Forgo the Brunch Wait With These Under-The-Radar Spots

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For us, brunch is more than just a meal — it’s sport and ritual. Nothing makes us happier on a weekend morning than slicing into a poached egg and watching it run over our plates, except maybe a couple mimosas to wash it down. And just as every advanced brunchgoer knows a proper mimosa includes a dash of Grand Mariner, so is the unspoken rule that any wait above half an hour simply won’t do. We don’t know about you, but we get hangry. Stop waiting for the other restaurants to text you back with a table opening like the person you DMFO’d with last night, and opt for these spots that take brunch reservations (but if you do get that table, could you please order us some latkes to go?).

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Black Tree BK aims to source their ingredients from within 300 miles, influencing a menu that balances quality with adventurous options. Try a scrambled Ostrich egg with sea bean pesto, or choose the pollen-dusted market fruit. We love the classic double benedict on brioche. Since Black Tree’s menu changes seasonally, you might just have to become a regular to experience their local, innovative menu year-round (like the edible flowers from Windfall Farms pictured above).

Location: 261 Metropolitan Ave

Hours: Monday – Thursday 4pm – midnight, Friday & Saturday 11am – 2am, Sunday 11am – midnight.

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River Styx has the best sticky buns we’ve ever had, and they’re closing for a major update in two days, so stop what you’re doing and go get brunch. Maybe buy some extra “styky” buns and freeze them for the cravings you’ll have until River Styx reopens. If gluten isn’t your forte, try the crustless quiche or grain bowl with poached egg.

Location:21 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn

Hours: Brunch, weekends, 10am-4pm, Dinner, 6-11:30pm, Bar, 5pm-late

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Want to treat yourself? Make a brunch reservation at Meadowsweet. Executive chef Polo Dobbin was awarded a Michelin star the past two years for his work at the airy Brooklyn restaurant. General manager and RISD grad Stephanie Limpet was inspired by 18th century scientific botanical engravings in her design of the interiors, and she meticulously supervises Meadowsweet’s seasonal cocktail program, which features herbs from the restaurant’s mezzanine garden (she also happens to be married to Polo). Vegan options are available upon request, but we’ll be ordering a duck pastrami hash with poached eggs and a “shibuya sunshine” (banks rum, lemon, mint, sugar, sparkling sake, ginger ale).

Location: 149 Broadway, Brooklyn

Hours: Brunch Saturday and Sunday, 11am-3pm, closed Tuesday, lunch and dinner hours vary, see website for details.

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Mezetto has been a personal favorite of mine since it opened. Their bottomless mimosas are among the best in the city, and if you’re charmed by the Mediterranean spreads and reasonable pricing, you can stay for bottomless sangria and dinner. Mezetto serves brunch daily, so you can pretend it’s the weekend any day and enjoy their pork belly frittata or mushroom shakshuska while you’re at it.

Location:161 E Houston St

Hours: Brunch: 10am daily, Dinner: Sunday -Thursday, 5-11pm, Friday & Saturday: 5pm – midnight.

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We love Miss Lily’s jerk chicken platter, no matter what time of day it is. Come here for cheerful ambiance and can’t-miss roti options, (and, of course, some of the best jerk seasoning in Manhattan). If you’re feeling more traditional, try the coconut pancakes and the “body good” from Melvin’s Juice Box (kale, collard greens, green chard, celery, apple, lemon, ginger). Miss Lily’s also offers an excellent brunch cocktail prix fixe.

Location: 109 Avenue A

Hours: Monday – Wednesday 4pm – 12am, Thursday & Friday 4pm – 2am, Saturday 11am – 2am, Sunday 11am – 12am

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We could eat Root & Bone’s prix fix brunch every day. Come here for seasonal southern food that’ll make you want to linger at your table all day. If you really want to stay, extend your visit at the in-house market. Our picks for brunch? The gem lettuce and watermelon radish salad, chicken and waffles and a housemade s’more for dessert. Root and Bone takes a limited number of reservations, so be sure to book this one in advance.

Location: 200 E 3rd St

Hours: Monday – Thursday, 11:30am – 10:30pm, Friday, 11:30 am – 11:30 pm, Weekends, 10:30 am – 10:30 pm

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It’s hard not to love La Pecora Bianca. The sophisticated, high-ceilinged interiors make us feel like we’re upstate instead of in flatiron, and the house sorbet-mint bellini is just what we need on a humid morning. Whether you’re craving frittata with house-made sausage or spaghetti pomodoro, you’ll leave satisfied. Feeling indulgent? Order the ricotta lemon pancakes with berries and whipped cream.

Location: 133 Broadway, Manhattan

Hours: Brunch, Saturday 9am – 4pm, Sunday 9am – 3:45pm, breakfast, lunch and dinner hours vary, see website for details.


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