In New York City, brunch is a weekend tradition. It’s the opportunity to indulge in mimosas and pancakes while also meeting with friends and taking a break from busy schedules. But with so many restaurants lined up to serve you stuffed French toast or a bloody Mary, where is the best place to get brunch in New York? Read on to get your expert brunch advice from BlueOrange, a NYC-based travel agency that knows what good brunch is and where to go to find it.

Brasserie 8 ½

Solow Building Corporation, 9 West 57th Street

Visit the Sunday brunch buffet at Brasserie 8 ½ for a taste of everything from seafood ceviche, omelet, crepes and carrot cake. Plus, indulge in the so-worth-it $14 endless mimosa to complement any weekend brunch. Stylish, French and just steps from Fifth Avenue, what more could you ask for from a weekend meal?

Café Mogador

101 St. Marks Place

Expand your brunch palate to include Moroccan-inspired favorites. Café Mogador offers a unique twist on classic brunch favorites. Try the Moroccan Benedict or the prix fixe option to enjoy this award-winning brunch menu in the East Village. Also, stop in their Williamsburg location at 133 Wythe Avenue.

Extra Virgin

259 West 4th Street

Sit on the sidewalk and people watch as you enjoy delicious dishes like eggs Benedict or French toast. Plan ahead with reservations, so you aren’t left waiting for a table for what feels like hours. The brunch menu includes cocktails like Bellinis and Bloody Marys, and dishes like a chopped falafel salad and a truffle mushroom asparagus turkey burger, making your morning meal delicious and memorable. Extra Virgin just might become your go-to spot each time you visit the city.

French Roast

2340 Broadway

Get back to brunch basics at French Roast on the Upper West Side. With classics like brioche French toast, eggs cooked any style and a sirloin burger, there’s something for everyone in a no-frills way that focuses on the food. As an extra bonus, there’s hardly any wait, so you can be sure you get to your brunch without the hassle.

House of Yes

2 Wyckoff Avenue

Keep last night’s party going at the House of Yes in Bushwick. Order brunch specific cocktails like the Good Morning Mr. Cooper that includes vodka espresso and coffee liqueur or The Bae, a gin and champagne cocktail that also includes orange blossom water. Plus, you might be able to sign up for a daytime dance party with your brunch to make this anything but a typical meal.

Le Fanfare

1103 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn

You can rely on the delicious flavors of this Greenpoint brunch spot. Rarely busy, look for standards with an Italian twist, like lemon-ricotta pancakes or poached eggs with organic polenta, oyster mushrooms and rosemary zabaione. Also, try delicious hand-crafted cocktails to compliment whatever you order. The casual atmosphere makes this an ideal relaxed brunch date.

Peter Pan Donuts & Pastry Shop

727 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn

For something classic and a little vintage, check out Peter Pan Donuts. Stop into this Brooklyn favorite for a casual brunch of donuts, breakfast sandwiches and coffee sitting at the counter, and you’ll be glad that you did. The shop still looks much as it did 60 years ago when it opened; it’s a taste of old Brooklyn you shouldn’t miss.

Join the locals who are stepping out for weekend brunch with their friends. These choices will ensure you’re enjoying nothing but the best New York has to offer. And when you’re ready to start planning your trip to the city, contact BlueOrange, a leading travel agent for New York and worldwide getaways.