Labor Day—the unofficial end of summer—is just days away. The only thing distracting us from the sad fact that the season of warm weather and Summer Fridays is almost over is brunch.
Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite restaurants that offer a weekday or special Labor Day brunch so you can end your summer the right way—with cocktails, good food, and friends.
Mother’s Ruin only recently started serving weekday brunch, and the upcoming holiday is the perfect opportunity to check it out. Known for its handcrafted cocktails, Mother’s Ruin is a great Labor Day brunch option if you’re looking to get a good buzz going during your meal (it is a holiday, after all). But the food at this casual Nolita spot is noteworthy too. On our recent visit, we enjoyed the Eggo Waffles and Mother’s Biscuits & Gravy.
Read our review of brunch at Mother’s Ruin here. Mother’s Ruin serves brunch daily, beginning at 11 a.m. 18 Spring St.
If you’re looking for a healthy holiday brunch that doesn’t lack in flavor, De Maria is your spot. This trendy Nolita hotspot has a spacious patio that’s perfect for soaking up the last little bit of summer, plus the décor and food are Instagram gold. The grain bowls, chicken sandwich, and gluten-free banana bread all impressed us on a recent visit.
Read our review of brunch at De Maria here. De Maria serves breakfast Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on weekends from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 19 Kenmare St.
Altesi Downtown is launching its brunch menu this Labor Day weekend, meaning you can be one of the first to try it. Brunch menu items at this recently opened, casual Italian restaurant include a brunch margherita pizza, steak and eggs, and eggs with meatballs. Brunch beverages like mimosas, Bloody Marys, and bellinis will also be served, as well as signature cocktails.
Altesi Downtown serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. beginning Labor Day weekend and on Labor Day at the same time. 200 Spring St.
Altesi Downtown’s sister restaurant, Altesi Madison, is extending its brunch hours this Labor Day weekend and offering specials such as the Polpetta, an Italian-style meatball burger made from veal, chicken, and beef.
Altesi Madison serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and on Labor Day at the same time. 26 E. 64th St.
The Standard East Village’s lush green garden is the perfect place to spend a holiday afternoon. The relaxed atmosphere will make you feel like you’re at a European café, and you could easily spend all day there. The short food menu emphasizes quality over quantity, though there are plenty of drinks options ranging from signature cocktails to beer and wine.
Read our review of The Standard East Village’s “brunch” here. The Standard East Village Garden serves lunch (not brunch) every day of the week. 25 Cooper Square.
Upper West Side
You can’t go wrong with quality American comfort food on Labor Day, which makes Good Enough To Eat a great choice for brunch. This rustic Upper West Side spot serves up a variety of tasty omelets, as well as several different kinds of pancakes and waffles made from fresh-daily batter and served with organic maple syrup. Located just a block from Central Park, Good Enough To Eat is the perfect starting point for a fun-filled Labor Day in the city.
Read our review of brunch at Good Enough to Eat here. Good Enough to Eat serves brunch Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. 520 Columbus Ave.