5 Best Brunch Spots: NYC & Chicago

Ps. Trust me, not only have I eaten a lot of to-die-for food in my day, I've also made it my mission to try as many different restaurants / cafes as my time and budget allows and time after time I come back to these stellar spots. Don't forget to make your reservations on Open Table.

XX Julia


1. Jack's Wife Freda: If you have ever spoken to anyone from the city i'm sure they've drilled into your head that Jack's Wife Freda is the end-all-be-all. It's pretty much the place to go if you're hot, young, ands trendy - which i'm assuming you are if you've found your way to this website. And yes, rosewater waffles are everything you hoped they'd be.

2. Friedman's Lunch: Let me start by saying, potato pancakes. I don't think I've been there once where I didn't include the better take on hashbrowns in my meal. The whole menu is delicious and just interesting enough that you feel like you're making the most out of your brunch. Not to mention they have a kick-ass cocktail selection, don't leave without throwing down a blood orange bellini or two... or three. Only bummer? They take that whole no alcoholic drinks served before 12 on a Sunday thing seriously - but I guess we won't hold that against them. 

3. Balthazar: I'm killing you guys with some of the basics right now, but these places are hyped up for very valid reasons. Balthazar is the place you go if you take your brunch very seriously. It's classy and fabulous and a great place to go when you need to push through your Sunday morning hangover and act like your life is still somewhat desirable. Note that I mentioned Sunday brunch, which has its very own menu - the best menu. 

4. Sarabeth's: You've probably already heard of this New York hot spot if you haven't already hit up one of its various locations around the city yourself. If you're brunching for Instagram you'll get the avocado toast, if you're brunching just to brunch you'll get the french toast, and if you're brunching without fear of calories you'll get both and a glass of sangria as well. The servings are huge which makes it the perfect spot to go share a couple different dishes with your gals. 

5. Buvette: It's quaint, cute, french, and trendy - what else could you hope for in a brunch spot? It's the exact opposite of Balthazar in the fact that there is a much more laid back atmosphere. Definitely a spot for the casual bruncher. 



1. Parson's Chicken and Fish: Clearly I'm no professional food critic (only a self proclaimed foodie), because once again I am a little bias to how Instagram worthy the restaurant is. The place has a super cool mod vibe that makes it totally worth the post - Gingham filter anyone? However, this one could be nothing more than a shell with a roof and I would still add it to my list. The menu is filled with comfort foods guaranteed to make you a very happy brunching lady. 

2. Summer House: The restaurant is everything the name claims it is - a house of summer whether its January or June. Just the other day after fresh ahi tuna tostados, my go to brunch food - avocado toast, and one too many morning fogs, I half expected to walk out into warm summer air instead of cold winter flurries when I left. The place get's even more amazing in the summer when they open up the roof in the main dining room. Oh, did I mention it's perfectly and wonderfully Instagramable? 

3. 3 Arts Club: Restoration Hardware's new resident restaurant is just as beautiful as you'd expect a restaurant in the interior companies building to be. It's glamorous yet cool and totally worth checking out if only for the ambience. The only down fall is that the new trendy Chicago spot does not offer reservations, instead you wait for a table to clear out and hope that you claim it before one of the other many people wanting to dine in style. But that can be fun right?

4. Blue Door Farm Stand: Once again, I find it extremely important to take into account the atmosphere and look of the cafe and the quaint Lincoln Park spot earns itself an A in both. The food is equally amazing as it is fresh, not to mention take out makes is a great options for times your previous night is making you a little less than ready to spent too much time out in the real world. You can grab your food and get right back into in bed to enjoy it.  

5.  Little Goat: Charming and fun for people seeking out a more casual and relaxed brunch. The food is delicious, but the menu isn't anything to insane. It offers brunch classics as well as a few more exciting dishes for those looking for a little more. The wait is never too long and there is no doubt that you'll leave happy with your experience.