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Turn Up Your Weekend with 5 Jazz Brunches Around NYC

By Jordi Lippe | March 10, 2017 | Food & Drink

Sunday brunch and New Yorkers are synonymous. It’s a weekly ritual to sleep in, throw on some jeans, and order up coffee, a mimosa, and a heaping pile of pancakes. And, while we've all heard of boozy brunches, the a.m. tradition gets tons more sophisticated when we’re talking jazz brunches. You can still have your fill of cocktails and hearty foods, but get your dose of culture and musical exposure, too. Here are some of the best in the city:

Metropolis Oyster Room & Cocktail Bar


A Southern-inspired brunch is just a few downtown subway stops away. Located under Blue Water Grill, the Metropolis in Union Square just started a New Orleans Jazz Brunch every Sunday from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. For $39 per person, guests will get a Market Juice Shooter and sharable starters like country biscuits with pecan bananas foster butter, followed by a main dish like crawfish boil with potatoes or gumbo. You can even add Southern-inspired cart-to-table mimosas and bloody Marys for a few more dollars. 31 Union Square W., 212-533-2500

Kitano New York Hotel

People come from all over to watch the world-renowned jazz performers nightly, and the lounge now offers a Sunday afternoon version of its famous evening shows. From 12-2:30 p.m., enjoy a buffet breakfast ($40 per person) with classics like scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, and mimosas while listening to doo-wop legend Tony Middleton. 66 Park Ave., 212-885-7119

The Rainbow Room

The Rainbow Room.

Enjoy unobstructed city panoramas from the top of Rockefeller Center as you tuck into classics like pancakes and chef stations with freshly pressed juices, a bacon bar, and custom Greek-yogurt parfaits—and the scenery inside is just as marvelous. For $125 per person, chow down on sweet or savory crepes and take in the smooth sounds of jazz as you watch the crystal light fixtures glisten off the walls. 30 Rockefeller Plaza #65, 212-632-5000

Blue Note

This New York staple is a classic when it comes to jazz. The full calendar lineup is impressive, but the Sunday shows at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. are the ultimate for music lovers—expect musicians like Katie Thiroux and Juilliard Jazz. Bonus: it only costs $35 per person to enjoy the brunch, the show, and a drink. 131 W. Third St., 212-475-8592

Blu on Park

Blu on Park.

You’ll feel like you’re stepping into another era as you enter this remodeled 1920s brownstone on the Upper East Side. The restaurant, which is best known as an upscale steakhouse serving dinner, introduced a Sunday jazz brunch this winter. Tuck into almond-crusted French toast, andouille shrimp and grits, and cured salmon benedict while listening to a live jazz band play in the bar area starting at 11 a.m. 116 E. 60th St., 646-893-0160