January Brunchin' for Modernized Brekkie Classics & More

The city that never sleeps also never disappoints when it comes to brunching. While there's no shortage of hotspots to indulge in endless eats and bottomless mimosas, we've uncovered a few hidden gems that might have slipped under your radar. Get ready for a mouthwatering journey as we present our top picks featuring pancake towers, overflowing mimosas, and hearty dishes that are sure to make your brunch experience unforgettable. 

La Nacional (239 W 14th street) nestled in the historic "Little Spain" enclave of the West Village, New York City, has been delighting patrons with its weekend brunch service for the past few weeks. Led by Chef in Residence Francisco Javier Parreño, the limited yet exquisite menu features Spanish delights like Torrija & Fresh Berries and Arroz a la Cubana. Guests can also enjoy classic dishes such as Huevos Rotos and Macarrones con Sobrasada. The brunch experience is enhanced with refreshing drinks, including Sangria and Agua de Valencia, with an optional 90-minute-limit Bottomless Drinks. La Nacional, reopened in 2018, stands as a culinary hub for Spanish cuisine, blending tradition with contemporary flair. Established in 1868, La Nacional – Spanish Benevolent Society, the oldest Spanish cultural institution in the United States, continues to foster fraternity among Spanish and Hispanic-American residents. 

Carnegie Diner & Cafe has two locations in the heart of Midtown at 828 8th Avenue and at 205 W. 57th Street diagonally across from Carnegie Hall that feature an extensive brunch menu, which is offered daily and includes 10 types of irresistible Buttermilk pancakes, decadent waffles, savory and sweet crepes and French Toast in addition to bagels, croissants, muffins and more. Enjoy a bottomless cup of Lavazza coffee for $3.95 or unlimited mimosas for $19.95 per person for two hours. The diner is open every day beginning at 7:30am. Grab the same delicious menu items at their Secaucus (700 Plaza Dr.) location too!

 

Ainslie serves brunch at both its 76 Ainslie St. Williamsburg location and Lower East Side location at 199 Bowery from 12pm - 4pm. The massive wine bar, beer garden and Italian restaurant offers everything from a Mushroom Omelette and Ainslie Burger, to Eggs in Purgatory and French Toast from Executive Chef John DeLucie along with an assortment of wood fired pizzas. For bottomless, opt for the $32 prix-fixe which includes 1.5 hours of unlimited brunch cocktail with any entree including Spiked Iced Tea, Mimosa and Bellini.

 

Wild Ivy (293 Third Avenue) stands out as a vibrant brunch destination in the heart of Gramercy, offering a delightful escape from the bustling city with brunch from 11 AM to 3:30 PM. Wild Ivy features a menu that boasts a tempting array of options, from hearty egg dishes like the Fried Oyster Omelette, Garden Omelette of the Day, and Leo's Huevos Rancheros to indulgent treats like fluffy French Toast, Buttermilk Pancakes, and classic Bagels. Adding to the allure, Wild Ivy presents Happy Hour on weekdays from 4-7pm, featuring irresistible deals such as $6 beers, $7 house wine, $4 off specialty cocktails, and $1.50 oysters. The bar remains open from 4 pm until late every night, ensuring that the brunch and evening experiences seamlessly merge. 

Loulou (176 8th Avenue) is a stunning French Bistro in Chelsea with one of the most gorgeous outdoor dining setups in town. The spot, which is open 365 days a year, serves up signature brunch dishes including Eggs Benedict with crispy pork belly and hollandaise, Steak & Eggs, Avocado Toast with a poached egg, mâche, breakfast radish, lime, Croissant French Toast with mandarin date compote, blood orange, walnuts, mascarpone and more! That's in addition to a large selection of gorgeously crafted cocktails, which you can indulge in anytime of day. 

Isla & Co. in Midtown at 25 W. 38th St and in Williamsburg at 107 N 12th St is serving the best brunch to supercharge your winter season. This Australian-style, all-day Brasserie with two locations in Manhattan and in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is the best place to relax and enjoy fresh and healthy food, coffee, and cocktails. Treat yourself right with Aussie twists on classic brunch options like their Isla Benedicts, Chili Sambal Scramble, and Brioche French Toast. Complement your meal with an Espresso Martini Flight, the perfect complement to any brunch dish. 

Hole in the Wall reimagines brunch classics at locations in FiDi (15 Cliff Street), Murray Hill (626 1st Avenue), in Flatiron at Hotel Henri (37 W. 24th Street) and Williamsburg (292 Bedford Avenue). The menu reinvigorates your fave meal with dishes like a Brekky Roll with applewood smoked bacon, chorizo pate, folded eggs, chimichurri, a Modern Classic Avocado Toast, a Fried Chicken Sandwich, or a Crispy Pork Belly with sticky glaze, chili, fried shallots and lime. To complement the meal, sip on a Jalapeno Bloody Mary, a Blood Orange Negroni, an Aperol Spritz or a Mimosa. 

Fornino in Greenpoint (849 Manhattan Ave) is serving up special new brunch offerings! Chef and owner Michael Ayoub’s menu features an array of mouthwatering pizzas, including the Margherita Classica, and the unique Al Roker with soppressata, fontina, caramelized onion, roasted pepper, tomato, mozzarella, and rosemary. For those seeking a more brunch-inspired feast, Fornino also serves up an irresistible BEC Calzone bursting with bacon, egg, cheese and everything spice on top. The Wood-Fired French Toast with ricotta, blueberries, lemon zest, and maple syrup, offers a sweet option for brunch enthusiasts too. Guests can indulge in a Build Your Own Mimosa package, featuring a bottle of Prosecco and a carafe of orange juice. The beverage menu also includes options like Sangria, Fornino Spritz, and Mimosa. More information can be found by visiting, https://www.fornino.com/ 

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