Brunch in NYC is not like your traditional brunch experience.
Cuisines, cocktails, and conversations. The combination of a great brunch experience.
Brunch is defined as “a combination of breakfast and lunch“. It’s a festive occasion among different groups of people. Brunch usually happens on a Saturday or Sunday and between breakfast and dinner. It’s a time where you can wind down and destress from your work week. You can catch up with old friends, meet with a special someone, or relax by yourself. If the food and drinks(mimosas) are tasty then brunch becomes a more joyous time.
In the article, “All the Best Spots to Brunch in NYC” it’s mentioned that brunch first took place in England in 1895. The concept was introduced by author, Guy Beringer. Sundays would be a time where families get together and eat heavy meals. Instead, Beringer wanted a meal experience in which people would be served light foods and be able to socialize. e that should be light social Bunch later existed in the United States(Chicago, Il) in the 1930s. During that time period most restaurants were closed on Sundays and so hotels provided meals late morning meals on those days. Brunch rose in popularity from that time but it wasn’t till the 1990s that many restaurants began to serve brunch on Sundays and Saturdays.
As like any other meal experience brunch brings people together. Evidently, the brunch experience is highly enjoyed by different groups of people, especially the LGBT population. You will see flocks of people on the dance floor or seated at the table with mimosas in their hands.
Brunch in NYC today
Another great aspect about brunch is the variety of creative and interesting foods and drinks that you can consume. Many restaurants have limited food options for breakfast. But brunch is different. Places like Brunchit in Chicago and Union Square Cafe in New York serve brunch nachos, duck fat tater tots, and coffee cocktails
Traditionally, brunch is one of the calmest meal experiences. That has changed and now the brunch experience has become a movable feast . Not only is there an option to eat and drink but you can also can be entertained by a live performance, a live DJ, or some other form of lavish entertainment. There is even a nationwide food festival, BrunchCon, which centers around the theme of brunch.
So what makes for an awesome brunch? Food, entertainment, and booze.
As one would expect NYC has plenty of great places to eat brunch. If you’re looking for a brunch/day party experience here are your options:
Angel of Harlem screams excitement. The food is good but the party atmosphere is even better. Every Sunday DJ Max Damian spins at this popular restaurant. Warning: If you walk in sober you may walk out extremely slumped.
Row House is another popular restaurant in Harlem. The ambiance is cute and the staff is friendly. Many organizations have hosted functions here including ItBoysEnt, Bloom, Mobitalks, and countless others. This definitely a spot to dine at if you’re in Harlem. Below the ground floor is another bar, Under Bar.
Cecil Lounge is another turnup spot in Harlem. Event producer, Joe Morris, recently hosted his Sunday brunch parties at the venue. The food selection is a blend of Asian and African American cuisine.
Woodland lies in the heart of Brooklyn. This is one of the best brunch spots in Brooklyn. Whether it’s late night or day time you’ll have a great time at Woodland. Just a few blocks from the Barclays Center this spot is packed with good energy and good vibes.
If you want a great brunch experience this spot definitely won’t disappoint. I’ve been here a couple of times for brunch and always enjoyed myself. The food selection is varied, the drinks are on point, and the atmosphere is vibrant. The brunch special is $29.99 per person which includes an unlimited buffet and brunch cocktails for about 2 hours. This Latin restaurant franchise has locations in Washington Heights and Woodside.
Another Latin restaurant that will satisfy all your food urges. Located in the Bronx, Havana offers a mimosa/sangria brunch that is reasonably priced.
If you want good Southern cuisine and good drinks come to Soco. This restaurant offers both a Saturday and Sunday Brunch(which lasts till as late as 9:30pm!!). The place is spacious and has an indoor and outdoor area. FYI- The chicken and red velvet waffles are to die for!
I love being a Queens resident. But for some time I preferred to go to Brooklyn or Harlem for brunch. Queens Bully has changed my mine. The restaurant has a dope vibe and the food is definitely on point. Melvin “Boot” Johnson, the owner of Queens Bully, was crowned the winner on Food Network’s “Chopped”.