Where Do New York’s Top Chefs Get Brunch?

In New York, brunch isn’t simply an activity—it’s a way of life. From hearty omelets to decadent pancakes or French toast to unbeatable sandwiches—and don’t forget the cocktails—brunch has a little bit of something for everyone.  Here, get the inside scoop on where some of New York’s most well-respected chefs go to get their weekend fix for the best brunch in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

Emily Yuen
Executive Chef, Bessou, NoHo

 

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“As the chef, I normally work the weekend brunch shifts at Bessou, so I am always looking for places that are open during the week and serve brunch. My favorite spot in my neighborhood is Reunion. There’s always something on the menu I crave. I had their incredible Shawarma recently – the chicken was perfectly cooked and spiced. It’s such a hidden gem, I think it will only be a matter of time before you can’t get a seat!  I also love Little Tong Noodle Shop in the East Village. All of their noodles are so unique and flavorful. I am really into their Banna Shrimp Mixan with a smoked tomato broth and a coconut mint sauce. I also love supporting other female chefs in the industry!”

Nick Kim
Executive Chef/Partner, Shuko, East Village

 

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“Chef Dan Kugler’s brunch at Loring Place in Greenwich Village has the answer for everyone. I always enjoy the way the warm sun feels on your face if you’re sitting near the big giant window. It’s equally calming during the winter when it’s snowing. Without even having to think about it, I’ll automatically order the Omelette with Fried Oysters and Hot Pepper Sauce. It’s the perfect way to start your weekend. Having an LP seasonal cocktails is also not a bad idea!”

What can I say about this institution that hasn’t already been said a billion times? Barney Greengrass on the Upper West Side reminds me of New York in the 80s, in the best way possible. It also isn’t terrible that it’s in my neighborhood! When you get the corner seat, you get the privilege to get hit by the door every time it opens—normally, this would drive me crazy! But for some reason, I sort of feel lucky to be seated there. It’s nostalgic in every way. My go-to order is black coffee and lox on a plain bagel with onions and capers. I also adore the pickled fish and the smoked sable.”

 

Flynn McGarry
Executive Chef, Gem, Lower East Side

 

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“In my opinion, The Four Horsemen in Williamsburg has one of the best brunch deals in the city for the quality of food they offer. The menu changes every week and is at a fixed $28 price for multiple courses.”

Justin Bazdarich
Chef/Partner, Speedy Romeo, Clinton Hill and Oxomoco, Greenpoint

 

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“My absolute favorite brunch spot is Fancy Nancy in my own neighborhood of Bed-Stuy. It’s the perfect walking distance for us, not to mention incredibly accommodating and family friendly—which is not the case at a lot of brunch spots. The vibe is fun and the food, of course, is absolutely delicious too—they have the best biscuits and gravy and an incredible maple butter apple French toast that my wife and I can’t turn down. We also love going there to support the owners—an awesome husband and wife duo running a real ‘mom and pop’ shop.”

Janine Booth
Chef/Partner, Root & Bone, East Village

 

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“The huge brunch culture in New York makes it so hard to pick just one favorite brunch place. One of my favorite brunches is Dim Sum, and I love the authenticity of Chinatown’s Golden Unicorn—you really feel you are stepping into a different time and place. Jack’s Wife Freda is another favorite in my book for its cozy and quaint atmosphere that reminds me a little of my restaurant, but with a completely different cuisine! Lastly, the Australian cafe Two Hands is an all-time favorite to grab an amazing flat white and Aussie breakfast while being surrounded by my fellow Australians—very nostalgic for me!”

Jaime Young
Executive Chef/Partner, Sunday In Brooklyn, Williamsburg

 

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“I’m usually at my restaurant, Sunday In Brooklyn, during brunch and we serve it seven days a week. I think we have one of the best brunches in the city! But If I’m eating brunch elsewhere, you can usually find me at Four Horsemen, which I personally think is underrated for brunch and lunch. Or you’ll find me at Mekelburg’s—they have the best hot chicken sandwich ever!”

Guillaume Ginther
Executive Chef, Le Coq Rico, Flatiron District

 

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“I am always working weekend brunch at Le Coq Rico, so I’ll usually eat something here. My favorite brunch dish is our eggs benedict with smoked duck breast and hollandaise sauce—it’s served on a homemade bun. If I ever do get off work, I do very much like Marta. If I go, I’ll always get a pizza!”

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