Brunch without Breaking the Bank in New York City

Lisa Kenney is a New York City-based research assistant whose upbringing as a military brat has led to incurable wanderlust. Her favorite travel memory is watching the sun rise over Machu Picchu.

There's no better time in New York City than spring. Central Park starts buzzing, cherry blossoms emerge at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, and street fairs pop up on seemingly every avenue. But there's one activity New Yorkers love most when the weather starts warming up: boozy brunch!

Unlimited brunch deals save money without skimping on taste. After all, what better way to celebrate spring than soaking up the sunshine without angering your bank account?

There are many websites devoted to the myriad brunch options in all five boroughs, but here are a just a few affordable spots to get you started:

  1. PS 450, Murray Hill, Manhattan ($29, all-you-can-drink mimosas, bellinis, bloody marys plus one brunch entree.) This spot turns in to more of a lounge at night, but during the day it's hopping with laid-back patrons enjoying the endless brunch special. Standout menu choices include the Chilaquiles and the Breakfast Quesadilla. Bonus: There's no time limit, and the wait staff will often deposit bottles of champagne and carafes of orange juice on your table so you can serve up refills as often as you like.
  2. The Sunburnt Calf, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn ($20 or $25, all you can drink plus entree, price varies based on $10 or $14 entrees.) If you have the time to wait for a table, this Brooklyn staple is a can't-miss. Specializing in Australian cuisine—like roasted pineapple and coconut French toast, or beer-battered barramundi—and a wide selection of beverages—moomosas and moo marys, among others—this spot is a great change of pace from more traditional options. Note: Sunburnt Calf is cash only, so come prepared!
  3. DiWine, Astoria, Queens ($15 includes coffee, an entree and one drink; $26 will get you an entree and unlimited imbibing.) This Astoria wine bar serves up great hangover choices like the Morning After pizza and the Smoked Salmon BLT that will help start your day off right. They even offer desserts, like cheesecake in a jar, and the standard brunch selection of mimosas, bloody marys and bellinis. Extra motivation: There's live jazz every Saturday and Sunday, bringing a classy touch to endless brunch.
  4. Calle Ocho, Upper West Side, Manhattan (Sangria bar comes with entree, $14-$18.) This longtime brunch favorite moved locations in 2012 and with the new digs came a new set of drinking rules, so it's not quite the midday party spot it once was. Luckily, the quality of the food and the spectacular sangria did not suffer. You can choose from one of eight 20-ounce sangrias (four red, four white) to enjoy for a set time (your server will let you know the exact time limit when you're seated). Check out: The Cuban Sandwich with chimichurri fries ($15) and the Burrito Sucio ($14) will not disappoint, especially when paired with the Roja sangria.

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