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The Best Brunch Spots for a NYC Day Date

By: Rachel Clayton

Brunch is almost inherently romantic in it’s pairing of breakfast and lunch – sorry dinner, this isn’t a thruple situation. That being said, sometimes brunches can feel just as chaotic as the clubs you were at last night or almost factory-like in their efficiency. When you need a romantic, unrushed experience to enjoy your favorite meal with your favorite person, these spots are where you should go.

The Best Couple's Brunch Spots

Amelie
22 W 8th Street, Manhattan

At night, this spot is a French wine bar, so you know that it’s got ambiance for days. With delicate, tiny lights dotting the walls in swirling patterns, pops of deep red on the walls, and billowy white canvas draped overhead, Amelie always has a romantic vibe. Their brunch is just as solid as their nighttime libation offerings, with French breakfast dishes like fluffy omelettes, Toulouse sausage, white white steamed mussels, and croque monsieur. If you’re really feeling French, you can skip these in favor of choosing from their extensive menu of cheeses and charcuterie, all washed down with an aperol spritz or espresso martini.

Amelie
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Freemans
Freeman Alley, Manhattan

When you’re tired of the brunch crowds, take your partner to Freemans. This tucked away spot is at the end of a graffiti covered alleyway, and will feel like your own little romantic brunch hideaway. Inside is a colonial tavern vibe with wooden tables, antique shelves stacked with books, and delicately framed illustrations. The food is thankfully more modern and leans toward New American fare, offering up oozing cinnamon rolls, skillet eggs, bison steak, and to die for banana pancakes. Their day time cocktail list is extensive and on point, so don’t make plans for the rest of the day and drink up.

Freemans
Credit: Freemans
The River Cafe
1 Water Street, Brooklyn

Brunch is always a special occasion, but if it’s really a special special occasion, go to The River Cafe. This iconic restaurant has been open for over forty years and has never once moved from it’s spot nestled under the Brooklyn Bridge. Make sure to ask for a window table, so you can enjoy the views of the water and the Manhattan skyline. Also available for your enjoyment is poached lobster, waffle eggs benedict, foie gras parfait, and a caviar service if you’re really fancy. This place is obviously pricey, but the quality of the food, service, and views make it worth it.

The River Cafe
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Buttermilk Channel
524 Court Street, Brooklyn

Quaint may be overused by restaurant reviewers everywhere, but sometimes a place is just the epitome of quaint – and that place is Buttermilk Channel. Super homey with simple decor, this place makes the most of its space with great chandelier lighting and an antique mirror. The wooden tables are long, so it’s perfect for the double or triple date you’ve been meaning to plan. Their brunch fare is on the heartier side, with pork chop & waffles, a full lox spread with New York rye, or the all-holy biscuits on the menu. They also have a variety of cocktails from both Bloody Marys to sparking delights, so no one will go thirsty. There can be a line here, so call ahead or come with patience.

Buttermilk Channel
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Coco & Cru
643 Broadway, Manhattan

As thrilling as a trip to Australia is, it’s perhaps not the first thing on your mind early in the morning. Luckily, at Coco & Cru you can get a taste of Sydney with the minimal effort of getting yourself onto the subway. This Aussie cafe is as bright and welcoming as the land down under with plenty of natural light, leafy plants, and bright yellow stools. The menu is vast and pretty healthy, so you can enjoy a southwest salad, marco bowl, or portobello mushroom sandwich with no guilt over sharing a plate of their buttery pancakes to finish the meal.

Coco & Cru
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Jack & Nellie's
10825 Ascan Avenue, Queens

For a perfect pair of lovers (that’s you!), head to the spot of another great pairing: Jack & Nellie’s. This is the Forest Hills brunch spot thanks to its quality offerings and great prices. The decor is simple and relaxed with a black bar, black mirror, and white walls for contrast. The best things here are the brunch classics, like french toast, eggs benedict, and their famous, huge portions of hash browns. They also have creative cocktails made with sake that clock in under $10 bucks so you can try them all and still feel fiscally responsible – you just won’t feel sober.

Jack & Nellie's
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The Edge Harlem
101 Edgecomb Avenue, Manhattan

This Caribbean restaurant owned and run by sisters has become a community hub, largely in spot to its relaxed and welcoming vibe. The spacious interior of The Edge Harlem is both hip and cute with brick walls, iron wrought accents, and bouquets of flowers at every table. In addition to a weekend brunch, they also have the rare weekday brunch, so if date night’s on a Wednesday morning, they’ve got you covered. Their menu is divided by countries, offering up Jamaican favorites (plantains, crab cakes, and jerk chicken), New York standards (bagel with lox or a veggie burger) and hearty English options (savory pie of the day, anyone). The service is lovely and the regulars are always friendly, so it’s the perfect spot for a good time.

The Edge Harlem
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Mominette
221 Knickerbocker Avenue, Brooklyn

In addition to being at the intersection of brunch and romance, Mominette also has both French and local, fresh ingredients to add to its boasts. This popular Brooklyn bistro has a stylish, unpretentious interior with artfully chipped vintage wallpaper, faded wooden tables, and newspaper clippings adding decoration to the walls. They also have a jungle-y back patio where you can enjoy your custom made omelette in the sunshine. The menu leans heavily on egg dishes, but they also have a few vegan options for the plant lovers among us. In addition to serving up pitchers of mimosas and sangria, they also have unusual brunch cocktail offerings like a hibiscus kir or lillet spritz.

Mominette
Mominette, Facebook
Bocaditos Bistro
4863 Broadway, Manhattan

When the morning person in the relationship pulling open the curtains to blast you with sunshine (it’s fair, you were sleeping on brunch time!) isn’t enough to fully wake you up, the bright yellow exterior of Bocaditos Bistro will do the trick. Inside is just as fun, with chandeliers dripping with roses, kitschy wallpaper, mounted tea plates and cups on the walls, and colorful bouquets of flowers everywhere. Aiming to bring French, Italian, and Latin cuisine to the table, their brunch menu is a delightful hodgepodge of croquetas, risottos, stuffed french toast, and Parmesan truffle fries. This place can be popular, so aim to come right when brunch starts at 10 am.

Bocaditos Bistro
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Leuca
111 N 12th Street, Brooklyn

If you’re dating a true foodie, impress them by heading to one of chef Andrew Camellini NoHo Hospitality Group’s spots, aka Leuca. Wood-fired southern Italian food is on the bill here, and you can enjoy it all in the perfect mixture of rustic and chic. Whether you dine around the giant wood bar on top of a classic Italian tile floor or in the main dining room dotted with curio cabinets laden with provincial plateware, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a Tuscan B&B. Along with their iconic wood-fired pizzas and Italian-ified breakfast dishes, they have a delightful list of refreshing spritzers to start your day off right.  

Leuca
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