There’s nothing more fun than knowing Grandma (or Grandpa—or both!) are coming for a visit, whether it’s from another neighborhood or another state. After all, who better to spoil the whole family with a brunch at the best of the best restaurants in town? We checked out five spots offering deluxe brunch service in Manhattan that are fit for a special family meal.
Get fancy with Grandma at a Pre-Ballet Brunch: Lincoln Center
Lincoln Center is a magnet for culture and day dates with the grandkids. Next time you’re planning an intergenerational playdate, see if Grandma will splurge on a super fancy brunch at Lincoln, a modern glass box of a restaurant perched right on the edge of the famed Lincoln Center plaza. While this spot isn’t for loud little ones—it’s way better for older kids with sophisticated palates—you’ll be awed by the honey ricotta dip paired with homemade focaccia and fancy menu. While there’s no kids’ menu, the spiced brioche French toast and spinach ricotta crepe severed at brunch (starting at 11:30 AM Saturdays and Sundays) will appeal to even the pickiest of eaters.
142 West 65th St.
Meet Grandma for a Matinee #1: Benoit
Benoit is as French as it gets this side of the Atlantic and, should the Grandma in your life be a Francophile, all the better as this dressy restaurant, open for brunch Saturdays and Sundays at 11:45 AM, exudes all things Parisienne, from the red velvet banquettes to the French music played the moment you set foot inside this elegant space. Best of all, Benoit is extremely kid friendly. While it may not be the best place to take a screaming toddler, we guarantee you won’t be able to hear a peep once the kids in your party check out The Sweet Corner, piled high with fruit, candy, cakes and crepes made to order. There’s a generous kids menu (two courses for $25) and plenty of choices for everyone in the family. Bon appetit!
60 West 55th St.
Meet Grandma for a Matinee #2: db Bistro Moderne
If you’re seeking another option that’s a tad closer to the theater district, consider db Bistro Moderne, open Saturdays and Sundays starting at 11:15 a.m. With its two-course brunch prix-fixe ($26), your kid can pair a yogurt parfait or soupe du jour with anything from eggs any style to a fancy schmancy bagel and lox. Or, Grandma, direct that grandchild you love to the a la carte menu and he or she will likely zero right in on the French toast with almonds, seasonal marmalade and maple syrup. It’s the perfect pre-theater dish!
db Bistro Moderne
55 West 44th St.
Meet Grandma for a Fifth Avenue shopping spree: Regency
The Regency Bar & Grill might be a power breakfast headquarters during the week but, on the weekends, you’re likelier to this cheery restaurant filled with a jumble of families and tourists. Grandma will love this restaurant because the cups of coffee are super jumbo, breakfast is served beginning at seven AM should Grandma be here for the overnight and the maître d is sure to hand your party a coloring book and crayons to keep the little ones busy until food arrives. Better yet, through Cool Flavor NYC by Loews Hotels, an out-of-town Grandma can sample authentically local culinary experiences. Our favorite example: Baked goods such as cookies, cheesecake and tarts from Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery are always available—a sweet ending to a yummy meal followed by a shopping spree down Fifth Avenue? Count us in!
The Regency Bar & Grill
540 Park Ave.
Meet Grandma at the Train: Michael Jordan’s The Steak House
Just say Grandma lives in a suburban town somewhere along the Metro North line. Then it’s not only convenient to meet her at Michael Jordan’s for a yummy brunch overlooking the hustle bustle of Grand Central Station, but you’ll be treated to a fancy meal, too. Brunch is served here on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 11:30 AM and the $29.50 prix fie menu for the grown-ups includes anything from a petite ribeye and fried eggs to classic eggs benedict accompanied by a bloody Mary or mimosa. The kids menu is equally inventive and should the little one prefer a burger, that’ll come with a choice of three sides and desserts ($14). Everyone will leave stuffed—and ready to take on Midtown!
Michael Jordan’s The Steak House
Grand Central Terminal
23 Vanderbilt Ave.
Do you have a favorite place to brunch with the grandparents? Share it in the comments below!