Moving is hard work. Moving to New York City, while exciting, can also be intimidating but we can help you get acquainted. In this post, we’ll share several brunch spots—though there are many amazing ones—that will make you realize why this mid day meal is such a big deal here. Here are five eateries you can hit your first few weekends as a New Yorker:
This East Village brunch institution always has a line to get into on the weekends and once you eat at this here you’ll know why. You can get your basics, like eggs benedict or more Middle Eastern takes on the meal, like a Moroccan benedict. They have a Brooklyn branch too if you’re looking for a change of scenery.
This Harlem restaurant’s food is for the hungry. Here’s where you can get your shrimp and grits fix or opt for some fried chicken and gravy and some mashed up potatoes. We’re sleepy just thinking about the post-food coma.
There’s something about how a chef can pile prosciutto, truffle oil, ricotta cheese, eggs and hollandaise sauce on an English muffin and still manage to make the meal feel light, a poem in the mouth. The food at Aurora is fantastic, there’s hardly a wait and you can sit outside in the summer. In the colder months, they enclose the patio area so you can still enjoy the sun and sky.
Russ & Daughters Cafe Uptown
If you love the original Orchard Street menu, you’ll love this outpost of Russ & Daughters, a New York original. Here, you want to opt for dishes made with smoked salmon and sturgeon and sweet meals like Babka French toast or Challah bread pudding.
Jack’s Wife Freda
Rosewater waffles? Yes, please. Eggs in green Shakshuka? Sign me up. That’s the kind of interesting takes you’ll get at this SOHO spot. The husband and wife team behind this uber cute spot enhance dishes you already know and love with new flavors.
We can’t stop thinking about the Chilaquiles Verdes con Pollo at Café Habana. Then again, come to think of it, pretty much anything we’ve had at this Cuban gem is thought worthy. You can’t go wrong with brunch at this place and it’s likely the only meal you won’t have to stand in line for here.