Maialino (@ the Gramercy Park Hotel)
Maialino is a hard place not to like. It has a warm and inviting dining room that maintains a classy feel but is also accessible. It could be pretentious, but it's not. It is just a solid brunch spot. Maialino is great for groups, impressing friends and family, and I love the round tables. No matter where you sit, you aren't on top of the table next to you which is a problem many NYC restaurants have. It's been a Founders Favorite ever since BrunchCritic started. Just go there.
WHAT TO EAT
Get the Pecan Toffee Glazed Brioche Bun to start, and then move onto the Eggs Contadino which is Poached Eggs, Roasted Delicata Squash, and Brussels Sprouts. If you want something more meaty, the Roasted Pork and Fried Egg Sandwich is the way to go.
WHAT TO DRINK
As some of you may know, I'm partial to the Aperol Spritz, as I was Aperol's Chief Brunch Officer over the summer. Maialino makes it right, (3 parts Prosecco, 2 parts Aperol, 1 part soda water.)
Brunch reservations are accepted for parties of all sizes.