There is something decidedly glamorous and 'NYC weekend' about brunch. Chic and sophisticated brunches let you bring to life that Manhattan daydream of swanning around in an oversized shirt or lounging in your dressing gown with the papers while sipping a strong cup of coffee. Or you can just hug your cuppa in your comfiest PJs – it's up to you – but we've rounded up a few great options for when brunch calls.
Carluccio's is a classy affair – and its elegant and refined menu reflects this. There's Eggs Benedict – perfectly poached eggs with thick-sliced ham, drizzled with a silky hollandaise sauce and toasted Italian bread; but you can swap out the ham for smoked salmon to make an Eggs Royale, or for spinach to make an Eggs Florentine.
We like the chic simplicity of the Eggs and Pancetta – which is basically the super fancy pants version of bacon and eggs on toast. Best enjoyed washed down with a fine Italian espresso. Bellissimo.
Where: Carluccio's, various locations
It's time to live The American Dream. Or if not live it – eat it. The Manhattan Grand Slam is the full works; fried eggs, hash browns, bacon, sausages, roast cherry tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms, good old-fashioned baked beans and a pile of white buttered toast.
But if you've got a sweet tooth, you need to go for the Brooklyn or Waffles Breakfast. You've got most of the components of the Manhattan, but with either a stack of buttermilk pancakes or fluffy waffles, with everything drenched in sugary 100% Grade A Canadian Ember maple syrup.
Where: TriBeCa, various locations
3. Le Pain Quotidien
These guys have a mega-menu of brunch options, with a range of mighty cooked breakfasts, virtuous fruit and granola options, and a variety of French pastries. However, for couples who can't decide what to order, this place has saved you the squabbling with a Breakfast in Bed for Two: avocado toast, scrambled eggs, fruit salad, granola, orange juice, and a choice of salmon, feta and prosciutto to finish it off – likely followed by you both drifting back to sleep. It's probably raining outside anyway…
Where: Le Pain Quotidien, various locations
If you're not familiar with Giraffe, these guys are right globetrotters, and bring you exciting dishes from around the world. You've got a couple of Full English-style brunches, but the more exotic eats take centre stage here.
Give the Southern Po Boy a go – pulled pork, jalapenos, pink onions, baby spinach, cooked tomatoes and garlic aioli on a soft roll, all drizzled with Louisiana spicy sauce served with skin-on fries.
Where: Giraffe, various locations