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Best Upper West Side Brunch Spots

Best Upper West Side Brunch Spots

Brunch is one of our favorite meals only because it starts late, happens on a weekend, and may include a little morning aperitif.  The Upper West Side has some of the best spots for gathering the posse on a Saturday or Sunday before an afternoon at Central Park, or the American Museum of Natural History. The following Upper West Side brunch locations are sure to please the palette.  Let’s eat!

If you ever hang out uptown, make sure to check out these great spots for brunch in Washington Heights!

Brunch on the Upper West Side

Sarabeth’s

best brunch upper west side

best brunch upper west side

This is the classic, the very first Sarabeth’s location and for 30 years or so, it has raised the bar on most every meal of the day.  For those hearty, up-and-at-‘em-weekend people, brunch starts at 8am, so we can also classify Sarabeth’s as a prime Upper West Side breakfast spot.  But, it does go until 4pm for those who like to sleep in. But, let’s talk about the food:  traditional oats and granola, and some nice twists on the basics, like Pumpkin Waffle, Almond-Crusted French Toast, and Four Flowers Juice which features orange, fresh pineapple, banana and pomegranate juice.  Their Three Pepper Home Fries have received some nice mentions.  423 Amsterdam Avenue (at 80th St.)

 

Good Enough to Eat

best upper west side brunch spots

best upper west side brunch spots

How lucky are we that Chef Carrie Levin choose the Upper West Side for her hugely successful “traditional American cuisine” Upper West Side restaurant, opened in 1981.  Levin’s training began in France, then continued in England before apprenticing at the Four Seasons. Highlights include the biscuits with strawberry butter, and the items named for NYC neighborhoods, like the Little Italy, and the Gramercy Park. That should elicit some interesting table discussion.  Their extensive list of “extras” should fill any gap on your plate. 520 Columbus Avenue (at 85th St.)

 

Calle Ocho

brunch on the upper west side

brunch on the upper west side

Bottomless sangria.  OK, got your attention, didn’t we?   Brunch is served with a Cuban/Latin twist so expect entrees to include traditional ingredients of the culture, like Pico de Galle, avocados, salsa, and chipotle.  Expect the “most amazing” rolls with passion fruit butter when seated, and then have fun choosing from eight sangria selections. But, as their menu advises (under “house rules”), to drink slowly as they pack a punch.  Gotta try it! 45 West 81st Street (At Columbus Ave.)

 

Nice Matin

upper west side brunch

upper west side brunch

Here we have another top-notch chef with a coveted “3-star” review from the New York Times.  And “best chef 2003” award from New York Magazine! The graduate from Culinary Institute of America has certainly made his mark, and how lucky is the UWS to have him.  This place has it all.  Rave reviews for its food, service and a not-too-bad wait time.  The spicy lamb sausage scramble with tomatoes, onions and cream caught our eyes.  Listed on the menu is “cure 81 ham,” which we found out means that it’s extra, extra lean, and cut in a spiral.  The things we learn!   201 West 79th Street (at Amsterdam Ave.)

I hope these restaurants will be your guide to a wonderful brunch on the Upper West Side!

 

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MJ Goff

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Freelance writer and author, MJ Hanley-Goff, found her life's passion while composing high school essays. Since then, she's enjoyed a successful writing career which began at Long Island's Newsday, and then moved to the Times Herald-Record in Orange County. She's a regular contributor to Orange Magazine which covers the talented craftspeople of the area, and to the award-winning site, WomanAroundTown.com, which features entertainment, book reviews, and trending topics of interest to its New York City audience. The mom of "the best two daughters," MJ is also a writing teacher, high school essay helper, and book coach. Read her blogs at www.JoyfulWriting.com.
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