For the foodie-about-town, there are few things more gratifying than a leisurely weekend brunch amongst friends. In the West Village particularly, fashionistas and foodies co-mingle at the countless cafés that serve up near-perfect fare every weekend. While it’s hard to mess up a toasted bagel, the bearers of brunch below have truly elevated this midday meal into an art form.
Café Gitane: Located in the ever-popular Jane Hotel, Café Gitane’s French-inspired menu has made it one of the West Village’s most popular spots for both eating and celeb-spotting. Come for the pastries, stay for the people.
Tea & Sympathy: This cozy restaurant gets up extra-early on weekends to make room for the high demand their British brunch offerings draw. Whether you’re in the mood for bangers and mash or simply a scone with clotted cream, this delightful Greenwich Avenue café is helping New Yorkers get in touch with their across-the-pond appetites.
Blue Ribbon Bakery: Serving brunch every weekend, and situated within close walking distance of the Printing House, Blue Ribbon Bakery has earned itself a rabid following among brunch enthusiasts and late sleepers alike. Famous for their challah French toast and excellent egg dishes, this member of the Blue Ribbon mini-chain earns high marks with locals and out-of-town brunchers alike.
Jeffrey’s Grocery: While seafood may not be something most people typically associate with their midday meal, Jeffrey’s fresh fish and seafood selections have made converts out of even brunch traditionalists. With plenty of classic fare, like eggs benedict, in addition to an always-available raw bar, Jeffrey’s is one of the West Village’s freshest catches.
The Cornelia Street Café: Celebrating its 37th year in business, this café has earned iconic status in New York as an arts institution, but don’t let its impressive reputation intimidate you — they’re just as good at pastries and pancakes. This cafe is a great place for West Village denizens, such as those who reside in the nearby Printing House residences, to enjoy a tasty brunch amidst poetry.
Whether you’re in the market to nurse away last night’s party with bottomless Bloody Marys or simply celebrate the weekend somewhere serving eggs past noon, the West Village’s bountiful brunch options are sure to fit the bill.
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