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NYC Brunch -- East Village / West Village

Updated on April 15, 2014

Head to the Village for some of the best brunch in NYC

Brunch in NYC is one of the Big Apple's great pleasures, and for strolling around after brunch, there's no better neighborhood than Greenwich Village. West Village or East Village, you'll find fabulous options in this list of best brunches. It's hard to beat the Village for sheer density of brunch spots, so choosing a restaurant may be even tougher than choosing an entree. Good luck & enjoy!

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East Village

NYC brunch -- Back Forty

190 Avenue B between 11th & 12th St.

Farm-to-table spot Back Forty boasts a great backyard.

Brunch served: Sat. 11-3, Sun. 11-3:30

Takes reservations? No

I'd order ... fresh doughnuts, grass-fed steak & eggs with pork yuca hash

NYC brunch -- Sunburnt Cow

137 Avenue C between 8th & 9th St.

A cute Aussie waitstaff and an all you can drink brunch bring crowds to the Sunburnt Cow.

Brunch served: Sat. & Sun. starting at 11

Takes reservations? No

I'd order ... Barrier Reef benedict, Queen Adelaide

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NYC brunch -- Prune

54 East 1st St. between 1st & 2nd Ave.

Renowned chef & memoirist Gabrielle Hamilton presides over Prune -- transcendent or overrated, depending on your P.O.V., but certainly worth a try if you can get in.

Brunch served: Sat. & Sun. 10-3:30

Takes reservations? Not for brunch

I'd order ... egg en cocotte, youth hostel breakfast

(photo: Timothy Vollmer)

NYC brunch -- Bourgeois Pig

11 East 7th St. between 1st Ave. & Ave. A

Dimly lit, velvet-sofa'd date spot Bourgeois Pig seems more appropriate for late-night, but on a damp, rainy day it could be just what the dr. ordered for brunch.

Brunch served: Sat. & Sun. 12-4

Takes reservations? No

I'd order ... French wine & sweets

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NYC brunch -- Cafe Mogador

101 St. Marks Place between Ave. A & 1st Ave.

The tiny brunch menu at Cafe Mogador includes Moroccan treats.

Brunch served: Sat. & Sun. 9-4

Takes reservations? No

I'd order ... Moroccan benedict

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NYC brunch -- JoeDoe

45 East 1st St. between 1st & 2nd Ave.

Try JoeDoe for self-described "aggressive American" cuisine featuring reimagined Jewish soul food and beer cocktails.

Brunch served: Sat. & Sun. 11-4

Takes reservations? Not for brunch

I'd order ... matzo brie with cilantro, corned duck hash

(photo: Benny Wong)

NYC brunch -- Mercadito

179 Avenue B between 11th & 12th St.

Find small plates with big Mex flavors at Mercadito.

Brunch served: Sat. & Sun. 11:30-4

Takes reservations? Yes

I'd order ... breakfast chili relleno, burrodo huevo

NYC brunch -- St. Dymphna's

118 St. Marks Place between 1st Ave. & Ave. A

Head to Irish bar St. Dymphna's for a straightforward brunch, a good mix of patrons & friendly service.

Brunch served: Daily 12:30-5

Takes reservations? Yes

I'd order ... Irish breakfast, build-your-own omelette

West Village

NYC brunch -- A.O.C.

314 Bleecker St. at Grove St.

Dine in the adorable garden at relaxed French spot A.O.C.

Brunch served: Sat. & Sun. 8-4

Takes reservations? Yes

I'd order ... a tartine and coffee, fuilles de brique with ratatouille

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NYC brunch -- Cafe Cluny

284 West. 12th St. at W. 4th St.

Cafe Cluny offers a compact but tasty brunch menu in an intimate bistro setting.

Brunch served: Sat. & Sun. 9-4

Takes reservations? Yes

I'd order ... pumpkin - goat cheese fritters, grilled shrimp salad

(photo: Alex Correa)

NYC brunch -- Cafe Loup

105 West 13th St. between 6th Ave. & 7th Ave. South

Cafe Loup has a 30+-year track record as a reliable neighborhood spot. Call about the Sunday jazz brunch

Brunch served: Sun 12-3:30

Takes reservations? Yes

I'd order ... smoked trout, steak & eggs

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NYC brunch -- Cornelia St. Cafe

29 Cornelia St. between Bleecker & West 4th St.

I have fond memories of Cornelia St. Cafe from a friend's performance art days. A feel-good place.

Brunch served: Sat. & Sun. 10-4

Takes reservations? Not for brunch

I'd order ... hummus plate, grilled chicken baguette

(photo: Jenny Poole)

NYC brunch -- Dell'anima

38 8th Avenue at Jane St.

Former Mario Batali restaurant staff turn out tasty Italian fare at Dell'anima.

Brunch served: Sat. & Sun. 11-3

Takes reservations? Yes

I'd order ... orange olive oil bundt cake, baked eggs with pancetta

NYC brunch -- Elephant & Castle

68 Greenwich Avenue between Perry St. & 7th Avenue South

35-year-old Elephant & Castle serves yummy pub grub to big crowds.

Brunch served: Sat. & Sun. 10-4:30

Takes reservations? No

I'd order ... apple, cheddar & walnut omelette; porridge brule

NYC brunch -- Extra Virgin

259 West 4th St. at Perry St.

Seafood specialist Extra Virgin offers spiffy outdoor seating.

Brunch served: Sat. & Sun. 11-4

Takes reservations? No

I'd order ... basque scramble, buttermilk oatmeal pancakes

NYC brunch -- Good

89 Greenwich Avenue between Bank & West 12th St.

New American spot Good is especially known for its sweets.

Brunch served: Sat. 11-4, Sun. 10-4, holiday Mondays

Takes reservations? Not for brunch

I'd order ... pear pecan crumbcake, banana cream cheese stuffed French toast

NYC brunch -- Home

20 Cornelia St. between Bleecker & West 4th St.

Home earns its name with delish comfort food.

Brunch served: Sat. & Sun. 10:30-4

Takes reservations? Not for brunch

I'd order ... cheddar-bacon grits, biscuits & gravy

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NYC brunch -- Jane

100 West Houston St. between LaGuardia Place & Thompson St.

Jane is a super-popular spot for nice New American food at moderate prices.

Brunch served: Sun. 10-4

Takes reservations? Yes

I'd order ... homemade granola, lobster benny

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NYC brunch -- Le Gigot

18 Cornelia St. between Bleecker & West 4th St.

Cozy Southern-French Le Gigot offers an $18 prix fixe brunch. Note: AmEx & cash only.

Brunch served: Sat. & Sun. 11-3

Takes reservations? Yes

I'd order ... le New Yorkais bagel, omelette paysanne

NYC brunch -- Little Owl

90 Bedford St. at Grove St.

Little Owl is known for budget-friendly Mediterranean; a cozy, nestlike vibe; and (of course) long waits for brunch.

Brunch served: Sat. & Sun. 11-2

Takes reservations? No

I'd order ... beignettes with Nutella & raspberry, cheddar leek omelette

NYC brunch -- Minetta Tavern

113 MacDougal St. between Bleecker & West 3rd St.

Minetta Tavern remakes vintage NYC cool in this beautiful-people spot that delivers good food, too.

Brunch served: Sat. & Sun. 11-3

Takes reservations? Yes

I'd order ... prawn salad, shirred eggs with morels & chervil

NYC brunch -- Ofrenda

113 7th Avenue South between Christopher & West 10th St.

Dig into upscale new-Mexican dishes at Ofrenda.

Brunch served: Sat. & Sun. starting at 11

Takes reservations? Yes

I'd order ... chilaquiles, cobb salad with tomatillo dressing

NYC brunch -- Spotted Pig

314 West 11th St. at Greenwich St.

Early on the gastropub bandwagon, Spotted Pig is one of those laid back but lovely NYC restaurants I can't believe I haven't made it to yet. Please try it for me & report back.

Brunch served: Sat. & Sun. starting at 11

Takes reservations? No

I'd order ... rainbow chard frittata, burger with roquefort

NYC brunch -- Tartine

253 West 11th St. at 4th St.

Lines are common at little BYOB Tartine, offering a $15 prix fixe brunch that makes the wait more tolerable.

Brunch served: Sat. & Sun. 10:30-4

Takes reservations? No

I'd order ... croque monsieur, eggs norvegienne

NYC brunch -- Wallse

344 West 11th St. at Washington St.

A "modern interpretation of classical Viennese cuisine" is how Wallse

describes itself. Intriguing.

Brunch served: Sat. & Sun. 11-2:30

Takes reservations? Yes

I'd order ... goulash with herbed spaetzle, pastry basket

NYC brunch -- Waverly Inn

16 Bank St. at Waverly Place

Clubby Waverly Inn pairs vintage atmospherics with upscale takes on brunch classics.

Brunch served: Call for hours -- 917-828-1154

Takes reservations? Yes

I'd order ... Dutch pancake, house-smoked sable with pickled beets

NYC brunch -- Westville

210 West 10th St. at Bleecker St.

If affordable eats that go (per Zagat's) "from greenmarket to plate with littler interference" is your cup of tea, try Westville.

Brunch served: Sat. & Sun. 10-4

Takes reservations? No

I'd order ... baked challah french toast, eggs with asparagus & parmesan

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NYC brunch -- Yerba Buena Perry

1 Perry Street

Get your Latin brunch on at Yerba Buena Perry.

Brunch served: Sat. & Sun. 11:30-3

Takes reservations? Only for groups of 6+

I'd order ... huevos rancheros, a caballo steak with fried eggs & plantains

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Did I include your top picks? Share your tips here.

Comments - What's your favorite brunch spot in the Village?

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Please visit my Colossal Squid Stars lens - this deserved featuring in my tribute!

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Blessed!

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Wow! What an extensive list! I hope hope hope I can try your recommendations later this year!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      great detailed places.

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      seosmm 5 years ago

      Wow, lots to choose from. Nice lens!

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      SUPER Lens.

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      Mickie Goad 6 years ago

      My husband was recently in NYC and had brunch somewhere; must run and ask him. Thanks for the share.

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