Top 12 Brunch Restaurants in Chicago

When you want to head out to one of Chicago’s world-class eateries for a brunch feast, it can be hard to choose. Whether you live in the Windy City or are just visiting, you’re going to love these twelve picks. We’ve selected options that are favorites all around town, and all with no reservations required. So without further ado, below are our picks for the top brunch restaurants in Chicago. 

Top Brunch Restaurants in Chicago

Fresh Seasonal Brunch at Bongo Room

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When you want brunch done right, why not go to a spot that only does breakfast and lunch? The Bongo Room has locations in Wicker Park, South Loop, and Andersonville. They serve up a menu full of brunchy faves all week long. But things really get special on the weekend when they break out their “Sinful” brunch menu featuring faves like a chocolate tower french toast or deconstructed lobster roll benedict. Want something a little more classic? No worries. You can choose from breakfast options like their croissant sandwich, also available in a vegetarian version, or a crowd-pleasing breakfast burrito. If you’re more in the mood for lunch staples, they have all sorts of sandwiches and salads with enough variety to please any palette.

Bakery Brunch at Cafe Selmarie

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Cafe Selmarie features a contemporary American menu, but on the brunch menu, it’s really the pastries that shine. Their Sunday Brunch offerings change each week, but expect the usual options like benedicts and scrambles, each with a unique twist. Normal pancakes are punched up with walnuts and cherries. Enjoy a roasted mushroom benedict featuring feta and caramelized onion hollandaise. Or top off your eggs with fresh mozzarella, sliced tomato, and housemade basil pesto. But the real star of the show is the pastry case at the front, which you can browse while you wait. From sour cream coffee cake to housemade granola, it’s got options to suit any taste.

Gastropub Brunch at Farm Bar

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Head to Lakeview this weekend and stop in at Farm Bar for an authentic gastropub experience. On the brunch menu you’ll find down-home breakfast goodies like their pasture-raised steak and eggs or strawberries and cream ricotta pancakes. There are snack options like wisconsin cheese curds or Bavarian style pretzels. And if you’re in a lunch mood, their burgers and fried chicken sandwiches are amazing. Wash it down with their crowd pleasing cold-brew coffee or one of their delightful cocktails. They have four versions of the mimosa to choose from plus sangria, bloody marys, and a featured drink they call the alco-chino.

Pizza Brunch at Frasca

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Eggs, bacon, and toast are great, but sometimes you want your brunch with a bit of a twist. If this sounds like you, you’ve got to try Frasca pizzeria + wine bar. Here you can still get all of those brunch staples like eggs benedict, omelets, and pancakes. But they’ll also be happy to make you a delicious wood-fired pizza for your brunch delight. Can’t choose between the two? You’re going to love the breakfast pizza featuring 3 over easy eggs, sausage, bacon, and cheese. For an extra special treat, add some prosciutto and hollandaise. And don’t forget their mimosa bottle service, peach bellinis, and award-winning bloody marys.

Vegan Brunch at Majani

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Looking for soul food minus the meat and dairy? Majani serves up a soulful vegan brunch that won’t disappoint. Scrambled tofu, lentil sausage with tomato gravy, cheese grits, collard greens, and delicious pancakes are on offer. And it’s all made from the freshest ingredients sourced from local gardens, so you can feel good about eating this decadent and delicious fare.

Organic Brunch at Nana

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For another healthy twist on delicious brunch staples, head over to Nana for local, sustainable, organic food that’s totally crave-worthy. The selections are seasonal, but look for delicious staples like chilaquiles and breakfast sandwiches mixed in with options like avocado fries, dulce de leche pancakes, and cauliflower salad. And be sure to grab a side of one of their house-made sausage patties or hose smoked bacon. Everything that comes out of their scratch kitchen is free from additives hormones, and other undesirables. It’s clean eating that tastes sinfully good.

Patio Brunch at Paradise Park

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Outdoor dining is a big deal in warm, sunny locations like Los Angeles, Miami, and Houston. But Paradise Park manages to bring a bright spot of sunshine to the windy city with their take on the pizza brunch. You’re sure to love standards like avocado toast and chicken & waffles. But for the more adventurous diner they’re also serving up dutch baby tacos, pulled pork hash, and all sorts of pizza options. Wash it all down with their delicious bottomless mimosas or bloodys, or try out a hangover coffee topped with a Do-Rite Donut!

Fried Chicken Brunch at Parson’s Chicken and Fish

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If fried chicken is your favorite brunch food, you’ve got to head to Parson’s in Logan Square or Lincoln Park. For those not in a fried chicken sort of mood, they also offer delightful dishes like their pimento cheese scramble or a smoked salmon veggie club. Want something sweet? Their seasonal cobbler is made with fresh local fruit and topped with fluffy whipped cream. While you’re there, be sure to grab some of their signature beer, brewed in partnership with Revolution Brewing.

Brazilian Brunch at Sinhá

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Head for the tastes of South America with Sinhá, a Chicago eatery serving up elegant Brazilian cuisine. The Sunday brunch buffet features farofa, a cassava meal dish, and delicious fried plantains, plus whatever delicious Brazilian delights the chef has chosen to make this weekend. You can expect a variety of dishes made from chicken, beef, seafood, and veggies, paired with mouthwatering hot sauces and chutneys. You’ll also get complimentary desserts, juice, and Brazilian coffee and tea. But if you’re looking for a boozy brunch experience, you’ll need to BYOB.

Foodie Brunch at Southport Grocery and Cafe

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At the Southport Grocery and Cafe you can enjoy an amazing scratch made brunch and then bring home delicious and fresh award-winning groceries to create your own foodie feast. This European style cafe offers amazing pastries like scones, cupcakes, cruffins, and savory hand pies. Their all-day breakfast favorites include a veggie quiche or their very own “grown-up pop tart”. Lunch options include the Southport Cuban, chop salad, or a grilled cheese featuring pickled green tomatoes and local apples. Wash it down with kombucha, housemade soda on tap, canned wine, or a beermosa. Southport Grocery and Cafe also happens to be a NextME partner, so even if there is a waitlist when you arrive, you can feel comfortable that it will be managed with ease. 

Filipino Brunch at Uncle Mike’s Place

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Looking for something with an island flair? Uncle Mike's Place serves up their famous Filipino breakfast all day every day. Try the Longaniza, a sweet anise-wine chorizo sausage. Or devour their Tocino, an annato and anise cured pork shoulder. They’ve also got a variety of egg dishes and omelettes to chose from, plus pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, and authentic Filipino breakfast combos. For lunch dishes, there are all the usual sandwiches, soups, salads, and fruit plates. Plus sample the free homemade Lugaw rice soup that’s so good it’s also available to go. This place is a little slice of Pinoy heaven, on Grand Ave in West Town.

Louisiana Style Brunch at Wishbone

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You may not think of finding a farm-fresh Cajun brunch menu in Chitown, but at Wishbone West Loop, you’ll get just that. Enjoy a jambalaya omelette or crawfish cake benedict. The cajun shrimp and grits and chicken andouille hash will remind you of a lazy Sunday morning in the French Quarter. And of course they’re serving up southern favorites like chicken and waffles, corn cakes, and buscuits and gravy. Brunch cocktails on offer include the bloody mary or an irish coffee, as well as unique concoctions like the corpse reviver #312 and the mud bone.


Best Brunch Las Vegas

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We all know that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. But honestly, Vegas brunches are too good not to share! If you’re looking for some of the best brunch spots on and off the Las Vegas strip, NextME's got the goods right here.

Energetic Brunch at Eureka!

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With a cozy patio, quirky decor, and handpicked house music spun by a live DJ, Eureka! Is a fun, upbeat option for brunch downtown. You’ll find them on East Fremont Street, just blocks from the Fremont Street Experience. The brunch menu features standards like steak ‘n’ eggs and chilaquiles. But be sure to try some of their delicious fried chicken topped with a jalapeño-infused maple glaze and served with a side of crispy bacon. Or order the avocado toast for a unique twist on this brunch staple (hint: chimichurri sauce). No matter what you order, be sure to try some of their handcrafted drinks, and enjoy some people watching as you munch!

Island Brunch at Kapuna Cafe

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Sometimes you just want to get away from it all and enjoy some island vibes. If you can’t manage a trip to the tropics, go for the next best thing with brunch at Kapuna Cafe on North Decatur Blvd. From Kalbi (grilled short ribs) to Mochi Pancakes, and plenty of spam if that’s your thing, they’ve got the island flavors you’re sure to adore. Everything is cooked fresh and served up hot by amazingly friendly staff. Stop by and see why Vegas is called the ninth island!

Diner Brunch at Norm’s Diner

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If you’re looking for an old-school diner style brunch, look no further than Norm’s Diner on S. Durango Drive. They’re proud to serve up some of the best benedicts in town, along with all sorts of breakfast and lunch staples. It’s the sort of place that attracts regulars because the food is just that good. And it ought to be. After all, Norm used to be a chef for the Las Vegas Hilton, back when Elvis played there.

Chinese and Brunch at the Northside Cafe & Chinese Kitchen

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If you’ve ever craved a side of fried rice with your brunch entrees, we’ve got the perfect brunch spot for you! Northside Cafe & Chinese Kitchen in the SLS Las Vegas Hotel and Casino offers the best of breakfast, alongside over 40 authentic Chinese dishes. The breakfast menu is available all day and night, but the dim sum starts after 11am, so come in the late morning or early afternoon for the best selection. They’ve got dishes ranging from Caramelized Banana Pancakes to spicy Salt & Pepper Squid, with several American, Mexican, and even Italian offerings as well.

Home Cookin’ Brunch at Peg’s Glorified Ham n Eggs

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Peg’s Glorified Ham n Eggs serves up delicious home cooked food in Henderson and Las Vegas. It may be the most extensive brunch menu you’ve ever encountered, so be sure to bring your appetite. From standard egg plates and skillets to their delicious Tex-Mex, Hawaiian, and New York Deli specials, you’re sure to find something perfect for everyone in your party. And while each person is likely to find a unique flavor to dine on, one thing will be the same for all: the food is amazing, perfectly cooked, and served by friendly staff.

Granola Brunch at Rooster Boy Cafe

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The Rooster Boy Cafe on Regatta Drive in beautiful Desert Shores is the sort of friendly, neighborhood cafe where everyone feels instantly at home. They’ve got some really delightful options for all-day breakfast, including several dishes for those with dietary restrictions. But the real star of this show is their delicious breakfast bowls made with Rooster Boy’s own special blends of granola. We’re pretty sure you’re going to fall in love with the decadent tastes, but don’t worry! You can even get bags of granola to go so you can re-create your favorite bowls at home.

NYC Jewish Deli Brunch at Sadelle’s

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If the York Deli scene is your passion, Sadelle’s in the Bellagio Conservatory is the place to go. They serve all day breakfast including all the usual favorites, from fried chicken to omelets to sticky buns. But their fresh, hot bagels are the real standout here. Be sure to try out the Sadelle’s Tower, with perfectly smoked salmon and luxe caviar. Looking for sweet rather than savory? Keep an eye peeled for the pastry cart with its fresh and delicious baked goods.

Craveable Healthy Brunch at SkinnyFATS

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The tag line at SkinnyFATS is “Live Healthy, Live Happy” and one taste of their mouth-watering food will show you just how well they adhere to it. From chia puddings to smothered breakfast burritos, these dishes will delight just about any taste preference. This eatery features a split menu: half healthy, half decadent, and all incredibly yummy. And with four Vegas locations and an additional two in Henderson, you’re sure to have one nearby, wherever you are.

Ultimate Brunch Buffet at the Wicked Spoon

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In a city famous for its buffet options, Bacchanal Buffet is our pick for the best brunch buffet in Vegas. Located in Caesar’s Palace, this huge food hall has everything you could possibly want in a brunch spot. The New York Post has called this one the best buffet in the country, and Thrillist says it’s “the standard against which all Las Vegas buffets are judged,” so you know this one is worth a visit. With seating for 600 in an over 25,000 square foot space, this is an enormous eatery with nine show kitchens and plenty of made-to-order dishes to choose from.

Hidden Gem Brunch at Zenaida’s Cafe

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Located just off E Tropicana Ave downtown, Zenaida’s Cafe is the kind of welcoming, fun brunch spot you’d expect to draw a huge crowd. Yet it’s far enough from the action of the strip that you’ll find mostly locals here. They have all the usual brunch eats, made to perfection and delivered to your table by their friendly and helpful staff. Check out favorites like the shrimp and grits, tofu scramble, or avocado toast. And since it’s far from the glitz of the casinos, you can also get some amazing food for reasonable prices here!


NextME's Guide: Top 10 Brunch Spots in Los Angeles

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Brunch is one of the best ways to spend a lazy weekend morning or afternoon. And with staple foods including eggs, toast, bacon, and all sorts of yummy breakfast baked goods, it’s hard not to love! But if you’re in L.A. and you’re tired of the usual brunch scene serving up the usual brunch fare, where do you go? We have a few delightfully unique options for brunches that break the mold!

Steakhouse Brunch at the Golden Bull

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Bacon and eggs are excellent as breakfast staples go. But if you’re more in the mood for a nice juicy steak, consider the Golden Bull in Santa Monica for your brunch destination. For those who haven’t been there recently, this historic steakhouse was renovated in 2018. The Chophouse Hash is an excellent choice, featuring ribeye steak, potatoes, asparagus, mushrooms, chimichurri, watercress, and sunny-side-up eggs. Or go for a more traditional option with their Steak and Eggs plate, perfectly paired with a sauce poivre vert.  

Very Veggie Brunch at Yarrow

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If a heavy meat-laden meal isn’t really your cup of tea, you might prefer the brunch options at the Yarrow cafe on Fairfax. It’s a veritable celebration of fresh produce options, as toasts, salads, and yogurts. There are also gluten free and vegan baked goods to be had, and it’s all perfectly complimented by a selection of hot beverages from Endorffeine coffee. Since they serve only the finest and freshest ingredients, you can expect to find a menu built around in-season veggies and fruits every time you visit!

Down Under Brunch at Little Prince

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Little Prince in Santa Monica was designed as a way to bring the tastes and feel of Aussie culture to Southern California’s food scene. Their brunch menu is a fun twist on traditional breakfast foods: green pea pancakes with market greens and herbs, smoked salmon hash with seaweed hollandaise, and baked eggs with smoked cauliflower to name a few. They also carry a number of fun and funky brunch cocktails like their Kimchi Bloody Mary or Coconut Oatmilk “Horchata” and several coffee, wine, and beer options.

Barky Brunch at Ray’s and Stark Bar

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How about a brunch where you can bring along your favorite furry friend? The Barky Brunch at Ray’s and Stark Bar might be just the thing for you and Fido alike! They offer a few dog friendly treats along with a huge variety of brunch options “for human companions”. In addition to more traditional offerings like pancakes and burgers, they serve up heirloom tomato salad with watermelon and italian pesto, a variety of artisan pizzas, and desserts including ricotta cheesecake or passion fruit mousse.

Pizza Brunch at Love & Salt

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Speaking of brunch and pizza, if you haven’t already you’ve simply got to try Love & Salt's pizza brunch in Manhattan Beach. This italian-inspired eatery offers up a selection of unique pizza options including guanciale & jalapeno pesto, duck egg, or roasted mushroom pizzas. There are plenty of plated brunch options from around the world, including their version of shakshuka, croque madame, and chilaquiles.

Sunday Pool Party Brunch at No Jealousy

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For those looking to continue the fun of Saturday night, No Jealousy in Liaison Hollywood offers a Sunday Party Brunch you’re going to love. The combination of classic brunch dishes with champagne, huge punch bowls, and baby bottle cocktails is set against the backdrop of top 40/house music and costumed staff. Come in costume, or not, your call. But definitely come prepared to party like it’s still Saturday night!

Turkish Inspired Brunch at Kismet

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For a blend of Middle-Eastern and Mediterranean brunch flavors, Kismet in Los Feliz will not disappoint. Spreads and salads, Turkish dishes, flaky breads, and yummy sweet stuff make up this delish menu. Be sure to try the broccoli toast with pumpkin seeds and pomegranate, and if you really want the full experience, order the Turkish-ish breakfast. It’s a little bit of everything, all seasonally sourced and perfectly prepared.

Home Grown Brunch at Manuela

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For flavors sourced much closer to home, you’re going to want to hit Manuela's brunch at Hauser & Wirth. The ingredients used to create their delicious dishes are sourced locally as often as possible. Even the craft beers are from local breweries. And for the ultimate in local freshness, they even maintain a garden on the grounds with chickens, herbs, peppers, and more. Enjoy dishes like barbecued Morro Bay oysters, Warren pear salad, grilled local yellowtail, and wood grilled sunchokes. There are a variety of fermented foods on offer here, from fresh cucumber pickles to carrots, green tomatoes, and kabocha. It’s all done in house and each with their own unique flavors and textures. But there’s more to this eatery than just the wonderful food coming out of the kitchen. You’ll also want to take in the galleries surrounding it, for the perfect weekend destination downtown.

Seafood Brunch at Herringbone

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Maybe the delights of the local fish market are more to your liking. If so, you’ll love the weekend brunch at Herringbone in Santa Monica. Enjoy standard brunch fare like sticky buns, the farmer’s market scramble, and mixed greens salad. But the shining star here is the seafood. They have ceviche and poke, oysters on the half shell, stone crab and avocado toast, and delicious lobster rolls. Wash it all down with bottomless mimosas, endless rosé, or one of three bloody mary options.

Brunch Buffet at Inn of the Seventh Ray

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For an upscale buffet brunch you’re going to adore, you have to make the hour-long trek to the  Inn of the Seventh Ray in Topanga. Food choices include a granola bar, bagel bar, waffle bar, seafood bar, and three salad bars. You’ll also find delicious brunch dishes like eggs benedict with duck bacon, chipotle-barbecue free range chicken, and white bean stew featuring roasted kale and swiss chard. But if the food isn’t enough to pique your interest, the setting surely will! Rated by Zagat as one of the best outdoor dining experiences in LA, their patio sits beside a trickling stream and is surrounded by greenery and a natural woodland backdrop.


NextME's Guide: Top 10 Brunch Spots in New York City

Top 10 Brunch Spots - New York City

Brunch has become a staple of life in New York, with thousands of eateries across the city competing for your boozy breakfast dollars. The options are wide and varied, and it’s hard to pick just one to visit if you’re only in town for a day or two. We’ve curated a list of the most intriguing spots to enjoy a mimosa and a plate full of eggs on a lazy Saturday.

Spoons, Toons, and Booze at Nighthawk Cinema

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Remember those lazy weekend mornings of your childhood, spent with a bowl of sugary cereal in front of the tv? Recreate that feeling, and add a dash of adult refreshment, at Nighthawk Cinema in Williamsburg. With all of your favorite Saturday morning cartoons showing, an all-you-can-eat sugar cereal bar, and plenty of cocktails to be had, it’s the perfect brunch spot for those who want to go back in time. Oh, and if cereal is not your idea of good brunch food, they have a full brunch menu on offer too, with offerings like Salmon Ricotta Toast or their delicious Breakfast Burritos, paired with a Breakfast Club mimosa or bloody mary.

Ukrainian Brunch at Veselka

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Veselka is a 24 hour Ukranian eatery in the East Village. Their brunch menu includes everything from brunch pierogis and salmon latka eggs benedict to hot oatmeal and omelettes. If you’re in the mood for some delicious Ukranian comfort food for brunch, you can’t go wrong here. And of course, there are plenty of mimosas and prosecco on hand too.

Gospel Brunch at the Red Rooster

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For many, it’s just not Sunday morning without some good old-fashioned gospel music. Fortunately, the Gospel Brunch downstairs at the Red Rooster boasts live gospel music featuring Vi Higginsen's Gospel For Teens Choir paired with some of the finest soul food you can possibly want. Enjoy dishes like Poppa Eddie's Shrimp And Grits or Hot Honey Yardbird and wash them down with drinks like the Bloody Rooster or Mamita’s Michelada.

Brunch Buffet at 230 Fifth Rooftop

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What could be better than brunch with a view? The 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar offers an all you can eat brunch buffet every weekend. Billed as New York’s Largest Outdoor Rooftop Garden, it offers stunning views of the Empire State Building and plenty of other points of interest on the New York skyline. Worried about a chill in the weather? During winter months they erect heated clear igloos on the roof, and their penthouse lounge is fully enclosed year-round. Meanwhile, the buffet features standards like scrambled eggs and bacon, as well as a variety of salads and even Cuban sandwiches.

Veggie-Filled Brunch at Dirt Candy

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Dirt Candy is known for taking the lowly vegetable, injecting a bit of flair and plenty of humor, and creating dishes that are both delicious and craveable. Their brunch features delights like Green Huevos & No Ham, Corn French Toast, Red Pepper Fritters, Brussels Sprout Tacos, and Korean Fried Broccoli. It’s the kind of imaginative cooking even the meat and potatoes set can enjoy. Since everything is seasonal and fresh, you never really know exactly which dishes will be on offer on a given day, but you’re sure to find plenty of options to tickle almost any fancy. Plus, they’ve got creative cocktails, generous portions, and excellent service.

Bottomless Brunch at the Black Ant

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For those with a more adventurous appetite, you’ve got to try The Black Ant in the East Village. One part Mexican kitchen and one part “I dare you,” the eatery is sort of like a live version of some of Fear Factor’s food challenges. But the brunch offerings tend to be more on the tame side. So if you’ve ever wanted to try duck confit hash or grilled octopus with chorizo, this is the place to do it. Looking for a bit of sweet instead of spicy? You’re going to love the brioche pumpkin custard toast. And their 90-minute bottomless brunch gives you all the Mimosas, Bloody Marias, and Smoky Jalapeño Margaritas your heart desires.

Family Brunch at Loosie’s Kitchen & Cafe

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When you brunch at Loosie’s Kitchen & Cafe in Brooklyn, you’re part of the family. Located under the Williamsburg Bridge, it’s a mini-community all its own. Their delectable brunch menu is heavy on the home cooking, and features brunch favorites like avocado toast or chicken and waffles. But they also have less-usual options like chicory salad or a fried shrimp burger. It’s delightful food served in a friendly, welcoming environment you’re sure to love!

Jazz Brunch at Dirty French

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Dirty French at the Ludlow Hotel really knows how to do brunch right. They start you off with a complimentary array of baked goods, and they serve scrumptious cocktails by the carafe or punchbowl. You can then choose from their array of hors-d'oeuvres or french inspired entrees on their delightful brunch menu. But perhaps the most surprising and wonderful part of the meal is the live jazz music you’ll enjoy as you dine. It’s a little slice of the Big Easy hidden in the Big Apple.

Pickled Brunch at Jacob’s Pickles

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If you like a bold flavor profile with your brunch menu, Jacob’s Pickles delivers in spades. They have all of the usual southern brunch fare: french toast, omelets, egg sandwiches, and creamy organic grits smothered in cheese. But they also serve eight varieties of pickles and pickled eggs too, as well as spicy sandwiches and fun entrees like catfish tacos. It’s the kind of comfort food that is particularly pleasing on your brunch plate, with southern twists in every dish.

Everyday Brunch at Mother’s Ruin

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Saturday and Sunday are practically made for brunch. But what about when you have a lazy free day during the week? Fortunately, there are places in the city offering this decadent and delicious meal on weekdays too. One of the best is the Everyday Brunch at Mother’s Ruin. This fun, casual eatery delivers delicious, boozy brunch dishes to the masses whose days off don’t fall on Saturday or Sunday. Located on Spring Street in Nolita, it’s home to the boozy slushie and a great place to try Cholula-honey fried chicken and waffles or a falafel burger with cucumber mint dressing.