Best Summer Brunch in NYC

April 17, 2017
by Zagat Staff

These breezy spots are summertime brunch favorites in NYC.

Buttermilk Channel
American · Carroll Gardens · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.4

“Still going strong” , this “sunny” Carroll Gardens “stalwart” supplies “killer” fried chicken and other “excellent” New American comfort food at the hands of a “gracious” crew; while often “busy” , it’s a “madhouse” at brunch when limited reservations make for “long waits.”
Maison Premiere
Oyster Bar · Williamsburg · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.3

It “really feels like the Big Easy” at this “gorgeous” Williamsburg hang offering “beautiful, plump” oysters and “serious” cocktails (including “creative” absinthe options) alongside other “delicious” seafood-focused dishes in “old New Orleans” digs; snagging a seat is “tough” , but a seasonal garden helps.
New American · Murray Hill · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.7 · Service 4.5

“Out of the way and hard to find” , this “serene” hideaway in a Murray Hill office park offers Tom Colicchio’s “sophisticated” New American food showcasing “divine” seasonal dishes sourced from its own herb garden; the “special-occasion” pricing is offset by “inexpensive parking” and a “spectacular” East River view.
Llama Inn
Peruvian · Williamsburg · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.1

“Big, bold” flavors come across in the “devilishly creative” Peruvian dishes at this Williamsburg hot spot where the mix of “inventive” pisco cocktails and an “in-the-know” crowd makes for a “great bar scene” ; the “cool” airy space has lots of counter seating (plus some tables), and there’s also a rooftop for drinks and snacks.
New American · East Village · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.2

“Talented” chef John Fraser puts forth “inspired” , “veggie-forward” New American cuisine at this “upscale” destination in the Standard East Village Hotel with serious “farm-to-table” cred (some produce is “grown Upstate” at the co-owner’s farm); its “lovely” , “sunny” interior and garden have a “relaxed” vibe, and the “fun crowd” adds “energy.”
Five Leaves
New American · Greenpoint · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.9 · Service 3.6

This all-day Greenpoint “staple” “remains a favorite” in “hipsterville” for “out-of-this-world” burgers, “incredible pancakes” and other “reliable” New American eats; despite often- “crowded” digs and occasional “attitude” , it’s pretty “perfect for brunch” – with the “long lines” to prove it.
The Water Club
Bar · Murray Hill · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.4

“Inspiring water views” from a barge docked on the East River off Murray Hill lend a “romantic” air to this “charming” destination, where a “pro” staff serves “dependably good” American fare (including a “terrific” Sunday brunch); sure, it's “geared toward tourists” and best enjoyed “when your rich uncle is in town” , but it's hard to top for “special-occasion” dining.
Edi & The Wolf
Austrian · East Village · $$$
Food 4.2 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.1

“Unique” is the word on this “funky” East Village Austrian offering “rich” , “authentic” fare paired with super suds and wines; the hipster “cozy-cottage” design seems straight out of a fractured fairy tale, while the “cute” garden is a quiet alternative to the “loud” goings-on inside.
Italian · Meatpacking District · $$$
Food 4.2 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.0

Like “summer on Capri” , this “hot hot hot” Meatpacking Italian from the Torrisi team “evokes an island off Italy” with its “breezy atmosphere” , “flavorful” seafood-focused menu and “sexy drinks” ; “enchanting” Murano chandeliers decorate the glass-walled setting, where “tight” seating and “loud” conditions carry over to the popular brunch.
Hudson Clearwater
New American · West Village · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

Set in a “quasi-hidden” West Village space, this “buzzy” New American “date spot” delivers “inventive” plates to a “trendy” clientele; a “lovely” back patio comes in handy when the “cozy” confines get “a little cramped” – and is another reason it’s a real “find.”
Sunday In Brooklyn
American · Williamsburg · $$$

Atera alum Jaime Young is one of the chef partners behind this three-story Williamsburg American, with a ground-level market for groceries, pastries, coffee and house-baked breads, as well as an earthy barroom and upstairs dining room – designed with white wooden beams and marble tables – leading to an outdoor garden. The third floor, with a fireplace and skylight, is for private events.
Vegetarian · Flatiron · $$

Jean-Georges Vongerichten goes vegan at his latest venture with ABC Carpet & Home, serving plates based on market veggies, noodles and grains, plus items like dosas and pancakes for breakfast. Banquettes made with handwoven Andean textiles lend warmth to the light-hued space, where there’s also a standing central bar for cold-pressed juices, tonics and kombucha, along with cocktails and biodynamic wines.