If you are going to be in town on Sunday and have the time for a leisurely morning, schedule a Sunday brunch at one of the city's phenomenal restaurants.
B. Smith's ($)
Address: 320 West 46th Street (between 8th and 9th avenues)
Subway: Times Square station (A, B, or C train)
Ample portions of traditional and Southern-inspired meals like sweet potato pancakes, banana and spiced pecan pancakes, and a French toasted butter crackle brioche make this a fail-safe brunch spot. There's plenty of traditional down-home stuff for the kids.
The Boathouse ($$)
Address: East 72nd Street and Park Drive North (enter park at East 72nd Street and 5th Avenue)
Subway: East 68th Street-Hunter College station (6 train)
Take advantage of this unparalleled experience if you are in New York between April and November. Sit lakeside and watch the swans and ducks swim by while rowboats and a gondola lazily drift across the water — all in front of a backdrop of greenery, rock formations, and a spectacular city skyline.
Address: 123 West 56th Street
Subway: West 59th Street-Columbus Circle station (A, B, C, D, or 1 train); West 57th Street station (N, Q, R, or W train)
Chocolate for breakfast — who could ask for more? Every meal on the Sunday brunch menu has at least a hint of chocolate. This lovely French restaurant is a treat. The prix fixe menu is $24; à la carte is also available. There's also a fantastic Saturday brunch, which is very unusual.
Address: 328 Lenox Avenue (between West 126th and West 127th streets)
Subway: West 125th Street station (2 or 3 train)
This is simply one of the best brunch deals in town. The price varies with what you choose, but the result is an authentic gospel brunch with eggs, pork chops or sausages, black-eyed peas, sweet potatoes, and coffee. Sylvia herself shows up on many Sundays. Go to church at the Riverside Church or the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, then come here afterwards to eat.