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New Yorkers love to go out to eat. The city’s best restaurants transport you to another culinary world. Brunch, in particular, has become such a beloved ritual because it is a way of starting the day with a celebration, and there is no locale in New York that does this kind of celebrating better than the Upper West Side, all just moments away from the luxury residences at The Chatsworth.
Cafe Luxembourg serves an inimitable Parisian-style brunch, and its fans include New York Magazine, which raves, “In size, atmosphere, menu, and objective, Café Luxembourg is the blueprint for a faultless urban restaurant.” This neighborhood stalwart has found the perfect niche between local favorite and a taste of Paris; come alone with a newspaper on a Sunday morning or book a reservation for a mimosa-filled brunch-time birthday party. Feast on brunch classics like eggs Benedict and ricotta pancakes or onion soup and steak tartare.
For a more casual Upper West Side brunch experience, Noi Due offers Italian fare and wines, all of which are completely kosher. This marriage of cuisines is a reflection of the literal marriage of the restaurant’s owners, who bring their Israeli and Italian backgrounds to a menu that presents the truly cosmopolitan nature of New York eating. Partake in the shakshuka in its usual skillet form or try it on a pizza, and you will see the possibilities of feasting in the late morning in a whole new light, thanks to these Upper West Siders with a vision.
Another neighborhood favorite that serves up brunch with an Italian twist is Arte Café. Their brunch special includes a bottle of mimosa, Bellini, or Bloody Mary and brings the flavors of Rome to the heart of the Upper West Side with choices such as spaghetti alla carbonara and a Caprese sandwich made with fresh mozzarella. New York Magazine describes it as “a warm, unpretentious Italian restaurant… the prototypical neighborhood standby.” This is the kind of place where brunch can be an intimate family affair, an all-out celebration, or a weekly ritual—and the staff may come to know you by name.
At The Smith, a lively, casual spot right across from Lincoln Center, you can watch the spray of the fountains in front of Avery Fisher Hall while you devour their Ranchero Scramble, which features a blue-corn waffle and charred tomato salsa. There’s nothing like brunch at The Smith accompanied by a What’s Up Doc, made with aquavit, carrots, ginger, tarragon, and tangerines, to prepare you for an afternoon of enjoying the neighborhood. Take on the iconic landscapes of Lincoln Center and Central Park, your new playgrounds, where, feted on the culinary pleasures of a show-stopping brunch, your celebration continues.