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Power-Planning Brunch

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Power-Planning Brunch

Yummy spots for wedding planning with your bridesmaids

Twirl Map Brunch New York City

1 FOR UPTOWN GIRLS…
Jacob’s Pickles
1509 Amsterdam Avenue near 85th St., (212) 470- 5566

2 A BREAK FROM THE GRIND…
August
791 Lexington at 61st St., 212-935-1433

3FEELING DOWNTOWN, BUT MEETING MIDTOWN…
The Smith
956 Second Avenue, at 51st St., (212) 644-2700

4FOR THOSE WITH A SWEET TOOTH…
Benoit
60 West 55th Street at 6th Ave., (646) 943- 7373

5FOR DOWNTOWN FOODIES…
Maialino
2 Lexington Avenue, near 21st St., (212) 777-2410

6FOR TRADITIONAL FRANCOPHILES…
Balthazar
80 Spring Street at Crosby St., (212) 965-1414

7A FOODIE’S HANGOVER CURE…..
Cookshop
156 Tenth Avenue at 20th St., (212) 924-4440

8WHEN YOU CAN’T DECIDE ON ONE TYPE OF FOOD….
Ditch Plains
29 Bedford Street at Downing St., (212) 633-0202

9FOR THOSE WHO LOVE LITTLE BITES….
The Stanton Social
99 Stanton Street near Ludlow St., (212) 995-0099

10FOR PRETTY WATER VIEWS WHILE DINING…
2West
2 West Street, near Battery Place, (212) 344-0800

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FEATURED IMAGE COURTESY OF THE SMITH

JACOB’S PICKLES Sure, pork belly beer mussels isn’t the first thing you think of when it comes to a weekend brunch, but trust us, this is an Upper West Side hot spot not to be missed. In addition to banana pancakes Jacob’s Pickles has traditional brunch fare like eggs (theirs comes with biscuits), biscuit french toast and southern biscuit sandwiches (see a pattern here?). If you have big eaters this is the place to go, and we didn’t even get to the pickles. An extensive drink list and sides have people flocking here from all over the city.  509 Amsterdam Avenue near 85th St., (212) 470- 5566, JacobsPickles.com

AUGUST If you want a respite from the hustle and bustle of the city and need an uptown brunch location, consider August. Between Chef Josh Eden’s eclectic takes on classic comfort food and the rotating cocktail list, you can’t go wrong at this sophisticated foodie’s fun spot. From here you can go check out your registry at Bloomingdale’s, only a few blocks away.  791 Lexington at 61st St., 212-935-1433, AugustNY.com

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THE SMITH With four locations throughout Manhattan, The Smith is a great brunch option because of its fun atmosphere and locally-sourced food. The Midtown location even has an extensive raw bar, but the brunch options don’t end there; from donuts to waffles, omelets to sandwiches and salads, there is something for everyone at this trendy brasserie. And if your ‘maids live uptown, downtown and somewhere in between, this is the perfect meeting place in the middle, but with a cool downtown vibe.  956 Second Avenue at 51st St., (212) 644-2700, TheSmithRestaurant.com

BENOIT Perhaps after your bridal fitting at Bergdorf’s Bridal Salon you’re up for Parisian fare? For a Parisian bistro in the heart of the city, go no further than Benoit. Not only can you get a traditional Sunday brunch with offerings like omelettes, Croque Monsieur and probably the best onion soup in town, but dessert lovers can rejoice with their sweet selection of, well, sweets! The “sweet sweet brunch” is a dessert bar of the season’s best tarts. At $5 a slice, it’s not bad, but for those taking a break from their bridal diet, it’s $16 for unlimited helpings. Or opt for the DIY-style profiteroles that can easily feed four. Yum! 60 West 55th Street off 6th Ave., (646) 943- 7373, BenoitNY.com

MAIALINO Overlooking Gramercy Park, this restaurant in the Gramercy Park Hotel has an extensive brunch menu from eggs to sweet grains (these are not your usual ricotta pancakes) and after noon, some of the best authentic Italian pastas and meaty main dishes. You and your ‘maids can browse over color swatches and motifs while waiting for some of the most delectable Italian fare around. And we’re not the only ones who think so; Time Out New York named Maialino one of the best Italian restaurants in New York, and EaterNY included Maialino’s Porchetta Sandwich as one of the “15 Awesome Breakfast Sandwiches in New York City.”  2 Lexington Avenue near 21st St., (212) 777-2410, Maialino.com

BALTHAZAR There is not a more classic French brunch spot than Balthazar in Soho. With a whole section of hangover drinks, you and your bridesmaids can reminisce over bachelorette party antics and look over bridesmaid dress fabric swatches. Their breads and pastries are legendary. (Their bakery is next door so you can take some to go.) From there you can check out the registry possibilities at Sur La Table and the MOMA Gift store, which are literally across the street.  80 Spring Street near Crosby St., (212) 965-1414, BalthazarNY.com

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COOKSHOP If you and your gal pals love shopping in the Meatpacking District and walking The High Line, make a reservation at Cookshop for brunch. This popular spot has a large selection of foods to share, everything from heirloom tomato salad to almond toast and egg salad tartine. And at Cookshop the mission is to support local farms and sustainable produce, so you know you’re getting what’s fresh, local and most of all, delicious. With an extensive beverage list that includes 6 (yes 6!) types of Bloody Marys, 7 specialty brunch cocktails and several mocktails and non-alcoholic drinks, you won’t go thirsty either.  156 10th Avenue at 20th St., (212) 924-4440, CookshopNY.com

DITCH PLAINS With the recent closing of their Upper West Side location, this is now the only spot to enjoy chef Marc Murphy’s ditch plains eggs Benedict but they also have everything from fish tacos to a variety of burgers, sandwiches and lobster rolls. For the group that can’t make a united decision on what to eat, Ditch Plains is a great option. Remember to ask your server for the day’s flavors of the ditch ‘wich (organic ice cream and chocolate chip cookie).  29 Bedford Street at Downing St., (212) 633-0202, Ditch-Plains.com

THE STANTON SOCIAL What’s more festive and fun than a bunch of dishes designed for sharing among friends? That’s the whole concept behind this Lower East Side restaurant, which is packed for dinner, and more and more, for brunch as well. There are as many varieties of their famous Stanton Social Sliders as there are brunch cocktails, and the Social Mac & Cheese is not to be beat. For those who prefer a lighter fare, consider the asparagus and spring pea salad (or go somewhere else).  99 Stanton Street near Ludlow St., (212) 995-0099, TheStantonSocial.com

2WEST Every Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 2:30pm, this Ritz-Carlton’s modern American bistro has an outstanding weekend brunch. Look out at the water while brainstorming color palettes and enjoying such options as Belgian waffles, traditional eggs Benedict, pan-seared salmon, almond pancakes, and more.  2 West Street, near Battery Pl., (212) 344-0800, 2West

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