Blue Ribbon Bakery is a BrunchCritic favorite and a reliable, consistent hit. Sit downstairs where you can dine in a very cozy, brick-enclosed space. The cavernous space is also the location of the bakery (complete with a 150-year-old brick oven), and you will indulge in the sweet smells of the bakery when walking by. Blue Ribbon is a great place for entertaining out-of-towners who are looking for an iconic NYC brunch.
Group Tip: book the private dining room that seats 8 - 12 people for special occasions. \
WHAT TO EAT
While anything you order will be good, Blue Ribbon has two eggs dishes that really stand out. Their version of the Benedict is made with Spinach, Mushrooms and Bacon topped with Hollandaise Sauce. Really, more restaurants should do their poached eggs this way as the spinach and mushrooms add great flavor. The Blue Benedict is also a crowd favorite, made with Cotto Ham, Jarlsberg, and Tomato on Toasted Challah Bread.
WHAT TO DRINK
You won't be limited here. In addition to Bloodys and Mimosas, the full wine menu is available too.
BC is a big fan of Cafe Luxembourg. It's a classic brunch spot in the UWS that has a serious & sophisticated air about it. Good food, French attitude, and the occasional sighting of high profile business people and celebs.
We recommend Brunch Reservations for sure. And the eggs bene.
Good brunch spot to bring parents or grandparents.
Jeffrey's Grocery is one of those local hangouts that instantly makes you feel comfortable. Jeffrey's is a smallish place, so it's ideal for groups of 2-4 people, and is also a good choice for a "solo-brunch" at the bar. It's totally worth the subway ride if you're not in the area.
What to Eat
We haven't been this excited about a brunch dish in a long time. Jeffrey's does a new twist on the classic eggs benedict, serving it with crispy pork belly rillette and a nice, light, roasted tomato hollandaise. Really it's incredible. (What does rillette mean you ask? Meat is cubed, salted, cooked slowly in it's own fat until tender enough to be shredded.)
What to Drink
Jeffrey's has customizable bloody Marys, with your choice of traditional, dill, or cilantro-infused vodkas. AND bloodies are served with a beer chaser.
First come, first serve. Brunch reservations not accepted.