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NYC Secrets: Our Favorite Downtown Brunch Spots

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Ah… Spring.  Trees are in bloom, Park Avenue is lush with color and cafes are beginning to spill back onto the sidewalks of the Village, Soho, Nolita and the rest of New York… which marks the return of a time-honored Fashion City tradition: sun-splashed brunch hour.  And, with the advent of Citibike, we can’t wait for the weekends to begin so that we can explore New York during its brightest season.

To celebrate this fabled time of year, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite brunch spots so we all can spend weekend afternoons sipping and sunning.

Café Cluny — This tiny West Village hideaway named after the famous French monastery is perfect for quiet brunching hours.

Café Select — With a pledge to only serve a good glass of wine (and going so far as to be the City’s first Alpine wine list), cozy Café Select serves up a fresh mix of Swiss delights ranging from savory pies to poached duck egg on toast.

The Butcher’s Daughter – New on the scene, TBD is already causing a stir. Don’t be fooled by the name, this juice bar and quaint cafe serves up a healthier brunch than most of its neighbors. Forgo drinks for a smoothie and you’ll have plenty of energy for your Sunday afternoon bike ride.

Freeman’s - Once you find this restaurant down the unknown alley in LES, you’re welcomed by a rustic & homey American setting with simple yet delicious food to match. Try their speciality cocktails, which are just as famous as their skillet eggs.

The Nomad - O.K., so it’s not quite downtown downtown, but we couldn’t resist including The Nomad Hotel’s well-dressed dining rooms on our list. The Rolling Stones-inspired restaurant delivers on elegant décor with equally appealing dishes. Come before or stay after for a drink in their inviting Library.

Bubby’s – Classic American food at it’s finest and freshest. The most charming of spots in TriBeCa offers up delicious southern plates with a focus on organic, local and homemade (they make their own soda pop, ice cream, jam and more..). Order the “Griddle Special”, you won’t be disappointed.

Café Gitane — you may have to wait at least an hour to snag a seat as this Nolita spot… but the cappuccinos and people watching are top-knotch.

Hotel Chantelle — bask in the sun at this rooftop China Town escape.  And, if you’re lucky, you may catch a live jazz session.