As winter begins its creeping descent on New York City, weekends becoming increasingly spent indoors. Trips to the movie theater look more appealing than ever, as do adventures into the high-brown warmth of the MoMA and the Met. But for those interested in something a bit more socially engaged, there’s nothing quite like a weekend brunch. These six restaurants are the perfect place to while away the mid-morning on a chilly weekend day, with good food and strong drinks. As for good company–that’s in your corner.
Jack’s Wife Freda
If you follow SIXTY on Instagram, you’ll know that Jack’s Wife Freda makes more than a few cameos. The SoHo hot spot is jam-packed year-round, with lines of tourists and locals patiently waiting for their Mediterranean-inspired fare. The menu is full of morning classics with twists. Think rosewater waffles and green shakshuka.
224 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012
Sadelle’s feels like every New York City deli trope crammed into one brick-walled room and injected with steroids. And we mean that as the highest possible compliment. Bagels hang from wooden sticks wedged into the wall, pastries crowd the marble counter, heaps of pink salmon crowd chilled shelves. It’s all eye candy, no matter which way you slice it.
463 W Broadway, New York, NY 10012
Estela lands on nearly every “best of” list SIXTY has–and for good reason. Chef Ignacio Mattos’ Houston restaurant knocks it out of the park, each and every time. While we would never suggest skipping dinner at Estela, it’s certainly worth coming earlier in the day for brunch. But don’t expect your regular scrambled egg and house fries. Here, Mattos serves up everything from English muffins with smoked whitefish and trout roe, to lamb ribs with charmoula and honey. Come famished. Order everything.
47 E Houston St, New York, NY 10012
Joseph Leonard is charming every hour of the day, and at every season, but this cozy West Village restaurant really shines in winter. It’s the optimal spot to snuggle up with a date and dig into something delicious. The breakfast menu brings its “rustic American” flavors to the morning meal. Cheddar, grits, sausage. Sign us up.
170 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014
There are few places as reliable as Cafe Mogador, and it’s got the track record to prove it: the Middle Eastern restaurant, with locations in the East Village and Williamsburg, has maintained its presence in the city for thirty-some-odd years. New customers become swift devotees. Long waits are standard. Brunch plays by the same rules as the rest of the menu–generous portions at pretty good prices.
101 Saint Marks Pl # 1, New York, NY 10009
Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten added another addition to his abc food empire when he opened abcV early this year. The “V” here is all about vegetables, and vegetables it does well. Very well. As it happens, abcV also does other things well. The brunch menu is robust, to say the least, with bowls, dosa, pancakes, grains, and, of course, the aforementioned vegetables.
38 E 19th St, New York, NY 10003