Didn't your mother ever tell you that brunch is the most important meal of the day?
No? Well, she should have.
Because brunch is a crucial weekend activity in which we are allowed to indulge in whatever it is we feel like eating and drinking, regardless of what society deems appropriate.
And now that it's warm out, we can enjoy this glorious meal outdoors in the sunshine, while taking in some of the most incredible views of the city.
That's right: rooftop brunch. Does it get any better than that?
No. No it does not.
Read on to discover the best places to get your dreamiest outdoor brunch on.
1. Refinery Rooftop (63 West 38th Street)
If trendy hotels with incredible views of Manhattan are your thing, then this is your spot.
This lovely rooftop is located above the Refinery Hotel and is so close to the empire state building it seems as though you could reach out and touch it.
The decor such as the strings of lights also add a super charming and cozy touch.
2. Gallow Green (542 West 27th Street)
You've always wanted to brunch on a dreamy rooftop garden, right? Of course you have.
Gallow Green, while a bit pricey, is worth it for the gorgeous greenery and live music. It's pretty much the best atmosphere for Sunday brunch.
3. Haven Rooftop (132 West 47th Street)
If you're looking for a rooftop that's a little more understated and casual, check out Haven.
The unpretentious menu and atmosphere makes for a super chill brunch spot, and one that won't break the bank.
Plus, truffle fries. You've got to try the truffle fries.
4. David Burke Fabrick (47 West 38th Street)
If nothing else, this place is a must just for the candied bacon.
YES, YOU READ THAT CORRECTLY. CANDIED. BACON. It's $18, but it's seriously worth it.
Luckily, there's a ton of other reasons to swing by, including the attentive staff, spacious seating, and chill atmosphere.
5. STK Rooftop (26 Little West 12th Street)
STK is where it's at in the summertime. They've got classic American cuisine, stellar views of the Hudson River, and a super fun-yet-casual vibe.
There's an enclosure so that guests can enjoy all year round, but this place definitely comes alive in the summer.
6. Baker & Co (259 Bleecker Street)
This West Village spot has all the brunch classics, in addition to some bonkers Nutella desserts: Nutella donuts and Nutella French toast, anyone? Um. Yes.
It's also an ideal location for a lazy Sunday afternoon if you want to stroll around the Village post-brunch (if you can even lift yourself from the chair after all that Nutella).
7. Monarch Rooftop (71 West 31st Street)
Yet another amazing spot to cozy up to the good ol' Empire State Building.
Monarch is also super spacious, has a great energy, and offers a wide variety of drinks and food to choose from. You really can't go wrong.[Feature Image Courtesy Instagram]