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The Top Five Brunch Spots in Manhattan

Polina Roze
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Concierge, New York Marriott Marquis
Polina Roze
Concierge, New York Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway
212-398-1900

Going out for brunch is a popular weekend activity for many New Yorkers, and several restaurants in the city serve this late morning/early afternoon meal. Polina Roze, concierge at the New York Marriott Marquis, has several suggestions for brunch spots in New York City. “Whether you are looking for a fun, casual local café; or an upscale, top-rated restaurant with lively entertainment, N.Y.C. is the place to be,” Roze says. For a buffet-style brunch with amazing views of the city, Roze suggests a stop at The View Restaurant and Lounge—New York’s only revolving rooftop restaurant. Nestled in Times Square on the 48th floor of the New York Marriott Marquis, the restaurant serves Sunday brunch—complete with mimosas—while guests gaze upon breathtaking 360-degree views of the city. “Located at the Crossroads of the World, this is a truly memorable dining experience for any occasion.” Roze says. For special gatherings, Peacock Alley, in the venerable Waldorf Astoria, hosts a sophisticated, classic grand champagne buffet brunch accompanied by music. Guests may even feast on more than 100 gourmet desserts displayed around a chocolate fondue fountain. For a change of pace, Garage Restaurant & Café is “a rustic, casual American treat.” At this Greenwich Village eatery, diners can enjoy excellent American food while listening to outstanding jazz—all for a moderate price. Theatergoers holding weekend matinee tickets who are looking for a brunch spot should check out Thalia—“a Midtown gem serving delicious American/European specialties in a cozy, modern setting.” For daily brunch, the small Upper West Side eatery Cafe Lalo, made famous in the Tom Hanks’ film You’ve Got Mail, serves a wide range of desserts, including “heavenly, fresh baked pastries; cakes galore; a variety of breads; as well as a vast hot and cold beverage menu; and fine cordials.”