One of the best things about the start of fall is that everyone is getting back into the swing of things. So long sweet summer and let’s welcome back Manhattan’s favorite weekend pastime of brunch. See the list of must-eat places to brunch at this fall, from trendy establishments to laid back restaurants — there is something for everyone’s taste buds. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for nice weather so that we can continue to enjoy outdoor seating and prime people watching on lazy New York City afternoons.
Joey Campanaro’s restaurant, Kenmare is an addition to the Nolita neighborhood. The dining room consists of marble tables in a cavernous atmosphere. While you brunch and converse about the weekend festivities you can feel the rumbling of the Lexington Avenue subway vibrating underneath the tables.
Kenmare is located at 98 Kenmare St., 212.74.9898.
Balthazar has been a favorite in the New York City brunch scene both to New Yorkers and star struck tourists. This restaurant has the ambiance of a French brasserie with decorated mirrors and red banquettes. It’s always busy here so while you wait for your table, check out the Balthazar bakery next door to indulge in a baguette or a croissant. It’s a perfect brunch destination for those spending an afternoon shopping in the heart of Soho as it’s in the vicinity of many great shops — especially the flagship Prada downtown store.
Balthazar is located at 80 Spring St., 212.965.1785.
What makes Double Crown stick out from all the other weekend brunch spots is the Do-it-Yourself Bloody Mary Bar. Get creative in mixing your Bloody Mary with many ingredients to satisfy including touches of ginger, black Chinese vinegar and jalapenos. Double Crown mixes Southeast Asian and 19th century British culinary influence.
Double Crown is located at 316 Bowery, 212.254.0350.
The Jane is the sister restaurant to The Smith. A casual brunch spot in Soho featuring creative American cuisine with décor that seems to be reminiscent of a Williams Sonoma store. The menu features crispy sesame calamari, the Jane burger and your classic eggs Benedict.
The Jane is located at 113 Jane St., 212.924.6700.
A very popular brunch spot in NoHo that is always packed but don’t let the crowd scare you away because the best part of eating here is the wait. You can grab a cocktail at the bar before grubbing on a delicious meal of baked eggs, French toast and Mexican hot chocolate.
Five Points is located at 31 Great Jones St., 212.253.5700.