Brunch Any Day of the Week

Brunch Any Day of the Week

Jack’s Wife Freda (©Henry Hargreaves)

Brunch is a glorious thing. It can skew more toward breakfast or lunch, depending on what one is craving and sometimes—often?—involves alcohol. Weekend brunch is pretty much a NYC pastime—but why should something so wonderful be relegated to only two days of the week?

I have two words for you: Weekday. Brunch.

Whether you are in town for a mid-week business trip or are on an amazing vacation, here are some restaurants across the city that offer brunch food when you want it—any day of the week.

Norma's (Midtown): Located at Le Parker Meridien, Norma's believes in always having breakfast foods available for lunch, but traditional lunch items such as chicken pot pie or salade niçoise can be ordered after noon. Norma's recommends the mango-papaya brown butter cinnamon crêpes, fois gras brioche French toast with asparagus and mushrooms, in addition to cheesy macaroni with chunks of lobster in it, among other filling dishes. Weekday service from 7 am-3 pm, M-F. Weekend service from 7:30 am-3 pm, Sa & Su.

Jack's Wife Freda (West Village and SoHo): Named after immigrants who fell in love and married in Johannesburg in the 1930s and run by their grandson (Dean) and his wife, this bistro serves American-Mediterranean cuisine all day, every day. Try dishes like Jack's Breakfast (two eggs any style, grilled skirt steak, grilled tomato, pickled red onion and sourdough toast) or the Madame Freda (a pressed sandwich with duck prosciutto, cheddar béchamel, gruyere and a sunny side up egg). Breakfast/brunch is served daily (Su-Sa) starting at 8:30 am.

Mother's Ruin (NoLIta): Founded in 2011, this place has the feel of a local bar and a knack for crafting cocktails. The brunch menu features challah French toast with poached pears, biscuits and gravy, fried chicken and kale salad, veggie burger and a French onion soup grilled cheese sandwich. Every day of the week (Su-Sa), brunch is served from 11 am-5 pm.

BeeHive Oven Biscuit Cafe (Williamsburg, Brooklyn): Post-Hurricane Sandy, Chef Treva Chadwell and her husband, John, prepared Texas comfort food for volunteers and folks helping with the recovery effort. This led to them applying for Smorgasburg in 2013 and then finally opening their first restaurant in Brooklyn. Though BeeHive serves breakfast items all day, every day, there is a different brunch menu on weekends than during the week. Both feature signature homemade biscuits, shrimp and grits, "chicken-fried" steak and more meals that feel homecooked. Weekday (M-F) brunch is served from 10 am-10 pm. Weekend brunch is available Sa & Su from 10 am-5 pm.

For additional restaurants, check out the full Weekday Brunch post on

(Courtesy BeeHive Oven Biscuit Cafe™)

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