Brunch is my new favourite thing so I made it my mission on my recent trip to NYC to get to the best brunch in New York. I had been trawling instagram for months leading up to my trip and also got some recommendations so I had a list before I even arrived. Here are the best four brunches plus a couple of great coffee stops along the way.
The first best brunch I had in New York was at The Butchers Daughter. This was recommend to me by a friend and I literally stumbled across it on my first day in NYC. They describe themselves as a “bright, bleached-wood outpost offering vegetarian (mostly vegan) fare & juices in a relaxed space”. We sat at a bar that overlooked the street in the trendy area of Nolita near Soho and perused the super yummy and very healthy menu.
I went for a coconut yoghurt parfait which was coconut yoghurt layered with fresh fruit and coconut goji berry granola. It was basally the freshest fruit I had my entire stay with a gooey coconut yoghurt and granola. It was so yummy and kick started me for my first day in NYC. In typical boy fashion Dan went for Farm eggs and toast soldiers. Both of these breakfast dishes cost $10USD which I found to be really reasonable.
The second best brunch in New York was at the Aussie cafe called Two Hands also located in Nolita. They describe themselves as “Bright & airy cafe with juices & espresso drinks plus light fare like pastries, salads & sandwiches”. When we arrived there was a queue which is a good and bad thing – good meaning that it is popular, bad because I hate queuing! But the dashing Aussie chap working that day took my name down and said it wouldn’t be long. After 15 minutes we sat down in the cute and cosy cafe and looked over the brunch menu. It was everything I wanted it to be!
I went for the classic ‘avo toast’ with poached egg and ricotta cheese to top it off as a little extra. It was delicious, Aussie’s definitely do brunch well, I’ll give them that. The coffee was also on point, I ordered a flat white and it was pretty perfect.
My friend went for the corn fritters and I had total food envy! Check out this stack.
Dan went for the classic man brunch in New York – Bacon and Egg roll.
The coffee was amazing, anywhere that has an actual flat white (not a latte) on the menu knows how to do it right and it’s so pretty.
The actual cafe was light, decorated with fluffy clouds and light and most importantly not too busy, just comfortable. This cafe has a huge following on social media and it totally lived up to the hype. I can highly recommend if you are in New York.
I found this cafe via instagram and so have 70,000 other people so they are kind of a big deal! We chose to visit the Jack’s Wife Freda in the West Village as the one in Soho is pretty much impossible to get into but I’m sure with good reason. Maybe we had hyped it up too much or maybe they just take the most amazing photos but we were a little underwhelmed by our brunch. I know I’ve included it in in ‘the best brunches in New York’ because I feel it does fall into this category.
Myself and two of my friends ordered the eggs benedict because you know that’s what kiwis do but Dan opted for a burger and chips. I can tell you now that Dan came out the winner.
My “Eggs benny” consisted of 2 poached eggs over potato latkes, smoked salmon and beet hollandaise. I switched my salmon for avocado, when it came out it was pretty but it was so small! Dan was well chuffed with his burger.
The actual cafe was styled like a traditional diner but with class, I loved the marble bar at the front of the cafe and my hot chocolate was on point. Jess, my graphic designer friend also stated that it was a designers dream menu.
I have saved the best brunch in New York until last, this was without doubt the one of the best brunches I had during my two week stay in New York. I spotted Egg Shop whilst sitting at The Butcher’s Daughter, it is directly across the road and there was a lot of interesting characters coming and going so I was intrigued.
Like everywhere in New York there was no bookings and a long queue, so we put our names down and popped around the corner for a coffee at Happy Bones. The actual cafe is quite small so only seats around 20 people, the kitchen is on full show so you can see the chefs in action whipping up eggs in various dishes.
I went here on New Years Eve for brunch and bubbles with some friends. The menu was really varied and I struggled to order as everything looked so good! I opted for ‘Custom Egg and Cheese’ which consisted of Rye Bread, poached egg, avocado, bacon and cheese with a side of crunchy hash browns. It was basically like my dream breakfast, I paired it with a glass of Cava because it was New Years Eve after all.
My husband Dan was able to order a beer with his brunch so he was totally in his element, he went for the Egg Shop B.E.C which was basically an egg, bacon and roll with a side of fried chicken.
My friends opted for a stuff pepper with egg and bacon with a side of hash browns as well.
The food was phenomenal and it was without doubt the best meal/brunch I had in New York, the service was brilliant, the menu was amazing and I rate it a 10/10.
I’m going to add a few of my favourite coffee spots in New York as well because I drink coffee now (shock horror) and I have total appreciation for good coffee now and we all know with every good brunch there is good coffee. So here are my favourites.
Happy Bones is a minimalist coffee shop specializing in flat whites (woo hoo). I’d been following them on instagram for ever so I was really pleased to get in their and enjoy their coffee and hot chocolate.
Toby’s Estate is one my friend Jess discovered via instagram as well, we found their cafe located in the Flatiron District one day whilst strolling around the city. The actual cafe was beautiful and the cups were super cute as well.
I hope you enjoyed reading about the best brunches in New York and that you can eat and drink at these places soon!
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