“Nothing makes you forget late nights and hangovers quite like a New York brunch.”
Too late for breakfast and too early for lunch? Clearly it’s time for brunch — the only time of the day where it’s considered OK to mix waffles with chicken and egg with your vodka.
The pick-me-up brunch
Regardless of anything else, the fact they thought of a hangover drinks list makes Balthazar a winner. Try a Champagne Pick me up (champagne, orange juice, grenadine) with your runny eggs “cocotte” and soldiers. Patisserie section with home made donuts, croissants and brioche.
The comfort brunch
Pies ’n’ Thighs
Forget calorie counts and tuck in to the crispy fried chicken and waffles or the smoked pork hash and eggs. For the sweet-toothed, the donuts (sprinkled in cinnamon and sugar, natch) and peanut butter pie are heavenly.
The, er, late night brunch
Bubby’s Pie Company
Bubby is grandma in Yiddish. Regulars may or may not know this, but they do know about the Midnight brunch (until 7 a.m.) meaning they can have apple pie or a stack of sautéed walnut and banana pancakes way past ‘civilized’ hours. The spicy Bloody Mary will perk you up, morning or night.
The classic brunch
Southern style easy come, easy go atmosphere. Folk music accompanies your “Rothko” eggs. The thick slice of brioche is punctuated in the centre making space for a sunny side up egg sprinkled in Grafton cheddar. Brunch is served until 3 p.m., by which time you could be tempted by the Carolina Kale or fried oyster sandwich featured on the lunch menu.
The liquid brunch
Schillers Liquor Bar
Bleary-eyed brunchers appear super cool and in no way grubby in their faded creased clothing. The antique subway tiles and faux mirrors bring the bohemian vibe up a notch. Once seated, order a dark chocolate Russian cocktail with alcoholic egg cream followed by a sour cream and hazelnut waffle.