The Best Brunch Restaurants in New York

The OpenTable Team

The New York love affair with brunch is over a hundred years old and shows no signs of waning. A term coined in the 1890s as a Sunday morning recovery meal for Saturday revelers, brunch is the ideal fuel in the city that never sleeps. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the best brunch spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. You’ll find everything from neighborhood gems to classic New York bagel spots, airy bistros to cozy Italian—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. Impress your friends and family and score a table; we wish we could join you.

Restaurants:Sadelle’s, Balthazar, VILLARD
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American, French, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:SoHo, Midtown East
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Sadelle’s

$$$$·American·
SoHo
1,265 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Fun
The Wall Street Journal said that Sadelle’s have made breakfast the new dinner. Considering that around 800 hungry customers walk through Sadelle’s in SoHo each morning, that’s no Read more
97% recommended
American in Manhattan
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Balthazar

$$$$·French·
SoHo
7,785 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
A red canopy with gold writing announces the elegant presence of Balthazar on Spring Street. Primarily a French brasserie, besides the fine dining in the evening the restaurant hasRead more
92% recommended
Most Booked in New York / Tri-State Area
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VILLARD

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Midtown East
231 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Cozy
Set in the exclusive Lotte New York Palace Hotel, Villard Restaurant boasts the city’s “definitive breakfast room,” and the best brunch NYC has to offer. Numerous reviews back thisRead more
92% recommended
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Lafayette

$$$$·French·
NoHo
2,735 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for a Date
Lafayette is a celebration of French cookery in downtown Manhattan. The interior is a “cinematic landscape rooted in traditional brasserie style,” with bright colors meeting mahogaRead more
87% recommended

Cookshop

$$$$·American·
Chelsea
5,747 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual
Named after the 19th-century private homes where cooks served simple yet delicious food, Cookshop prides themselves on using seasonal produce to create a range of tempting menus. YRead more
94% recommended
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Casa Enrique

$$$$·Mexican·
Long Island City
882 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
One of the top restaurants in Long Island, Casa Enrique delivers tasty Mexican food to locals and tourists day in, day out. So booking is essential! Lunch and brunch meet on the saRead more
92% recommended
Mexican in New York / Tri-State Area
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Upland

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,580 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
Attempting to combine rusticity with seasonal eating and international cuisine, Upland is a smart and sophisticated fixture in the New York dining scene. Wood and leather abound inRead more
85% recommended
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Lincoln Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Upper West Side
5,557 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Enjoy Italian cuisine served in style at this modern and sleek restaurant at New York’s Lincoln Center. The restaurant works with local farmers and suppliers to get the best ingredRead more
92% recommended

Sant Ambroeus - Madison Avenue

$$$$·Italian·
Upper East Side
630 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
  • People Watching
A mixture of Milanese tradition and New York elegance creates a welcoming atmosphere at Sant Amboeus’ Madison Avenue restaurant. Famous for risotto and stunning Italian wines, SantRead more
96% recommended
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Bar Boulud

$$$$·French·
Upper West Side
7,797 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
Owned by one of the most revered French chefs in New York, Daniel Boulud, Bar Boulud prides itself on making sure each guest knows that they are welcome and important. With a rangeRead more
94% recommended
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Temple Court

$$$$·American·
Financial District
972 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
If you like entertainment while you brunch, Temple Court in the Beekman Hotel is the place for you. Chef Carlos runs a seasonal brunch menu with live music from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. BRead more
93% recommended
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Nix

$$$$·Vegetarian·
Greenwich Village
1,958 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Vegan
  • Creative Cuisine
Chef John Fraser and James Truman have created a celebration of vegan and vegetarian eating. Trying to move away from the idea that getting rid of meat is a sacrifice, they use seaRead more
90% recommended
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La Pecora Bianca - Midtown

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown East
985 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
Bright and open, this welcoming restaurant on New York’s Second Avenue is recognizable by the cute sheep logo adorning the window. The brunch menu is extensive and ranges from cockRead more
97% recommended

AQUAGRILL

$$$$·Seafood·
SoHo
2,122 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
There are so many places to dine in SoHo but if you love seafood, it should come as no surprise that with a name like Aquagrill, this is the place to be. Billed as NYC’s Best OysteRead more
93% recommended
Seafood in Manhattan

Park Avenue Winter

$$$$·American·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,899 reviews
  • Seasonal
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Now known as Park Avenue Autumn/Winter/Summer/Spring, this most recent addition to the Park Avenue restaurant family focuses on reinterpretations of classic favorite dishes. The brRead more
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The Dutch

$$$$·American·
SoHo
2,723 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Proud to run an unpretentious American joint serving nice food and drink, the experienced team at the Dutch aim to provide a menu that makes them and their customers happy. Get a cRead more
85% recommended

Cantina Rooftop

$$$$·Mexican·
Midtown West
779 reviews
  • Fun
  • Late-night Find
  • Good for Birthdays
If you fancy a rooftop brunch, NYC is the city that delivers. Add in fantastic Mexican flavors and a retractable glass roof to deal with the weather, and you've found Cantina RooftRead more

Locanda Verde

$$$$·Italian·
TriBeCa - Downtown
2,264 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot
  • Neighborhood Gem
An Italian restaurant that’s much in demand at the moment, it’s worth booking while you can. Time Out says that diners are clamoring for a table due to “seductive food” served amonRead more
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ABC Kitchen

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Gramercy / Flatiron
6,797 reviews
The restaurant for ABC Carpet & Home is a popular destination for hungry shoppers and savvy diners alike. There's a beautiful dining room crafted from salvaged and repurposed materRead more
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