best brunch in nyc

Where to find the best brunch in NYC according to Wadju — and what to order at them


inding the best brunch in NYC can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack, but when you’re using the dish rating app Wadju, it’s easy. Thanks to users dining out across the city and contributing ratings at the best brunch spots in NYC, we’ve been able to put together a list of the top-ranking restaurants and the absolute must-order dishes at each of them.

We’ll tell you now, it’s not all just eggs Benedict and french toast, either. Those dishes are here, for sure, but these dishes may surprise you— our Wadjer’s favorite brunch spots range anywhere from French and Thai to Chinese and New American. Read on to find out more.

Think you know who’s got the best brunch in NYC? All you need to do is download Wadju on the App Store or with Google Play and start rating dishes to let everyone know which restaurants are making the brunches everyone needs to try.

The best brunch in NYC

buvette eggs
Steamed eggs with caviar and creme fraiche / Photo by Eva Wang

What Wadjers are saying: This French restaurant in the West Village is so good that locations have popped up in Mexico City, Tokyo, Paris, and Seoul. In NYC, Buvette is ridiculously popular – serving up delicious brunchy eats you can get at just about any time of day.


Wadju need to eat there: Number one picks here include the fresh pastries; Croque Madame; and steamed eggs made extra fluffy with a frother (yes, the same kind your espresso machine uses), and served with smoked salmon.

chez ma tante egg and sausage sandwich
Egg and sausage sandwich / Photo by Melissa Hom / GrubStreet

What Wadjers are saying: If you’re looking for the best pancakes in NYC, then this French restaurant is the place for you. This brunch scene staple is named after a famous hotdog and poutine diner located in Montreal.


Wadju need to eat there: The pancakes are a must-get, but there are a lot of savory options to explore as well. Be sure to check out the ham sandwich with cheddar and pickles, the Toulouse sausage, pig head terrine, and quiches.

jacobs pickles fried chicken pancake
Fried chicken pancakes / Photo by Kirsten Shu-Ying Chen

What Wadjers are saying: A Southern-style restaurant on the Upper West Side, Jacob’s Pickles is a classy spot that excels in comfort food with wonderful recipes that make all the classics sing.


Wadju need to eat there: Everyone will tell you that the biscuits here are some of the best in the city (especially when they’re served with gravy and eggs), but Wadjers have a special spot in their hearts for their BECs and the delicious fried chicken served with pancakes.

peaches nyc steak and eggs
Steak and eggs / Photo by Jonathan Mora for BK Reader

What Wadjers are saying: Peaches is one of the most popular draws in Bed-Stuy right now. The Southern cuisine they’re serving up is a worthy destination for every meal, but the all-day brunch here is among the best you can get in the area.


Wadju need to eat there: Out of their small but concentrated all-day brunch menu, top marks go to the steak and eggs and the boneless fried chicken served on french toast.

thai diner nyc babka french toast
Babka french toast / Photo by Teddy Wolff / The Infatuation

What Wadjers are saying: Regularly cited as one of the very best brunches in Nolita, if not the entire city, Thai Diner’s take on American brunch classics with Thai stylings that are unquestionably delicious. Plus, you can order it until 5pm.


Wadju need to eat there: Either the BEC (taken up a notch with egg, cheese, sausage, and Thai basil served in a roti); or the Thai tea babka french toast that comes with condensed milk for dunking.

shuka nyc shakshuka
Shakshuka / Photo by Shuka NY

What Wadjers are saying: Shuka, located between Soho and the West village is a restaurant inspired by Spain and North Africa, serving seasonal Mediterranean cuisine that is just as beautiful to look at as it is delicious – especially when it comes to the brunch service. 


Wadju need to eat there: The mezze like baba ganoush and fried halloumi are great for sharing, but the plates of shakshuka as well as the spit-roasted chicken shawarma and steak and eggs are where the kitchen really shines.

casa enrique nyc ceviche
Ceviche / Photo by Kate Previte / The Infatuation

What Wadjers are saying: Proof that Queens is in the running for the best brunch in NYC; this restaurant’s refined Mexican classics and cocktails get served in a space beyond beautiful enough to make the commute worth it.


Wadju need to eat there: The guacamole with totopos is at the top of their menu for a reason, but the sopecitos de chorizo and ceviche de pescado are equally flavorful and awe-inspiring.

win son nyc chicken bun
Big chicken bun / Photo by Bryan Kim / The Infatuation

What Wadjers are saying: The Taiwanese-American offerings of this restaurant in East Williamsburg and its counter-service Taiwanese cafe across the street have created a destination street corner for brunch, and you only need to take a bite to find out why.


Wadju need to eat there: The bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich served on a scallion pancake gets a lot of shout-outs, as does the chicken and waffles served with pan gravy.

bubbys huevos rancheros
Huevos rancheros / Photo by Agaton Strom / WSJ

What Wadjers are saying: A comfort food destination with Southern homestyle vibes, this restaurant is total eye candy, but the taste of the food is what really cements it in your mind as one of the best places for brunch in Tribeca.


Wadju need to eat there: Whether you go for the light and fluffy or 1890 Sourdough version, Bubby’s pancakes are among the menu’s best options, as well as the huevos rancheros and crab cake sandwich.

golden diner nyc honey butter pancakes
Honey butter pancake / Photo by Heami Lee for The New Yorker

What Wadjers are saying: Golden Diner is where Chinatown meets American diners, and the brunch results are amazing. Don’t believe us? Look around and you’ll find everyone else agrees – as this restaurant is regularly featured on best brunch in NYC lists.


Wadju need to eat there: The breakfast burrito and breakfast sandwiches served on milk buns with american cheese, eggs, and a hash brown are great; as are the plates of honey butter pancakes. The burgers are delicious, too.

If you think you know where to find the best brunch in NYC, let everyone in the city know by downloading Wadju on the App Store or with Google Play, and start rating restaurants and dishes as you see fit!

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