Top 5 Upscale Brunch Spots

Beth Landman | September 15, 2016 | Feature Features

After a sleepy summer, the city comes alive again in September, and one of the best ways to take advantage of the season is by gathering with friends for a midday weekend meal. Here are some of the most inviting places in town for brunch.
FIT FOR A KING Poached egg with bacon and Korean pepper, $14, at Kingsley

1. Seabird
You can prolong the summer’s beachy vibe at this upscale new bistro in the West Village. Seafood is the focus for daytime items like crab omelet, lobster grilled cheese and smoked salmon Benedict. Sit at the sidewalk cafe and sip a Champagne cocktail that comes in seven varieties including lychee and cranberry. 361 Sixth Ave., 212.414.9500

2. Kingsley
This Lower East Side restaurant with a picturesque garden has just introduced a build-your-own bloody mary and bloody maria bar, weekends only, from noon to 4pm. Start with a housemade tomato base and customize your drink by choosing from 20 toppings including bacon, roasted ham, shrimp, sausage and pickled vegetables. 190 Avenue B, 212.674.4500

3. Le Bilboquet
You will see the chic crowd drinking bottles of Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé rather than guzzling unlimited prosecco at Philippe Delgrange’s Upper East Side gathering spot, which is one of the most vibrant and social rooms in the city. On weekends, omelets, quiche and eggs Benedict are available in addition to favorites like Cajun chicken and scallops seared over couscous. 20 E. 60th St., 212.751.3036

4. Kingside at Viceroy Central Park
The Maple Bacon Bloody Mary made with bacon-infused vodka and other edgy cocktails devised by the Gerber Group complement chef Marc Murphy’s creative fare like breakfast pizza with baked eggs, maple bacon, aged cheddar and scallion, or homemade bananas Foster doughnuts. 124 W. 57th St., 212.707.8000

5. Café Medi
Peruvian gods depicted in floor-to-ceiling tilework watch over diners, while St. Tropez-style music sets the mood at the Hotel on Rivington’s new restaurant. Anjou pear French toast with pecans, and poached egg with focaccia and cured ham are among the brunch options to be washed down with a rhubarb rosé sangria. 107 Rivington St., 212.796.8040


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