It’s a new year and that means more places to brunch in New York City. Here are five new menus worth checking out this year. By Carly Petrone.
National Bloody Mary day may have come and gone but the folks over at 5th & MAD are offering “his” and “hers” bloody Marys to complement the restaurant’s sophisticated upper-level space. Try the Bloody 5th, served straight-up and made with Nolette’s Gin, muddled cucumber, Ubon’s bloody mix, and fresh lime juice. If you’re looking for a more manly drink then sip on the Bloody Mad – Dickel Tennessee whisky, pickle juice, olive juice, fresh lime, and Ubon bloody Mary mix served on the rocks. Executive Chef Chase Sanders is busy serving up enticing dishes like Southern Fried Chicken on French Toast ($14), Bacon Egg and Cheese Sliders ($12), and a Brunch Burrito ($14) that’s made with smoked ham, scrambled eggs, pico de gallo, swiss cheese, and a chipotle aioli. Reserve your spot this weekend between the hours of 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
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Sure, you know you can get a great beer at Bierocracy in Long Island City but did you know that you can also get brunch-friendly dishes like Eggs Benedict (three ways), Biscuit and Brisket with Gravy, and more. Their freshly made in-house Quiche is another great option and pairs great with one of their Czech or German beers like the B-Original and B-Dark brews. If you’re in the mood for something a little lighter there’s also Fresh Yogurt and Granola available that comes with pistachios, golden raisins, and blueberries as well as your traditional bagel and Nova Smoked Salmon plate. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Stop into Tasca Chino for an egg and dim sum brunch to be remembered. Start your meal off with Blistered Shishito Peppers with tea smoked salt and sherry vinegar or Croquetas de Jamon with Szechuan Pepper Aioli before moving onto your entrée. The vast dumpling menu is worth sharing with decadent options like Edamame, Sweet Pea, and Mint as well as Shrimp, Smoked Paprika, and Garlic. Try something unique this weekend like the Tasca 1,000 Year Old Egg that comes with kimchi, pickled mushroom, soy, and truffle hollandaise or Duck and Waffles with spicy maple syrup. It’s also hard to go wrong with a traditional egg dish like Chorizo y Huevos or the Tasca Omelette with kale, piquillo peppers, goat cheese, patatas bravas, and mixed greens. End your brunch with something sweet like their Chocolate Bunelo (chocolate filled fritters and mint ice cream) and conquer the rest of your weekend!
In the mood for some seafood? Head over to Theo’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar for a seafood-focused brunch that doesn’t disappoint. The Raw Bar is always a great option with items like East and West Coast Oysters, Half or Whole Lobster, Chilled Shrimp, Alaskan King Crab Legs, and Little Neck Clams. If you’d rather have something fluffly like pancakes, definitely try their Ricotta & Pancakes with lemon and powdered sugar. Enjoy the Smoked Bluefish “BLT” on rye toast or the Cabo Clothbound Cheddar Grilled with Manhattan Clam Chowder. Another must-have dish is the Roast Duck Wild Mushroom Spaetzle with field spinach. Make your weekend reservation now and start eating away. Brunch is served from 12 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Okay, you may not think of Bounce Sporting Club when you think of weekend brunch but that’s all about to change. Come Jan. 23, you’ll be able to order everything from Cornflake Crusted Rum-Soaked French Toast to the Beer Braised Short Rib Hash when their “NOT YOUR BASIC BRUNCH” launches. The most enticing thing on the menu so far definitely has to be the Notorious B.R.G. This burger is anything but average. Bite into three (yes, three) Lafrieda classic patties that are sandwiched between Banana Jameson soaked French Toast ‘buns” and layered with NYS sharp cheddar, maple-soaked pork belly, truffle cheese hash brown, and pickled hollandaise. Yep, this is definitely the meal you order after a big night out. But if you need a little hair of the dog make sure you order one of their fun classic brunch cocktails like mimosas, screwdrivers, and the ever-popular Bloody Mary. Mixologist Spencer Elliott will be on hand to make sure each sip is just the way you like it. Brunch is served Saturdays only from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.