May 11, 2016
Do you want to know what genius is? It’s the person who said, “You know what? Weekends are for sleeping in. There should be a meal that restaurants offer for people who don’t get out of bed on Saturdays and Sundays until 1pm. Those people work hard and deserve to enjoy breakfast and/or lunch when they get out of bed. Let’s call it brunch.” That guy or girl is the modern-day equivalent of Einstein. Facts.
Brunch has got to be the best meal that’s ever mealed. And in honor of being able to est steak & eggs or chicken & waffles and no one thinks it’s weird, we’ve come up with a list, you know, in case you were looking for the best brunch in NYC. We know you are.
Whether it’s for the fusion of two meals or the unlimited cocktails that are acceptable before 3pm, brunch is the place to be. And here’s the places in NYC that you should be.
This rooftop sits pretty on top of Stage 48 and offers delicious Mexican food with a modern flair. So you know what that means–tequila and sunshine! Ok, so it means more than that, but those are the most important things that means. Anyways, Cantina offers the best in ceviches, guacamoles, tostaditas and tacos in addition to signature house specials including Barbacoa de Cordero, a Maguey braised lamb shank, consommé with Guajillo sauce and comal corn tortillas, Pollo Campestre served with Grandma’s mole negro and green rice and Grilled Black Angus Arrachera Steak with roasted potatoes, Poblano peppers, and charred asparagus. We don’t know what half of this means, but we’re hungry.
When you dine in the Lower East Side, you’re automatically a cool kid. Congratulations. For $32, they offer a pre-fixe menu that allows you an two drinks (which also includes mimosas, bloody Marys and Bellinis) an appetizer and entree. The Dl serves us southern comfort food, so the menu boasts chicken & biscuits, shrimp & grits and freakin’ Cornflake-coated French toast, what?! Yasss!
Going to brunch at a place that’s known for their coffee game is smart. You’re smart. And important. And special. Too much? We don’t care–you should know. Randolph Beer has more then delicious coffee. They also offer food, specifically brunch too. For $37, you can get one brunch plate and a drink. The food includes Challah French toast, breakfast nachos and even pulled pork hash–not to worry, there’s so kale hash for you weird non-meat eaters. Totally not judging you. And that free drink? You have your choice of their famous brunch punch, beer, mimosa or bloody Mary.
Want to try something different? Go to brunch at a bar. For one, it won’t be packed because the bar crowd doesn’t do daytime, so…score! And for two, they keep brunch simple: salads, burgers, poutine (which is basically fries with cheese curds and gravy), or loaded waffle fries. The beer is really what you’re there for, as they offer all kinds of IPAs, lagers, ales and beyond. They also have cocktails, which every bar and brunch should, so it’s really a can’t lose situation.
We’ve already established there’s nothing better than brunch, but then there’s Mad River’s themed brunches. What? Yes! Every Sunday from 12-4, they host a themed brunch, where $25 gets you your brunch entree and 4 hours of unlimited bloody Marys, mimosas and screwdrivers. Now if that’s not a deal, we don’t know what is! The food is a selection of brunch staples like French toast, omelets and burgers, among a few other things. You’ll be too drunk to care about your meal, just trust that it’s all delicious.