Top Brunch Spots in Manhattan

It may be “the city that never sleeps,” but Manhattan also has its fair share of awesome places to go during the daylight hours - yes, we’re talking about brunch. A favorite pastime among couples in love and bacon aficionados, eating brunch is best done among the splendor of the Big Apple. Of course, there are certain Manhattan brunch restaurants that make every top 10 list, but the key is to find the restaurant that best suits your style and budget. Here are our favorites:

Gemma

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Located at The Bowery Hotel, this Italian restaurant is a favorite brunch spot among the beautiful people and dog lovers (furry friends are allowed to accompany patrons who eat outdoors) that frequent downtown Manhattan. Try the Protein Breakfast before a long day of sightseeing - this tasty plate comes with grilled chicken, scrambled egg whites, spinach and sliced tomato.







Thistle Hill Tavern

Thistle Hill Tavern serves seasonal fare, and is one of the more casual brunch spots on the list. This is where to go if you want to get the classic American breakfast. In fact, they even serve a dish that is named just that: Breakfast. It comes piled high with pancakes, bacon, eggs and maple syrup straight from Vermont.



Cookshop

Local favorite Cookshop is so popular that the wait can be hours long, so you’ll want to arrive early. It’s located in Chelsea, and serves up a mean batch of pancakes cooked on a cast-iron griddle. Cookshop also offers plenty of unique dishes designed for the table to share, such as sheep milk ricotta.



L'Apicio

If a swanky NYC brunch is more your style, then you must stop at L’Apicio in the East Village. This Italian eatery features a pretty fantastic patio, along with dishes like shrimp and polenta that are sure to get your mouth watering. The parmesan french toast is surprisingly savory, and topped with a fried egg and slice of prosciutto cotto.



Stone Street Tavern

Located in the heart of the financial district, this Manhattan brunch spot is a favorite haunt of the Wall Street crowd. Stone Street Tavern always has some featured specials, as well as some delicious standbys like bananas foster french toast.



Dinner on Ludlow

The name may be misleading, but brunch at Dinner on Ludlow is simply divine. We have two words for you: skillet pancakes. Served in a cast iron pan, these pancakes are topped with blueberry-maple butter and vanilla-lemon whipped cream. Every brunch menu item is served with a cocktail (like the Bloody Maria) as well as coffee or tea.



Norma's at Le Parker Meridian

Tucked beneath Le Parker Meridian hotel in Midtown, Norma’s serves up an impressive selection of egg dishes. Not only does Norma’s allow you to build your own omelette, but it also has some pretty amazing dessert-for-breakfast options like the chocolate decadence french toast.



The Pitch and Fork

The Pitch and Fork is a great place for dining al fresco. It’s a brunch spot by day and gastropub by night, so you may just love it enough to eat there twice in one day. The Pitch and Fork’s claim to fame? A special that lets you eat any brunch dish and enjoy unlimited morning cocktails for less than $30.



Pastis

This little French bistro in the Meatpacking District is perfect for the trendy traveler. While brunch time is busy, (and the restaurant doesn’t take reservations), the food is well worth the wait. Once you’re seated, sip on a champagne cocktail and browse Pastis’ extensive French menu.



The General

The General was one of the most-anticipated restaurant openings of 2013, and is already gaining recognition for its cereal-inspired donuts (Coco Puffs, anyone?). Whether you dine on the patio or indoors, you’ll get a some fresh air: The General opens its 80-foot garage door windows in the spring and summer.

By Nicole Martinez