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Brunch in the City!2 min read

pancakeJudy Shen, Langone MBA Class of 2013

Blue Water Grill
31 Union Square W
Looking to brunch in a relaxed yet proper setting, perhaps to bring your in-laws or date? You have to try this place! The Brunch menu boasts a variety of seafood selection, from lobster crab popover to crab cake benedicts. Prices are very reasonable once you factor in a complimentary alcoholic and hot beverage included with each brunch item. Also voted for the most expansive wine offerings in NYC, this restaurant is a good choice for business dinners.

Balthazar’s
80 Spring St
Okay, I’ll admit, I’m a Francophile and find all-things-French tres chic. Therefore, I allow myself to love this crowded, noisy, and snooty place that requires advanced reservation and takes limited walk-ins. I eat my brunch item just so I can get My main focus is dessert, although traditional brunch menu is also delicious. Prices are not always reasonable but you pay for the  added ambiance of transporting yourself in a Parisian Brasserie.

Public
210 Elizabeth St
This is where the hip and trendy ladies of Sex and the City would have brunched. Yes, this restaurant can flaunt it’s Michelin star like no other restaurants on this list can. Yes, it’s tucked in the NoHo neighborhood littered with tons of fun shops. And yes, each dish is creatively crafted and well-executed like a stellar business plan. Don’t miss waffles with yuzu whipped cream.

Essex
120 Essex
This place reminds me of the many childhood sleepovers I had with friends Elementary School – loud, young, yet extremely laid back. Expect to wait a ridiculously long time if you don’t have a reservation, so kids, be sure to call ahead. Brunch menu is diverse from traditional lumberjack pancakes, Mexican Matzo Brei, to yummy potato pancake. Did I mention brunch includes 3 free alcoholic drinks?

Spoon
17 W 20th St
This small and cozy restaurant in makes you feel right at home when you step in. The décor transforms you on a suburban farm. Water is poured in mason jars; food is savory and creative. A must-try if you are looking for a place to wind down.

Clinton Street Baking
4 Clinton St
This is one of the most popularly voted Brunch place in the City, but you might be wondering why I’ve never gone. Maybe it’s because I buy in the rumor that there is a ridiculously never-ending 2 hour line just to wait for the ridiculously delicious earth-shattering pancakes. It’s your choice; but let me know if the rumors are true.

Jane
100 W Houston St
Another ridiculously delicious brunch place with a ridiculously, long, line. Hey, NYC is indeed a one-of-a-kind place to be, so don’t be surprised when you have to wait in a one-of-a-kind line.

Bon appétit!

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