A guide to my two favourite things about New York: Brunches and Rooftops…
Every Saturday and Sunday must involve Brunch. In fact, you can’t avoid it if you’re eating between 10am – 4pm. Anything you consume within this time period, is Brunch. But in order to have a New Yorker’s experience, dedicate a couple of hours out of your day, get together a group of friends and just relax into the weekend over great food. These are some places I’d recommend…
Sarabeth’s (Various Locations) – The famous Sarabeth’s. It’s a busy place, but with five locations dotted around Manhattan, it’s a must-do when in New York. Pay particular attention to the eggs menu – you won’t be disappointed.
The Penrose (Upper East Side) – If you head Uptown, the chaos of a Manhattan Brunch feels like another world. But in no way does this mean The Penrose has no atmosphere. Here, you’ll truly be in amongst the New Yorkers. The food, the coffee, and the cosy booths make this place a winner.
The Grey Dog (Little Italy) – The rustic, all-American interior is a good enough reason alone to go here. It doesn’t even feel like you’re out for a meal, with its laid-back and social atmosphere. Although there are a few other Grey Dog’s about, this is why the Little Italy location is my favourite. But, oh my, the Brunch menu is to die for too – everything from breakfast quesadillas, to vegan oatmeal (porridge!)
Wild (Williamsburg) – Another chilled location, but located in the hipster-ville of Williamsburg, this place is quirky. Make sure you head to the back which has a glass roof and swarms of greenery to create alfresco vibes. Everything is also gluten-free. Top tip: go bottomless.
New York is famous for it’s rooftops, and they have to be one of my favourite things about this amazing city. If I ever bought an apartment here, a rooftop would be top of my wish list. Not many evenings went by where I didn’t visit a rooftop, and with the madness down below, they really are the place to be – whether it’s a Friday night or for an after work Summer evening. The views, of course, are breathtaking. There’s a cluster of them around the Midtown area, and many belong to hotels, but there’s little, actually no chance that you can do them all. So, here’s a few that I love…
Best View: PhD (Meatpacking District) Inside is the dance floor and outside is the picturesque roof terrace. With it’s situation lower down Manhattan, the views are spectacular (photos will never do it justice).
Museum Rooftop: The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Upper East Side) One of the few museums to have a rooftop bar. It’s later closing time of 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays are the perfect opportunity to watch the sunset over Central Park.
Rooftop Garden: Gallow Green (Chelsea) Brunch, dinner or drinks can be enjoyed amongst a jungle of greenery in the middle of the City.
Quirky Drinks: Loopy Doopy (Battery Park City) A very small and hard-to-find rooftop, but they put popsicles into glasses of prosecco. Need I say more?
Best Atmosphere: Pod 39 (Midtown) This place just has something special about it. With it’s exposed brick decor and fairy lights creating the perfect ambience.
RareView (Midtown), Refinery (Midtown) and Rooftop 93 (Chinatown) are also great finds.