Brunch

Meme's Diner

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Overview

Cozy diner serving comfort food elevated with modern ingredients & preparations plus cocktails. Excellent weekend brunch

Information:

Address: 657 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Phone:  (718) 636-2900

Neighborhood: Prospect Heights

Price: $$


 

Cervo's

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Overview:

Coastal Spain & Portugal inspire the ever changing menu at this casual oyster bar & seafood specialist. Check out weekend brunch, especially the fantastic Fisherman’s breakfast of sardines, lox, pickles & toast.

Information:

Address: 43 Canal St, New York, NY 10002

Phone:  (212) 226-2545

Neighborhood: Chinatown

Price: $$-$$$


 

Scampi

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Overview:

Scampi is new Flatiron locale that perfectly marries a chic, grand space with a homey vibe. The dining room has a mix of banquette and communal seating while the front of the restaurant features a large bar with dramatic oak arches and additional cocktail seating. Chef PJ Calapa emphasizes Southern Italian food in a menu of seafood and house made pastas. The style of the dishes can best be described as rustic elegance. From the crudo section, two excellent options are the razor clams with fennel, chive and prosciutto or sardines with raisins, anchovy and pinenuts. The rest of the menu is divided into vegetables, grilled, and pasta options in which the namesake dish arrives with malfadini pasta, shrimp, parsley butter and lemon. Great for a datenight spot, business dinner, or an evening with the parents. 

Information:

Address30 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

Phone:  (212) 888-2171

Neighborhood: Flatiron

Price: $$$


 

Bubby's

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Overview:

Bubby's is a fantastic diner-style concept that started in 1990 as a pie company. They have since expanded to 2 Manhattan locations and several in Japan while remaining a Tribeca institution. The vibe is casual and comfortable with big wooden tables and huge windows. They serve food all day and the space is consistently packed for all meal periods. The food is slightly more sophisticated than your average diner plates but they do all the simple classics extremely well. Their scratch made American menu includes favorites like crispy chicken biscuits, huge market salads, and breakfast all day like fluffy stacked blueberry pancakes, eggs benedict & huevos rancheros. This is comfort food at its finest in a warm space that feels like home. 

Information:

Address120 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013

73 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014

Phone  (212) 219-0666

Neighborhood: Tribeca & Meatpacking District

Price: $$-$$$


 

Nobody is Perfect

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Overview:

Nobody's Perfect is the 3rd restaurant from the team behind 2 other neighborhood spots, Pardon My French and Chou Chou. This is a tough location, as it is the 5th restaurant in this space in 10 years. The current owners have done a magnificent job decorating the sprawling space and making it feel inviting in spite of its large size. The design is industrial chic with tons of decorative tile, hard wood and exposed brick. The menu is mainly Italian with signature dishes like whole roasted chicken and carbonara which arrives in a hollowed-out wheel of pecorino. Starters like calamari, meatballs and burrata are all under $14. They also serve a list of pizzas that come from their central wood fired oven. Bottomless brunch is served on weekends for $30 but be forewarned it's cash only. 

Information:

Address:  235 E 4th St, New York, NY 10009

Phone: (646) 869-1469

Neighborhood: East Village

Price: $$-$$$


 

33 Greenwich  

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Overview:

33 Greenwich joined the restaurant-filled area of the West Village in the Spring of 2017. The roomy space is clad in black-and-silver wallpaper and artwork everywhere you look. Inside the 90 seat venue are multiple distinct rooms including a bar and large patio area for outdoor dining. The southern-leaning menu has tons of options to fill you up and cure those comfort food cravings. I'm talking stick to your ribs fried chicken for two, gouda grits, a meatloaf burger, and a muffaletta board. Portions are large and although I wouldn't go here when I was on a diet, that shouldn't stop anyone. Very tasty neighborhood spot. 

Information:

Address: 33 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10014

Phone:  (646) 609-3615

Neighborhood: West Village

Price: $$$


 

The Sosta  

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Overview:

The Sosta is the newest concept from the Esquared Hospitality group. The restaurant falls into a category that seems to be sweeping NYC dining – fine-casual. You order from the counter, but what you are presented with is carafes of rosé and elevated grab-n-go (or stay) food. The space is designed by the mind of Samantha Wasser who is behind By Chloe as well. She has created a fun & modern atmosphere, complete with a giant pink “mangiamo, baby!” neon sign. The menu is primarily Italian offering massive chef-crafted salads, an over flowing charcuterie board, and fresh-baked focaccia sandwiches. There is a list of 5 freshly made pastas & sauces all under $14 for a substantial portion. You would be hard pressed to find higher quality food at this low price point. 

 

Information:

Address:  186 Mott St, New York, NY 10012

Neighborhood: Nolita

Price: $$


 

Nickel & Diner  


Overview:

Nickel & Diner is not your momma's diner. Opened in 2016 by a young couple from Hong Kong, the restaurant is a modern, upscale version of the traditional diner concept. The space is like a lifestyle Instagram dream with modern, sharp design elements everywhere. Patrons may grab a drink from their to-go coffee stand or sit at one of the many counter seats and booths. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with the menu changing slightly throughout the day. Breakfast ranges from classics like eggs benedict to more adventurous offerings like a kale cashew bowl with  sweet potato, avocado, asparagus, green beans & farro. Dinner is more upscale with items like steak tartare, crab fettuccine, and roasted branzino. The burger with griddled onions & American cheese is worth the trip alone. Full bar coming soon. 

Information:

Address1 Howard St, New York, NY 10013

Phone: (646) 870-6100

Neighborhood: Chinatown

Price: $$ -$$$


 

Hanoi House

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Overview

Adding to what is easily one of NYC's greatest food blocks is the fantastic Hanoi House. Opened in late 2016, the space fits in perfectly on St Mark's. The design is casual and laid back with an open kitchen. The vibe is bustling and loud, but not uncomfortably so. If you've read a single story about the food here, I don't need to tell you it's great. They have taken Vietnamese food and make it modern, interesting & fun. Dishes are super shareable; I'd recommend a spread of papaya with crispy pigs ears, clam congee, or crab & pork spring rolls. A great treat is the bun cha - lemongrass pork, pork meatballs, green papaya, crab spring rolls, rice vermicelli, chili & garlic. You will undoubtedly walk out satisfied. 

Information:

Address 119 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009

Phone:  (212) 995-5010

Neighborhood: East Village

Price: $$ -$$$


 

Yves


Overview:

Yves was opened in late 2016 from the proprietors of both Navy and Smith & Mills. It is a casual, comfortable neighborhood restaurant. The space isn't trying too hard - simple decor, nice for a relaxed date spot. The food isn't going to change your life but it is approachable and easy to like. Crowd pleasers include chicken meatballs, potato gnocchi, roast chicken, and veal schnitzel. For lunch & brunch they serve a good mix of filling options like a frittata, cajun chicken sandwich, and gem lettuce salad. 

Information:

Address: 385 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

Phone: (212) 431-3385

Neighborhood: Tribeca

Price: $$-$$$


 

Faun


Overview:

Faun is a neighborhood restaurant in Prospect Heights bringing some elevated cuisine to the Vanderbilt Ave. area. The stylish, cozy eatery has a rustic interior with whitewashed brick walls, a wood  bar & tranquil back patio with ample seating. The semi-open kitchen produces an American menu with Italian roots emphasizing locally sourced ingredients. Starters include fresh sardines on toast, watermelon salad, and octopus with jerusalem artichoke. The focus is on pasta, offering 6 varieties like tagliatelle with chanterelles and spaghetti squash or pappardelle with braised lamb & eggplant. Great place to sit outside with a bottle of wine and some fresh pastas. 

Information:

Address: 606 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Phone: (718) 576-6120

Neighborhood: Prospect Heights

Price: $$-$$$


 

Timna


Overview:

Timna opened in 2016 on one of the best food blocks NYC has to offer- St Marks btw 1st & avenue A. The space is cozy and rustic with an intimate feel. Here chef Nir Mesika creates modern interpretations of Mediterranean and Israeli dishes. No, it's not a bunch of hummus and falafel. It is thoughtfully crafted, beautifully plated Israeli food. Every single dish has a complex array of ingredients, sauces and accents that uplift the plate. You can select a chefs tasting or go it on your own and share dishes like kubaneh bread, roasted cauliflower with curry yogurt, Bedouin octopus or Morrocan duck. Whatever you order it will be familiar flavors, recreated in an interesting way. This is really an experience worth having in a city over saturated with dining options. 

Information:

Address:   109 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009

Phone: (646) 964-5181

Neighborhood: East Village  

Price: $$-$$$


 

Out East


Overview

Out East is a new venture from long time restaurant vet Anthony Serignese. The stylish, modern space is a true departure from what you'll typically find in the East Village. It is larger than anything else in the neighborhood, spanning multiple dining rooms, two floors, and two bars. Every element from the wall paper, to the flooring and the lights have been meticulously choreographed to reflect coastal culture. Like the interior, the menu is inspired by the ingredients of coastal New York. They offer tons of raw bar and beach fare including fluke ceviche, clam pizza, and a massive seafood tower with maine lobster, oysters, shrimp cocktail, littleneck clam salad & uni. Large entrees include heartier food like roasted chicken with aji amarillo and steak frites. Great place for groups and affordable enough to return often. 

Information:

Address: 509 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009

Phone:  (212) 509-5096

Neighborhood: Soho

Website: https://www.outeastnyc.com/

Price: $$-$$$


 

Egg Shop Brooklyn


Overview

Breakfast lovers rejoice- the palace of eggs has opened a Brooklyn outpost of their original concept. This particular location is easily 3x the size of the original, which at times can be uncomfortably cramped. Don't anticipate that making it any easier to get in, but it is worth the wait for some breakfast comfort food served all day. As the name would suggest, the menu focuses on everything egg. You'll find creative sandwiches the best of which are a massive fried chicken sandwich and an everything seasoning biscuit with smoked salmon, dill & horseradish cream. Much of the popular items have carried over from the original menu but Brooklyn-only items include a breakfast burrito with french fries and BEC tacos. 

Information:

Address  138 N 8th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Phone:    (646) 787-7502

Neighborhood: Williamsburg  

Website: https://www.eggshopnyc.com/

Price: $$


 

Root & Bone


Overview

Holy fucking comfort food! Root & Bone has been a neighborhood favorite of mine & hoards of others since opening 3 years ago. Opened by two Top Chef alum formerly of Yardbird in Miami, the restaurant offers a taste of the south. The interior is casual and looks like it was built for a lifestyle Instagram account (i.e. distressed wood, white washed brick and tin ceilings). The menu will cure any hangover or fried food craving you could experience. Think flaky biscuits, creamy shrimp & grits, skillet mac n' cheese type of cravings. They have a phenomenal basket of fried chicken; unique because of its sweet tea brine and lemon dust. This food isn't just gluttony for the sake of gluttony. These are the kind of calories clearly prepared with love and are worth every heart stopping bite. 

Information:

Address: 200 E 3rd St, New York, NY 10009

Phone:     (646) 682-7076

Neighborhood: East Village   

Website:  http://www.rootnbone.com/

Price: $$ 


 

Boutros


Overview

Boutros is a cute neighborhood spot that opened 6 months ago as chef Allen Dabagh's first restaurant. The space is cozy enough for a casual dinner but would be comfortable enough for any occasion. Dabagh is a Brooklyn native who wanted to incorporate his Lebanese and Syrian background with new American cuisine. They do absolutely everything in house including fresh baking the bread and pastries. Food is rustic and approachable with some exciting surprises. Make a meal out of bulgar fried rice, octopus with black olives, or smoked halloumi. At brunch they offer a dish that I will crave with every hangover - croque madame pizza with ham, gruyere & egg yolk. You will find warm hospitality here and prices that are low enough to return several times monthly.

Information:

Address: 185 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone:    (718) 403-0055

Neighborhood: Cobble Hill  

Website:  http://boutrosbk.com/

Price: $$$

Good for: groups, kids, date night, brunch 


 

Sons of Essex


Overview

My world will never tire of Lower East Side bars with a dope playlist and good cocktails. To find the entrance of SoA you will walk through an unassuming coffee shop which hides a massive bar space. I'd describe the interior os prohibition-era hip - ie tons of reclaimed wood and leather bound books. Once inside there will be hoards of girls in the club-esque space swaying to 90's hip hop. The menu is shockingly good for a place that I didn't realize served food (I'm drunk a lot, so sue me). They offer a good mix of super craveable comfort food like short rib tacos, chicken pot pie, and a juicy burger. Their truffle mac & cheese is like crack; I'd stab someone with a fork if they tried to take it from me. 

Information:

Address  133 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

Phone:   212-674-7100

Neighborhood: Lower East Side    

Website : http://sonsofessexnyc.com/

Price: $$

Good for: bar scene, brunch , groups, birthdays, music 


 

Lady's


Overview 

Apparently Fort Greene is the next hip neighborhood and Lady's is the newest example of that fact. The atmosphere is sophisticated with elegant dark wood accents and an open kitchen that spans the space. The food is accessible Italian cuisine including Neapolitan pizza and house-made pastas. Share refined small plates with a large focus on vegetables. If you're looking for a fun Sunday activity, grab one of their bacon, egg and cheese pizzas and then take in a show at BAM across the street. I'm amazing at planning dates, I know. 

Information:

Address:  572 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Phone: (929) 307-2822

Neighborhood: Fort Greene  

Website : https://ladysnyc.com/

Price: $$$

Attire: Casual

Good for: families, groups, bar scene, brunch dishes, open kitchen action, friendly service 


 

noreetuh


Overview

Noreetuh has been a critical darling since opening 3 years ago and doesn't seem to be slowing down. There isn't much to the interior - casual, dark, starkly decoration. No bright colors or puka shell necklaces here people.  The menu is modern Hawaiian and dishes run the gamut from approachable to adventurous. Heavy emphasis on seafood and pork. Try one of the pokes; either tuna with macadamia nuts & kimchi or shrimp with avocado. If you want to walk on the wilder side try your hand at corned beef tongue musubi. Brunch offers some truly artery clogging, hangover curing fried chicken or spam with traditional sides of mac salad and rice. It's definitely a meal out of the ordinary and wont set the wallet back too far.

Information:

Address:  128 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10009

Phone: (646) 892-3050

Neighborhood: East Village

Website : http://www.noreetuh.com/

Price: $$$

Attire: Casual

Good for: something out of the ordinary, seafood, pork, groups


 

Baci e Vendetta


Information:

Address : 131 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

Phone: (646)-275-0461

Neighborhood: East Village

Website : http://www.bacievendetta.com/

Price: $$

Attire: Casual

Good for: groups, happy hour, bars, brunch, small plates, dates

Overview

If I could pick one neighborhood to drink in for the rest of my life it would be the East Village. Specifically, St. Marks & Avenue A. I've been gifted a new wine bar by the owners of Shoolbred's which opened quietly in December 2016. The interior is comfortably hip, lined with antique accents & white marble. The Italian menu offers generous portions of bruschetta, truffle toast (yasss honey) and a massive meat & cheese board for a measly $24. Brunch is served daily until 4pm where you'll find basic bitches (re : myself) flocking for avocado toast & Mediterranean eggs. Come for drinks & ambiance but definitely stay for the grub. Welcome to the hood, Baci.