Brunch is a quintessential part of the New York experience, so it’s no surprise that birthday brunches have become increasingly popular in recent years. I Heart Brunch invites guest blogger Brunch Chick to break down some of the best birthday brunches in NYC to fit your vibe, your budget and your posse.
The Rager Birthday Brunch
Are you and your crew looking to dance on tables, shower in champagne, and stuff yourselves with delicious French fare for a Sunday brunch you won’t soon forget? Well then, Bistro Bagatelle is the place for you. The club is located on W. 13th Street smack dab in the middle of the oh-so-trendy meatpacking district. Bistro Bagatelle’s doors open around 11:30 am and by mid-afternoon the DJ has the dance floor packed with Sunday ragers. Make sure to try the waffles – they are out of this world – and be prepared to empty your wallet (and call into work late on Monday as well).
409 West 13th Street (at 9th Ave)
Bistro Bagatelle Reservations
The Euro Birthday Brunch
Just steps from the legendary Soho Grand Hotel sits Felix, the ultimate spot for a European birthday brunch. Frequented by Europeans on holiday, brunchers will experience an international party scene with French jazz blasting and a raucous atmosphere that spills out of the open glass doors and onto the streets. In addition to its solid French food, Felix features a long table to accommodate large parties and, of course, plenty of champagne bottles to go around. The joie de vivre of Felix is contagious, transporting you to the south of France for a truly Euro brunch experience, no passport required.
340 West Broadway (at Grand St)
The Budget Birthday Brunch
If you’re looking for a top of the line birthday brunch on a budget, Essex has one of the best. Hipsters and non-hipsters alike flock to this lofty, edgy restaurant in the heart of the Lower East Side. The crowd is tame compared to the Euro spots above and the music is low, making it actually possible to have a conversation among your group. Essex offers a great prix fixe deal with your choice of any entrée off their extensive brunch menu plus three drinks (mimosa, screw driver, or Bloody Mary) for $20. The menu is impressive, featuring unique dishes such as Mexican Matzo Brei and Lobster Benedict, and the servers are attentive, visiting the table often to top off drinks. Essex rents out the loft dining spaces for private parties, making it the perfect place for an intimate birthday brunch.
120 Essex Street (at Rivington St)
The Family Birthday Brunch
Grab your best sundress, pearls, or Lacoste polo and head to Sarabeth’s on Central Park South to brunch with the uptown crowd. This classic brunch spot is a gourmand’s dream, yet features a menu that has something for everyone including pumpkin waffles, cheese blintzes, and garden omelettes. The dessert selection is amazing as well, so no need to bring a birthday cake. Just make sure to order the chocolate truffle cake and throw a couple candles on top. With an elegant and refined atmosphere, Sarabeth’s is the perfect venue for that family friendly brunch.
40 Central Park South (b/t 5th and 6th Ave)
The Girls Day Out Birthday Brunch
Paradou is the perfect place for a glamorous birthday brunch with the ladies. It’s a trendy little hot spot in the meatpacking district, located right across the street from legendary Pastis. Most of the tables feature groups of fashionable, female Manhattanites for a Gossip Girl type crowd. Paradou features a year-round garden area in the rear of the restaurant for a nice backdrop, so your over-sized sunglasses can actually be put to good use on bright, sunny days. An entrée with unlimited champagne cocktails is reasonably priced at $29, especially since the cocktails are absolutely amazing and the servers are great about keeping the drinks flowing. The food is delicious and authentically European. I recommend the oeufs Paradou as the quality of both the French bread and the lox are impressive. The amazing scenery, yummy cocktails, and bevy of beautiful people make for the perfect girls’ birthday brunch.
8 Little West 12th Street (at 9th Ave)
Lauren Matina aka Brunch Chick is on a quest for the holy grail: the perfect New York Brunch. Read all about her weekly brunching adventures on her blog at www.brunchchick.com.