There are few cities in the world that love food as much as New York, from street vendors to Michelin-starred restaurants there are incredible dishes on offer to satisfy even the pickiest eaters.
With so many options and only breakfast, lunch and dinner to fit them all in, the brunch craze has taken over the city and has quickly become an essential part of any New Yorkers’ weekend.
So if you find yourself in the Big Apple and in need of a bite between breakfast and lunch, here are five alternative and great brunches that you shouldn’t miss.
Located at Tribeca inside Robert De Niro’s Greenwich Hotel, The Locanda Verde is a stylish and simple Italian restaurant with a great looking menu that tastes even better while remaining reasonably priced.
Head chef Andrew Carmellini brings a casual urban take on traditional Italian cooking creating simple and delicious dishes detailed here, but his fabulous menu is no secret so you would be best to book before venturing out.
The Queens Kickshaw
The Queens Kickshaw revolves around three alternative food groups: beer, grilled cheese sandwiches and coffee.
Located in Queens, it does things a little bit differently with one of the more innovative techniques including serving cold brewed coffee on tap, which has become very popular with the local java aficionados.
But when it comes down to food, their brunch menu is a bit more of a simple affair with French toast and their own “Fancy Grilled Cheese” being the highlights of the menu which you can find here.
With Indian, Thai and Korean restaurants lining the streets of not only New York but almost every major city, it’s difficult to see why the Philippines, being such a large country with a district and unique food tradition, isn’t more popular.
The people at Maharlika don’t offer answers to why this is the way it is, but they do have a solution. By using the same traditional ingredients and preparation techniques but re-interpreting and creating new and unique meals and flavours, they hope Filipino cuisine’s popularity will rise in the future. See the menu here.
Focusing on local produce and sustainable ingredients and even the decor created by local artists, the Cookshop shows you can make great food while remaining committed to green-market values.
The restaurant’s low-key setting fits perfectly with the menu, with many of the meals created with their wood burning oven, flavouring the food with a terrific rustic aroma. It’s also located next to the stunning park walk on The High Line, allowing you lovely way to walk off your brunch. See the menu here.
Friend of a Farmer
If you’re looking for an even quieter location, you should head to the Friend of a Farmer. Its quaint and homey interior featuring hurricane lamps, floral prints and two fireplaces, bring a piece of the countryside to Manhattan.
Serving a large brunch menu which includes a variety of salads and sandwiches created from organic ingredients, it keeps things simple and serves up a great old-fashioned and hearty selection that you can find here.
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