Mimosas/Flickr/Joe Shlabotnik

Brunch in New York just got even better. In an effort to update liquor laws dating back to Prohibition, state legislators are passing a bill that allows alcohol to be served starting at 10 a.m. instead of noon on Sundays. With brunch being a staple of weekends in the city, here are some great spots to take advantage of the extra time to imbibe once the law goes into effect — and don’t forget to make reservations!

1. The Crooked Knife

The Crooked Knife in New York City

Take in the lovely atmosphere of the Gramercy neighborhood before swinging into the homey Crooked Knife, where eggs Florentine ($13), is served with home fries and bacon ($14), and the Hangover Salad ($16), is piled with chicken, hash browns, cheese, and bacon — sure to revive you on a Sunday morning. For an unlimited option, $39 gets you an entree plus two hours of bottomless mimosas or bloody Marys. Bonus: Keep an eye out for celebrities like Matthew Broderick and Diane Lane, who are said to frequent this joint.
On Saturdays and Sundays, brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

2. Gemma 

The Bowery burger at Gemma in New York City
Bowery burger/Gemma/The Bowery Hotel


For the stylish brunch-goer, head to Gemma at The Bowery Hotel for an alfresco meal on the patio. Serving Italian fare, the menu includes items like eggs a la Gemma (poached eggs on brioche with Hollandaise, asparagus, and prosciutto cotto), $12; margherita pizza, $13; and the Bowery burger with garlic fries, $16. Wash that down with a tasty cocktail like Governor’s Garden with cucumber vodka, mint, lime, and soda ($13); or the Ancho Chile Sour ($15). For a twist on a classic brunch staple, go for a round of the Red Screwdriver ($14) that swirls vodka, blood orange juice, and aperol.
Brunch is served here on Saturdays and Sundays between 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

3. Freemans

Freemans entrance in New York City
Freemans entrance/Facebook.com/FreemansAlley


At the end of a non-descript Lower East Side alley sits Freemans, a rugged tavern decked out in American Colonialism style. Among our favorite things to order are the baked skillet eggs shakshuka made with spinach, feta cheese, and a tomato-bell pepper topping, $14; and the $17 Freemans Piedmontese cheeseburger that’s served with their secret sauce. Thirsty? Classic brunch cocktails ($14) are available, as are specialty concoctions like the Suavecito ($15) with jalapeno tequila, yellow chartreuse, kiwi shrub, and lime.
Brunch is served between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.

4. Baker & Co.

Brunch at Baker and Co. in New York City
Baker & Co./Connie Hum

The West Village’s Baker & Co is filled with rustic industrial appeal, but it’s the outdoor garden seating for which everyone clamors. The comfort food-filled menu touts popular dishes like eggs Benedict with spicy heritage pulled pork ($15), Nutella French toast with vanilla cream ($14), and mac ‘n cheese ($14). Along with standard brunch sips like peach bellinis ($11) and bloody Marys ($10), the eatery also pours some adventurous cocktails such as the Porcini ($11): a vermouth-based drink with mushroom syrup, sherry, chocolate, and bitters.
Make reservations for brunch, available every weekend between 10:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.

5. Margaux

Atrium Margaux The Marlton
Atrium/Margaux/The Marlton Hotel

If it’s a classy, Parisian brunch you’re in the mood for, look no further than Margaux. Located inside the Marlton Hotel near Washington Square Park, this Parisian-style cafe offers dishes full of Mediterranean, French, and Californian flavors. The menu changes often, but some perennial favorites are soft scrambled eggs with wild salmon ($14) and brioche French toast ($14). For drinks, the lineup includes $12 bellinis and mimosas, the Strictly Prickly ($14), and the Marlton Bloody Mary ($12).
Grab a seat here for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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