Latina's Guide to Brunch: 8 Must-Visit Restaurants in NYC

Whether you're in the mood for huevos rancheros, churros, or a breakfast burrito, one thing's for certain — there's no greater city packed with amazing Latin brunch options, than New York. Take a look at some of our favorites.

1. The Black Ant

If you've ever been to Ofrenda, you're going to be obsessed with their new sister spot, The Black Ant. Their guacamole comes with a unique crispy topping (the aforementioned black ants) and their eclectic brunch menu features a new take on traditional dishes like poached eggs over duck confit hash with duck chorizo. Plus, the casual ambiance houses tons of quirky knick knacks and plenty of bug-centric wall art. Their smoky jalapeno margs are most definitely a gamechanger as well. 

60 2nd Ave., blackantnyc.com

2. Beauty & Essex

Whether you come here for brunch or dinner doesn't matter (because both are insanely good) — what matters is that you swing by the not-so-secret chapagne bar in the baño in between courses (and probably tequila cocktails). Perusing the pawn shop entrance to the restaurant on the way in or out is also a requirement of any visit. Now back to the comida... Order the eggs benedict (jamon serrano, hollandaise) or the avocado, lemon and espelette pepper "jewels on toast" to start, then move on to the chile relleno empanadas (poblano, manchego, jalapeño-lime crema), brunch pizzetta (housemade green chorizo, potatoes, manchego, quail eggs) and lobster and chorizo hash (peruvian potatoes, cilantro butter) to finish.

146 Essex St., beautyandessex.com

3. Hotel Chantelle

Hotel Chantelle is one of the best things to happen to the New York City brunch scene, mainly because of their roof. Although Executive Chef Seth Levine's menu is French Mediteranean-themed, it also boosts items like gazpacho (chilled spicy tomato soup with goat cheese crostini) and a deviled egg tasting (maple glazed bacon & roasted jalapeno, lobster, caviar, smoked salmon caper crème fraiche) that will please any Latin-loving palette. While their rooftop garden is the perfect setting for a midday meal, the interior rooms are another awesome option for your next fiesta. Also worth mentioning are their bespoke cocktails — particularly the Pineapple Express (Jalapeno-infused Sauza Blue Tequila, pomegranate, fresh cane syrup). Just make sure your phone is charged before you leave the house, because you're going to want to take a ton of #FoodPorn pics.

92 Ludlow St., hotelchantelle.com

4. Dos Caminos

Dos Caminos does brunch like no one else. There are machacado breakfast tacos (beef shortrib tacos, scrambled eggs, cheddar, salsa a la mexicana), breakfast quesadillas (scrambled eggs, bacon, queso menonita, warm handmade tortillas), huevos con chorizo enchiladas (scrambled eggs with chorizo, queso blanco, guajillo salsa) and the classic rancheros (crisp tortillas, fried eggs, refried pinto beans, smoked ham, queso fresco), plus your choice of one of the following with any brunch entree: frozen prickly pear or frozen traditional margarita, bloody mary, screwdriver, mimosa, or champagne. The drinks are great, the service is friendly, the crowd is cool, and the four locations across the city make scoring a reservation much easier. So what are you waiting for? Book one.

825 3rd Av., 373 Park Ave. South, 475 West Broadway, 675 Hudson St., doscaminos.com

 

5. Beautique

Celebs like Wilmer Valderama, Maxwell, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Bosworth and many more have been flocking to NYC hot spot, Beautique, and luckily for us — they just started serving brunch. For $59 per person, you can indulge in a delicioso buffet, featuring items like eggs benedict, fritattas, kale ceaser salad, various pastas, carved meats, and fish options and we might also encourage you to try dinner at some point for the chicken croquettes with ramp aioli. Did we mention they serve dulce de leche cremeus with dehydrated oreos and fried brioche noodles for dessert? Trust us, you'll be addicted. 

8 West 58th St., beautiquedining.com

6. Yerba Buena

Yes, we like our eggs with a side of fish tacos at brunch. Not only are Yerba Beuna's tacos de pescado on ANOTHER level, but their tres arepas (bbq short ribs, pork belly, chicken tinga, scramble eggs) and huevos rancheros (crispy tortilla, black beans, charred tomato cascabel salsa, queso fresco) are pretty incredible as well. As for cocktails, the Pisco Punch (pineapple-infused peruvian pisco, grapefruit & lime cordials, fresh lemon juice) and Azteca (Lunazul Tequila, St. Germain, Yellow Chartreuse, fresh lime juice) are sure to do the trick.

23 Avenue A, ybnyc.com

7. Jify's

A New York Latin brunch guide wouldn't be complete without mentioning one of our Brooklyn favorites — Jify's. The Caribbean-fusion spot in Williamsburg serves up tasty breakfast dishes like eggs any style with tostones, avocado, green chili sauce, and cucumber salad, and killer burgers. Try their signature (jerk marinated grass fed beef patty, grilled pineapple, beer battered onion rings, shredded lettuce, house dressing, sesame brioche with polenta fries & salad) and finish up the meal with some coconut flan. Jify's also offers a brunch special which includes your choice of entree, plus three bloody marys or mimosas, and c​​​offee or tea — for only $20. Oh, and did we mention the mango guac with chips? Muy beuno. Plus, it houses a cool music/gallery space in the back, where you can listen to indie rock or catch Aziz Ansari doing impromptu standup on any given night. Yes, it's that cool.

93 N 6th St. (Brooklyn), jifys.com

 

8. The Wayfarer

Although considered a classic American restaurant with a menu concentrated mainly in the seafood arena, The Wayfarer brings a surprising (and pleasing) amount of Latin flare to some of its best dishes and drinks. Take Executive Chef Braden Reardon's new additions for example: the oysters tempura with cilantro and chili dipping sauce, avocado toast with chili flakes, sea salt, and eggs, and grilled ecuadorian prawns with avocado, jalapeño, cilantro, lime salsa are all exceptional, as is the Fairweather Sour (Milagro Silver Tequila, Verda Mezcal, pineapple, jalapeno agave, lime, cilantro root and Memphis BBQ Bitters). The cozy-meets-chic decor will make you want to spend an entire #SundayFunday indoors.

101 W. 57 St., thewayfarernyc.com