Father’s Day is fast approaching, which means now is the time to start planning the first part of dad’s day — brunch — on June 15, 2014. Whether you want to go the nostalgic route with plates of cereal-encrusted French toast, dine on rib-sticking Southern food, or take pops for brunch cocktails, here are five awesome places your dad will love.
Tasty Latin food for Father’s Day brunch? Yes, please. At Julian Medina’s airy cafe in the East Village, succulent arepas are stuffed with barbecue short rib, pork belly, chicken tinga and — to give it that breakfast feel — eggs too. But that’s just for starters, you can also order their version of eggs Benedict that comes with Berkshire ham and suckling pig, Baja-style fish tacos, or go the more traditional route and get a hearty plate of huevos rancheros, complete with homemade, charred tomato cascabel salsa. From 11:30am to 3pm you can snag a table and relax in the blue-and-white tiled room under the large, Cuban-style ceiling fans, and cool off with an hour of unlimited mimosas, sangria, or margaritas, a deal that proves well worth the $14 price tag. 23 Avenue A, 212-529-2919, ybnyc.com
From 11am to 4pm, Bea in Hell’s Kitchen has brunch for the cocktail-loving dad covered. Bartenders whip up specialty drinks for dads of all liquor persuasions — bourbon, gin, beer, vodka, etc. — including the bourbon and Campari-laden Boulevardier, the Over the Moon with rosemary-infused gin and Aperol, and the complex Bitter Viking, made with mezcal, Fernt Branca, ginger, and pale ale that indeed proves bitter. On the food side, tuck into a plate of eggs Benedict or barbecued branzino, and enjoy the exposed brick walls and French cafe vibe in the restaurant’s indoor-outdoor courtyard, or snag a cozy booth inside near the piano. 403 W. 43rd St., 212-602-1910, beanyc.com
It’s no secret that Southern-style brunch food appeals to dads. Is it the thick, sweet-and-savory buttermilk waffles? Plates of succulent fried chicken? Smoked pork hash or hearty dishes of shrimp and creamy grits? Or maybe it’s the cold pints of craft beer and whiskey-fueled breakfast cocktails. The answer: all the above, which you can find among the dark wood tables and simple, rustic decor at this laid-back joint in Williamsburg this Father’s Day weekend between 11am and 4pm. 164 Bedford Ave., 347-725-4793, sweetchicknyc.com
Make daddy comfortable at this funky diner in Astoria. With menu items like Capt’N Crunch French toast, Egg McRuffin with tater tots and homemade buttermilk pancakes with chocolate chips and bananas, brunch here has a nostalgic twinge that will remind you of childhood breakfasts at home. For more adult fare, try the Hobbits salty pork Benedict with bacon, fig jam, brie and hollandaise on fresh buttermilk biscuits, or the deep-fried chicken and waffle balls. They have tons of creative and fun options, a friendly staff, and plenty of piping hot coffee to wash it down. Brunch is served on Sunday from 10am to 4pm; just make sure to bring cash, as credit cards aren’t accepted. 40-09 30th Ave., Queens, 718-728-2350, queenscomfort.com
Bleecker Kitchen & Co.
In the West Village, this industrial-meets-vintage cafe serves brunch from 11am to 5pm on the weekends, allowing dad to sleep in and still indulge in this important meal. Order a heaping plate of steak and eggs, which comes with fresh chimichurri and avocado, corn-flake French toast with homemade fruit compote and mascarpone, or crispy chicken and waffles with hot sauce and Vermont maple syrup. Heck, celebrate dad and order it all, after all he is half the force that gave you life. Just don’t forget to add a couple craft cocktails to the mix; we suggest the Root & Rye, a drink made with whiskey, Ithaca root beer, brandied cherries and vanilla syrup, the perfect beverage to wax nostalgic and pair with an afternoon feast. 643 Broadway, 212-253-7467, bleeckerkitchen.com
See our complete guide to Father’s Day in New York City.