Best Brunch in Manhattan, NYC
Here's a look at a few of the best trendy bottomless brunch options in Manhattan, New York.
Cafe Champignon - Chelsea
Founded by Jessie and Phillip Billan, Champignon is a cozy and charming bistro in the true French tradition.
The atmosphere is lively, the service on-point and the menu draw upon a myriad of culinary influences, all of them being absolutely delicious.
While the kitchen remains true to French sensibilities, the Billan's signature dishes encompass the best of Italian and Spanish cooking as well as Parisian cafe favorites.
You could say that Champignon is a little bit of Paris transported to the booming and diverse Chelsea neighborhood.
The Billan brothers' philosophy is as simple as it is unpretentious. " Focus on everything. Be thoughtful in what you do and never stop doing whatever it takes to satisfy the wishes of your customers."
Champignon began life as a small but intriguing specialty food and catering shop.
The neighborhood quickly fell in love with what Jessie and Phillip had to offer. Soon, due to public demand, the store evolved into a sit-down bistro; a place where you can enjoy a leisurely meal or snack and no one will rush you out the door.
Now, we all know that you can't really have an authentic French cafe without the requisite sidewalk cafe.
Champignon more than lives up to expectations with a totally cute outdoor space that is just made for people watching.
But, even if you choose to dine inside, you won't miss out on anything since the staff throws open the cafe's voluminous picture windows whenever the weather permits.
The ambiance here captures the convivial, relaxing spirit of what brunch is all about.
Their Bottomless Brunch offer has two delightful options, each good for a full sixty minutes of carefree imbibing.
With the purchase of any brunch entree, $15 entitles you to downing glass after glass of Mimosas or Bellinis.
A mere $20 gives you unlimited beer, wine or sangria!
But, please, if you are driving, always remember to drink responsibly or, better yet, ask one of your family members or friends to be the designated driver!
In addition to the aforementioned libations, the bar offers a stellar selection of a la carte cocktails including the Chelsea Fresca, which blends strawberry vodka and Rose' with elderflower and lemon juice.
Champignon's signature Bloody Mary comes with a garnish of bacon and a chile salt and lime rim for a little extra flavor and kick.
There is so much good stuff on the brunch menu, you won't know just what to order first. So, make Champignon your new regular brunch spot and you will eventually get around to trying everything.
One of the must-haves here is the Truffle Eggs, a dish that consists of scrambled eggs whipped with truffle oil and Parisian ham. It's served with fresh fruit and an English Muffin.
You will also adore the Crab Cake Benedict and the Chelsea Frittata. This Frittata has a bit of a Mexican twist to it with ingredients like Chorizo, Guacamole together with Jack cheese sauteed onions, peppers and tomatoes. The spice factor is offset by a side of cool mixed greens.
The kitchen's Croque Madame is one for the ages. Baked to a golden brown, this traditional bistro sandwich is filled with imported French ham and Swiss Cheese and is topped with two sunny-side-up eggs.
Whenever you're next in Chelsea, be sure to stop by Champignon and indulge in the culinary pleasures that await you, from a special group of people who simply love what they do.
Location and Hours
200 7th Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10011
Monday to Sunday 8 AM to 1 AM
Arte Cafe - Chelsea
A Brunch fixture on the Upper West Side for many years, Arte Cafe recently opened a second location in the heart of Chelsea.
Now, Chelsea residents are seeing and tasting what the uptown crowd has enjoyed when it's time to do brunch, lunch or dinner just right.
While both locations do have similar menus and share a commitment to impeccable service, the ambiance is a whole other story. Each restaurant has its' very own, enticing personality.
Exposed brick walls, ornate black chandeliers and iconic zebra wallpaper by Scalamandre provide for an intriguing mix of design styles and motifs.
There are also a pair of very inviting private event spaces, the Middle Room and the Back Room that are the perfect backdrop for any type of celebration or gathering that you have in mind.
And, you will not feel hemmed in at all, when you dine at Arte Cafe Chelsea.
The nicely-sized main dining area has more than enough space between tables so you won't feel as though you are inadvertently eavesdropping on your neighbor's conversations, or they, yours.
Every Saturday and Sunday, from 11 AM until 4 PM, you can indulge in a delicious entree from their brunch menu plus a large carafe of Mimosa, Bellini or Sangria for only $29.
If you like, why not up to the enjoyment ante and order a bottle of premium champagne for just $22. Works for me!
The Fresh Starts section of the menu includes fried zucchini with a spicy tomato sauce for dipping and a tropical fruit salad that is served very photogenically inside a halved pineapple.
From the Griddle, favorites range from Golden Malted Belgian Waffles that are topped with home-made whipped cream and mixed berries to vanilla Brioche French Toast.
Most regulars swear by the Brunch Parisian Panini which is stuffed with French ham, Brie cheese and slices of green apples.
The Eggs and Beyond portion of the menu includes a vibrant Frittata Primavera with market veggies, a Mushroom Frittata that contains caramelized shallots and bacon, a Spinach and Goat Cheese omelet and an outrageous Avocado Benedict, with roasted peppers, cilantro and a lime Hollandaise sauce.
The folks here at Arte cafe have certainly, over the years, learned the art of just how to make people happy. Come join the fun!
Location and Hours
191 Seventh Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10011
Monday to Thursday 12 PM to 11 PM
Friday 12 PM to 12 AM
Saturday 11 AM to 12 AM
Sunday 11 AM to 11 PM
Obica Mozzarella Bar - Flatiron
At this sleek and sexy Italian restaurant, the entire menu is centered around one of the most popular cheeses in the world; Mozzarella.
The vibe and decor here are thoroughly contemporary and hip. When you ask your friends to join you for after-work dinner and drinks or brunch at Obica, they will be quite impressed by the minute that they walk through the door.
Founded by Italian entrepreneur Silvio Ursini and San Fransisco-born chef Alessandro Borghese, the philosophy of Obica can be summed up in the concept "food to share". Obica is all about the communal experience of enjoying food with those who are near and dear to your heart.
Forged in relatively humble surroundings as a small artisan Mozzarella and wine bar, the Obica brand has, over the past few years, gone global. Everyone wants a piece of the Mozzarella pie, as it were.
In addition to their Mozzarella Bars throughout Italy, Obica can now be found in cities like London, Tokyo and in the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Century City and Santa Monica.
Chef Borghese brings the creative and freewheeling spirit of California, along with a passion for fresh vegetables and herbs, to the kitchen at Obica Flatiron.
Combine the chef's West Coast roots with a consummate Italian approach to cooking and you've got something special to look forward to.
Buffalo Mozzarella is used in so many mouth-watering ways, in dishes throughout the menu, from Brunch entrees, salads and antipasto to artisan pizza and pasta.
As you might expect, they take their Mozzarella very seriously here at Obica.
The kitchen makes three types of this flavorful cheese every day; Delicato, which is slightly sweet and has a gentle, pillow-soft consistency; Intense, which is more firm and robust in flavor as well as smoked mozzarella, which has a taste all its' own and goes well with pasta dishes.
Obica offers a couple of Boozy brunch specials that are sure to appeal to you.
The $20 option gets you two splendid hours of infinite Mimosas or draft beer.
Alternatively, you can opt in for the $13 endless Mimosa deal. That one is two hours, as well.
Whether you are doing brunch, lunch or dinner at Obica, feel free to choose a cocktail from their seasonal list.
On a hot Summer day, there is nothing that will cool you down more than The Bosco which blends Prosecco, everybody's favorite elixir, with strawberry, raspberry and blackberry puree'.
Served in a tall glass, The Conte mixes Wild Turkey Whiskey with pineapple puree', citrus mix and honey syrup.
Just slightly out-of-the-box, The Viola is a cocktail that highlights green apple juice and red beet puree alongside Riazul Tequila and pure cane syrup.
Almost every dish on the brunch menu is vegetable-driven. And, that's a good thing.
Asparagus is the star of the show for the Unova e Asparagi, a dish that is composed of soft scrambled eggs infused with Parmesan cheese.
Chef Borghese's breakfast pizza is topped with asparagus, eggs, Parmigiano and Buffalo Mozzarella.
Casserole dishes have been a staple of a typical Italian breakfast for centuries.
The chef's Unova al Forno dish is one of the best dishes of this kind that you can get. It features two eggs baked in tomato sauce together with polenta and Porcini mushrooms. How great is that?
You'll really pack those greens in when you order Obica's signature omelet which consists of sun-dried tomatoes, mixed salad greens, sauteed spinach and creamy Buffalo mozzarella.
The Mozzarella Carrozza is a breakfast sandwich that puts all others to shame. This light but filling sandwich consists of fried mozzarella, Mache salad and Datterini tomatoes.
FYI, Mache is a European salad that has a very pleasant taste, sometimes described as slightly sweet with a nutty earthiness. This type of salad green was first cultivated in France and is making somewhat of a culinary comeback.
Datterini Tomatoes, by the way, are quite small, have a date-like elongated shape and are used in everything from making pizza and pasta sauce to additives in a salad.
These are ingredients that you don't see every day in your average NYC restaurant. So, go ahead, make a reservation and satisfy the foodie inside you.
Location and Hours
New York, N.Y. 10010
Sunday to Thursday 12 PM to 10 PM
Friday and Saturday 12 PM to 11 PM
The Ragtrader - Midtown West
This intriguing blend of a restaurant and Roaring Twenties speakeasy just so happens to have one of the best brunches in town.
Located in the Garment District, a quintessential New York neighborhood, The Ragtrader is housed inside of an old garment factory.
It is establishments like this that are helping to revitalize the surrounding area, giving local office workers and those who ply their trade in the fashion industry, a convenient spot where they can go to kick back and relax.
The menu, decor and cocktail list here hearkens back to a time when things were created by hand and craftsmanship mattered.
You will definitely be entertained by the overall design of the place, which totally pushes the decor envelope, but in a very good way.
The first floor is taken up by a rather large bar and lounge area, with the main dining room situated towards the back.
But, the real show can be found downstairs, when you enter the carefree and seductive environs of Bo Peep, a speakeasy that blends unmitigated glamour with industrial touches left over from days gone by.
One thing's for sure; at the Ragtrader it's very cool to live in the past, if only for a few hours, anyway.
Bo Peep pays homage to the intimate tailor's fitting room and work stations that once occupied these premises. Everything old is, indeed, new again.
Plush banquette seating, colorful lampshades and a bar made from a tailor's work table all come together to create an unforgettable atmosphere.
You can enjoy live music, six days a week, featuring the stylings of pianist extraordinaire Ship Brevis together with a stellar line-up of guest vocalists.
Make plans to spend the lions share of your weekend at The Ragtrader.
After you do brunch, go home and take a power nap or run a few errands. Then come back for dinner, drinks and a burlesque show!
Presented by Just Tease me, this is a burlesque show to end them all. You will have the time of your life. The fun goes from 9 PM to 3 AM.
In between performances, a D.J. spins everything from funk, soul and electronic music to mash-ups. Get ready to PARTY!
No, the guys and gals at the Ragtrader didn't invent the Boozy Brunch, but they most certainly have placed an exclamation point on it.
With some of the best bartenders in the business working here, nothing is lacking when it comes to your drinking pleasure.
There is a trio of delicious bottomless booze options available for only $25.
You may order an endless punch bowl for the table. Choose between mezcal pineapple, Pisco punch or Rose' sangria.
The second option allows you to build your own mimosa bar. The flavors include cucumber, apricot, pom tequila or Rosemary grapefruit.
Last, but far from least, is the bottomless brunch faves option, which includes your choice of Bloody Marys or Screwdrivers.
Of course, when you are going bottomless during brunch, you need to have a substantial meal to accompany all of that liquid refreshment.
Start things off with some "Toast for the Table". These artisan bread range from fruit and nut, whole wheat, Challah and country white. Each selection is served with clotted cream and house-made jam.
After you've whetted your appetite, it's off to the entrees. Indulge your senses with French Toast that is topped with maple apple slices and a dollop of Mascarpone cheese or heavenly Ricotta pancakes that are accompanied by bananas, blueberries and salted maple butter.
One of the kitchen's most popular items is the English Breakfast. And, when you see the mound of food that is placed before you, you'll wonder if you can even finish it!
Two eggs, any style, are surrounded, (and we mean that literally), by bacon, breakfast sausage, herb-roasted tomatoes, button mushrooms, hash browns and toast.
The menu also has a few tempting non-traditional brunch dishes on offer such as the Lamb Porchetta sandwich with arugula and salsa verde on a warm pretzel bun.
There's also a divine and healthy Black Rice Bowl that is filled with charred kale, delicata squash, poached eggs and pickled chilis.
Location and Hours
70 West 36th Street
New York, N.Y. 10018
Sunday to Thursday 11 AM to 2 AM
Friday and Saturday 11 AM to 3 AM
Dutch Fred's - Hell's Kitchen
This colorful restaurant is a perfect place in which to do brunch prior to taking in a Saturday matinee show on Broadway.
They've got a wonderful cocktail list, and all the beer and wine you could want. Just make sure not to get a little too tipsy. You'll want to have all of your senses about you so that you can fully enjoy that musical you've been waiting six months to see.
The restaurant pays homage to its' namesake, a veteran Prohibition-era police officer, Dutch Fred, whose beat was the less than welcoming, a danger-filled neighborhood between Times Square and the West Side docks.
Legend has it that, while on patrol, Fred and his rookie partner came upon a riot taking place over on tenth avenue and 39th street.
The rookie turned to Dutch and nervously exclaimed," This place is hell itself." To which the veteran cop replied " Hell's pretty mild compared to what goes on here night and day. This is hell's kitchen !"
And, thus a neighborhood and, some would say, a brand, was born.
Today, Hell's Kitchen is known for being home to trend-setting bars and restaurants. Young chefs and innovative mixologists rule the area where gangsters and their molls once reigned supreme.
Dutch Fred's meshes together with the edgy, more than the slightly shady character of Hell's Kitchen's past with a vibe that is comfortably contemporary.
Old-time bar stools, tile flooring,wood-paneled walls and a tin ceiling set the scene for a bit of nostalgia, an escape from the maddening pace of 2019 New York.
However, your brunch options are fresh and vibrant, utilizing local ingredients and the latest in culinary styles.
Want to go bottomless with your brunch? Then dive right in with Dutch Fred's very special $25, ninety-minute Brunch Drinks offers.
Good with the purchase of an entree, this special entitles you to endlessly imbibe your choice of Mimosa, Bloody Mary or Dutch's Punch.
Now, there's nothing wrong with having a few glasses of Mimosas or Bloody Marys (if your tummy can handle the spice).
But, for something that totally rocks and a drink that you can't get anywhere else, why not try the house punch? It's a potent and flavorful blend of Tito's Vodka, St. Germain, a strawberry cordial, rose water, lemon juice, Cardamom, Burlesque bitters and Prosecco.
And the surprises don't stop there. The Houdini-like bartenders have one amazing trick after another up their sleeves including the Porn Star Martini, which is made with Amsterdam Vodka, passion fruit, vanilla syrup and a splash of Prosecco.
The Wakey, Wakey Eggs and Bakey concoction blends bacon-infused Redemption bourbon with lemon juice, egg whites, maple syrup and a slice of bacon. That is really something to look forward to after a long work-week!
The brunch menu itself features a fabulous and juicy Broadway Burger. A large patty of house ground chuck and brisket is topped with roasted red peppers, bacon, cheddar cheese, a sunny-up egg and Dutch's secret sauce. That'll get your weekend going, in a hurry!
You can find waffles and fried chicken on just about every brunch menu in town. But, what sets apart Dutch Fred's version of this dish is a couple of things. The juicy, tender chicken is brined in buttermilk, which makes for an outrageous taste and it's served with a succulent gravy.
One of their signature dishes is the Avocado Smash. Accompanied by a mound of comforting " just like Mom used to make" home fries, this mash-up of flavors includes a fresh as can be avocado, a shaved radish, poached eggs and grilled sourdough bread.
On the sweet, as can besides, there's a delightful Tres Leches French Toast with agave nectar and buttermilk skillet baked pancake drizzled with lime juice. It comes with Marmalade and whipped cinnamon butter.
Location and Hours
307 West 47th Street
New York, N.Y. 10036
Monday 4 PM to 4 AM
Tuesday to Sunday 11 AM to 4 AM
La Pecora Bianca - NoMad
Once upon a time, this neighborhood, which borders the Flatiron District, was known for its' collection of wholesale stores centered along Broadway.
Over the past few years, though, things have been trending upward with the development of luxury condo buildings and an interesting array of boutique hotels, bars and restaurants.
At one time, a hidden gem, nestled among the city's more celebrated neighborhoods, NoMad is now being discovered by tourists and visiting business executives.
Weekend brunch is a huge magnet that is helping to attract crowds here from all parts of Manhattan.
La Pecora Bianca, which, in Italian means "the white sheep", offers a delicious brunch that has won over local residents, who have so many options to choose from.
When the neighborhood adopts a brunch place, with lines forming out the door, then you know that it is well worth your time and money.
Holding an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's renowned Wharton School of Business, owner Mark Barak had a highly successful 12-year run in the corporate sector, prior to opening La Pecora Bianca in August of 2015.
For a time, mark's corporate duties took him to Europe, where he lived in both England and Italy. It was here that Mark fell in love with Northern Italian cuisine and the centuries-old traditions that it is based on.
Upon returning to NYC, Mark did a career-180 and embarked on a culinary journey that shows no signs of slowing down.
Executive chef Cruz Goler collaborates with Mark on designing the brunch, lunch and dinner menus at La Pecora Bianca, which change seasonally and focus on dishes inspired from the Lombardy region of Italy.
The bottomless brunch deal here is one hour of Bloody Marys or Bellinis for only $18.
When you indulge, please be sure to sip slowly and enjoy the fresh ingredients and top-shelf liquor that your cocktails are prepared with. The bar doesn't use pre-packaged mixers from restaurant and bar supply companies.
The artisan craftsmanship that the kitchen takes great pride in, extends itself to the bar.
If you just want to order cocktails by the glass, well, that's fine, too. The drink list includes a totally refreshing Aperol Spritz, the always-in-demand Mimosa and a standout Margarita that's made with tequila, limoncello and Fresno chilis.
One of the bar's most intriguing creations is the Basito, a blend of rum, ginger and basil. It's a different kind of taste to be sure, but a winning one, as well.
The brunch menu is varied with a delectable dish to suit just about every taste.
Roasted peppers really elevate chef Goler's spicy baked eggs and the egg white omelet is far from the rather plain offering that can be found on most brunch menus.
These fluffy, organic local eggs are enveloped with Swiss chard, rather than the usual spinach, goat cheese and, for good measure, some Romesco sauce.
One of the specialties of the house is Cotto Toast whose ingredients are melted fontina, chives and Prosciutto Cotto.
The brunch pasta is Gramigna, a curly-shaped pasta that comes with house-made sausage, broccolini and a touch of garlic.
Location and Hours
New York, N.Y. 10010
Monday to Friday 8 AM to 11 PM
Saturday 9 AM to 11 PM
Sunday 9 AM to 10 PM