Weekends were made to relax and putter lazily around at home. Sometimes you also party on the weekends and may enjoy a few too many cocktails. While you’re nesting or recovering, it’s important to have sustenance. In New York, because of our tiny kitchens, cooking can become difficult. Out of this dilemma arose the ritual of weekend brunch. Now it’s become a part of the urban fabric. Celebrate the weekend at the locales in this roundup.
Aspen Social Club 157 West 47th Street (B,D,F,M to 47-50th Rockefeller Center)
First off, don’t be confused by its nightclub reputation. The food is righteous all on its own and the space is magnificent. With a fireplace bar and antlers everywhere, you can easily pretend you are in a chichi ski lodge while still in the epicenter of Times Square. Not too many people realize this lounge transforms into a lovely brunch place with unlimited mimosas on the weekends. And that’s ok, we like it that way.
Calle Ocho 45 West 81st Street (B,C to 81st Museum Of Natural History)
Already you can see this isn’t far from the American Museum of Natural History. Calle Ocho is a Cuban inspired restaurant and lounge that can be found inside the Excelsior Hotel. The energetic atmosphere compliments the lively menu. It’s a rowdy, fun and loud place. Not much different than hanging with my family. Complimentary and unlimited sangria in several flavors with brunch seals the deal.
New Leaf Café 1 Margaret Corbin Drive (A to 190th Street)
This cafe is tucked away inside Fort Tryon Park within walking distance of the Cloisters Museum. The structure is impressive and blended subtly into the landscape. Surrounding views are nothing but breathtaking. This slice of upstate was brought to life through the New York Restoration Project, a non-profit organization spearheaded by Bette Midler to revitalize green spaces in urban areas.
Indian Road Café 600 West 218th Street (1 to 215th Street)
This spread out, but yet cozy compartmentalized place is a friendly and warm spot. Brunch is an eclectic yet familiar and tasty menu. With the interesting brews spotlighted regularly and a daily fresh punch, you’ll come back on week nights. Big bright windows pull in the sun during the summer and the fireplace makes it cozy in the winter. Only a few steps from the rolling meadows of Inwood Hill Park, it seems a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city.