Brunch is a staple experience when visiting New York City, although it can lead to drinking too many sugary mimosas and indulging in high calorie comfort foods. Luckily, a number of NYC brunch spots offer a more curative twist to this side of the local culture, including:
As the name states, Foragers Table in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood takes local sourcing to the next level. The restaurant even raises chicken and grows its own produce at a spot in the nearby Hudson Valley. This sustainable eatery transforms these local and organic ingredients into works of culinary art. You can even watch your brunch choice get prepared in the open kitchen — think items like egg white omelets laced with organic tofu and fresh greens, hearty vegetarian and grass-fed beef chilies topped with a soft boiled egg, and whole wheat waffles showcasing housemade bacon jam and seasonal berry marmalade. Because it’s near the elevated High Line Park, you can easily walk off your meal, too.
Brooklyn’s Hummus Market could bring out the vegetarian in anyone. Along with creative homemade hummus options gowned in soft boiled egg and eggplant, you can fill up on fresh Middle Eastern mezze platters, salads showcasing shaved Brussels sprouts, chopped kale and goat cheese, and a delicious onion stuffed with rice, raisins, pine nuts, kale and spinach and finished with a drizzle of date honey. For those looking to imbibe on a budget, Hummus Market offers $5 glasses of wine during brunch. In the warmer months, the laid-back patio is perfect for a lazy Sunday.
If you’re desiring a healthier bottomless brunch with outdoor seating to boot, Agave in the West Village is your spot. For $32.99, you can choose one entree plus two hours of unlimited wine, mimosas and margaritas. Opt for the “Energy Breakfast,” which is chock full of protein via scrambled egg whites, grilled chicken, mushrooms and spinach — plus fresh tomatoes that taste just-picked. Or chow down on another nutritious option: an egg white frittata with farm fresh veggies and goat cheese.
Looking for more delicate brunch fare? Cha-An Teahouse comes decked out in tatami benches and other traditional Japanese decor. This East Village restaurant features gorgeously plated affordable menu sets paired with a large variety of teas (as well as a buckwheat ale for healthy imbibers). Start with items like tofu and seaweed salad and seven-grain rice porridge before moving on to red bean butter toast, smoked salmon and Japanese pickles. But you also might want to give yourself permission to cheat for dessert, as Chef Tomoko Kato studied French pastry under a former White House pastry chef. Need more caffeine? Opt for the cold matcha latte with red bean — your call on whether to top with whipped cream.
If you’re a conscious diner, you will love by CHLOE, a vegan Kosher eatery with multiple locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Here you will find Instagram-worthy dishes, like lentil chia burgers spotlighting beet ketchup; quinoa and flaxseed oatmeal topped with additions like raw almond butter and raw cacao, and quinoa hash browns made spicy with smoked paprika. Even the comfort foods are nutritious, such as air-baked French fries and kale artichoke dip with almond “Parmesan.” Pair your brunch with a Harmless Harvest Raw Coconut Water or cold-pressed vegetable juice.