It’s the weekend after Thanksgiving, and let’s face it: you’re exhausted. Between stuffing that turkey and elbowing our way through Black Friday crowds, even the toaster is starting to sound overwhelming. (Pick a setting? Way too complicated.) Fortunately for us New Yorkers, however, this is a city where brunch reigns supreme. And that means a smattering of weekend hot spots where we can post up, kick back and let someone else do all the cooking.
Black Tree Brooklyn
The recently opened Williamsburg haunt infuses turkey into signature dishes from their standout brunch menu. Ramen (served specially with turkey stock, turkey leg, turkey breast, cranberries and a hard-boiled egg) will be served, as well as a festive spin on the everything sandwich (shown above featuring smoked turkey breast, stuffing, cranberry jam, turkey rillettes and spicy aioli.)
Marcus Samuelsson's Uptown shrine to rotisserie chicken recently launched all-day brunch service on weekends. Opt for the Frenchie toast (shown above), a sweetly-savory mix of cornbread, fruit compote and bourbon maple syrup. The OG Classico cheddar omelette, prepared exactly as it sounds and served with salad, is another perfect comfort on the lazy, post-holiday weekend.
10:30 AM–10 PM on Saturday and Sunday
2149 Frederick Douglass Blvd.; 212-206-2557
The one-year-old Flatiron restaurant is putting leftovers to use with the ultimate post-Thanksgiving sandwich: white meat turkey, cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy mayo, white cheddar cheese and two slices of Applewood smoked bacon between thick-cut slices of griddled brioche. But if it's turkey-less brunch you're after, chef Jesse Schenker's standby brunch is still there to delight. (Schenker, a Zagat 30 Under 30 alum, was recently named a James Beard semi-finalist.)
11:30 AM–3 PM on Saturday and Sunday
15 W 18 St.; 212-229-9500
Known for Italian fare and its pulsing, after-hours vibe, this West Village hot spot is proving they're as good with eggs as they are with bucatini. Those continuing the holiday calorie binge can opt for either biscuits and gravy, poached eggs in mushroom gravy with housemade polenta or poached uova in purgatorio smothered in rich, spicy tomato sauce (shown above). Their beloved pasta menu is also available.
The Tribeca favorite keeps comfort coming with a special, post-Thanksgiving brunch dish: chili lobster with scrambled eggs. Options from their regular menu will also be served including lamb merguez with yolky grits and prosciutto-dressed eggs Benedict with preserved lemon hollandaise.
11 AM–2:30 PM on Sunday
134 Reade St.; 212-941-9401
The hyper-seasonal hotspot in Bushwick debuts a new concept: Sunday brunch and supper. So whether it's 10 AM or 10 PM, you can opt for options from either menu — no judgment allowed. That means Dutch babies for dinner (the love child between pancake and popover), and ricotta cavatelli with wild mushrooms and leeks for dinner.
10 AM–10 PM on Sunday
436 Jefferson St.; 718-381-8201