Spring has finally arrived, and that can only mean one thing — it’s time to bring brunch outside.
We named Santina the best patio brunch of 2015, so naturally we had to include the Meatpacking District hotspot in this post too. This coastal-themed restaurant is perfect for special occasions and features a brunch menu that’s full of tasty cocktails and inventive, mouth-watering dishes served in a vibrant, tropical-feeling setting. We recommend the Santina sandwich – scrambled eggs, melted fontina cheese, green chili, and bacon – and the frittata sumodos. Read our review of Santina’s brunch here. Santina serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 820 Washington St.
The Bonnie was an instant hit when it opened its doors in Northern Astoria in 2014, and the spacious garden patio with repurposed picnic tables and plenty of greenery makes it the perfect spot for a casual weekend brunch. Chef Shaun VanAlphen puts an emphasis on ingredients that are fresh, local, and seasonal, and his smashed avocado toast is second to none. The Bonnie also boasts an impressive house cocktail list, so don’t leave without trying one (or more!) of the speciality drinks. The Bonnie serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 29-12 23rd Ave., Astoria.
Gallow Green is another great spot if you’re planning an extra special brunch. Located atop McKittrick Hotel, Gallow Green is a lush garden rooftop with amazing views of the city. The fried chicken and waffles are not to be missed, and the pastries are an excellent option for those craving some carbs. Read our review of Gallow Green’s brunch here. The restaurant serves brunch on Sunday beginning in May from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. 542 W. 27th St.
Central Park Boathouse
The Central Park Boathouse is about as classic New York as it gets, which makes this a solid brunch choice when you want to impress visitors or treat yourself to a really memorable meal. The restaurant is located right on the water in the middle of Central Park, so you’ve got a great view and won’t be bothered by street noise you might encounter during other outdoor brunches. Everything from the eggs Benedict to the French toast is delicious here, so you really can’t go wrong when ordering. After indulging, work off your meal with a stroll through the park. Read our review of brunch here. Central Park Boathouse serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Loeb Boathouse Central Park, E. 72nd St.
Next time you’re in the mood for Southern comfort food, head to the Upper West Side to check out Jacob’s Pickles. Chances are there’ll be a wait here, but it’ll be worth it — we promise. The famous pickled vegetables are a must and a great starter to share. The biscuits are also quite popular, making the biscuit sandwiches a standout. Other drool-inducing dishes include the chicken and pancakes and the fried green tomatoes. Read our review of brunch here. Jacob’s Pickles serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 9 a.m. 509 Amsterdam Ave.
Red Rooster in Harlem is another Southern charmer that’s totally worth the trek up to 125 Street. Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson has crafted a menu full of tasty treats, so you can’t go wrong when ordering. We suggest starting with the cornbread — a house specialty — and getting the shrimps and grits as an entree (NYC editor Ally says they’re the best she’s had). The laid-back, neighborhood vibe of the restaurant’s interior extends out into the patio area, which is where we recommend getting a seat this spring. Read our review of Red Rooster’s brunch here. Red Rooster serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. 310 Lenox Ave.
For an authentic and unique Mexican brunch, head to Gran Electrica. This Dumbo gem features a back garden underneath the Brooklyn Bridge, which is currently being spruced up with new decor and greenery. Hand-pressed tortillas and spicy chorizo that’s made on site make Gran Electrica’s dishes — which are inspired by traditional Mexican street food — feel extra special. The drinks, especially the margaritas, are just as noteworthy. Gran Electrica serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. 5 Front St., Dumbo.
Lafayette, NYC’s quintessential French bistro, is a charming restaurant with a patio that’s perfect for people watching. You can’t dine at Lafayette without trying the pastries, so start brunch with one of those. Other brunch menu options include lighter dishes like yogurt and granola and oatmeal, as well as heartier items like a brisket burger and dry-aged strip steak frites. To drink, in addition to cocktails, the brunch menu features fresh-pressed juices. Read our review of Lafayette’s brunch here. Lafayette serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 380 Lafayette St.
Brunch at Sant Ambroeus, located in the heart of Soho, is a great way to fuel up for a long day of shopping or sightseeing with your out-of-town friends. The restaurant’s interior is chic and charming, but the outdoor small area is where you want to grab a seat this spring or summer. The brunch menu features traditional items like avocado toast, Eggs Benedict and French toast, as well as Italian dishes like pasta and insalata. Sant Ambroeus serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 265 Lafayette St.
Cafe de la Esquina
Cafe de la Esquina, the Williamsburg offshoot of La Esquina in SoHo, has a decidedly more laid-back feel than its Manhattan counterpart and an impressive back patio perfect for a casual, margarita-fueled brunch. After filling up on traditional Mexican fare, spend the day walking Bedford Avenue and checking out the countless boutiques and shops. Cafe de la Esquina serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3:45 p.m. 225 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn.