature avocado smash (served on Balthazar toast with heirloom cherry tomatoes, feta, sunflower sprouts and extra virgin olive oil). Walk-ins only, no reservations. Daily 8 am-6 pm. (Additional café locations are in the West Village and on the Upper East and Upper West sides.)

Jack’s Wife Freda

Named after immigrants who fell in love and married in Johannesburg in the 1930s and run by their grandson (Dean) and his wife, this bistro serves American-Mediterranean cuisine all day, every day. Try dishes like “Jack’s Breakfast” (two eggs any style, grilled skirt steak, grilled tomato, pickled red onion and sourdough toast) or the “Madame Freda” (a pressed sandwich with duck prosciutto, cheddar béchamel, Gruyère and a sunny-side up egg). Brunch: Daily from 8:30 am. (Additional locations are in SoHo and Chelsea).

Philip Marie

Executive chef and owner John P. Greco III offers innovative New American cuisine on his generous brunch menu. Folks can enjoy croissant French toast, a veggie lover’s frittata, smoked salmon on a bagel and a crab cake Benedict, among other dishes. There is a (timed) bottomless brunch option that gets you an entrée and unlimited mimosas or Bloody Marys for $29.95. Brunch: Tu-Su 10 am-4 pm.

Tartine

This French bakery/bistro has been delighting brunchgoers for more than 20 years. In addition to eggs Florentine and Benedict, Tartine offers eggs Norvegienne, which consists of poached eggs, gravlox, English muffins and sauce hollandaise. If you're in the mood for something sweet, you can order pancakes filled with apples. Cash only. Bring your own wine. Breakfast/brunch: Tu-F 9:30 am-noon, Sa-Su 10 am-4 pm.


Lower East Side

Mezetto

This fusion of a bistro and tavern gets its name from the word “meze,” which refers to traditional Mediterranean small plates. True to that style of serving, Mezetto offers hummus, avocado mousse and tzatziki spreads with funghi flatbread, in addition to omelets, toasts, sandwiches and salads. Brunch: Daily 10 am-4:30 pm.

Chicken and waffles at Sweet Chick. Yum. (©Lani Lee)

Sweet Chick

Sweet Chick serves American comfort food and classic brunch dishes with a Southern twist. For example, in addition to chicken and waffles, you can also get a chicken and waffle sandwich (fried chicken with bourbon molasses glaze, black-eyed pea spread and crispy jalapeños on a waffle, with fries or salad on the side). Brunch: M-F 11 am-4 pm, Sa-Su 10 am-4 pm.


East Village

Cornerstone Cafe

This cash-only restaurant serves American and Italian fare. Its brunch menu offers a variety of egg dishes (omelets, baked, Benedict and more), along with Belgian waffles, buttermilk pancakes, grits, sweet or savory crepes, breakfast sandwiches, meatball sandwiches, eggplant Parmigiano sandwiches, several panini and so much more. Brunch: Daily 8 am-4 pm.


NoLIta

Mother's Ruin

Mother's Ruin

Founded in 2011, this place has the feel of a local bar and a knack for crafting cocktails. The brunch menu features challah French toast, Maryland crab cake Benedict, fried chicken sandwich, Old Bay-seasoned waffle fries and a French onion soup/grilled cheese sandwich. Brunch: Daily 11 am-5 pm.


Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Oxomoco

Go to Oxomoco for brunch with a Mexican flair. Find dishes from a shrimp ceviche tostada with hot sauce to a bacon burrito with three eggs. On the weekends, a masa griddle cake beckons with Oaxacan chocolate, banana, cajeta butter and walnuts. Drinks include beer, wine and margaritas, plus an extensive selection of tequila and mezcal. Brunch: M-F noon-3 pm,  Sa-Su11 am-3 pm.


Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Rabbithole

The Rabbithole prides itself on serving food made with integrity. Its pastries—among other menu items—are made in-house and without the use of any premade ingredients. Brunch dishes include stuffed French toast, steak and eggs, maple walnut granola with Greek yogurt and fresh fruit, house-made scones, French dip roast beef, lamb burger, soups and salads. Brunch: Daily 9 am-5 pm.

Sunday in Brooklyn egg and sausage sandwich

Sunday in Brooklyn

The neighborhood restaurant offers a tasty variety of choices with daily brunch selections. Decide if the sidewalk café or near the wood-burning ovens is the perfect seat to delight in hazelnut-maple praline pancakes, wood-fired spicy chorizo hash or rib-eye steak and eggs. Brunch: M-F 10 am-4 pm, Sa-Su 9:30 am-4 pm.


Park Slope, Brooklyn

Miriam Restaurant

With menus that change seasonally and feature contemporary Israeli dishes, there is something for every taste at Miriam Restaurant. The brunch menu offers various omelets, challah French toast, potato pancakes, burekas (puffed pastry pockets stuffed with feta and olives), lamb or chicken shawarma and a chicken schnitzel sandwich, among other options. Brunch: M-F 10 am-4 pm, Sa-Su 9 am-4 pm.

Katie Labovitz
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