Getting together with your best friends can be more than a bit difficult after college, with careers, relationships, and divergent interests pulling you in different directions at virtually every moment. After a while, those “we promise we’ll see each other every day after work” plans turn into once-a-month outings, if you’re lucky. Fortunately, a weekend brunch provides the perfect opportunity to catch up on all the gossip, girl talk, and cocktails you couldn’t find time for over the week. Just head to one of these Manhattan restaurants and get in that girl-bonding time you deserve.
Jack’s Wife Freda | 224 Lafayette Street
American and Mediterranean influences combine at this adorable and intimate East Side eatery. Start your morning off right with a rosewater waffle, poached eggs with grilled tomato and haloumi, or a health-conscious breakfast bowl with quinoa, kale, and spaghetti squash. Make sure to leave room for a drink off the cocktail menu — the cantaloupe mimosa is to die for.
Sadelle’s | 463 West Broadway
If carbs are your weakness, make a pit stop at Sadelle’s this Sunday for a meal you won’t soon forget. Grab some salmon benedict on a freshly-made bagel, a plate of blueberry pancakes, or a triple-decker sandwich big enough to keep you full until work starts again on Monday morning.
Citizens of Chelsea | 401 West 25th Street
Beautiful food, beautiful people, and one of the city’s best brunches are all found at Citizens of Chelsea on West 25thStreet. Served all day, this airy, minimalist eatery is home to brunch staples like avocado, cilantro, citrus, and feta on sourdough toast, Belgian waffles with maple butter and poached pairs, and antioxidant- and omega-3-packed breakfast bowls.
Post | 42 Avenue B
Ditch the crowds and keep things cozy with brunch at Post in Alphabet City. What this restaurant lacks in space, it more than makes up for in charm and culinary craftsmanship, with virtually every menu item made in-house, from their famous chicken sausage to homemade granola.
Upland | 345 Park Avenue
Chef Justin Smillie’s cool take on California cuisine has lured many a brunch-seeker to this Gramercy hotspot. With interior design from Roman and Williams, the firm behind the Ace Hotel and the Boom Boom Room, and a brunch menu that’s impressed the likes of President Obama (he ate a cheeseburger, btw), with options like granola and ricotta, buttermilk pancakes, and freshly-made pastries, like grapefruit pound cake, croissants, and scones.
The work never ends, but the weekend always does, so make it special with a great brunch with your girlfriends. Eat up!