Best NYC bottomless brunches under $35

Brunch is easily my favorite meal — I mean, bacon, eggs and champagne?! Count me in!

The only thing better than brunch, is bottomless brunch. There’s no better way to get your day-drink on, while simultaneously curing a hangover. And when it comes to boozy brunch, New York City does it like no other place in the world.

I’ve cumulated a list of my all-time favorite (and affordable) brunch spots in the city — they’re in order from cheapest to most expensive (“most expensive” being $35).

Hope you enjoy, and let me know if I missed any other brunch gems!

Carroll Place – Greenwich

Price: $27.00 for entrée + bottomless mimosas
When I first went to Carroll Place, it was only $20 for bottomless! Though they raised their prices, it’s still one of the best brunch spots because your mimosa glass is never empty, and they have delicious wood-fired pizzas.

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San Marzano – East Village

Price: $27.00 for entrée + bottomless mimosas
The nice thing about San Marzano is that you can order lunch instead of brunch if you wish, so there are a ton of options. Also, amazing pasta is a plus.

Tre – Lower East Side

Price: $27.95 for entrée + bottomless mimosas or champagne
I’ve celebrated my birthday here, which was perfect because of its location in the LES. There are a ton of bars to bar hop after an Italian, carb-loaded meal at Tre.

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Docks Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill – Murray Hill

Price: $28.00 for entrée + unlimited Bloody Marys or mimosas + coffee + mini muffins + fruit salad
On top of all that is included in the brunch deal, this place also has live jazz! Also, oysters.

Calle Ocho – Upper West Side

Price: $29.95 for entrée + unlimited sangria
The first brunch I’ve ever had in NYC was at Calle Ocho, and this place really set the bar high for me ever since. Best selection of sangria (4 whites and 4 reds) and the best complimentary bread (also served in a variety). Make a reservation because this place can get booked.

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PMF Pardon My French – East Village

Price: $29.95 for entrée + unlimited mimosas or Bloody Marys
This place gets lit for brunch. Solid food/drinks, hot waiters in suspenders, and the cutest outdoor seating area. What more could you want?

Philip Marie – West Village

Price: $29.95 for entrée + unlimited mimosas or Bloody Marys
Another solid brunch spot, with outdoor seating for people-watching while you enjoy your meal/mimosas. This place also has brunch almost every day of the week (Tues-Sun).

Blind Pig – Gramercy

Price: $30.00 for entrée + unlimited mimosas or Bloody Marys
Unique food selection, so there’s something for everyone. BBQ pulled pork sliders and chicken & waffles were both delish.

Café Cortadito – East Village

Price: $31.95 for entrée + bottomless tropical mimosas, red/white sangrias, champagne mojitos, champagne margaritas, Bloody Marys or house beer
If you love variety, and Cuban food, Café Cortadito is your new favorite brunch spot. They have the biggest selection, plus your meal is served with mixed greens and black beans.

Lasagna Ristorante – Chelsea

Price: $32.95 for entrée + unlimited mimosas, Bellinis, screwdrivers or Bloody Marys + coffee or tea
Okay, all other brunch places need to take notes from Lasagna Ristorante when it comes to the mimosa juice-to-bubbly ratio. They pour a whole bottle of Prosecco in each pitcher. Also, free garlic bread.

Agave – West Village

Price: $32.99 for entrée + bottomless mimosas, wines or frozen margaritas
This is a tequila bar, so I definitely recommend the frozen margaritas here, especially if you’re sitting outside on a nice day. And order the lobster benedict.

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Poco – East Village

Price: $35.00 for entrée + bottomless mimosas, sangrias or Bloody Marys
Spanish, tapa bar that quickly turns into a fiesta during brunch. I did my birthday here once too, and it was poppin’. Good music, food and vibes.

Fonda – East Village, Park Slope, Chelsea

Price: $35.00 for entrée + choice of unlimited frozen hibiscus rosalitas, margaritas, mimosas, Bloody Marys or beers
This place is legit. I’ve been here for dinner as well as brunch, and both times was a success. Get the rosalita (house cocktail w/ hibiscus).

Vamos! Tacos & Tequila – Gramercy

Price: $35.00 for entrée + 5 frozen margaritas or sangrias
Though this place isn’t exactly bottomless, 5 of their margs will get you feeling nice for sure. If you finish 5 (each at $7), they comp your meal.

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Happy Brunching!
Joyce aka Brunch Queen

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Top 10 budget-friendly things to do, eat & drink in New York City

The best way to travel is with a local. You learn so much more about the city that way, and gain real, raw experiences that are memorable and priceless. Maybe that’s why I get an email or text almost once a week for recommendations from my friends (or friends of friends) of what they should do while visiting my old stomping grounds, New York City.

If you’ve been to New York, you know there are countless things to do. It’s actually overwhelming, even for me, but also amazing. New York has no bounds when it comes to niche activities and events (for example, the annual hot sauce expo).

This was tough, but I’ve narrowed my 5+ years of experiences in NYC to this list of my top 10 in each category (with the budget-friendly traveler in mind):

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To eat:

  1. Gaia –  little underground Italian cafe with the best paninis and pastas imaginable
  2. Lucali – best pizza and calzone in New York, hands down; also it’s byob
  3. Coppelia – 24hr diner; get the nachos and lomo saltado
  4. Super Taste – best dumplings in Chinatown; also try the spicy beef noodle and baos
  5. Tasty Hand-pulled Noodles – perfect on a cold day; order the dumpling noodle soup
  6. Prince Street Pizza – best pizza you can get by the slice; get the grandma slice
  7. Russ & Daughters Cafe – must get the lox bagel
  8. The Halal Guys – must go to the original location, not sure why but it tastes best 😉
  9. Jack’s Wife Freda – Mediterranean brunch; try the green shakshuka
  10. Amy Ruth’s – two words: soul food; and make sure to check out some live jazz while you’re in Harlem!

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To drink:

  1. Whiskey Tavern – was my go-to spot for cheap and delicious drinks and food; everyone who works there, from the owner to the chefs, are awesome humans
  2. Local 138 – great dive bar for happy hour and jams
  3. Verlaine – lychee martinis for $6 til 10pm, everyday
  4. Clockworks – dive bar with surprisingly good (and strong) frozen margs
  5. Welcome to the Johnsons – super dive bar with basement living room vibes
  6. The Tippler – hidden gem with amazing cocktails underneath Chelsea Market
  7. Frying Pan – bar on a boat, perfect for a nice day; try their sangria
  8. Dear Irving – chic speakeasy with unique cocktails
  9. Angel’s Share – another speakeasy, in the back of a Japanese restaurant; so good
  10. Press Lounge – rooftop bar, so a bit pricier, but worth the stunning views of the city

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To do:

  1. Central Park – fun during any season; rent a bike there on a nice day
  2. The MET – my favorite museum, can spend all day here; donation-based
  3. MoMA – modern art; free on Fridays from 4-6pm
  4. Booze cruise – best summer activity; can find deals for big groups too
  5. Times Square – locals hate it, but you gotta see it at least once (at night of course)
  6. High Line / Chelsea Market – park and market with tons of shops and eateries
  7. Top of the Rock – best view of the city and Empire State Building
  8. Brooklyn Bridge Park – walk across the bridge to the park with views of the skyline
  9. Free kayaking – few piers do this, but my fave is the one in TriBeCa (Pier 26)
  10. Staten Island Ferry – free ferry with amazing views of Lady Liberty and downtown

Phew! And that concludes my list of top things to do, eat and drink in New York City. Hope you enjoyed, and please let me know in the comments section if you checked out any of these recommendations and what you thought. I’ll be posting more about the Big Apple and other cities I’ve visited, so stay tuned.

Thanks for reading!

xo,
Joyce