Brunch in New York

Even though the word ‘brunch’ makes me cringe, it’s still fun to join in with when you’re visiting New York, but you want make sure you get a table and don’t get ripped off. So here are four great places in the West Village I recommend:

1. Café Cluny
This cosy French bistro-inspired restaurant on the corner of West 12th and West 4th streets might be my favourite NYC restaurant – for breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch. It’s the perfect West Village neighbourhood spot and I’ve never had a bad time here. The food is a mix of American and French – for brunch I love the granola with yogurt and berries. (Insider tip: They don’t take reservations for breakfast/brunch, so turn up around 10am or a little before and you’re guaranteed a table.) Also: keep your eye out for celebrities. We’ve sat next to Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield one time, then Bradley Cooper another!




2. Café Gitane at The Jane
You’ll find this cheap-and-cheerful French/Moroccan-themed restaurant inside The Jane hotel along a quiet leafy street on the edges of the West Village overlooking the Hudson River – which means it’s a great choice for a laid-back brunch away from the weekend crowds (good if you have jet lag). It has a quirky interior with brightly painted walls and high ceilings (think Moroccan riad) and serves delicate sounding food like orange brioche and orange blossom waffle with fruit and maple syrup.

cafe gating at the jane hotel

cafe gating at the jane hotel menu

cafe gating at the jane hotel interior

3. Tartine
You get to enjoy really simple, inexpensive dishes, including the world’s best French toast – home baked brioche and smoked bacon, yum! – at this postage-stamp-sized restaurant on a tree-lined street in the West Village. You need to be early to get a table, otherwise you wait outside on the pavement; which to be honest is really not a hardship in this beautiful area of New York. (To note: if you’re coming for dinner, this is a BYO restaurant, so come armed with your favourite bottle of wine.)

Tartine in New York



4. Coppelia
The owner of the hotel I mostly stay at when I visit NYC raves about this little 24/7 Latin American diner on West 14th Street so I just had to try it out. I’m so glad I did – the food is so tasty and hearty. I wouldn’t usually choose to eat this style food in the morning but it’s delicious and makes you say “Oh my goodness, this is so good” at almost every bite. (Insider tip: Try the two eggs any style with chimicurri home fries, Cuban toast with bacon.)

Coppelia NYC exterior

Coppelia interior

coppelia interior shot

(Photos via West Village Life; New York Daily Photo; NY Times and my Instagram feed.)


  1. These are some excellent suggestions. The Village is def a great spot for getting some of the best food and drinks in NYC. Tartine has been on my list for a long time. I think it’s time to go 🙂 Great post!

    • Hi Edyta. It means so much for a New Yorker to think my suggestions are great. I really appreciate your comment and glad I have inspired your next meal out. The Village is so good for going out, although I really should post on restaurants all around. So watch this space!

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