12 Brunch Places You Need to Try Now in Chelsea

The weekend’s coming, and we’ve got your plans right here. Before you hit the High Line, Chelsea Piers, or the Whitney, fuel up at one of the neighborhood’s best brunch spots. Below are 12 restaurants for farm-to-table burgers, bottomless margs, French toast, and even brunch on a boat. 



Bottomless brunch and Mexican plates make weekends even better. Head to Temerario (that’s Spanish for “daredevil”) on Eighth Avenue for steak and eggs with chimichurri, the excellent beer-glazed house burger, or chilaquiles. As for the bottomless drinks, it’s $20 for 90 minutes of mimosas, margs, or sangria. We’re guessing you’ll take that dare. 198 Eighth Ave., 212-645-2100,

The Frying Pan

Frying Pan

Docked at Chelsea Piers is one of the most popular restaurants in the city: the Lightship Frying Pan. This 1929-built vessel, along with the floating barge beside it, is now a full-service restaurant collectively known as Pier 66 Maritime. The counters at Pier 66 welcome diners May through October, as well as select days in April and October. Take in the picturesque views, and come as early for brunch as you can on crowded summer weekends. While you won’t find any eggs on the menu, you can enjoy a watermelon salad or fish ‘n chips at this breezy retreat on the Hudson River. Pier 66: W. 26th St., 212-989-6363,



Cookshop tops many a brunch list, and one look at the menu will prove why. This seasonal restaurant, its kitchen full of regionally sourced ingredients, serves a range of sweet and savory goodness at brunch. That means everything from chocolate babka to chicken liver mousse on toast to a barbeque sandwich made with grass-fed beef. From there, the hits keep coming. Cookshop also has sidewalk dining in warm weather. 156 10th Ave., 212-924-4440,

The Donut Pub

The Donut Pub

If it’s a doughnut kind of weekend, head to The Donut Pub on 14th Street. This 1964 bakery/diner maintains its old New York charm while keeping updated with items like the Croissant Donut and cold brew coffee. Order a cruller, a Birthday Cake donut, or an apple fritter with a cup of coffee, sit at the counter, and enjoy some of the best breakfast pastries around. Bonus: it’s open 24 hours! 203 W. 14th St., 646-398-7007,

Gallow Green

Gallow Green

The hotel where Sleep No More is staged also happens to have a lovely rooftop garden for drinks and dining. Visit Gallow Green for al fresco brunch in warmer months and a winter feast at its cold-weather pop-up, The Lodge. Current brunch options include Eggs Florentine, avocado toast, and a Scottish-style breakfast plate. 542 W .27th St., 212-564-1662,

Empire Diner 

Mid-century elegance and all-day breakfast? Score. Snap Mad-Men-themed selfies galore at Empire Diner, serving elevated diner fare daily. Choose among dishes like the falafel burger, rye pancakes topped with apples, and a house omelet made with Boursin cheese and fresh herbs. 210 10th Ave., 212-335-2277,


Plant-based brunchers should head to Blossom for filling, creative vegan food. On the menu you’ll find their iterations of brunch staples like French toast and eggs benedict—or Tofu Benedict, as the case may be. Mimosas and bellinis are also served during brunch at this homey neighborhood restaurant. 187 Ninth Ave., 212-627-1144,

Momofuku Nishi

David Chang’s Eighth Avenue outpost serves Italian-inspired food, and the results are a smash. Weekend brunches at Momofuku Nishi are well worth the inevitable wait, with brown butter pancakes and Ceci e Pepe pasta topped with a fried egg on the menu. Sandwiches, pizza, and drinks like the Witch Daisy also make an appearance. 232 Eighth Ave., 646-565-4109,


If you’re craving avocado toast, head to Citizens. This breezy Australian cafe has you covered with the Smashing Avocado, made with feta and fresh cilantro, as well as healthy veggie bowls and Super Fun Happy Bowls like Rose Grain Porridge. Pair with a pretty Velvet Latte, and fire up your Instagram for a healthy and very photogenic brunch.  401 W. 25th St., 212-372-7663,

Foragers Table

Attached to Foragers Market, this sunny restaurant sources regional ingredients for its artful and always appetizing cuisine. Come for a brunch of vegan Farmhouse Shakshuka or very un-vegan organic Chicken & Waffles (with bacon inside the waffle—yum!). Seasonal cocktails and local beer and ciders are also on hand. 233 Eighth Ave., 212-243-8888,

El Quinto Pino

Among Chelsea’s many tapas places is El Quinto Pino, which serves a pared-back brunch menu on weekends. That’s fine with us, since the restaurant’s star dish, the Uni Panini, makes an appearance. Snack on small plates like crispy chickpeas and churros, or larger egg dishes like the Pisto Manchego (veggie stew with poached eggs). Order a Spanish sparkling wine or a cocktail like the Pomada (basil gin lemonade, frozen) while you’re there. 401 W. 24th St., 212-206-6900,

Sullivan Street Bakery

Sullivan Street Bakery

It’ll be a quick, casual affair at Sullivan Street Bakery—both because they don’t offer table service, and because you’ll devour your selection in mere seconds. This is Jim Lahey’s renowned bakery, inspired by Italian recipes. Come grab a cream-filled bomboloni, panini made with house-baked bread, or slice of pizza from behind the counter, and take your baked goods to High Line Park for a picnic brunch. 236 Ninth Ave., 212-929-5900,

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Merrill Lee Girardeau lives and writes in Brooklyn.

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