Cozy Winter Brunch Spots in Manhattan and Brooklyn

We’ve got a winter storm headed our way. I’ve heard conflicting reports; one of them said we were getting 30 inches of snow, another said we were getting 3.  The most recent report a few hours ago was 8-12 inches by tomorrow morning.

For one thing, I’m pretty fired up. It’s been a weak winter in terms of fun, white snow. I can’t complain about the unusually high temperatures we have had, (remember I’m

originally from Southern California), but snow is always welcome, to me anyways. Something about blizzards and snowy days just makes the City seem so much calmer and quieter.

Thus said, it’s a perfect time to release our Cozy Winter Brunch Spots List. We’ve made a few additions to last year’s list. Hopefully the brick walls, nooks, crannies, and fireplaces are welcomed by you. And if you are bundling up inside this weekend, this list still should be helpful on cold, non-storm, weekends.

If you think we left anything off the list, or want to add, let us know! Hit us up on Twitter, leave a comment below, post on Facebook or email me at andrea@brunchcritic.com.

Cozy Winter Brunch Spots

Grand Central’s 100 years and brunch nearby.

Grand Central Station turned 100 years old this weekend. And, we receive a lot of questions about what brunch spots are nearby. While the immediate area around Grand Central is totally lacking in great restaurants and brunch, I am a fan of The Shop at the Andaz Hotel and it’s just a few blocks away. If you are

riding solo, the cafe area in the front is casual and easy going. Not a bad spot to pull up a stool and read the morning Times. And of course for a group, the main area will suit you well. Since The Shop is part of the Andaz Hotel, you’re looking at hotel prices. But it’s the price you pay for finding a legit brunch spot in a funny party of midtown. Click here for a map and other details about The Shop.

And in honor of Grand Central’s centennial, here are a few fun facts about it:

  • Grand Central’s doors were opened on midnight, February 2, 1913.
  • Adjusted for inflation in today’s terms, the station cost $2 billion to create.
  • 750,000 visitors pass through the Grand Central daily.
  • 19,000 items are found in the lost & found each year.

For more random fun, check out the Daily Beast’s list of 100 facts about Grand Central. It’s actually kinda cool:  DailyBeast 100