Brunch is an occasion that should obviously be captured. Lighting and location are everything when it comes to taking Instaworthy pictures for our favorite meal. We’ve rounded up the absolute best spots for photographing not only your meal, but also your brunch party. Be sure to tag us, too!
Blank Slate Tea
The fast casual spot channels serious Instagram vibes from vibrant teas, floral print walls and Millennial pink leather booths. Snagging a table is tough as there are just a few. Blank Slate Tea serves a variety of hot and iced teas, toasts, salads and other daytime bites in an adorable setting. Read the review here.
Blank Slate Tea, 121 Madison Ave #3, New York, NY, (646) 707-0256
It’s hard to find a more charming spot than Epistrophy. With its teal green exterior, retro bar, and diverse seating including cozy velvet couches and large communal wooden tables (not to mention Carrara marble tops worthy of your Instagram game), Epistrophy has a stunning but cozy aesthetic. And the food is even more fantastic than the space itself. The butternut squash toast, chocolate chip banana bread, and burrata are not to be missed. Read about our fabulous experience here.
Epistrophy, 200 Mott St., New York, NY, (212) 966-0904
Jack’s Wife Freda
Jack’s Wife Freda is a staple in the NYC brunch scene, serving up Mediterranean-inspired dishes in a quaint, café space seven days a week. Grab a seat on the patio and spend your morning people-watching while enjoying light-but-filling brunch dishes you won’t feel guilty about indulging in afterward. Snap a photo for the ‘gram with colorful dishes against the iconic menus. Our favorite items include the Mediterranean breakfast and the green shakshuka. Read about our experience here.
JaJaJa is where south of the border flavor meets Lower East Side flair in plant-based Mexican cuisine. The venue features a playfully curated tequila and mezcal program, Mexican beers on tap, Mexican-style lagers and pilsners from local microbreweries, fresh pressed juices, and plant-based street food with options for both comfort and health. Read about the highlights here.
JaJaJa, 162 E. Broadway, New York, NY, (646) 883-5453
La Mercerie is located inside the Roman Williams Guild in SoHo, where you can enjoy pastries and profiteroles. The space is absolutely stunning: step through the tall doorways of the navy exterior that sits on a quiet corner in SoHo into a bright, airy, and bustling space. At the front of the restaurant is a charming flower shop, behind it, a pastry case and a counter facing the open kitchen. The food is overpriced but the space makes up for it. Catch the review here.
NoMo Soho Brunch
The hotel and restaurant are full of funky, modern art like James Goldcrown’s Bleeding Hearts for amazing backdrops. It’s the perfect trendy New York spot to bring a visitor with high expectations and great taste. NoMo’s menu features a variety of eclectic global brunch fare ranging from Mexican-style elote corn, Asian inspired Bao buns, and upscale American classics like truffle flatbread. Read about our experience here.
NoMo Soho, 9 Crosby St, New York, NY, (646) 218-6400
The cheerful bright blue exterior in the heart of Greenwich Village is fitting for a photo opp. With Indonesian and Italian influences, Shuka is one of the hottest restaurants in New York right now, and for good reason. Treat your yourself to an overindulgence of pastries and mezzes. Read the full review here. Shuka, 38 Macdougal St, New York, NY, (212) 475-7500