In 1981, pastry chef Sarabeth Levine opened a tiny café to sell her homemade jams; a few decades later, she’s running five bustling New York restaurants — and this one, a stone’s throw from Central Park, boasts one of the city’s best brunches. You won’t be able to decide between the pastries, pies, unrivalled egg menu (good luck resisting the “Goldie Lox”), traditional sandwiches, locally sourced salads and soups. The creamy tomato is a favourite of Oprah and Gayle King. Don’t forget to grab some peach apricot preserves on your way out.
Technically located in Midtown West, one of the prime selling points of this restaurant is its across-the-street proximity to Central Park and public transportation.
40 Central Park South, 59th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)
+1 212 826 5959