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NYC's 5 Best Offbeat Brunches

February 7, 2017 - by Chelsey Grasso
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Brunch has officially become a thing, especially in the always fashionable world of New York City. While a few Manhattan hot spots have seemed to gain cult followings (and subsequently, two-hour-long waits), NYC is a trove of alternatives. Rounded up below are NYC’s five best offbeat brunch options. Each offers something unique, from a cabaret show to a doughnut-biscuit breakfast sandwich.

Best of NYC Brunches: The Grand Tier (Upper West Side) 

The Grand Tier  

Eat brunch in one of New York City’s most spectacular locations: The Met Opera. House restaurant The Grand Tier is now open on Sundays, serving up a $39 brunch prix fixe that includes unlimited Grand Tier bellinis with prosecco. Brioche French toast (roasted honeycrisp apples, whipped mascarpone, and walnuts), Benedict Royale (poached eggs, Niman Ranch Jamon Royal, gruyere, cornbread, roasted potatoes, hollandaise sauce), and lemon ricotta pancakes (with huckleberry compote) are all on The Grand Tier’s impressive brunch menu. 150 W. 65th St., 212-799-3400, patinagroup.com

Best of NYC Brunches: Cosme (Flatiron)

If you’re getting bored of the traditional American brunch, Cosme should be on your bucketl ist. Their brunch menu includes seafood-stuffed avocado; egg sope with chorizo,refried black beans, and salsa verde; and duck enmoladas with mole rojo and crème fraiche. As for your brunch dessert (yes, every brunch needs a dessert course), enjoy the churros and Mexican hot chocolate or husk meringue corn mousse. Let your palette get excited. 35 E. 21st St., 212-913-9659, cosmenyc.com

Best of NYC Brunches: Don’t Tell Mama (Midtown West)

Don'te Tell Mama

Don’t Tell Mama isn’t just a restaurant — it’s a piano bar and cabaret, providing high-quality entertainment in addition to its savory brunch menu. You can purchase tickets ahead of time for either the 12pm or 2pm Sunday brunch (that’s right, go ahead and sleep in!) that’s rightfully titled “Broadway ‘Boozy’ Brunch” (expect unlimited bellinis, Bloody Marys, and mimosas). In addition to a tasty brunch, the Piano Bar staff will perform a cabaret show, keeping you thoroughly entertained while you guzzle down your breakfast. 343 W. 46th St., 212-757-0788, donttellmamanyc.com

Best of NYC Brunches: B.B. King Blues Club & Grill (Midtown West)

Beatles fans and gospel music lovers flock to B.B. King Blues Club & Grillevery Saturday and Sunday, when Saturday Beatles Brunch and Sunday Gospel Brunch are stealing the show at this renowned dining spot. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat homestyle buffet while you take in the talent of either the tribute band Strawberry Fields (featuring past cast members from Broadway’s Beatlemania) or the Harlem Gospel Choir. 237 W. 42nd St., 929-324-7409, bbkingblues.com

Best of NYC Brunches: Blue Smoke (Flatiron) 

Blue Smoke

How does a Southern brunch sound to you? Amazing? We thought the same thing. Blue Smoke’s main dishes are about as unique as they come, starting with the Bright-Eyed Breakfast Sandwich, which is made with a biscuit doughnut that’s been stuffed with a fried egg, pimento cheese, and spicy fried chicken. Looking for something a bit meatier? Then the lamb belly hash with pickled sweet peppers and a sunnyside-up egg should be right up your alley. Additional location in Battery Park. 116 E. 27th St., 212-447-7733, bluesmoke.com

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