Dear Brunch Gang

Dear Brunch Gang: Brunchin’ around the Christmas tree

By on December 16, 2011

Dear Brunch Gang,

I will be coming into the city this weekend to see the tree. Any recommendations for brunch spots near Rockefeller Center?

Sincerely,
All I Want for Christmas is Brunch 

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Dear All I Want for Christmas is Brunch,

New York City is a magical place during the holidays! Your visit will certainly be memorable, and we hope that our recommendations leave you with a fantastic brunch experience as well.

Enjoy the skaters while you brunch!

If you want to stay right in Rockefeller Center and enjoy a view of the famous Ice Rink while you dine, Rock Center Café features a three course prix-fixe brunch. For $35, you can indulge in an appetizer, main course and dessert. They also have an à la carte menu. Their offerings include a nice mix of both breakfast and lunch items, such as Cinnamon Raisin French Toast and Penne Pasta Caprese.

Rockefeller Center gets extremely congested this time of year, so if you’re sick of the crowds, we recommend moving a few blocks away from the hustle and bustle to enjoy brunch. One of the great things about New York is the diversity of food, so why not try a brunch with a little ethnic flair? Rue 57 adds an Asian twist to their brunch, offering both sushi and American classics. If you’re looking to spice things up, try a Cuban brunch at Victor’s Café. Erica and Victoria enjoyed their recent brunch at this popular Midtown spot.

Another fun thing about brunching in New York is the chance to brunch at the restaurants of some of the world’s top celebrity chefs. Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain is a quick walk from Rockefeller Center. The Kentucky Hot Brown has been getting rave reviews! If you’re a fan of Gordon Ramsay, check out his restaurant Maze at The London hotel. Need a few drinks after fighting your way through all the tourists? You can add $20 to your brunch at Maze for unlimited prosecco!

Rockefeller Center’s tree

Want to brunch like a New Yorker? Two classic brunch spots are located just a short distance from the tree. Norma’s has been one of the top-rated brunches in NYC for many years. Located in Le Parker Meridien, this popular brunch haunt features Hot Chestnut Pancakes and the Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata. Sarabeth’s is another well-known New York brunch place. They have several locations in the city, and Sarabeth’s Central Park South isn’t too far from Rockefeller Center. You can enjoy the delicious food here and hit up another city landmark, Central Park, after your brunch!

Happy holidays!
Brunch Gang

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