From comfort to classic, these 22 spots are the best brunches in town, guaranteed to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.

No one does brunch like New Yorkers, and we don’t stop brunching once children arrive. Brunch is that perfect mashup of sweet and savory dishes, with an option for every member of the family. We have plenty of picks for all types of eaters, from those with a serious sweet tooth to the more discerning lunch meat connoisseurs, and even some vegan and vegetarian-friendly locations. Read on for our favorite spots for kid-friendly brunch in NYC. And if this post leaves you hungry for dessert and pancakes, you can check out our picks for the best NYC pancakes and ice cream in NYC.

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1. For Feeling Like You’re Part of the Family: Jimmy’s Grand Cafe

When you eat at Jimmy’s, you’re part of the family. This community favorite huge space is casual, lively, and super friendly. Visit for diner vibes with large groups (there’s plenty of seating space) and large appetites (the menu options are incredibly varied, too).

The brunch menu includes American fare with a Dominican flair, like buttermilk pancakes, a few burger options, huevos rancheros, and more. And while a kid’s brunch menu is available, the adult portions are big and varied enough to share. If you’re planning a larger get-together, you can reserve a Brunch buffet for a party of 35 or more.

1001 Castle Hill Ave.

2. For a Healthy All-day Breakfast: Mottley Kitchen

This cafe is super cozy and modern, with a slick interior. You can also sit upstairs in the cute outdoor rooftop deck! Their all-day breakfast fare combined with the lunch menu is perfect for a brunchy experience any time. Choose from healthier options like the chicken grain bowl, egg dishes, or steak and onion sandwich. There are also plenty of vegan and vegetarian dishes like overnight oats, kale salad, and black bean soup.

You can often find community events here, like rooftop yoga and films, art installations, and even virtual cooking classes.

402 East 140th St.
South Bronx

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3. For an Israeli Spin on Brunch: Reunion

This Israeli cafe is a great option if you’re looking for a brunch that serves up something other than waffles and pancakes. Okay, they do serve pancakes, too. But besides that, you’ll find Middle Eastern dishes like schnitzel, cucumber salad, shakshuka, breakfast pita, shawarma, and more. Breakfast and lunch are served all day, until 5 p.m., so you can get your fix any time you crave it.

You have a choice of seating between the heated and covered outdoor seating or the cozy interior with vintage decor. Although the cafe doesn’t have a kids menu, staff is accommodating for their smaller patrons and can make modifications to the orders on request. There are also plenty of high chairs at their disposal, as well as safe and colorful children’s silverware for kids to use.

544 Union Ave.

4. For a Classic Diner and Tons of Character: Tom’s

Is it gourmet? No. But it is beloved, and with good reason. A classic diner that’s been around since the 30s, Tom’s is a neighborhood institution well on its way to becoming a city treasure.Serving classic diner food, including cherry lime rickeys and crab cakes, Tom’s is packed with both quirky decor and people. (You will probably have a short wait when you go, but the crowd is jovial and staff often pass out orange wedges to help fend off any hunger pangs.)

Insider Tip: Tom’s is within walking distance of the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, so it’s a good choice for before or after a visit. And breakfast is served all day! Note: It’s cash only, but there is an ATM on site.

782 Washington Ave.
Prospect Heights

5. For Brunch with a Side of Brooklyn: Sunday in Brooklyn

Want to experience full-on Brooklyn with your brunch? Head to this mega-popular spot not far from Domino Park for noshing and people watching. Brunch is served all week long, from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., though a reservation is recommended due to the place’s popularity.

The buzzy and casual main dining room hums with energy as favorites like decadent pancakes with hazelnut maple praline; cheddar scramble, and yes, avocado toast (with Calabrian chili, piparras, and watercress on toasted sourdough) emerge from the kitchen. Dishes offer a sophisticated twist on breakfast favorites new and old, and a serious, inventive and funny cocktail menu will please those who want to sample some spirits… because “every day should be like a Sunday in Brooklyn.”

Plus, there’s plenty of space to park strollers! There are some tables set up outside, as well as rooftop garden seating.

348 Wythe Ave.

6. For Indulgent Comfort Food: Buttermilk Channel

Another brunch hotspot for Brooklynites (read: lines can get long), Buttermilk Channel is probably not the place to go if you’re trying to watch your waistline. This place excels in sweet and salty elevated comfort food, making it an ideal place for some weekend indulgence. You can also opt for outdoor dining.

Brunch offerings include Pecan pie French toast, the benedict-like eggs Huntington (made with a biscuit), fried pork chops and cheddar waffles, egg scrambles with toast, hash, and salad—and more! It’s a good thing that brunch here is a weekend-only affair.

The kid’s menu serves up a full meal for just $15, including a main, a side, dessert and juice or milk. While you’re there, you can even grab the house-published cookbook or a tote bag.

524 Court St.
Carroll Gardens

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7. For a Cozy Brunch on the Upper East: The Penrose

The Penrose is a sure brunch winner with its French toast sticks, mac and cheese, a refreshing citrus crunch salad, popcorn chicken, and other fan favs. The whole place oozes calm and you’ll want to kick back in this cabin-like space or the dog-friendly outdoor patio all day. Brunch is served up Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

1590 Second Ave.
Upper East Side

8. For Doggie Brunch: Barking Dog

Bring all your children to Barking Dog—both the two-legged and four-legged kind! This dog- and kid-friendly establishment is a haven for dog lovers of all ages. Pooches are welcome to join families for brunch, with a seating area outside complete with watering fountains and the occasional treat from waitstaff. Kids also get a treat in the form of coloring books and crayons (though all the good doggos will likely keep them entertained enough!).

Brunch is a particular specialty of both locations, with a selection of yummy waffles, hearty sandwiches and burgers, frittatas, salads, and more. Brunch is served seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

329 West 49th St.
Hell’s Kitchen

1678 3rd Ave.
Upper East Side

9. For a Trip Down the Rabbit Hole: Alice’s Tea Cup

Fall down the rabbit hole at this whimsical Alice in Wonderland-inspired tea house. Every child will have a magical experience at Alice’s Tea Cup: On entering the establishment, children are sprinkled with fairy dust and told to make a wish! Your new little fairies might even get some wings to wear while they visit for a truly wonderful experience.

There are two locations in Manhattan: Chapter I is the original space with a large selection of Alice-themed shopping goodies, while Chapter II has the bigger space. Outdoor seating is available, though the outside seating is sometimes taken up by private events.

Both spots have a cozy and whimsical vibe, serving all kinds of tea with a varied menu of cakes, scones and sandwiches. You’ll also find heartier selections for the hungrier brunchers, like poached eggs with smoked salmon on a buttermilk scone. Yum! Adults can enjoy some tea-infused drinks, like the Mango Mate Mimosa.

Don’t have the time to sit and nosh? You can now drop by Alice’s To Go spot for some savory treats and a tea or coffee to enjoy on the run.

Various Locations

10. For Farm-to-table Fare: Friend of a Farmer

Friend of a Farmer takes farmhouse chic to a new level, complete with cozy indoor and outdoor farmhouse vibes and decor. Open for over 30 years, the restaurant prides itself on serving food using only local and fresh ingredients, which makes this one of the oldest “farm-to-table” spots in the city.

Brunch is served from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the menu is full of classic beloved dishes featuring eggs, fish and meats. Waffles and pancakes are also on the menu, with options that include fresh fruit. Pies, sandwiches and even soup are also up for grabs, as are a number of vegetarian options.

77 Irving Place
Gramercy Park

11. For a Savory Experience: Jane

All-week brunch at Jane’s is a more savory affair than in many other brunch hot-spots. Here, you’ll find dishes loaded with eggs, fish like tuna and salmon, spinach and goat cheese, and great extras like potatoes, chicken sausage, and more. Servers are accommodating to kids and offer smaller portions for the kiddos. The desserts are sure to be a crowd pleaser, like the “Milk & Cookies,” which features a scoop of vanilla gelato in ice-cold milk served with house-baked warm chocolate chip cookies. (Of course, adults can order this dessert, too. We see you salivating over there!).

100 W Houston St.
South Village

12. For Comfort Food Early: Good Enough To Eat

This Upper West Side mainstay (it opened its doors in 1981) starts serving yummy breakfast treats as soon as it opens, and offers more lunchy brunch options after 11 a.m. The menu has a ton of options to choose from, and everything is made from scratch in the kitchen daily, from locally sourced ingredients. Meals are hearty and packed with food, including egg dishes served with homemade biscuits and strawberry butter, sandwiches and melts, chili and salad options, and more.

If your family tends to have big appetites, the banana walnut pancakes are sure to keep your kids full ‘til dinner. Plus, all pancakes, waffles, and french toasts are served with the spot’s famous strawberry butter and maple syrup!

520 Columbus Ave. (at 85th St.)
Upper West Side

13. For a Classic New York Brunch in Central Park: Tavern on the Green

No trip to Central Park is complete without a visit to the historic Tavern on the Green, a restaurant that has captured the spirit of New York City since 1934. In 2014, co-owners Jim Caiola and David Salama (previously of Beau Monde and L’Etage in Philadelphia) re-opened Tavern with a completely redesigned space and menu and here’s what’s cool: The duo live around the block from the restaurant with their own kids so you can bet they wanted to make the restaurant a welcoming and fun place for families.

We approve of the fact that brunch service starts at 9 a.m. on both Saturdays and Sundays (and ends 3:30 p.m.), just in time for that much-needed second or third cup of coffee for exhausted parents. Kids will love the Tavern French Toast with fresh strawberries, candied almonds and whipped cream, while adults can enjoy the more sophisticated fare, like the organic Scottish salmon, served with roasted veggies, French lentils, and chive beurre blanc.

67th Street and Central Park West
Upper West Side

14. For Brunch with the Grandparents: American Girl Cafe

Bring your little ones and their accompanying American Girl dolls on a brunch date at the American Girl Cafe. This is truly a treat for little kids—waitstaff are great at making kids feel welcome and special, and there are even special seating arrangements for the American Girl dolls.

Though the meal is a full three-course lunch, you can definitely brunch it up at this special cafe. The menu includes kid-approved selections like pretzel bread, triple-stack grilled cheese, tic-tac-toe pizza, chicken with mushrooms and artichokes, and, of course, deserts a-plenty! Bring your sweet tooth, because you’ll definitely want to try the chocolate mousse flowerpot and seasonal sugar cookie!

75 Rockefeller Plaza

15. For a High-Energy, Fabulous Treat: Junior’s Restaurant

Grits are fan faves at this citrus-orange spot—they’re authentically buttery and add a perfect accessory to omelets in endless varieties. And if you’re steering clear of eggs, you’ll find griddle cakes, cheese blintzes, and oatmeal served in massive portions.

You can find Junior’s in three locations around the city, with the newest perched right on the edge of Times Square. Bonus: The griddles begin heating up at 6:30 a.m. seven days a week, which is perfect for those very early mornings. Sign up on the website to get a special treat: free birthday cake on your (or your kid’s) birthday!

Various Locations

16. For a Walk Back to Victorian Times: Lillie’s Victorian

There’s no shortage of atmosphere at Lillie’s, an inviting space that harkens back to Victorian times. We’re talking furnishings acquired from a Belfast mansion, stained glass from Milan and an antique marble bar.

“Delectable provisions” in the form of brunch are served up Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The kids will go nuts for the buttermilk pancakes (available without gluten, FYI) and you’ll love the eggs benny and guac toast.

249 West 49th St.

13 E 17th St.
Union Square

17. For Over-the-Top Milkshakes: Carnegie Diner

Who says milkshakes can’t be a brunch food? We think they should be considered a go-to at brunch and the chocolate pancake milkshake served at the Carnegie Diner does not disappoint. If that’s not enough to impress the entire family, consider such fun menu options as the pancake lollipops (mini silver dollar pancakes served on a lollipop stick). Located steps away from Carnegie Hall, your early birds will delight in the 7 a.m. start time for breakfast, while your later risers will appreciate that brunch is served all day, every day. And here’s something to look forward to: A Times Square location is coming in spring of 2023!

205 West 57th St.

18. For a Trip to Spain Without Leaving Town: Spanish Diner at Mercado

One of the best ways to start your Hudson Yards exploration: Brunch at Spanish Diner at José Andrés Mercado Little Spain. The diner, which opens daily at 7 a.m., is tucked right under the High Line. Egg fans take note: Egg dishes are a specialty here, with such offerings as classics like fried eggs served atop a bed of French fries. If your little ones prefer something sweet, the olive oil pancakes and Spanish-style French toast, soaked overnight in milk and then soaked in egg, are a must try.

10 Hudson Yards
Hudson Yards

19. For an Indoor Garden That Can’t Be Beat: Gnocco

East Village locals know all about the bliss that can be found at Gnocco, an Italian restaurant that’s been serving meals to neighborhood families for 20 years. If it’s available, opt for a table in the plant-filled, covered garden out back. The heated retreat is the perfect place to sip a cappuccino and watch as your kids relish their plate of fluffy pancakes or a Roman-style margherita pizza. Gnocco has a variety of options for patrons, whether you’re looking for a big bottomless brunch meal or some small a la carte bites—plus, there’s a menu for vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.

337 East 10th St.
East Village

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20. For a Hearty Meal: The Queensboro

The Queensboro is a popular neighborhood brunch spot for families, with brunch being served on Saturdays from 11 to 3 and Sundays from 10:30 to 3, this is the place to go if you want a hearty meal. Whether you’re in the mood for some eggs or a burger, the Queensboro has it. There’s also a children’s menu for younger visitors to choose from, with a selection of smaller kid portions of popular brunch dishes.

The space has many highchairs, so there’s always one on hand when it’s needed. The restaurant also keeps some coloring books for young patrons. When in doubt, ask a staff member: Waitstaff are happy to help parents choose the best dishes for all the family members.

80-02 Northern Blvd.
Jackson Heights

21. For Down-home Comfort Food: Mom’s Kitchen and Bar

With two locations, in Astoria and Midtown, Mom’s Kitchen and Bar is a must-stop if you’re craving some delicious food. The vibe is fun (don’t miss the Golden Girls prayer candles) and portions are absolutely huge.

There’s a great selection of pancakes that kids are sure to love, like mac ‘n cheese, Bedrock (which are made with Fruity Pebbles, topped with mixed berries, whipped cream and berry syrup), and apple cobbler. Another kid favorite is Big Mouth Shakes! Plus, the back of the menu has a super fun space for kids to create their own comics.

There are also heartier and less sweet options, like the revamped avocado toast (made with eggs, tomato, cucumber, pickled onions and house Hollandaise sauce on multigrain toast), shrimp and cheesy grits, and plenty more. Brunch is served seven days a week, all day long! That means you can grab brunch until midnight on some days, if the craving strikes.

3301 31st Ave.

701 9th Ave. at 48th St.

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22. For a Super Sugar Rush: Project Brunch

S’mores and oreo pancakes! Frozen coffee and hot chocolate in a jar! Project Brunch is every sweet brunch enthusiast’s dream. The dishes really hit the sweet spot—literally! Served with sugary toppings like cream cheese frosting and marshmallows, nuts and fruits, and plenty more. It might not be a healthy choice, but it sure is a delicious one. Although this brunch specialty spot is a fairly small space, it has a welcoming environment as well as indoor and outdoor seating, and is well worth a visit.

4553 Arthur Kill Rd.
Staten Island

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