The 4 Best Brunches In Meatpacking
It’s no secret that the Meatpacking District is an area that city residents just love to hate. Sure, it’s teeming with tourists and a bit gentrified, but with an assortment of lovely restaurants, cobble stone streets, art galleries and designer shops, who wouldn’t adore this hot ‘hood? Take our advice and spend your weekend gallery-hopping and brunching at a trendy restaurant [be prepared to spend!]. And if you don’t mind crowds, take a stroll down the High Line while you’re at it. We’ve outlined 4 of our favorites in the neighborhood, whether you are looking for a classic Parisian bistro or want to party at a crazy, boozy brunch. Brunch is an event in New York City— so choose wisely!
[Little West 12th Street between Washington & 9th] Walking by Bagatelle before 3pm, it would seem that this is a fancy, upscale spot with a unique spin— the walls are covered in street art, but the tables are covered in white linen. The restaurant gives off a fine-dining feel, from the service to the tableware and the food will not disappoint. But don’t let the fancy decor and soft lounge music fool you! After 3pm, Bagatelle turns into a nightclub [or a brunch club], with loud electro music, crazy dancing, and attractive bartenders that spray the fire extinguisher upon a blowing whistle. It’s pretty bizarre— but for some reason it works!
- Budget: $25 – $60 per person [or more!]
- Cuisine: Mediterranean French
- Best For: Special occasion or a boozy girls brunch.
- What To Order: The roasted chicken for two or the Nutella french toast.
- What To Know: At 3pm the lights go down and the electronic music goes up— dance party, anyone?
- What to Wear: Your Sunday best— heels are appropriate.
- Scene: Upscale, fun and trendy.
The Standard Grill
[Washington Street between Little West 12th & 13th] Attached to the famous architectural Standard Hotel, this hotspot is fine dining without being old school. The first hint? The waitstaff is decked out in plaid. Not only is the restaurant adjacent to the German Biergarten, but it’s also got a miniature ice skating rink right outside in the Winter. The decor is intricate, with wooden benches and a floor lined in pennies, and while the menu may not be inventive, the food is well above-average.
- Budget: $15 – $30 per person
- Cuisine: French
- Best For: Family brunch.
- What To Order: Omelette or Burger with Fries.
- What To Know: They take reservations.
- What to Wear: Jeans and a t-shirt are totally acceptable.
- Scene: Trendy and casual.
Bottom photo via Spanish Hipster
Bubby’s High Line
[Gansevoort Street between Washington & 9th] Looking for excellent All-American comfort food without the grease? Look no further than Bubby’s. Its new High Line location is just as successful as the original TriBeCa spot. The best part about the menu is that literally everything is tasty, plus it’s all local. Known for their homemade desserts, Bubby’s signature dishes include hand crafted pie, hand-churned ice cream and homemade hot chocolate. The cozy spot plays light folk music and is decorated with vintage artwork hung on a white painted brick wall. Oh, and every order comes with their signature buttermilk biscuits. Score!
- Budget: $15 – $30 per person
- Cuisine: American Comfort
- Best For: Casual family brunch or brunch with friends.
- What To Order: Southern Fried Chicken & Waffles, Huevos Rancheros, Blueberry Pancakes, and any dessert.
- What To Know: They do not take reservations and their soda is homemade!
- What to Wear: Leggings and an oversized sweater.
- Scene: Casual and homey.
Top Photo via Caramel Baby & Child
[9th Ave between Little West 12th & 13th] Known for its celebrity sightings, this iconic spot is the perfect place to go with a group of friends— especially in warmer months when you can dine outside. But be very prepared to wait, as they don’t take reservations for the outdoor dining area. For the rest of the resto, reservations are not required but definitely recommended. This Parisian brasserie is always extremely crowded and totally touristy— maybe because regular diners include David Bowie, Madonna, Marc Jacobs and Kate Moss. Or maybe because this restaurant was featured in Sex & The City? In any case, the classic menu is well-worth the wait [and the hole it’ll burn in your pocket], as it’s owned by same guy as Balthazaar.
- Budget: $23 – $40 per person
- Cuisine: French Bistro
- Best For: Group of friends or brunch date.
- What To Order: Eggs Benedict, French Fries, or French Toast.
- What To Know: It’s closing for a year-long renovation at the end of March 2014!
- What to Wear: Leather pants or shorts, a silk blouse and booties.
- Scene: Trendy and sceney.