Cheap Brunches in the East Village

Dine on a dime
March 16, 2017
by Zagat Staff

Here are some East Village brunch spots that offer the best bang for your buck. 

Spanish · East Village · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.4

“Impressive” Basque fare (including “inventive” tapas) and “creative” drinks make for an “exciting” meal at this “cool” East Village joint; the “helpful” staff “makes navigating the menu easy” , and while it “can get pricey” (gratuity is included), it’s a solid pick “with friends or a date.”
Root & Bone
Southern American · East Village · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.1

Fans “can’t get enough” of this “cute” East Villager’s “incredible fried chicken” and other “OMG” - “delicious” Southern comfort classics; “excellent” cocktails help fuel the “fun” , “cool” scene, though the “tiny” , “tight” space fills up fast, especially at brunch ( “a must” ).
Bar Primi
Italian · East Village · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

Fans swear the “undeniably fresh” pastas are “worth going off Paleo” for at Andrew Carmellini’s “lively” Bowery Italian; the “rustic” double-decker space hosts a “cool scene” but “without a pretentious crowd” , and “fair pricing” is another plus.
Cafe Mogador
Moroccan · East Village · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.8 · Service 3.9

“Everything is delicious” at these “popular” Moroccan “standbys” that are especially known for their “unbeatable” brunches; “tight seating” and “long waits” are part of the deal, but “gentle prices” help, and Williamsburg's “cute indoor garden” is especially “charming.”
Brindle Room
American · East Village · $$
Food 4.2 · Decor 3.4 · Service 3.8

It’s all about the “worth-a-trip” burger at this compact but “cozy” East Villager that also features a “small” menu of “inventive” , “always changing” American dishes; some complain about “sitting on high stools” , but at least the service and pricing are “accommodating.”
Westville East
American · East Village · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.3 · Service 3.8

Popular with “young 20s and 30s” , these “local hangouts” dish out “New Wave” American “diner food” with an emphasis on “heavenly” market-fresh veggies that make them a “vegetarian’s paradise” ; they’re often “crowded” with “elbow-to-elbow” seating, but “value” prices keep the appeal high.