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When it comes to brunch, Cookshop can be relied upon to Bring It on a regular basis. First off, you can book, so instead of waiting an hour for eggs, you’ll be ushered to your table and offered baked goods, which you want. The menu changes daily, but whatever pastry chef Amanda Cook is dreaming up — past offerings have included beignets with rhubarb compote and maple bacon monkey bread — it’s guaranteed to be a hit. Check out the seasonal menu while you sip a cocktail — will a “Peaches B. Crazy,” with house-made salted-peach purée, gin, St. Germain, and orange blossom water, tempt you away from a stellar bloody mary? One thing’s for sure, at least: You’ll be in good company. “I’ve been cooking here for ten years,” chef de cuisine Andrew Corrigan tells the Voice, “and brunch is far and away our busiest meal. We serve about 700 guests, and we use more than 2,000 eggs and 30 pounds of bacon.” Even so, the atmosphere is easy and convivial. Inside the sunny room or out on the patio, the décor is simple and relaxed. (Not a problem if you get a coffee ring on the table.) Soon you’ll be diving into cornmeal-blueberry griddle cakes glistening with navel orange maple syrup, or taking that first hangover-busting bite from a plate of huevos rancheros. An afternoon strolling on the High Line awaits. But for now, relax into that most civilized of weekend treats, a really good brunch. 156 Tenth Avenue, Manhattan 10011, 212-924-4440, cookshopny.com

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