1. Norma's at Le Parker Meridien
Norma’s, the famed brunch spot at Le Parker Meridien hotel, is best known as the home of the $1,000 omelette (eggs, lobster, and approximately $995 worth of caviar). yes,that's right- $1,000 for your eggs. Don't think it's not worth it though, as a brunch at Norma's starts off with a sample of the day’s fresh fruit smoothie. Here, the high ceilings and even higher prices gives off a modern yet classic feel. With a menu that reads like a book of cute one-liners (“Rabbit Food,” “Breakfast—if you party like a rock star”), the food doesn't lack in taste or sophistication. In fact, a Sunday without Norma just wouldn't be the same. We suggest the rustic eggs Benedict with artichoke and porcini-truffle sauce or the apple and red-pear crêpes.
118 West 57th Street
2. The Mark
The posh restaurant by none other than Jean-Georges in the ultra-chic Upper East Side Mark Hotel is not only as stunning as those who dine there, but the food is something to talk about. The back of the dining room, set under a glass skylight, makes for the perfect backdrop to enjoy a relaxing brunch amongst an upscale scene. With options such as home-made granola and crushed raspberry yogurt parfait, truffle pizza (a personal favorite- served all day), or the brunch rendition of the smoked-salmon pizza, which is rimmed an “everything bagel” crust and other traditional brunch-like choices, the menu will leave you confused on what not to order. For a little punch, try on of their fruit-themed cocktails while people watching the afternoon away.
25 East 77th Street
Step into Balthazar and you will find yourself in a Parisian brasserie that is so authentic, it has remained one of New York's favorite dining destination for years longer than any other. With tables everywhere, reservations are still almost impossible to snag, but an afternoon meal here is well worth the wait. With a bakery next door, creating fresh French delights daily, we assure you will have some of the best baked goods, to rival those in Paris.
80 Spring Street
Sarabeth's omlettes marry fillings of taste and texture to make you wish you had ordered two and her baked goods are beyond memorable. It is American comfort food with the occasional twist. With a brunch this good, it's no wonder reservations are so difficult to come, so in honor of thirty years of filling hungry stomachs, Sarabeth Levine just opened her fourth location in Tribeca which is the largest location.
5. Clinton St. Baking Company
I have two words for you: PANCAKE MONTH.
On a brisk February morning, I was informed of Clinton Street Bakery's famed pancake month and naturally hopped in a cab downtown to put my name on the Two hour wait list. Yes, two hours and worth every minute and every bloody marry I drank throughout my wait. Offering special flavors throughout the month such as, poached pears, Japanese pumpkin, crunchy banana, caramelized pineapple, chocolate chunk and almond frangipane, this is the breakfast everyone dreams of. The rest of the menu which includes brioche french toast and a smoked salmon scramble keeps this tiny 32-seat spot packed. Using the freshest ingredients, hand-mixed in small batches, husband and wife team, Neil Kleinberg and DeDe Lahman have created a restaurant that consistently tops the best brunch lists in New York.
4 Clinton Street