6. Pig and Khao
Run by Top Chef contestant Leah Cohen, Pig and Khao on the Lower East Side of Manhattan offers Thai and Filipino-influenced cuisine. The a la carte brunch menu includes corned beef hash (below), chicken red curry and chocolate rice pudding with bacon bits, with sides such as garlic rice and Longonissa sausage.
Additional US$15 for bottomless mimosas for two hours. Sundays, 11am-3.30pm. 68 Clinton St.
Set in the Alphabet City neighbourhood, cash only venue Poco, is designed to feel like a home away from home. Highlights include their lobster guacamole and lobster mac and cheese, plus their hangover cure of crispy tortillas served with scrambled eggs, salsa and cheese (below).
US$32 for bottomless Bloody Marys, sangria and mimosas for 90 minutes. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 11am-5pm. 33 Ave B.
The Sunday Sundown brunch at Essex is set to the sounds of DJ Mike Dominico and Eric Visa on the decks from 2pm-7pm. Dishes on the menu include cheesy shrimp and grits, potato pancakes and an omelette done your way. Guests arriving before 3pm have a 90-minute table limit and those coming after cannot exceed two hours.
US$31.95 for bottomless mimosas, Bloody Marys, beer and screwdrivers. Saturdays, 11am-4.30pm and Sundays, 11am-7pm. 120 Essex St.
9. Ivan Ramen
Despite hailing from Long Island, owner Ivan Orkin has years of experience cooking Japanese food in Tokyo, which certainly makes him qualified to open up shop in NYC. With four locations in the city, this venue is his first full service restaurant and serves up the likes of cheesy breakfast ramen and chicken hearts. Brunch in the 60-seat setup indoors or 25-seater back yard when the weather allows.
US$36 for unlimited sake-infused Bloody Marys, mimosa and sangria for 90 minutes. Saturdays and Sundays, 8am-4pm. 25 Clinton St.
– TEXT BY LEAH SIMPSON
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