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Top 5 Best Brunch Spots in Manhattan

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Brunch is one of Manhattan’s favorite weekend pastimes. From trendy establishments to laid-back diners, Manhattan’s restaurants offer brunch ideas in every neighborhood and for every taste and budget range. We picked five of our favorites.

1. Pastis

We know, we know – you’re a weekend regular at the clubs in the Meatpacking District. But what’s a few more hours Sunday morning – especially if it involves eating fab French breakfast delights such as Eggs a la Basquaise and Brioche French Toast? If your friends complain about the $13 pancakes, just remind them about the slew of $15 martinis they downed last night at a club down the block. Be sure to call ahead – brunchers without reservations will still be waiting for a table come next weekend.

Location: 9 Ninth Ave at Little West 12th Street. 212-929-4844.
Get there: 1/2/3 and A/C/E trains to 14th Street

2. B Bar and Grill

Instead of waiting in line at Clinton Street Baking Company on the Lower East Side, stay north of Houston Street and enjoy a casual brunch in B Bar’s bright garden patio. While you’ll find a wide assortment of tasty traditional brunch options, no dish tops the basket of warm banana bread. Pair that buttery goodness with a sweet mimosa and some sunshine and you’ll have a solid start to your weekend.

Location: 40 East 4th Street, between Lafayette Street and Bowery. 212-472-2220.
Get there: F/V/B/D train to Broadway/ Lafayette

3. EJ’s Luncheonette

Feel free to roll into EJ’s on a Sunday morning in your PJs and slippers. While brunch here is relaxed, don’t let that fool you – the service is fast and efficient and the menu full of classic breakfast selections rekindles your deep love for good ol’ fashioned diners. Unfortunately, the long wait for a table and overalls-and-stroller crowd may remind you why they’re better suited for suburbia.

Location: 1271 Third Avenue at 73rd Street.212-473-5555.
Get there: 6 train to 68th Street-Hunter College

4. Elmo

Wear your Sunday best for brunch at Elmo, where the crowd is as hot as the coffee. Chelsea’s finest take no prisoners as they sip pear bellinis and stare-down the diners across the way while waiting for their eggs benedict or toasted granola. Service is slow and portions are large, giving you extra time to gossip about last night – or the celebrity at the back table.

Location: 156 7th Avenue, between 19th and 20th Streets. 212-337-8000.
Get there: 1 train to 18th Street, F/V to 23rd Street

5. Mesa Grill

Let Bobby Flay cook you up breakfast with a kick. At Mesa Grille, eye-opener brunch entrees such as the Spicy Chicken with Sweet Potato Hash or the Scrambled Eggs Chiliquiles might bring tears (of happiness!) to your eyes. Take one sip of the Spicy Bloody Mary and you’ll be ready to take on the Rough Cut Raw Tuna Nachos with mango hot sauce. If you can’t handle the heat, fall back on the yummy bread basket, a favorite brunchtime item.

Location: 102 5th Ave., between 15th and 16th Streets. 212-807-7400
Get there: F/V to 14th Street; N/R/Q/W and 4/5/6 to 14th Street; L to 6th Ave.

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