AS A BORN-AND-BRED NEW YORKER, one of the few things that will get me out of bed early on a weekend is the promise of brunch and some breakfast-y cocktails. To be completely honest, I’ve never met a brunch that I didn’t like, but these New York spots are definitely my favorites…and if a brunch spot has tater-tots on the menu, you might even find me setting my alarm clock on a Saturday.

Beco

Beco

Brooklyn, United States

Great Brazilian brunch and a fresh new maya hayuk mural right outside

Toast & Co.

Toast & Co.

Huntington, United States

If you’re looking to be a bit indulgent-and for brunch I always say go big or go home-you have to get the most insane waffle in the game. Toast’s Chocolate Stuffed Cannoli Cream Waffle is out of this world. An absolute must.
Photo of the cannoli waffle courtesy of Toast & Co.

Tanner Smith’s

Tanner Smith’s

New York, United States

Amazing place for a boozy brunch on the weekend. Check out this fried Mac and cheese with pulled pork and onion rings! Also a cool place for happy hour drinks or late night drinks. Known for their fancy delicious cocktails. Upstairs has cool vibe with a long bar and downstairs is speakeasy style. #bar #speakeasy #food #cocktails

Jack’s Wife Freda

Jack’s Wife Freda

New York, United States

Jack’s Wife Freda is definitely a trendy brunch spot, and one that’s undoubtedly Instagram-worthy. You might even get a glimpse of one of your favorite fashion bloggers here, too.
Side note: Being that it’s such a popular spot you might want to consider making a reservation ahead of time.
Photo courtesy of JWF

Left Coast

Left Coast

Merrick, United States

One of my all time favorite spots for brunch on Long Island. While they don’t have sweet potato tater tots anymore, their yam frites with maple salt are an AMAZING substitute that won’t disappoint. Left Coast is definitely a can’t-miss spot for brunch–their list of pancakes alone (over 10 different options) will keep you coming back for more.

Bistro Cassis

Bistro Cassis

Huntington, United States

This place is a brunch staple in Huntington. They have one of the biggest brunch menus I’ve seen…so many choices it’s hard to pick just one thing. If you’re trying to keep it light they’ve got 9 different-delicious-salad options. They also offer a ($20!!) price fix brunch menu.
Photo courtesy of Bistro Cassis

Novitá Wine Bar & Trattoria

Novitá Wine Bar & Trattoria

Garden City, United States

Can’t beat a 2 hour, 2 course $30 brunch with unlimited brunch cocktails (mimosas, bloody Mary’s screwdrivers-and coffee and tea, too) and free muffins.
Novita is an easy choice for a hearty Italian-infused brunch on Long Island. Start with prosciutto and melon and follow with Banana French Toast and a (off the unlimited cocktail menu) Watermelon Fresh specialty cocktail. Mangia!

SIMPLE Cafe & Restaurant

SIMPLE Cafe & Restaurant

Brooklyn, United States

Great brunch spot in Brooklyn, yet easily accessible from Manhattan. Great buffet option, and cute rustic decor! #brunch #coffee #brooklyn

Hotel Chantelle

Hotel Chantelle

New York, United States

There’s definitely a theme when it comes to my brunch go-to’s: anything potato is a-go. Hotel Chantelle’s truffle tater tots were so good I considered stuffing a few in my pocket for the train ride home.
It’s a small rooftop space, but cozy. If you’re heading there in the hot summer months know that the roof is draped, so you won’t cook under the sun.
Other notables: gluten-free avocado toast (yum!) and the ‘strawberry-lime rickey’ cocktail–a perfect complement to the brunch menu and so refreshing, too.

Waldorf Astoria New York

Waldorf Astoria New York

New York, United States

Brunch at the Waldorf is famous for a reason. All you can eat crab, lobster, shrimp, oysters, caviar, desserts, you name it! Alcoholic drinks not included. Our brunch came out to be $180pp after tip. #fine-dinning #tourist #newyork

Two Hands Restaurant & Bar

Two Hands Restaurant & Bar

New York, United States

Great spot in TriBeCa for a fun (and delicious) brunch that can easily turn into an all day event–perfect if you’re ready for a full Sunday Funday!
Brunch is served on the weekends from 8-4, but this spot stays open late (1am Sat & 12am Sunday).
Photo cred: Josephine Rozman

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