15 August 2018
New York is one of our favourite destinations for a city break, and one of the things we love the most about this fast-moving, ever-changing metropolis is its fantastic food scene. A late breakfast in NYC is a must-do whatever else is on your itinerary; we’ve shared our top recommendations for a brunch to remember.
Katz’s Delicatessen, Lower East Side
This landmark no-frills café, which opened in 1888, combines a location famed for its appearance in When Harry Met Sally with theatrically gruff service and a menu of Jewish deli classics including hot brisket sandwiches, oversized omelettes and bagels. There’s a newer incarnation at the Dekalb Market Hall in Brooklyn.
Bubby's Tribeca and Bubby’s High Line
It doesn’t get much more American than Sunday brunch at these two vibrant eateries, one of which is in a prime spot for discovering the urban walkway of the High Line, an elevated former railway line through the Chelsea district. Choose from the unique delights of sourdough pancakes with fried chicken and bourbon maple syrup, soft-shell blue crab Benedict, overstuffed green omelette, cheese grits breakfast and much more besides.
Carnegie Deli at Madison Square Garden (seasonal)
Though the original and iconic Carnegie Deli on 7th Avenue closed down in 2016, its famous ‘stacked high’ pastrami sandwiches can still be enjoyed at its outlet at Madison Square Garden, using the same meat (cured and smoked in New Jersey) and bread from the same bakery.
“There are so many restaurants to choose from its hard to recommend one in particular, apart from Carnegie Deli. You would not believe the size of the portions you get in this place!”
Trish, Travel Counsellor
Sullivan Street Bakery, Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen
Cosy and laid-back, this pair of cafés by NYC bread supremo Jim Lahey offer a fairly small but irresistible all-day prima colazione menu including uovo in copetta (poached egg bowls) and salsiccia (soft-cooked eggs with spicy house sausage, Gruyère and fried sage. All dishes are available with caviar as a decadent optional extra.
Sarabeth’s Central Park South
Among the five branches of this local institution, this one stands out for its location opposite New York’s greatest green space. Expect to have to wait for a table for the weekend brunches (served until a very civilised 4 pm), but it’s worth it for the superb dishes including buttermilk pancakes, fat and fluffy French toast with strawberries or even short-rib hash with baked eggs, poblanos and tomatillo salsa.
Queens Comfort, Astoria
Across the Hudson west of Manhattan, a short stroll from the Museum of the Moving Image, this is a homely, quirky and much-loved spot for those who like their brunch with an edge. The choice is vast – the eggs Benedict section alone runs to an almost impossible array of choices, including versions with fried tilapia and Creole shrimp, with andouille sausage and pepper confit, with hot pepper jelly and fried green tomato, and even with bacon, fig jam and Brie.
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