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Contrary to popular belief, winter is the ideal season for brunch. Cold winter weekend mornings call for extreme comfort food. Just a few blocks from the Upper West Side apartments at The Chatsworth, you’ll find premiere brunch spots perfect for friends or the entire family to enjoy winter-style comfort. So, skip breakfast and take your lunch early at Sarabeth’s, Burke & Wills, Gebhard’s Beer Culture, or Ella Kitchen & Bar, and then ask yourself why you didn’t combine these two meals a long time ago.
Sarabeth’s | 423 Amsterdam Avenue
The warm glow that emanates through the French windows, a menu laden with classic variations on pancakes, omelets, and benedicts, or the feeling reminiscent of a small-town café where the owner is a neighbor and a friend: whatever “it” is (or likely, “it” is all these things), we can’t help but put Sarabeth’s at the top of our list for brunch. Craving something sweet? Order the lemon and ricotta pancakes. How about savory? The braised short ribs hash it is. For a larger party, skip the individual drinks and order a carafe of mimosas or bellinis for a festive midmorning with friends.
Burke & Wills | 226 West 79th Street
As adventurous as its namesake expedition (but with an infinitely more positive ending), Burke & Wills brings a taste of the Southern Hemisphere to the Upper West Side. This restaurant explores variations on familiar dishes but with a slight turn toward…Australia. The avocado toast with yuzu and the pie floater over pea and bacon soup are both delicious. If you’re looking for classic fare, choose the pancakes and berries with candied walnuts or perhaps the breakfast bowl of avocado, quinoa, sautéed spinach, garlic vinaigrette, and poached eggs. Add a signature cocktail to your tab (such as the Bitter & Twisted, with Aperol, grapefruit bitters, Willowglen Sparkling Brut, and Brooklyn Seltzer), and sally forth into culinary adventure.
Gebhard’s Beer Culture | 228 West 72nd Street
Just as the name implies, Gebhard’s Beer Culture is an experience centered on a carefully curated sampling of the finest brews and an equally carefully crafted menu of foods. Belgian tripels, bourbon stouts, traditional pilsners, and Munich lagers, along with a respectable assortment of IPAs, complement food that was made to be enjoyed alongside your favorite malt beverage: sausages, sliders, giant pretzels, pickles, and the best of them all, battered Wisconsin cheese curds. Need something sweeter than that Shake Chocolate Porter? We suggest the Bavarian beignets. After you eat here, your concept of brunch will never be the same. And that’s not a bad thing at all.
Ella Kitchen & Bar | 249 Columbus Avenue
The best aspect of brunch is that, with both breakfast and lunch on the menu, you can truly have it all. At Ella Kitchen & Bar, eggs any way you like them, bottomless bellinis, pancakes, salads, soups, and paninis round out a Mediterranean-tinged menu that will please anyone you bring to the table. Try their guacamole tartare (either variety) or the ricotta pancakes and order a side of hand-cut fries with either (or both). We like ours served Ella-style with truffle oil and parmesan.