Summer in New York City is in full swing, and we couldn't be more relieved. Fridays are half days at work (it’s true), parks are packed with picnics and concert series, and restaurants are spilling onto sidewalks with outdoor seating. For these reasons, and because you can walk everywhere (though during the summertime it feels like a sauna), Manhattan remains this editor’s soul city. And you know what else I love? Hint: Pancakes are involved.
You guessed it: brunch, especially brunch in New York City in the summer. From rosé sweating in a bucket of ice to mason jars filled with fresh watermelon lemonade at Bubby’s to a restaurant on everyone’s Instagram feed, ahead are the seven best places to have brunch in New York City this weekend. After all, isn’t that what Saturdays and Sundays were made for?
If you fancy classic French fare, visit everyone's favorite It restaurant, Le Coucou. (Daniel Boulud, Emma Stone, and Dakota Fanning are also fans.) The restaurant offers brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Expect fine dishes like buckwheat crêpe with egg and lobster; whole poached lobster tail served with grilled romaine, citrus, and Lauris (mayonnaise and paprika sauce); and thinly sliced seared rib eye with foie gras. Très bon!
138 Lafayette St., New York
Jack's Wife Freda
Jack’s Wife Freda is not only Instagram gold (you seriously can’t get a bad photo), but it’s also unbelievably tasty. Must try: the poached eggs with grilled tomato and haloumi, and Maya’s grain bowl made with red quinoa, seasonal vegetables, and a poached egg (yum!). When it comes to scoring outdoor seating in the summertime, the struggle is real, but if you’re dining solo, the bar is this editor’s go-to. Also, if you love puns as matcha as we do (couldn’t help it!) you’ll appreciate the custom sugar packets that include “Hey there, hot-tea” and “I love you a latte.”
224 Lafayette St., New York | 50 Carmine St., New York
Fashion It girls Olivia Palermo and Leandra Cohen are regulars, and we can see why. From the décor (blush banquets, gold accents, white marble table tops, and emerald green walls) to General Manager Alireza’s impeccable style (truly) to the Milanese cuisine, we can’t get enough of Sant Ambroeus. Our brunch favorites include classics like lemon ricotta pancakes with blueberries, Norwegian eggs Benedict served on a homemade roll, and pasta dishes like tagliatelle alla bolognese because it’s a Northern Italian restaurant, after all.
1000 Madison Ave., New York | 259 W. Fourth St., New York | 265 Lafayette St., New York
A New York mainstay, Bubby’s has two locations: Tribeca and High Line. We love going to the one in the Meatpacking District and making an afternoon of shopping, walking The High Line, and visiting the new Whitney. Whichever location you visit, be sure to order any one of the sourdough pancakes, including strawberry rhubarb and caramelized banana with toasted walnuts. Also, try one of four Bloody Marys and the Strawberry Basil Smash concocted with bourbon, liqueur, lemon, strawberry, basil, and ginger. Doesn’t that sound refreshing?
120 Hudson St., New York | 73 Gansevoort St., New York
Root & Bone
If you love Southern comfort food and appreciate conscientiously sourced, and farm-fresh ingredients, prepare yourself for Root & Bone. The rustic East Village restaurant serves dishes like waffle Benedict, shrimp and grits, and “bonuts,” which are a cross between biscuits and donuts served warm. Of course, wash it down with an artisanal Bloody Mary or a kombucha spritz with gin, Aperol, and lemon.
200 East 3rd Street, New York
We love when the French doors of this Mediterranean restaurant open up to an indoor-outdoor space. Here, try shakshuka, which are eggs poached in spicy tomato sauce; chicken shawarma; pork belly hash; and a brunch bowl prepared with spinach, feta, bulgar, poached egg, apricot, pomegranate vinaigrette, and almonds. Hundred Acres also serves some of our favorite Bloody Marys ever, like the Bacon Back Bloody made with vodka, bacon, pickle juice, and cornichon.
38 Macdougal St., New York
Situated in the East Village, Café Orlin is a neighborhood favorite for weekend brunch from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Middle Eastern restaurant uses organic eggs, milk, and yogurt to prepare plates like a feta and spinach omelet, challah French toast, and Tunisian eggs. PS: Post-brunch, walk over to one of our favorite stationery stores and off-day ritual, Pink Olive on Ninth (one street away).
41 St. Marks Place, New York,