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NYC Best Bites of 2016

Living in New York City, we often take it for granted that we’re in the epicenter of most food trends. Matcha ice cream in fish-shaped cones? Right around the corner. Milk served in chocolate chip cookie shot glasses? Get in line.

When it comes time to name our top brunch dishes of the year, we have our classics like best Bloodys, Benedicts, and waffles. This year, bowls and overpriced toast topped with superfoods were prevalent on many a brunch menu.

Below are our top brunch bites of 2016. We hope you enjoy reading as much as we enjoyed eating during this past year. Also, check out who made our Best and Worst Brunches of 2016, here.

Best Bagel
Crowning the best bagels in New York City will inevitably ruffle some feathers, but the impressive towers of fresh dough at Sadelle’s topped our list this year. Sadelle’s menu plays homage to its diner roots and is perfect for New Yorkers and out-of-towners, alike. 463 West Broadway, New York, NY (Soho)

Sadelle's Brunch

Best Eggs
All of the egg dishes at this quaint, neighborhood hangout in Williamsburg were executed perfectly. Best of all, you can enjoy the omelets and Bennys on weekdays as well. 352 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY (Williamsburg)

Rabbithole Brunch

Best Chicken & Waffles
We’ve had many chicken & waffles in our day, but Vandal’s Asian-fusion take is by far the most memorable. Chinese-style chicken tatsu is paired with green kefir lime Hong Kong waffles, making for an extremely flavorful and decadent bite. 199 Bowery, New York, NY (Bowery)

Vandal Brunch

Best Bloody
The Bedford
Everything we tried at this elevated gastropub in the heart of Williamsburg was delicious, but the cocktails took the crown. Although we were intrigued by unique beverages on the list, The Bedford’s Bloody stuck with the basics and nailed the execution. 110 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY (Williamsburg)

The Bedford Brunch

Best Brunch Burrito
Seamore’s paid homage to its focus on sustainable seafood with this unique burrito stuffed with squid, kale, eggs, and chorizo. It was hearty, yet relatively healthy, while swimming in flavor…pun intended. 390 Broome St., New York, NY (Nolita)

Seamore's Brunch

Best Brunch Burger (Tie)
Although Emily is known for its pizza, don’t sleep on the now-famous Emmy Burger. With Fleisher’s grass fed dry aged beef, a Tom Cat pretzel bun, Emmy sauce, caramelized onion, Grafton cheddar, cornichon,and fries, we didn’t leave a crumb on the plate. 919 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY (Clinton Hill)

Emily Brunch

12 Chairs Cafe
12 Chairs knows Mediterranean so it’s no surprise that its lamb burger knocked it out of the park. Delectably juicy, topped with a generous serving of cheese, sandwiched between crispy bread; perfect for brunch, lunch or dinner. 342 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY (Williamsburg)

12 Chairs Brunch

Best Brunch Pizza
Looking for Eataly bites without the crazy lines? Head to Rossopomodoro, a hidden gem in the West Village. The woodfired pizzas reigned supreme; we particularly loved the bufala mozzarella and white pies, especially when topped with an egg. 118 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY (West Village)

Rossopomodoro Brunch

Best Coffee
Toby’s Estate
Toby’s Estate coffee is a Bitch-favorite and exported to some of our most frequented cafes. Grab a cuppa at the flagship café in Williamsburg, where the beans are fresh roasted and the WiFi is strong. 125 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY (Williamsburg)

Toby's Estate Brunch

The Wild Son
Nitro cold brews and iced coffee on tap? Sold. 153 Little West 12th St, New York, NY (Meatpacking)

Best Brunch Ramen
Shalom Japan
Ramen for brunch may have not been a thing until 2016 in New York City, but we’re glad it arrived. We’d trade our French toast for the temomi ramen bowl any day at Shalom Japan, a funky Japanese-Jewish fusion restaurant in Brooklyn. 310 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY (Williamsburg)

Shalom Japan Brunch

Best Bacon (Tie)
David Burke Fabrick
When bacon is served on a clothesline, you know it’s going to be good. The presentation was one of the most inventive we’ve seen and was also quite handy in keeping our fingers dry from the thick black pepper maple glaze. 47 W 38th St., New York, NY (Midtown West)

Clothesline Bacon

Quality Eats
As the little sister of Quality Meats, the carnivore selection at Quality Eats had a lot to look up to. Luckily, Grilled Nueske’s bacon, served on the bone with a peanut butter spread and chopped jalapeno jelly, didn’t disappoint. 19 Greenwich Ave., New York, NY (West Village)

Quality Eats Brunch

Best Toast
Move over basic avocado toast, there’s more interesting options in town. Truffled mushroom toast and carrot ricotta toast put this new restaurant by the Maison Premiere team on the brunch map. 905 Lorimer St., Brooklyn, NY (Greenpoint)

Sauvage Brunch

Best Avocado Toast
Crave Fishbar
Avocado toast is pretty Basic, but this traditional serving hit the mark. The avocado was seasoned just right with salt, pepper, lime juice, and a hint of chili oil to give it a kick. There were no frills to this avo toast; it was simple, and sometimes that’s all you need. 945 2nd Ave., New York, NY (Upper West Side)

Avocado Toast

Best Quiche
Although Balthazar is a little stuffy and tired for our taste, its quiche is practically timeless. Enough so that it sells out of this iconic brunch dish on the daily, so come bright and early. 80 Spring St., New York, NY (Soho)

Balthazar Brunch

Best Lobster Roll
North River Lobster Co
Hop aboard a lively schooner for a unique dining experience that’s equal parts memorable and fun. We loved the fresh seafood like the New England Classic lobster roll, lobster tail, oysters, and shrimp paired with East Coast brews while cruising the Hudson. W 41st St and 12th Avenue, Pier 81, New York, NY (Midtown West) 

Best French Toast
2016 was the year we made “French toast for the table” (FT FT) a thing, starting with this stand out at Sweetwater. The cornflake crust paired with fresh fruit and whipped cream made this our favorite French toast of the year. 105 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY (Williamsburg)

Best Pancakes
The sweet potato pancakes caught our eye and this outstanding dish stood on its own without syrup. We found the hot cakes naturally sweet and perfectly fluffy. 509 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY (Clinton Hill)


Best Breakfast Bowl
This year, the trendiest restaurants served entrees in bowls. “The Cure” with crispy rice, duck confit, cilantro, hoisin, sriracha, and a poached egg was unique and satisfying, earning it top marks in our rankings. 80 N 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY (Williamsburg)

Rider Brunch

Best Breakfast Pasta
La Sirena
A+ brunches are a rare feat, but 2016 newcomer La Sirena checked all of the boxes. Housemade pasta dishes such as the tonnarelli primavera and the sebadas with Pecorino and corbezzolo aren’t to be missed. 88 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY (Meatpacking)


Best Breakfast Sandwich (tie)
There’s a reason Estela is on the 50 Best Restaurants list, and they haven’t given any less attention to their brunch. Unique, shareable items will last in your memory, especially the epic egg sandwich with pancetta and avocado. 47 East Houston Street, New York, NY (Soho)

Estela Egg Sandwich

The egg sammy at Allswell is simple, but perfectly executed. The egg was perfectly cooked and well-seasoned, the sausage patty was bursting with flavor, and the house-made English muffin was light and flaky. This Williamsburg spot should be on every Bitch’s bucket list. 124 Bedford Ave, New York, NY (Williamsburg)

Best Brunch Cocktails
Tanner Smith’s
Tanner Smith’s Tipsy Tea brunch is aptly named because the cocktail program is unique and flavorful 204 W 55th St., New York, NY (Midtown West)

Best Brunch Punch
The Royal Munkey
We thoroughly enjoyed this authentic Indian brunch, particularly the inventive coconut punch. 438 2nd Ave., New York, NY (Murray Hill)

Coconut Punch

Best Brunch Fries
David’s Cafe
The hangover poutine, Montreal style, wasn’t just fries with cheese curds and gravy. This beauty had a homemade hamburger patty, green peppercorn gravy, and a runny fried egg on top. 110 Saint Marks Place, New York, NY (East Village)

David's Cafe Brunch

Best Dessert
Ellary’s Greens
You wouldn’t think that our favorite brunch dessert would come from a healthy restaurant, but the raw chocolate mousse blew our minds. Go on, treat yourself. 33 Carmine Street, New York, NY (West Village)


Best Dessert Platter
This fancy-pants brunch truly shined when we were presented with a towering dessert platter.  It was, by far, one of the most impressive desserts we’ve ever had. 261 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016

Zuma Brunch

Best Pastries
Maman Greenpoint
All of the pastries at Maman were decadent and authentically Parisian. The delightful decor with cafe swing chairs and warm coffee may make you stay awhile. 80 Kent St, Brooklyn, NY (Greenpoint)


Best Hashbrowns
Copper Kettle Kitchen
The combination of the traditional hashbrown seasoning and the texture of crispy French fries made this side dish a stand out. Extra points for the cooked onions and sliced scallions. 1471 2nd Ave., New York, NY (Upper East Side)

Best Juices
Typically, the adult beverages are our favorite liquids on the menu, but the fresh green juice at TESSA gave the alcohol a run for its money. 349 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY (Upper West Side)

Tessa Brunch

Best Meatballs
Polpette by Nicky’s Meatballs
Nicky’s famous meatballs lived up to its name. The ground beef and pork is mixed with black pepper, garlic, Parmesan cheese, eggs and brick-oven Italian breadcrumbs, and the marinara sauce that they swim in is to die for. 483 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY (Upper West Side)

Polpette Brunch

Best Veggies
Untitled at The Whitney
Veggie sides may typically sound dull, but these side dishes were a true work of art at this fancy-pants restaurant adjacent to the Whitney museum. The purple cauliflower was so beautiful, we almost felt bad eating it. 99 Gansevoort St., New York, NY (Meatpacking)

Curried Cauliflower with Cardamom Custard

Best Banana Bread
Bluestone Lane
We loved that Bluestone Lane featured a wide variety gluten free options for health-conscious diners who don’t want to sacrifice flavor for health. Among all, the toasted banana bread with pecans, honey, ricotta, and banana reigned supreme. 30 Carmine Street, New York, NY (West Village)

Bluestone Lane Brunch

Best Granola
Pietro Nolita
The hot pink interior was certainly the most Instagrammable brunch of 2016, but we were pleased that the homemade granola and yogurt matched its impeccable design. Fresh mint and a light drizzle of honey knocked this one out of the park. 174 Elizabeth St, New York, NY (Nolita)

Pietro Nolita Brunch

Best Steak & Eggs
The Chester
All of the meat was delicious at this bro-friendly beer garden brunch in Meatpacking. We particularly enjoyed the steak and eggs with tangy salsa verde. 18 9th Ave, New York, NY (Meatpacking)

The Chester Brunch


Ally is a Brooklyn-based marketing pro with a passion for food and fitness. You'll most likely find her at her local brunch haunts and coffee shops, always with a book in hand.

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