Friedman’s (132 W 31st St)
Friedman’s is a family run business, so it’s a very open and friendly atmosphere. It was named after the famous economist Milton Friedman who popularized the phrase, “There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.” Nonetheless, you’ll definitely get your money’s worth with these large portions. Choose from a variety of meals such as pancakes, waffles, or the best fried chicken. What makes this place unique is that they have a whole menu of entirely gluten-free and healthy items, a safe heaven for those who can’t eat gluten but still want to eat good food. “Eat good food” is actually their mantra, and they certainly strive to deliver this to all of their guests.
The Smith (956 Second Avenue)
“Smith” actually means a maker skilled in creating something, as The Smith builds a culture that is empowering, supportive, and positive. They do this by making delicious food, unique drinks, and great hospitality. The cooks and employees truly care about every moment and meal spent here, encouraging customers to come back time and time again. Try the warmth and comfort of their internet-famous mac and cheese, all in a fun and energetic atmosphere.
44 & X Hell’s Kitchen (622 10th Avenue)
A go-to spot in the neighborhood, 44 & X Hell’s Kitchen serves popular brunch food and reinvented American classics. This is perfect for before or after the play since it’s right in the heart of Broadway and Theatre Row. You can choose from their seasonally-inspired menu, hand-selected meats, and Tony-themed drinks. The jewel-box setting is super comfy, as you can also soak up some sun with the outdoor seating available, too. It’s definitely Instagram-worthy!
Penelope (159 Lexington Ave)
Penelope is a cozy local business with heartwarming comfort food just like your mom used to make. It’s a cafe and bakery all in one, encouraging you to relax with a smile. A couple started the business in a warm and welcoming neighborhood, just like the vibes of the restaurant and food made. Fun fact – the name “Penelope” is actually the name of the owner’s pet turtle of 19 years old!
Sarabeth’s (40 Central Park South)
This legendary brunch spot can get a bit crowded, but it’s definitely worth the wait. Sarabeth’s offers classic breakfast and brunch food such as a large egg selection, waffles, pancakes, French toast, and cereals. The sweet and savory choices are ideal for American comfort food, on top of creating delicious baked goods. Guests from all over come for their world-famous weekend brunch for a reason, cooked fresh with all locally sourced ingredients.
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