The 10 Best Boozy Brunch Places In New York City

Theres only one place you can go to cleanse your sins on a Sunday morning in NYC, and that is boozy brunch. Bottomless drinks arent just an institution in this city, theyre literally the only thing well wake up for after accidentally staying out until 5 AM, otherwise known here as relaxing after a long work week. Like everything in NYC, there are tons of options to choose from, which means we had to thoroughly investigate all the best places to bitch about being rent-poor while chugging champagne. Here are our ten favorite boozy brunch spots in Manhattan, because theres no fucking way were getting on the L train that early:

1. Calle Ocho

Apologies in advance for using this word, but Calle Ocho is fucking lit. If you’re looking for an amazing Mexican brunch for under $30, look no further. Come hungry, because you’ll gorge yourself on the bread basket they dole out before the entree comes. And that $30 price tag I quoted? It includes the drinks. YEP. I’m talking multiple brunch sangrias in various flavors such as tropical, fresas (that’s strawberry for those of you who failed Spanish), and something called Havana Bananaand it’s all included in the price of your meal. Can’t decide between a white, red, or ros? Try them all (and then diethe dranks are strong af). It’s worth the trek to the Upper West side, just trust me. (From $20)

2. Agave

This spot in the West Village is a failsafe option for when you want something slightly more bougie that involves a lot of guac. This is a two-hour BB that gets you any entree plus unlimited mimosas, wine or frozen margaritas, and you should really get at least one frozen marg because theyre fire. Their Mexican food is also amazing, so you dont even need to be wasted to enjoy it. Factor in the chill decor, good service quick refills, and prime location for post-brunch drinking, and this spot is a 10/10. Just remember to book in advance. ($33)

3. Essex

If you feel like going back to the LES where you were blacked out a few hours ago, head on down to Essex for a fun brunch scene with loud music thats good for bigger groups. Youll get unlimited Bloodys, screwdrivers and mimosas here and they go heavy on the alcohol which is a huge bonus because fuck work tomorrow. Its also a loft-style restaurant with lots of natural lighting for your Instagram which is very important for obvious reasons. ($32)

4. Crooked Knife

This place gets our glowing stamp of approval as another very solid brunch option in the West Village. The menu has entire sections dedicated to omelettes and eggs bennies, and also things like fried mac n cheese and creme brulee french toast if you really feel like falling off the wagon due to the Sunday scaries. If you come when the weathers nice, theres a cute outdoor patio which is pretty small, but also hello, youre in New York. ($39)


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5. Dos Caminos

There are five Dos Caminos locations in NYC, which means no matter where you live, you arent far from delicious Mexican food and margs around brunch time. Youve likely already been here for birthday dinners or drinks since this chain is somewhat of a staple, but why not try it out earlier when you can get the same cocktails for less? When it comes to hungover brunch were really not trying to reinvent the wheel here. ($18 + entree)

6. Il Bastardo

If youre trying to keep the party going then wed recommend Il Bastardo in Chelsea, which is always packed and rowdy enough to make you forget that other people are getting their shit together at this hour. Each person gets their own bottle of champagne or ros, or a full pitcher of mimosa. There are also shot girls walking around, and if all that wont get you buzzed then we cant help you. The music is loud and theres a strict dress code, so its not casual by any means, but then again none of the best boozy brunches are. ($65)

7. Maya

By now youve probably gotten copped onto the fact that Mexican is the main cuisine for the best boozy brunches, and Maya is yet another example in the UES. The kicker here is that you get unlimited drinks and food for two hours, which is enough to fuck up your diet in a major yet justifiable way. Theyve got a bumping hip-hop playlist going so order one of everything and go to town (its not like youre going anywhere after…youre in the UES). ($45)

8. Cafe Cortadito

You dont come to Cafe Cortadito for the food, you come to get wasted with a bunch of friends at noon in the East Village and not get judged for it. The venue is small and always packed but on the plus side theyve got outdoor seating for when its nice out. They serve Cuban dishes here, and with any entree you get unlimited mimosas and sangria. They have also have a champagne mojito which you should definitely get like, at least five of. ($23)

9. Poco

Poco is another fun spot in the East Village with great decor and even better vibes for day drinking on FRIDAY (if you’re taking a “sick day” from work), Saturday or Sunday. This place gets booked up fast so youll need to make a reservation in advance and its cash only *eye roll*. Other than that its a solid spot to drink all the Bloodys, mimosas and sangria that your heart desires and your liver can handle. ($32)

10. Yerba Buena

This place has two locations, one in the East Village and one in the West, and both are highly recommended for a reliable drunching experience with food thats actually really good (wed even recommend this place sober, if that was a thing we ever did). Their bottomless deal only lasts for one hour, so youve got to be efficient to get through their long list of great cocktails, but weve got faith you can take full advantage. ($17 + entree)

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