Once the turkey is carved and the apple pie is served, people begin to prepare for the Black Friday frenzy. Shopping throughout the early morning will work up an appetite, and for people looking to refuel they can head to one of these restaurants for an early morning brunch. By John Friia/Jessica Allen
Boulton & Watt
5 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009
Whether people need the energy to shop all day, or are just looking for an early brunch, they can head to Boulton & Watt in the East Village. Opening at 10:30 a.m., the neighborhood hot spot is offering their weekend brunch a day early. Diners can pair their Bloody Mary, mimosa, or cocktail with some signature dishes, including oatmeal buttermilk pancakes, cast iron baked eggs and roast cauliflower soufflé.
156 Tenth Avenue
New York, NY
Cookshop is one of those restaurants anyone would be proud and glad to have in the neighborhood: fresh, good, reasonably priced and seasonal. It’s the kind of place you could take your best friend from college, your grandma, and/or your boss. Bonus: it’s close to the High Line, so you can walk off whatever you eat. Cookshop is serving such brunch specialties as cornmeal griddle cakes with macerated strawberries, whipped mascarpone and maple syrup, and a veggie-heavy egg white frittata.
109 North 3rd Street
Breakfast is served all day at this beloved Williamsburg breakfast joint. Among its most popular dishes are housemade buttermilk biscuits in a sawmill gravy, but we’re partial to the French toast — not one but two thick slices of Amy’s brioche smothered in butter and real Vermont maple syrup.
Harlem Shake NYC
Late-night holiday shoppers can refuel with brunch at Harlem Shake from 8 a.m. to noon before continuing their shopping spree. The neighborhood burger joint serves mouthwatering brunch dishes that come with mimosas. Shoppers can chow down on their signature dishes, including shrimp and grits and their famous smashed-style burgers. If people drank too much on Thanksgiving, the “Harlem Hangover,” served with spicy sweet potato, pepper hash and fried eggs will cure those drinking blues.
124 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
Opening at 7 a.m., Kingside pays homage to the chef’s French and Italian roots with an American flair. Shoppers can rest while enjoying their signature dishes, including the cast iron frittata with tomato, roasted wild mushrooms, maple bacon, white cheddar and smoked ham, or the breakfast pizza, made with baked eggs, maple bacon, cheddar and scallion.
LaRina Pastificio & Vino
387 Myrtle Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Doorbusters and early bird shoppers can get all their Black Friday deals before enjoying brunch at LaRina Pastifico & Vino in Fort Greene. The contemporary Italian restaurant begins to serve unique dishes at noon that will fuel any marathon shopper. With a robust menu, diners can try new dishes including the Santo Fungo with poached eggs and two Portobello or beech mushrooms.
54 Carmine Street
New York, NY
Market Table specializes in seasonal American food, based in part on chef/owner Mike Price’s childhood spent growing up on a farm in Maryland. The restaurant will be offering a three-course prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday night, but brunch specials include ham flannel hash (pictured), coconut and quinoa pancakes with strawberries, pistachios and New York maple syrup.
VILLARD at Lotte New York Palace Hotel
455 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022
After shopping along Fifth Avenue, people can have brunch at VILLARD at Lotte New York Palace Hotel. Just steps away from the Saks Fifth Avenue, the restaurant serves an opulent brunch with unforgettable dishes, including the Billionaire’s Bacon, Truffle Grits and Brioche Pudding French Toast. Shoppers can have fun with Villard’s Blood Mary Bar, which offers variations on the classic brunch cocktail. From The “New Englander,” with a shrimp garnish, to the “Wild West,” made with with mezcal, the Bloody Mary Bar will fuel shoppers for a day of holiday fun.
John Friia is a freelance journalist and native New Yorker writing about food, drinks and lifestyle. You can follow his adventures on Instagram.