5 friendly places for brunch in New York

1) Rosemary's

The rooftop garden put this place on the map but it’s the menu and the ambiance that kept it on the map. There’s a long wait sometimes, but enjoying your Italian dish straight from the produce grown on the roof is worth it. In summer French doors open onto the street.

interior of Rosemary's

18 Greenwich Avenue (at W 10th Street)

+1 212 647 1818

http://www.rosemarysnyc.com

2) Bubby's

If you’re in for a true American brunch, go to Bubby’s. These guys make a point of serving upscale, classic American dishes in a rustic, laid back setting. Try one of their biscuits – a Southern specialty – topped with sausage, jalapeño and eggs, or fried chicken. There’s a second outlet close to the Highline.

interior of Bubby's

120 Hudson Street (at N Moore Street)

+1 212 219 0666

http://www.bubbys.com

3) The Smile

This mix of a general store and cafe exudes a rustic, upstate vibe and is a hangout for the young, stylish, arty crowd. Head underground to enjoy the Belgian waffles with caramelized figs. And whatever you order, make sure to get a side of crispy sweet potato hash browns. Fresh muffins, scones, and bread too.

Lunch at The Smile

26 Bond Street (between Lafayette and Bowery)

+1 646 329 5836

http://www.thesmilenyc.com

4) Upland

California cuisine is served in a high-ceiling industrial space, with room to breathe. Try the fresh little gem salad, which is so large it’s a must share. There are substantial items like spaghetti topped with fried egg or the Larry David bagel. Creative pizzas and fabulous bottles of wine under 50 dollars.

 Upland restaurant in New York

345 Park Avenue South (at 26th Street)

+1 212 686 1006

http://www.uplandnyc.com

5) Yuca Bar

Hitting brunch here places you squarely in cool environs, perfect for strolling cute shops and people watching. They offer a hearty Latin fusion prix fixe menu for an unheard of $18, (add $10 for bottomless Mimosas) in a no-frills, funky environment. Warmer weather has tables outside. No reservations.

people eating at Yuca Bar NY

111 Avenue A (at E 7th Street)

+1 212 982 9533

http://www.yucabarnyc.com

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