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NYC’s Best Alfresco Brunches 2018

Temperatures are rising. The sun is finally coming out to say hello. And moms are flocking to NYC to celebrate Mother’s Day with their beloved offspring. We love patio dining here in New York—most likely because of the prime people watching, but don’t tell mama that! Get dolled up in your favorite sundresses and book your reservations for an alfresco brunch today.

Here are our top picks for notable outdoor brunches throughout NYC this year.

Le Fanfare
Le Fanfare has an oh so Instagram-worthy aesthetic, chill vibes, gorgeous and delightful craft cocktails, and solid, delicious food. The back patio area is bright and airy, very Brooklyn, and has a microphone for it weekend live music. Le Fanfare serves brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 1103 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn


De Maria
De Maria’s uber-chic decor, sun-filled space, and vibrant bites are hard to resist. Its huge patio sits right next to The Butcher’s Daughter (see below) for some of the best people watching in all of Manhattan. Fresh ingredients and unique spices make De Maria’s healthy yet hearty dishes quite irresistible. De Maria serves its daytime menu on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 19 Kenmare St, New York

Although there are only a handful of alfresco seats at this quaint Nolita eatery, Epistrophy opens its front windows wide for guests once the weather gets warm. Cute sofas and rustic Italian menu items make Epistrophy an ideal spring spot no matter the occasion. Epistrophy serves breakfast daily beginning at 9 a.m. 200 Mott St, New York

Mr. Purple
This Lower East Side rooftop may be known for its happy hours, robust nightlife, and skyline views, but Mr. Purple’s brunch is just as festive (and way less crowded). With offerings like a blackberry yogurt bowl and buttermilk fried chicken sliders, there’s definitely something on the menu for everyone in your group. Mr. Purple serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 11 a.m. 180 Orchard Street, New York

Image courtesy of Mr. Purple.

Industry Kitchen
When it comes to outdoor dining in Manhattan, no one does it quite like Industry Kitchen. Tucked underneath the FDR, this chic patio overlooks the East River and Brooklyn. Get some color, drink delicious cocktails, and maybe even have your way with their famous gold pizza! Industry Kitchen serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 70 South St, New York

Gemma is cozy, cute, and known for celebrity sightings. Its pizzas are beyond delicious and its egg dishes are classic with Italian twists. Gemma serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 335 Bowery, New York

Narcissa is perfect for taking your friend’s parents when they’re in town or introducing your boyfriend to your dad. The food is always solid, the restaurant is never crowded, and its garden is decorated so cute in the summer. Narcissa serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 25 Cooper Sq, New York

Bluestone Lane Collective Cafe
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city by venturing to Bluestone Lane’s Collective Cafe in the West Village. Its chic Aussie coffee shops have been popping up in its signature blue and white all over NYC recently. If you’re looking for some darn good avocado toast, this is your spot. Bluestone Lane serves brunch daily beginning at 7:30 a.m. 55 Greenwich Ave, New York

Bluestone Lane Brunch

Sauvage offers a rather elevated, yet still Brooklyn chic patio brunch. Don’t skip the mushroom toast or pastry selection. Sauvage serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. 905 Lorimer St, Brooklyn

Gran Electrica
Gran Electrica has the cutest backyard alfresco space with greenery lining the walls. They serve up brunch margaritas and yummy Mexican takes on classic brunch dishes. Gran Electrica serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. 5 Front St, Brooklyn

Seamore’s has become a Nolita staple recently expanding to outposts all over Manhattan. Its fresh local seafood and healthy dishes are definitely noteworthy, and its cool minimalist aesthetic isn’t too shabby either. Seamore’s serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. 390 Broome St, New York

Seamore's Brunch

Miss Ada
In the heart of Fort Greene lies Miss Ada’s quaint back patio perfect for mingling with a group you haven’t seen in awhile over yummy cocktails. The mural across the concrete walls feels modern, but the Mediterranean fare feels homey and comforting. While under renovations at the moment, the back patio is scheduled to open back up soon! Miss Ada serves brunch on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 184 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn

Starting this month, Gilligan’s at the SoHo Grand Hotel opens back up for its signature nautical outdoor dining experience. Everything in this seasonal pop-up restaurant is themed from the red, white, and blue decor to the lobster rolls and watermelon cocktails. Perfect for an escape within New York City, you can even see the Freedom Tower from your palm lined table. Gilligan’s serves brunch seasonally on Saturday and Sunday starting at 12 p.m. 310 W Broadway, New York

Great Jones Street in NoHo is adorable and photogenic. Vic’s spanning patio makes up about half the bitty block. If you can’t snag a seat outside, they have a back skylit room which is almost as good as dining al fresco. Vic’s serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 31 Great Jones St, New York

Grand Banks
As the sun rolls into Manhattan, Grand Banks sails over to a Tribeca Pier. Brunch on this literal sailboat all summer long. It’s quaint, classy, and serves great seafood and cocktails. If you feel like you’ve outgrown the Frying Pan, you most likely have and should head downtown about 20 blocks. Grand Banks serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 10 a.m. Hudson River Park Pier 25, New York

Image courtesy of Grand Banks.

Santina is basically a little glass greenhouse beneath the Highline. Although often swarmed with tourists, their tropical yet Italian vibe and innovative brunch dishes are worth the crowds. Santina serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 820 Washington St, New York

Sunday in Brooklyn
Although the name may sway you otherwise, Sunday in Brooklyn is actually a great brunch option any day of the week. This cute two-story restaurant is serving up incredible Bloody Marys and pancakes, but they’re doing so sustainably by also making it their mission to eliminate waste. You’ll feel good about dining here, and no that’s not just the brunch cocktails talking. Sunday in Brooklyn serves brunch on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 348 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn

The Butcher’s Daughter
We mentioned this spot up top when raving about De Maria. On the same Kenmare block sits vegetarian hotspot, The Butcher’s Daughter. Its patio is always overflowing no matter the time of day and even the non-veg Bitches keep on coming back for more. The Butcher’s Daughter serves brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 19 Kenmare St, New York

The Butcher's Daughter Brunch

Llama Inn
Llama Inn not only has the cutest name, but offers delicious, healthy Peruvian-inspired dishes in Williamsburg. They also have a chic rooftop, which makes the ceviche taste that much better. Llama Inn serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 50 Withers St, Brooklyn

Quintessentially NoHo, Lafayette sits prominently on the corner of Lafayette & Great Jones. This humongous restaurant and bakery serves a classic, reliable brunch and yummy croissants. Their patio is often packed with families on the weekends, but if you can snag a table we recommend this spot for a no fuss unwind. Lafayette serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 380 Lafayette St, New York

Lafayette Brunch

Vinegar Hill House
Vinegar Hill House has the most adorable backyard garden where you can dine under their cherry tree. You may actually mistake your brunch there for a visit to someone’s home, but there’s nothing wrong with that! The cobblestone roads of this often undiscovered part of Brooklyn make for the perfect entryway to this relaxed restaurant with freshness at the forefront. Vinegar Hill House serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 72 Hudson Ave, Brooklyn

Loosie’s Kitchen
Loosie’s Kitchen is hidden behind an unassuming gate on 6th Street in Williamsburg. Once we walked through the fairytale-like vines and into their cafe we were delightfully surprised by the sun-drenched patio next to the old school indoor part of the restaurant. Their aesthetic is unassuming and their cajun twist on brunch is fun. You must order the Nutella beignets. Loosie’s Kitchen serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. 91a S 6th St, Brooklyn

Lolo’s Seafood Shack
Picture yourself eating seafood in a local island joint. Then picture that same experience smack dab in Manhattan. Lolo’s has its hand on seafood dishes from all over whether the Caribbean or the Cape. We love their tropical cocktails, flavor-filled dishes, and chill outdoor eatery. Lolo’s Seafood Shack serves its daytime menu every day starting at 12 p.m. 303 W 116th St, New York

Image courtesy of Lolo’s Seafood Shack.

Claudette feels like your grandmother’s country home in the middle of Greenwich Village. Although the patio seats are fairly sparse, we had the pleasure of brunching with a view of the gorgeous Washington Square arch at this spot. The Provençal influences are apparent in both their brunch dishes and their rosé cocktails. Claudette serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 24 5th Ave, New York

Miami and Las Vegas hot spot SUGARCANE Raw Bar Grill recently opened up in Dumbo. Now that the weather is finally something we can work with, the restaurant’s patio with sweeping views of the Brooklyn Bridge is a must-visit spot for brunch. This Mother’s Day, in addition to the restaurant’s a la carte menu, it’s serving up spring specials like an acai bowl with house-made yogurt, quinoa & kiwicha granola, compressed strawberries, avocado sorbet; house-cured salmon with charred heritage carrot, pickled mustard seed, crisped bagel, green harissa crème fraiche, and more. With SUGARCANE Raw Bar Grill’s Manhattan views, your pleasant company, and impressive food from award-winning chef Timon Baloo, you and your mom are guaranteed to have an amazing time. 55 Water Street, Brooklyn

Haven Rooftop
Perched atop the Sanctuary Hotel, Haven Rooftop’s sun-soaked rooftop is a great option for those spending time in Midtown. A cross between a nightclub and a rooftop garden, Haven offers classic brunch entrees like eggs Benedict and brunch pizza with the option to up the ante with unlimited beverages for an extra price. This Mother’s Day, Haven will offer a special prix-fix menu for just $39, which includes an appetizer, entree, dessert, and glass of prosecco so you can toast to your mom in style. 132 West 47th Street, New York


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