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Pancakes & Prosecco: NYC’s Best Boozy Brunches

In New York City, brunch is a religion. Come Sunday morning, it’s hard for a New Yorker to walk past a restaurant with a sign  reading ‘$15 bottomless brunch’ out front. Before they know it, they’re seated at a table, ordering eggs benny and their second mimosa.

Finding a worthwhile boozy brunch is like finding gold — especially in this expensive city. Lucky for you, we’ve done the hard yards and found those spots. Headed to NYC soon? Here are its best boozy brunches:

Carroll Place

You’ll find Carroll Place tucked away in NYC’s West Village. It’s an Italian-American gastropub, known for its wood fire pizza and extensive wine list. But on the weekends, it turns brunch into an event.

If you pop in from 11am to 4pm, you have the option to participate in its bottomless brunch deal: two hours of unlimited drinks with any entree for a bargain $27 (AUD$38).

Dig into the pancakes topped with banana chocolate chip gelato if you have a sweet tooth. For something more savoury, order the Buon Giorno pizza topped with truffle cream, fresh Mozzarella, mushrooms, and sunny side up eggs. Two hours will be up before you know it, and you’ll no doubt be making plans for your next visit.

157 Bleecker Street, New York, NY

The Penrose

If you find yourself on the Upper East Side, pop into The Penrose for brunch. It feels like you’re stepping into a 1920s speakeasy as it’s decorated with exposed brick, dim lighting, old leather sofas, vintage decor, and jazz music softly playing in the background. While this place is a top spot for getting a cheeky drink at night, you must come back in the morning to experience its brunch.

The Penrose has a creative brunch cocktail list filled with drinks such as a Cold Brew Negroni and a Beet Bloody Mary (made with beet, apple, and orange juice). But don’t overlook the food. You’ll find an eggs benny with short rib, fried chicken and waffles, and mushroom and goat cheese omelette on the brunch menu.

1590 2nd Ave, New York, NY

Agave

You’ll need to book a reservation for brunch at Agave as it’s a popular spot among locals and tourists. It’s known for having a Southwest-inspired menu and has a reputation for its epic brunch. For $35 (AUD$50), customers can choose one of 15 entrees, plus two hours of bottomless drinks.

On its brunch menu, you’ll find lobster benedict, three beef hash, and cinnamon brioche French toast. Staying true to its Southwest theme, margaritas, mimosas and wine are the drinks options.

140 7th Ave, New York, NY

Calle Ocho

You’ll want to make a special visit to the Upper West Side to participate in brunch at Calle Ocho. It seems quiet on the outside, but once you’re in, it’s a Latin fiesta. Sit down and take your time eating one of their 12 entrees, all priced at $39.94 (AUD$57). You’ll be served free sangria throughout the course of your meal — but once you take that last bite, the drinks stop flowing.

Try the Ropa Vieja (Cuban style shredded beef mixed with onions and capsicum, topped with a fried egg) or make room for the tostada de coco rallado (French toast dipped in coconut-based egg nog, topped with roasted coconut, berries, and maple syrup). Lucky Central Park is a few blocks away — you’ll want to lay down in the meadow or take a stroll after this dining experience.

45 W 81st St, New York, NY

Hotel Chantelle

Hotel Chantelle gives you a rooftop setting, bottomless brunch, and trendy NYC vibes on the Lower East Side. Make a reservation to participate in its bottomless brunch, and you definitely won’t regret it. For $35 (AUD$50), you’ll get one hour of unlimited brunch cocktails, plus an entree.

The Spanish baked eggs are worth the deal alone. Brunch cocktails include a drink called the Gunslinger, which is mixed with mezcal, guava, blackcurrant, lime, and ginger beer. It’s deadly.

92 Ludlow Street, New York, NY

Harry’s Italian

If you’re visiting the 9/11 Memorial in NYC’s Financial District on a weekend, find Harry’s Italian on Murray Street and do brunch. (Its other locations are on Gold Street and Rockefeller Plaza.)

The menu here is jam-packed with creative Italian breakfast options such as egg paninis, Nutella French toast, and egg pizzette. All items are priced at $28.95 (AUD$41) and include two hours of bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary’s.

The restaurant itself is located right along the Hudson River. Before you step into a food coma, check out the activities happening on Pier 25 and get an epic Instagram shot of the Freedom Tower.

225 Murray St, New York, NY

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Published 13 May, 2019