5 Different Ways to Do Brunch on the Upper West Side

What better way to spend a lazy Saturday or Sunday morning and afternoon than by enjoying a long, leisurely brunch? Whether you want the classic omelets, waffles, and two mimosas brunch, or you are looking for a meal that caters to your special dietary needs, here are some of the best brunch options on the Upper West Side.

Boozy Brunch

Brunch allows you to enjoy cocktails that you don’t get to drink at any other time of the day. Think about it, when are you going to drink a Bloody Mary except during brunch? To get your Bloody Mary fix, head to Sarabeth’s on Amsterdam Ave. The restaurant serves their cocktails with house made pickles. If tomato juice and vodka isn’t your thing, you can also enjoy classic brunch picks such as mimosas and bellinis.

If you can’t get enough of sangria, head to Calle Ocho. During weekend brunch, the Latin-inspired restaurant offers eight varieties of sangria, which is complimentary. There are some rules, though, to keep things from getting out of hand. For example, you can only order one glass at a time, and you can only get free drinks during your meal.

Popular Brunch

Sometimes, the best things are worth waiting for. Such might be the case for brunch at Good Enough to Eat. The restaurant has been keeping Upper West Siders fed and happy since 1981. It serves brunch on weekends until 4PM, and there’s almost always a line. The restaurant doesn’t take reservations, so if you want what plenty of people describe as the best brunch on the UWS, you’re just going to have to wait.

Classic NYC Brunch

For a classic NYC brunch experience, head to Barney Greengrass. It’s part deli, part formal restaurant, and it’s been around for 100 years. When getting brunch there, go for the whitefish on a bagel, but be prepared for a bit of a sticker shock. At just under $20, it might be the most expensive bagel you’ve ever purchased.

Gluten-Free Brunch

Cutting gluten from your diet doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to brunch. The Upper West Side has a few gluten-free brunch options. If you want to enjoy brunch at a place that’s been trained in the way to handle gluten-free foods, check out Nice Matin. The French bistro has a full gluten-free menu, as well as a standard menu. Staff at the restaurant have been trained and certified by the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America’s Gluten-Free Restaurant Awareness Program on how to prepare gluten-free options to avoid cross contamination.

Vegan Brunch

While brunch without eggs, butter, or bacon might seem sacrilegious to some, it’s just how things are for vegans, who don’t eat any animal products. To enjoy a brunch that’s free of animal products, but still delicious, head to Candle Cafe. The restaurant offers vegan twists on classic brunch dishes, such as pancakes and waffles. Craving protein? Check out the Nuevos Rancheros, which swaps out the eggs for tofu. A prix-fixe option for two is available, as well, which gives you two brunch dishes, two cocktails or smoothies, and dessert.

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