Brunch is BIG in New York. It's the perfect meal because 1) it's acceptable to order both waffles and fries, and 2) if you do it right, you have breakfast and lunch in one go and won't need another meal until the evening. Since I didn't take many pictures at these three places but I still wanted to share them, I decided to make one big post with three New York brunch spots. Ruby's serves a nice Australian brunch, at Maman you get a French déjeuner and at The Smith you'll find real American-style options.
Maman | Tribeca
This charming little place is a popular brunch classic in Tribeca. On weekends, you'll be sitting at a large table together with (mostly) families, which creates a very friendly family vibe. The crockery they use is the most beautiful I've seen at a restaurant. I tried the matcha waffles which were absolutely delicious and afterwards, we shared one of their famous chocolate chip cookies, which is probably one of the best cookies I've had in NY.
>> 211 West Broadway (Tribeca) or 239 Centre St. (SoHo)
The Smith, Lincoln Square | Midtown West
There are several locations of The Smith in Manhattan, but the one at Lincoln Center is probably one of the more relaxed ones, especially when you go for brunch on a weekday. The interior reminds me of a Parisian brasserie, but the menu is more American. Pancakes, every style of eggs, french toast, big salads and avocado toast... We shared half of a pancake stack and half of the avocado toast with poached eggs. I didn't expect much from this place but everything was very tasty, fresh and well-flavoured. Especially the avocado toast was impressive. Beware of the giant portions here, don't over-order.
>> 1900 Broadway (at 63rd St) and more locations in the city
Ruby's Café | NoLiTa
Ruby's is a super populair but tiny little spot in Nolita. Since it's Australian, the menu has a mix of healthy and less healthy options. Think breakfast bowls, big Aussie breakfast (like at my favorite spot in London) and banana bread. I had the farro & halloumi salad with a side of avocado and truffle fries. I've had better farro salads but it was still pretty tasty. The fries are perfection. If you're looking for a more hearty brunch this is your spot!
>> 219 Mulberry St.