Weekends were made for brunching. Correction: bottomless brunching. There’s nothing more fun than catching up with friends, digging into a delicious stack of French toast, and receiving what feels like a never ending amount of mimosas, Bellini’s, or Sangria. For those brunchers who like to indulge in libations, finding a brunch spot where the ambiance is on point, the food is delicious and the drinks are continuously flowing is like hitting the jackpot. In Harlem, when the Monday through Friday grind has run its course, we look forward to those Saturday and Sunday brunches whether it is with our friends, fam, or bae. A handful of restaurants throughout the neighborhood are serving up delicious brunch meals with unlimited cocktails to accompany them. We’ve rounded up the five best bottomless brunches in Harlem. Check them out below!
The 5 and Diamond
When it comes to bottomless brunching, the 5 and Diamond goes beyond the standard mimosa or Bellini. Although those drinks are featured on their brunch cocktail list along with Bloody Marys, they also include their “Bourbon Champagne Cocktail” which is to die for! If you’re into sweeter tasting drinks, that cocktail is for you. For just an additional $16 you can keep the drinks on heavy rotation for one hour. The 5 and Diamond’s entire menu is delicious, but two of their best meals are the “Southern Bourbon Brunch,” which includes crispy fried chicken with pancakes topped with maple syrup and the “Slow Roasted Pork Hash” which is served with two eggs, greens, and toast. Although the restaurant is small, the décor and ambiance is amazing. The 5 and Diamond boasts beautiful interior brick walls. The massive windows at the front of the eatery allow lots of natural light to pour in which is perfect for brunch selfies. Check out The 5 and Diamond’s full brunch menu here.
Ricardo Steak House
Ricardo Steak House in East Harlem has emerged into a celebrity hotspot. It’s often been the backdrop for some of our favorite Love & Hip Hop NY episodes, and stars like T.I. and Carmelo Anthony have dined there. Aside from the celebrity appeal, the restaurant is known for serving up a delicious bottomless brunch. For an additional $25 per person, you can have two hours of their unlimited specialty mimosas and Bellini’s that are made to order with fresh fruit. The specialty mimosas include the “Strawberry Rose Mimosa” and the “Watermelon Mimosa.” As for the Bellini’s you can choose from the “Mango Lime Bellini,” “Peach Orange Bellini,” or the “Double Berry Bellini.” If you want to keep it basic, you can get regular mimosas and Bellini’s for $20 with the purchase of a brunch entrée. Two tasty meals on their menu include the “Crab Cake and Eggs” which is a jumbo lump crab cake and fried egg served with red pepper aioli, baby arugula, cherry tomatoes, and lemon vinaigrette or the “OMG Burger” which is a house blend beef burger with melted mozzarella and roasted red peppers on an English muffin. Check out Ricardo Steak House’s full brunch menu here.
Looking for a brunch with a Mexican twist? Head over to Cascabel Taqueria. The eatery, which is located on the border of Morningside Heights, has an awesome bottomless brunch deal. For just an extra $15 you can mix and match the drinks on their brunch menu for an entire hour. They are another restaurant that goes beyond the typical mimosa, Bellini, and Bloody Mary. Cascabel Taqueria includes both traditional and spicy margaritas on their bottomless menu and they also feature drinks like the “La Lola” which is a mixture of cava, Aperol, and freshly squeezed grapefruit juice as well as the “El Capitan” which includes cava, domain de canton, and passionfruit. For the brunch entrees they offer a large variety of tacos and meals like the “Huevos Revueltos en Salsa Verde,” which is scrambled eggs, pico de gallo, tomatillo salsa, queso fresco, and warm tortillas and the “Carnitas Benedict,” which is house-made griddled corn bread, slow-roasted Berkshire pork, poached farm fresh eggs, and chipotle hollandaise sauce. Check out Cascabel Taqueria’s full brunch menu here.
You may remember Lido from our list of sexy restaurants for a Valentine’s Day dinner date in Harlem. The Italy-inspired restaurant is one of a handful of places in the neighborhood that offers a great bottomless brunch. With the purchase of an entrée for an additional $16, you can have unlimited mimosas for up to two hours. Lido features some delicious selections on their brunch menu. If your sweet tooth is kicking in, try the “Baked French Toast” which comes with berries, cream and maple syrup. If you’re opting for something more savory go for the braised short rib hash with poached eggs on an English muffin. Check out Lido’s full brunch menu here.
Brunch with a view anyone? By The Hudson (BTH), has become a go-to spot in Harlem for bottomless brunches. As part of their brunch special, which is $35.95, you can get a brunch entrée and unlimited mimosas or Bellini’s for an hour and a half. The restaurant lets you mix and match the drinks, so if you started off with mimosas but you’re feeling like it’s time for a Bellini you can make the switch. Some must-have items on their menu are the “Chicken Waffle Sandwich,” the “Wake Up Burger” which features aged blend beef, cheddar cheese, fried egg, lettuce, tomatoes, and is served with a side of fries; and the “Omelette Sunrise” which includes short ribs, onions, avocado, and pepper jack cheese. BTH has gorgeous views of the Hudson River and on Sundays they often play a mix of good hip-hop and R&B music. (Turn up!) After brunch you can head over to West Harlem Piers Park across the street for a dope Instagram photo shoot.