Where to Brunch This Weekend: The Spot, Sugar Freak, Nook, Golden Unicorn


If you’re experiencing a weekend without brunch, it probably means you got left off the invite list. If that’s the case, be proactive by making new friends at one of these four lively brunch spots.

The Spot, 417 Prospect Place, Brooklyn

For $12.95, thirsty guests receive endless mimosas, champagne, tea, or coffee with the purchase of a brunch entree at this brunch oasis. Choices range from four-egg omelettes to a pancake bar to burger and sandwich options.

Sugar Freak, 36-18 30th Avenue, Queens, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.

Offering a southern twist to traditional brunch favorites, this Astoria retreat labels brunch cocktails “eye-openers.” All entrees are under $15 — and that’s including a Creole bloody mary or mimosa. Patrons can choose from pork debris and eggs or bananas fosters French toast, though a starter known as yaka mein aka old sober soup might be the only thing to order after a night of hard partying.

Nook, 746 Ninth Avenue, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.

This Hell’s Kitchen restaurant lives up to its name space-wise, and real estate is especially tight come brunch time. Simplicity reigns supreme here, with items like nutella on a baguette with fresh fruit. The kitchen also dishes out a selection of egg scrambles with fillings like smoked salmon and cream cheese or smoked sausage, gouda, and onions. Those in the know order up a side of rosemary fries no matter what their entree, and if you’re not stuffed by the end of your meal, the close proximity to Broadway makes for a solid weekend plan.

Dim Sum
Golden Unicorn, 18 East Broadway, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.

Cold days call for warm dim sum, and this spot offers plenty of steaming hot options. Diners can choose from spare ribs, chicken buns, or fried sticky pork dumplings depending on how healthy they’d like to eat. Most affordable in a group, this spot is also ideal for entertaining out-of-towners. The only drawback? No mimosas.