Let’s be real. If you’re a young adult, brunch is a major component of your vocabulary. Maybe our generation will never be able to own a home due to all of the avocado toast we consume, but I guess that’s a risk we’re willing to take.
Brunch is a staple of life for twenty-somethings from every major metropolitan area to the suburbs that surround them, but in my opinion, there is nothing quite like brunch in New York. The price is unmatched (much to my chagrine…), but so is the food, the drinks, and the settings. Brunching in this city is not just a meal, it’s an experience.
New Yorkers scramble to make rent every month, crowd into happy hours to score a reasonably priced drink, and wait in line at Trader Joes even when it wraps around the entire store, but we will never give up brunch.
Brunch in this city can mean a lot of things, so I’ve broken it down below. I would love to learn your suggestions too, so don’t forget to leave a comment below!
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BOOZY BRUNCH *if you’re expecting me to mention the quality of food for any of the below, you are sadly mistaken.
Every weekend, for $15 (+ the cost of your entree), Barraca hosts an Open Sangria Brunch featuring unlimited glasses of their seven regional sangria flavors. My friends and I indulged in as many glasses of sangria that we could handle for a birthday brunch and still rave about Barraca as one of our favorite boozy brunch experiences. However, I feel the need to remind you that Barraca’s sangria is not your typical brunch cocktail and drinking mason jar after mason jar at noon could make for a very interesting day (not that I have experience or anything 😉 ).
Basically… go here with a big group for a good time, but don’t make serious plans for the rest of the day.
Macondo East & Macondo West
Both locations offer a limitless mimosa brunch on the weekends for $15 (+ the cost of your entree). When I visited Macondo East with a group of friends, the servers brought around several mimosa flavors including both the standard mim and more exotic flavors. The servers here are very attentive, so we definitely got our money’s worth of mimosas in the 1.5 hour limit.
Basically… go here if you love mimosas and aren’t afraid to try something new.
Debatably the king of all boozy brunches in the city, Calle Ocho offers COMPLIMENTARY, UNLIMITED sangria throughout the course of your brunch (they also start you off with a free basket of bread and pastries). The menu boasts a large amount of food and sangria options and the atmosphere is fun and lively. Sound too good to be true? Here’s the kicker: reservations for this place fill up way in advance, so if you want to enjoy this boozy brunch in three months, you better make your reservation now.
Basically… go here with people who can eat slowly and drink quickly.
DOIN’ IT FOR THE GRAM *because half of the reason I’m paying for this meal is because I’m going to post it on Instagram, obviously
With several locations all over the city, Bluestone Lane is a classic brunch choice. Bluestone Lane is an Australian-style cafe, which means you often get a side of Aussie-accent with your latte and avocado toast. Pro tip: the Rainbow Bowl is life changing and if they ask you if you want to “Aussie” your latte, say yes because it means your latte is coming with ice cream (basically a milkshake, you’re welcome).
Basically…go here to experience adorable accents and equally adorable lattes.
Citizens of Chelsea
Another Australian-style cafe (are we feeling a pattern here?), Citizens of Chelsea has some of the most beautiful and delicious food this brunch-lover has ever experienced. You honestly can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. I’m already planning my next trip back so I can try something one of the several options I was eyeing on the menu.
Basically…go here if you don’t mind your food being prettier than you.
Baci e Vendetta
Marble tables, a fireplace, and beautiful light fixtures, this is one of the most lovely brunch experiences the city has to offer. The mimosas are made with freshly squeezed orange juice and the menu is full of all of your brunch staples, including eggs benny and avocado toast.
Basically…go here if you’re obsessed with marble and want to feel bougie.
This place wins for being impossibly cute. Tea is served in adorable teapots with teacups that remind me of real-versions of the ones I used to play with when I was a little girl. It also has great options for both the sweet and savory brunch-goer, so it’s a perfect place to enjoy a lovely afternoon with friends.
Basically…go here if you want to have to tea party with your gals.
Have you been to any of these spots? What are your thoughts? But most importantly, where should I go next? Slide into my DMs on Instagram and give me your brunch recommendations!
Photos by: Olivia Choi
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