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amNewYork's picks for best of the brunch bunch


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If there’s any one meal that’s synonymous with New York City, it’s brunch. So, as New Yorkers, we know a thing or two about this hybrid weekend meal. Here are some of our favorite city brunch spots.

136 W. Broadway
212-233-6436, Sat. and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
“Something for everyone” isn’t just a cliché at this TriBeCa brasserie with a distinct Euro vibe (and, often, clientele). While their eggs and pancakes are ideal for breakfast lovers, we lean ‘toward the lunch side — a grilled tuna sandwich with arugula and wasabi, crab cakes with beurre blanc or a killer turkey burger. And, if you’re so inclined, indulging is easy with the $5 mimosa or Blood Mary deal that comes with every entree.

271 Smith St., Brooklyn, 718-243-0049, Sunday brunch, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Using organic ingredients grown by regional farmers, Chef Daniel Eardley serves a delicious brunch in this minimalist but cozy Carroll Gardens restaurant. Poached eggs with prosciutto and hollandaise sauce perched atop crispy popovers, huevos rancheros and a juicy burger served with amazing fries are among the offerings. A potent Bloody Mary adds a little spice to the meal.

120 Essex St., 212-533-9616, Sat., 11 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
This place is notorious for its long wait and hipster ’tude, but if you just get a drink at the bar and go along with the flow, the whole experience can be fun. The $18 prix-fixe brunch includes three Bloody Marys, screwdrivers or mimosas, and the servers are generous with their pour. The food isn’t too bad either.

210 W. 10th St., btwn Bleecker and W. 4th sts., 212-741-7971; 173 Ave. A, at 11th St., 212-677-2933, Both locations: Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Omelets are fine and all, but egg scrambles are so much better. At Westville, they’re made to perfection — with a variety of fresh ingredients (cheeses, meats, veggies, herbs) all mixed up with eggs or egg whites, and served alongside a salad or potato hash and toast ($9). The atmosphere also rocks — Westville is just a cool, laid-back neighborhood spot. 

17 W. 20th St., btwn Fifth and Sixth aves., Sat. and Sun., 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Earlier this year, this Flatiron breakfast, lunch and catering spot began serving weekend brunch, and trust us: It’s a good thing. Owner Melissa Chmelar focuses on seasonal ingredients from local farms, and churns out tasty dishes, such as baked eggs in a skillet and the “best ever granola and Greek yogurt.” The homey decor and friendly service are just icing on the cake.

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