Labor Day weekend may mean summer’s coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some relaxation with your friends and family before those long summer days are a thing of the past. This Labor Day weekend, hit up some of our favorite spots for a fun brunch as you get ready for ~*sweater weather*~.
Prune | 54 East 1st Street
One of the city’s most celebrated eateries, Prune is more than just a charming place to host a birthday party or impress a date, it’s also one of Manhattan’s best brunch spots. Each weekend from 10 to 3:30, chef Gabrielle Hamilton serves up some of the city’s most creative new brunch classics, from fried oyster omelet’s to fruit salad served with ginger and mint.
Jane | 100 West Houston Street
This charming West Village restaurant has consistently provided its loyal clientele one of the best array of brunch offerings since it opened its doors 15 years ago. On the brunch menu, you’ll find everything from shrimp and grits to eggs benedict with prime rib, in addition to an assortment of fresh pastries and brunch cocktails.
Balthazar | 80 Spring Street
This Michelin Guide-recommended restaurant is one of the few NYC eateries the never seems to go out of style. Elegant, vintage-inspired interiors and a menu of decadent French-influenced food, from steak tartare to moules frites, along with an entire menu of drinks that promise to relieve the pain of that other long weekend staple, the hangover.
The Metrograph Commissary | 7 Ludlow Street
This popular Lower East Side eatery and film space has been serving up one of the best brunches in town for years and this Labor Day weekend is no exception. After enjoying some of the city’s finest brunch dishes, from steak and eggs to avocado toast, head into the bookstore or event space and spend the rest of the day lost in the magic of the movies.
Le Coucou | 138 Lafayette Street
Daniel Rose’s downtown collaboration with restaurateur Stephen Starr has a reputation for being one of Manhattan’s best restaurants, and its eclectic brunch menu only proves the prolific chef’s range. Brunch at Le Coucou is clearly influenced by Rose’s time in Paris, with options like clafoutis with creme fraiche and saumon fumé gracing the menu.
This Labor Day, there’s no better way to celebrate the last long weekend of the summer than by meeting some of your inner circle for brunch. Hit up these hotspots for great food, great company, and a great way to celebrate the final fair weather days this year. Bon appetit!
- Candice Schaffer
- Candice Schaffer