OpenTable, the online restaurant reservation service, just announced its 2023 Edition of the 100 Most Popular Brunch Spots in America ahead of Mother’s Day. Of the six New York area restaurants that made the list, three can be found right on the Upper West Side. According to OpenTable, the list was compiled from restaurant reviews written by “real diners” on their website.
Tavern on the Green, located at 67th Street and Central Park West, scored 4.7 stars out of a possible 5. This historic site was originally designed by Calvert Vaux to shelter 700 sheep that once grazed the area before becoming a restaurant in 1934. Tavern on the Green offers brunch items which include a smoked bacon and scrambled egg pizza with shredded cheddar and micro greens for $21 and a Tavern French toast with strawberries, candied almonds and whipped cream for $23, among other options. Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cafe Luxembourg at 200 West 70th Street also scored a 4.7 on OpenTable. This French restaurant with Parisian flair offers half a dozen Island Creek Oysters for $24, or a lobster roll withPain de Mie, celery, lemon aioli and pickled peppers for $41. They also serve excellent comfort food, like the $26 croque monsieur with Pullman white bread, Berkshire ham, prosciutto di parma, gruyere and Mornay sauce. Add $2 for a sunny-side-up egg. Cafe Luxembourg serves brunch on weekends from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Rounding out the list with 4.6 stars is Cafe Fiorello at 1900 Broadway. This local favorite which has been running since 1974 serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Its ‘breakfast specialties’ include a smoked salmon & black caviar omelet with crème fraiche, red onion and an everything bagel for $38, and an artichoke frittata omelet for $26. Their robust menu has everything from pasta to pizzas to French toast and pancakes.
Let the debate begin, as none of these restaurants made the list of Best Upper West Side Brunch Spots we shared last November.