The city is filled with an abundance of diverse activities. Sometimes you just want to be cultured and scope out the latest exhibit on a weekend. But where does one brunch near the most popular museums in the city? We’ve rounded up Bitch-approved spots for brunch before a day of artistic exploration.
Whitney Museum of Art, 99 Gansevoort St
Old Rose at the Jane Hotel
This is one of our favorite spots. Old Rose is a chic space with a chill atmosphere, good service, and solid food. We definitely consider this a recurring place to steal away for a brunch, breakfast meeting, or a coffee and work session. The Bitches give it five Champagne flutes. Read the review here.
Old Rose, 113 Jane St, New York, NY, (212) 255-4143
Escape to the Italian countryside at Santina for incredible food and a guaranteed good time. The space is bright and airy and the cocktails are incredible. Plus it’s around the corner from The Whitney so after the museum you can pop-in for a festivities at the bar. Read about our incredible brunch experience here.
Santina, 820 Washington St, New York, NY, (212) 254-3000
Stop into The Chester for brunch, housed in the trendy Gansevoort Hotel. The Chester has a solid but elevated brunch in a fun beer garden space. This is our top choice for when the weather is warm. Read the full review here.
The Chester, 18 9th Ave, New York, NY, (646) 253-2284
You can’t brunch any closer to The Whitney unless you’re at Untitled. It’s nestled into the bottom corner of the museum, but high ceilings paired with floor-to-ceiling windows makes the space feel inviting. The space is super contemporary yet simple. Brunch is also superb. Read about our experience here.
Untitled, 99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY, (212) 570-3670
Museum of Modern Art, 11 W 53rd St
Enjoy delicious vegan food you can also feel good about at P.S. Kitchen, an artisanal restaurant that goes beyond just serving fresh food options by donating 100 percent of its profits to charity. The brunch options are solid with inventive vegan takes on southern dishes. Read the full review here.
P.S. Kitchen, 246 W. 48th St., New York, NY., (212) 651-7247
This is our best bet for taking visitors out for a fancy pants brunch before a day of sightseeing. Look North from 65 floors up, and you can see all of Central Park, plus most of the Upper West and East Sides. Look South, and you’re face-to-face with the Empire State Building. We could even see Lady Liberty herself off in the distance. You literally feel as though you’re on top of the world. Live music makes you feel as though you’ve been transported back to the old supper club that used to be in this very spot. Read about the fantastic brunch here.
Rainbow Room, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th Floor, New York, NY, (212) 632-5000
The Prohibition-themed restaurant has a bar brunch that’s worth checking out if you’re in the area. The menu offers something for everyone, especially fitting for families. Enjoy a unique cocktail with your brunch entree. Read our review here.
Tanner Smith’s, 204 W 55th St, New York, NY, (646) 590-2034
Upper East Side
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave
The Guggenheim, 1071 5th Ave
The Penrose is a solid spot with classic brunch dishes. The menu even boasts about the restaurant’s eggs, which come from happy hens from a happy family in Upstate New York. Plus the space is adorable and has vintage Americana vibes with exposed brick walls, white tile flooring, and long, reclaimed wooden communal tables down the center. Read the review here.
The Penrose, 1590 2nd Ave, New York, NY, (212) 203-2751
This is one of our go-to Mexican restaurants in the city. The back patio is cute for outdoor brunches and the restaurant has plenty of room for a big party. For picky diners, Toloache offers extensive gluten-free options, demarcated on the menu, and there’s also a separate menu for vegetarians. Read about our brunch experience here.
Toloache, 166 E 82nd St, New York, NY, (212) 861-4505
Upper West Side
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West & 79th St
The New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West
Burke & Wills
Enjoy Aussie-inspired cuisine with an exclusive design of ingredient choices and even friendlier waitstaff. The menu also offers an array of classic cocktails and spirits served an a unique fashion. Brunchers have the option to partake in the build your own Bloody Mary bar, which allows you to put your own special touches to this traditional drink. Read the full review here.
Burke & Wills, 226 W 79th St, New York, NY, (646) 823-9251
Good Enough to Eat
G.E.T.E.’s large menu is inspired by American comfort fare, with a bit of a twist. Head to this UWS spot for quality comfort food, there’s a variety of options that will please everyone in your group. Check out the review here.
Good Enough to Eat, 522 Columbus Ave, New York, NY, (212) 787-3473
The long wait is well deserved at this Upper West Side mainstay. The expansive eatery has a lofty, high ceiling, cozy wood accents, and a sweeping bar filled with jars of house made pickles and bottles of Tito’s vodka. Diners can mix and match sampling platters with one, four, or eight types of veggies. We recommend Southern-style dishes like biscuits and pancakes. Read about our experience here.
Jacob’s Pickles, 509 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY, (212) 470-5566