6 Midtown Brunch Spots You Need to Try

You’re looking for a bite before your Sunday matinee. Or maybe you’re staying in Hell’s Kitchen and looking to refuel after a night out. In a crowded field of options, Midtown West has some outstanding options for your weekend brunch. Get your fix of eggs benedict, French toast, mimosas and more at the following restaurants in Hell’s Kitchen and Times Square. 

The Long Acre Tavern 

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Times Square was once named Long Acre Square, and its current namesake can be found at The Long Acre Tavern. This bar/restaurant, in addition to serving fantastic burgers and screening sports daily, is a perfect brunch spot at the heart of the city. Order indulgent entrees like pancakes with coconut cream sauce and lime butter, or BBQ Pulled Pork Benedict with chipotle hollandaise on a biscuit. Enjoy a Breakfast Burger with fries, or chicken and waffles with herb butter. Special brunch cocktails include the Tavern Mimosa with cointreau and a pitcher of Bloody Marys for just $20. 146 W. 47th St., 646-649-3587,

The Marshal

the marshal eggs brunch

The Marshal, a small and mighty favorite in Hell’s Kitchen, boasts farm-to-table goodness, much of it cooked in their wood-burning oven. That includes their hash recipe, currently featuring braised short rib, poached eggs, and veggies. Hearty entrees also include the Wood Oven “Grilled” Cheese and Bacon sandwich and local vegetable omelet with Vermont Creamery goat cheese. Be sure to start with some homemade biscuits with honey butter (yum!). Your standard brunch cocktails are not so standard here, as they’re made with thoughtful ingredients like regionally sourced tomato juice in the Bloody Mary and local sparkling wine in the mimosa and Bellini. 628 10th Ave., 212-582-6300,

DB Bistro Moderne 

DB Bistro Moderne

Renowned chef Daniel Boulud offers a refined cafe near Times Square in DB Bistro Moderne. Their upscale weekend brunch menu features classic breakfast fare like yogurt parfait alongside savory French dishes like dover sole meuniere and lobster salad. For something sweet, order the Pistachio French Toast with huckleberry jam, vanilla chantilly cream, and maple syrup. Prix fixe options offer a choice of two or three courses. 55 W. 44th St., 212-391-2400,

Victor’s Cafe

Go Cuban in the Theatre District at Victor’s Cafe. Sit beneath the sunny skylight and enjoy a Cubana Frittata made with chorizo, potato, and plantains. The cafe also serves brunch mains like the house special ropa vieja, a Cubano sandwich, and torrejas: French toast stuffed with guava and cheese. You can also start with fresh ceviche or plantain croquettes with pork and black beans. Bring on the pitchers of Cuban sangria if you’re looking for a cocktail. 236 W. 52nd St., 212-586-7714,

The Meatball Shop

The Meatball Shop

Come to this breezy, crowded restaurant on Ninth Avenue for a ballin’ brunch. The Meatball Shop’s brunch menu offers special dishes like pork meatballs on a biscuit with gravy, eggs Benedict with lobster meatballs, Chicken Scramballed Eggs, and Breakfast Smash. There are also veggie balls on offer. The restaurant’s excellent bowls and salads are available during brunch as well. 798 9th Ave., 212-230-5860,

Vida Verde

Vida Verde brunch

Vida Verde’s Boozy Brunchacha takes brunch from good to great. This prix fixe option offers weekenders one entree and three drinks for $45. Choose from cocktails like Bloody Maria, margarita, and passion fruit bellini. You and your friends can also order a pitcher of margaritas for $45, with flavor options like tamarind and mango habanero. This Mexican bar and restaurant serves all your favorites during brunch, like tacos, guac, and quesadillas. Their brunch specialties include an enchilada with scrambled eggs and cheese and Hangover Crepes with Nutella. 248 W. 55th St., 646-657-0565,

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