Weekend brunch is a way of life, one I terribly miss during the pandemic. Although I can’t go out to support my favorite local eateries, I order in a lot! If you’re planning on visiting New York in the future (or live here and looking for a new place to try) check out these small businesses!
Short for “South of Houston”—pronounced HOUSE-ton, not hews-ton—Soho is a must visit neighborhood. Chic, cobblestone streets, fabulous shopping, and great street style. Check out some of my favorites below.
Little Prince — This beautiful Parisian bistro with floor to ceiling windows and a decorated exterior full of flowers sits on Prince street. I recommend coming for any meal, but there’s something different about a brunch atmosphere. I recommend the crispy artichokes, French onion soup (a must!), and the French onion soup burger (vegan option available).
BòCàPhê — The most delicious French-Vietnamese café. My go-to order is the taro fries (to die for!!!) and the beef and lemongrass rice bowl.
NoMo Kitchen — Nestled in front of the NoMo SoHo Hotel, you may recognize this beautiful restaurant with its chandeliers, covered terrace, and fairy lights from Instagram. I love that they offer a non-alcoholic drink menu and my favorite cacio e pepe in the entire city. Make sure to get it with a poached egg on top—perfection!
Balthazar — An iconic French New York City brasserie and bakery. It’s definitely a bit pricier, but worth a trip at least one time for brunch.
Sadelle’s — Expect a line, lots of influencers / celebrities, and delicious bagels and smoked salmon!
La Mercerie — One of the most beautiful eateries in New York, inside the Roman and Williams Guild. After a busy morning of shopping, sit down for a delicious brunch. Be sure to order one of their decadent hot chocolate and delicious pastries. Fun fact: everything is on sale, including the tables, plates, and glasses, so if there’s a piece you like, inquire!
Félix — Located on the corner of West Broadway and Grand, this indoor/outdoor Brazilian French restaurant is FUN! The chicest crowds and most delicious food. Go with your grilfriends, order some moules-frites or a Niçoise salad, and enjoy the company around you.
Walk a few streets over east and find yourself in Soho’s sister neighborhood, Nolita (North of Little Italy). As much as I love Soho (and wish to live there someday), Nolita has my heart. My favorite boutiques, pizza shop, and bakery are literally all on the same block! Every restaurant in this small NYC neighborhood is a hole-in-the-wall and delicious.
Café Habana — The absolute BEST chilaquiles in the city and to be honest, my top brunch spot of all time. Be sure to order them Trucker Style (eggs on top!) with a side of their famous grilled corn.
Café Gitane — Read all about my favorite dishes at this hole in the wall HERE.
Wayan — Indonesian with a twist, Wayan is one of the yummiest restaurants in the entire city. Reservations are super hard to get, so plan in advance! I recommend everything on the menu.
Mother’s Ruin — Three words: French. Toast. Sticks. Thank me later.
Rubirosa — One of the most consistently popular and delicious casual Italian hotspots in town. Make sure to try their famous vodka sauce pizza. PS- they offer gluten free options!
The Butcher’s Daughter — One of my favorite plant-based eateries with incredible cold pressed juices and beautiful decor. For something sweet, try their rice flour pancakes, and for savory, definitely order the spicy kale Caesar salad!
Gemma — Okay, this one is technically on Bowery and a few blocks north, but for sure worth a mention! This rustic Italian trattoria in the Bower Hotel is wonderful. I’ve been coming here for years and still amazed every time by how delicious the food is.
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