We’re launching the New York Bitches Who Brunch at the end of this year, so we’ve been spending plenty of time in the Big Apple. Here are our top picks from what we sampled this year.
Best Overall Brunch: Bubby’s is a carbophile’s dream with some of the best pancakes and pastries in town. With 24-hour service including a midnight brunch offering and a new location on the High Line, there’s no excuse to miss out on the James Beard award-winning baked goods.
Best Comfort Food Brunch: The Smith has something for everyone, and the enormous restaurant is great for groups. Our group of 10 chowed down on deviled eggs, mac n’cheese, French toast, omelets, steak Eggs Benedicts, huevos rancheros, and more. With two locations in the City, The Smith is a great brunch go-to.
Best Vegetarian Brunch: Pure Food and Wine is a chic raw and vegan restaurant in Greenwich. Aside from the obvious-and-awesome smoothies, pressed juices, and salads, we were impressed and satisfied by the cauliflower and corn cheese grits and the flax seed crepes with hazelnut cocoa spread.
Best Hotel Brunch: Nestled in the Jane Hotel, David Burke Kitchen lives up to the hype surrounding the well-known chef. The ambiance is bright and airy, and the service spectacular. Any brunch that starts with popovers is pleasing, but it was the French toast and pretzel-encrusted crab cakes that drove this brunch home.
Best Cheese Lovers Brunch: Artisanal is an old school French brasserie and cheese shop in Midtown. While the prices are a bit steep, the food was divine, particularly the beignets, and smoked salmon Eggs Benedict.
Best Southern Brunch: Peel’s is a charming Southern spot nestled in Greenwich Village. We loved their biscuits and omelets and they serve up the best shrimp n’ grits north of the Mason Dixon line.