The Dish: The 5 Best New York Brunch Spots

I’ve lived in NYC for a decade and I’ve tried SO many different restaurants in this plentiful city, and there are much more on my list! I don’t necessarily consider myself a foodie, but I do love good food with a good atmosphere, accompanied with good people.  Below are my new favorite places for my favorite meal, brunch! And here’s the thing, I don’t wait until the weekend to have it. Hope you like my picks! Bon appetit!

1) OKONOMI: 150 Ainslie St, Brooklyn, NY 11211 

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I came here by myself with a mission in mind: to relive my childhood. I grew up eating savory Korean breakfasts: some sort of protein, soup, many dishes of banchan, and a bowl of rice. Once I moved to NYC 10 years ago, those dreamy breakfasts ended and it was replaced with gReEN sMoOtHieS and oAtMeaL! Ugh and ew.

How I still crave the calm experience of enjoying a savory meal with well though-out portions and unlimited options. While the food here is obviously Japanese, the concept is still the same. It’s a tiny restaurant with such a homely vibe. The waiter comes up to you to give you the options (which range from $18-$25) to choose from. There’s no rush, the food is so tasty, and you’ll leave feeling beyond satisfied and full. I’ve already decided that I’ll visit this spot once a month, if not more.

2. CAFE HENRIE: 116 Forsyth St, New York, NY 10003

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I saw it on the ‘gram and whatever, I HAD to go. Those pink tables, come on!  I went with a girlfriend and we couldn’t stop raving about how cute this place is. Don’t you love a restaurant that has all of the elements laid out for you? And isn’t it even better when the food is super tasty? We both got the Dragon Bowls and felt guilt-free and super satisfied. If you’re looking for a hearty lunch that’s healthy and at a reasonable price, make a trip to Chinatown for this gem. So worth it.

3. TWO HANDS: 164 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

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Another restaurant that truly understands the customer that wants to Instagram their meals. Aside from the cute aesthetics, the food is healthy (very important for me, btw) and hearty.

4. BLUESTONE LANE:  30 Carmine Street, New York, NY 10014 

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Okay, call me basic, but I think Bluestone Lane has the best avocado toast in town. The bread is hearty, so it’s not just a simple piece of sliced bread with smashed avocados on top. There’s a perfectly placed poached egg with sprinkles of feta and sliced tomatoes with a generous drizzle of olive oil. I love this as an actual meal or as a snack.

5. FREUD: 506 Laguardia Place, New York, NY 10012 

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In a future post, I’ll share my love for Austria and Austrian food, and so when I stumbled upon this darling spot near my apartment, I couldn’t help but get nostalgic. The entire ambience was romantic and dreamy. The food was tasty; I got their special eggs benedict with artichoke and a fresh arugula salad. It was light but still very filling.

Do you have any new brunch spots I should check out/ want me to check out? What are your go-to dishes? Tell me everything! donnasignature