It’s Sunday morning and your deep slumber is disrupted by a grumbling stomach. Because you spent $100 on drinks and dinner the night before, and your rent just went up, you figure a cheap budget brunch in NYC is the best way to satisfy your hunger without feeling guilty.
So where do you go? Instead of participating in the “I don’t care, you pick” conversation with a friend, we decided to make it easy for you. The Lower East Side, Fort Greene and Greenwich Village are three New York City neighborhoods with some of the best budget brunch selections in the city.
Here are nine budget-friendly brunch venues.
Lower East Side
The Lower East Side offers a blend of cultural diversity that influences the food scene. Thanks to the Lower East Side’s proximity to China Town and Eldridge Street, this NYC neighborhood provides a plethora of hybrid food selections to satiate your palate. The Lower East Side’s vibrant night life also draws an abundance of students in need of cheap eats to accompany their budgets.
This NYC restaurant’s name mirrors the bill you’ll receive at the end of the meal. Located in the heart of Chinatown, Dimes offers a wide variety of egg and toast items for under $10. Try the breakfast sandwich or Love Toast for an explosion of flavor. Yes, we’re talking house-made tahini, fresh raspberries, mint and honey. Other favorites include the chia pudding, strawberry acai and mango pitaya.
Hill & Dale
At Hill & Dale, menu items range from standard egg dishes, like two-eggs any style with a selection of meat, grits and hash browns, to the Duck Confit Hash for a set price of $14.95. Hill & Dale’s brunch special also comes with one side, like the yogurt parfait, eggs, cheesy grits or hash browns, to name a few. If you’re in the mood for a bottomless brunch, indulge in unlimited drinks and one entrée for $35.
Three of Cups NYC
Three of Cups NYC brunch special comes with one entrée, the choice of coffee or tea and two Bloody Mary’s or Mimosas. Favorite brunch selections include Italian-style French toast made with homemade focaccia, and open-faced omelets with fillings like prosciutto and mozzarella. The best deal, however, is the Lower East Side Special, two-eggs any style with rosemary potatoes and focaccia, ringing in at $7.
*Honorable mention: Try top chef contestant Leah Cohen’s Pig & Khao, for Filipino cuisine. Meat lovers will devour the sizzling corned beef hash, and guests with a sweet tooth will relish the brioche French toast topped with banana, coconut and whipped cream.
Fort Greene, Brooklyn
Located in northwest Brooklyn, west of Prospect Park and north of Prospect Heights, Fort Greene is often called “Little Europe” due to the European inhabitants who call this neighborhood home. Beyond its charm, Fort Greene is replete with restaurants and cafes fit for every budget and appetite.
Located on 69 Lafayette Ave, the Academy’s extensive menu features a plethora of brunch options sure to satisfy anyone’s hunger for under $10. A few menu highlights include the Fried Egg Sandwich ($2.50), Fresh Mozzarella Cheese Omelet ($8.50) and Cinnamon Raisin French Toast ($6.75). It should also be noted that the Academy takes the (pan) cake. All pancakes are under $10 and come in a variety of flavors, including Oreo, fresh strawberry, banana walnut and chocolate chip.
Baba Cool Café
For those seeking a menu with lighter fare, try the Baba Cool Café. Most menu items are under $10, and breakfast is offered all day just in case you sleep through your alarm. Try the carny breakfast sandwich, consisting of scrambled eggs with Vermont white cheddar, applewood bacon and chili flakes on toasted brioche, or the warm chia pudding, topped with bananas, coconut flakes and pecans. Either way, you can’t beat the value of any of these items as they’re all under $9.
Mike’s Coffee Shop
This no-fuss menu features large portions and just enough grease to soak up your hangover. All egg and omelet dishes are under $7, even the steak and eggs. For other traditional breakfast fare, try the golden brown pancakes, French toast or sausage and eggs. This restaurant is small, so make sure to come in early and put your name on the list. Or, earn your breakfast calories by exploring the Fort Greene neighborhood while you wait.
Don’t let Greenwich Village’s steep rental prices discourage you from exploring the neighborhood’s food scene. Cheap eats are widely available thanks to the neighborhood’s central location, plethora of college students and intimate mom and pop shops.
West 3rd Common
West 3rd Common’s brunch special features one entrée and one bloody Mary, Mimosa or Screwdriver for $15. Entrees include menu items like the Southwest Benedict, spicy fried chicken and waffles and oatmeal. The West 3rd Common is a friendly gastropub located near NYU and Washington Square Park, so sit, stay a while, and enjoy the red furniture and Tetris-shaped bookshelves.
Cornelia Street Café
The Cornelia Street Café offers a four-course brunch menu for a fixed price of $25. The four-course menu offers one side, like a home-baked chocolate croissant or blueberry crumb muffin, one entrée, a breakfast cocktail or juice and the choice of iced tea, coffee or soda. Located between Bleecker and West Fourth, the Cornelia Street Café offers both indoor and outdoor seating and has won numerous awards for its tasty, fresh fare.
Sweet Little Café
The Sweet Little Café is just that. Sweet, little and a café, but don’t underestimate this café’s extensive brunch menu. Ninety percent of the menu is under $7, so you’re in for a real treat. Split a bunch of menu items with friends, or stick to the all-day breakfast combination, like the one egg with home fries and two pancakes accompanied with your choice of meat for $6.95.
With so many delicious food options scattered throughout the city, it’s hard to narrow down the best places to brunch on a budget, but these nine budget brunches will not disappoint. What about you? Do you have a favorite brunch spot? Happy brunching!
This post was written by Miriam Bornstein