Brunch is the one meal that was designed for leisure and relaxation. Queens is full of fantastic spots for you to try with your kids, relaxing or not!
This place has a pretty extensive brunch menu, ranging from the traditional eggs benedict to the exotic yellowfin tuna tartare. Kids will love their pancake variety, like banana chocolate chip, and peanut butter banana.
30-13 Broadway, Astoria (718) 932-9569
With a name like that, you almost have to pay a visit, just to see what it’s all about. If you do, you’ll be glad you did. In addition to their great brunch menu, they also have a backyard for you to sit in and enjoy a nice afternoon.
25-01 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria (718) 267-7071
Ornella Trattoria Italiana
The name pretty much gives it away. Stop in here for some authentic Italian brunch specialties, including the ever popular pancakes with Nutella. This restaurant made the Best Kids’ Brunch list by Time Out New York Kids.
29-17 23rd Ave., Astoria (718) 777-9477
This friendly restaurant is dedicated to serving only organic food. If you’re thinking organic means bland, think again. Their tasty brunch menu even includes a kids section, which is almost unheard of for brunch.
33-21 31st Ave., Astoria (718) 777-7011
Enjoy your meal in their private garden, whether it’s the huevos rancheros, traditional Irish breakfast, or the chunky granola French toast.
47-10 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City (718) 937-2044
Austin Steak and Ale House
Don’t let the name fool you: they serve a lot more than just steak and ale. In an interesting brunch twist, they also offer some desserts in case you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth after devouring one of their savory offerings. They also have an outdoor patio that has just reopened for spring.
82-70 Austin St., Kew Gardens (718) 849-3939
Buon Gelateria & Euro Bar
This is a friendly neighborhood spot that you’d miss if you didn’t know it was there. They have a house special, Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes, which are light and delicate and delicious. If you’re looking for an alternative to the usual 11:00am start time for brunch, this place opens at 7:00am.
74-02b Eliot Ave., Middle Village (718) 478-2200
Fresca la Crepe
Have you been craving a traditional crepe? Look no further than this Woodside jewel, which offers both sweet and savory crepes, like one with vegetables and cheese. Seating is limited here though, so be prepared to take your crepes to go. Either way, you’ll definitely turn into a repeat customer after tasting their creations.
39-82 61st St., Woodside (347) 768-1488
The brunch menu at this Long Island City eatery resembles that of a swanky midtown restaurant, without the snobbery. Dine on a Ricotta and Pignoli salad or one of their frittatas of the day. You can enjoy your meal outside too.
21-52 44th Dr., Long Island City (718) 361-0013
This place has great service, and even better food. Instead of the typical bread basket on the table, they give fresh muffins. For free. The brunch is just as fresh. It’s a quiet spot that welcomes families.
104-20 Metropolitian Ave., Forest Hills (718) 544-6425
Be sure to contact the restaurant before you go to find out what their particular brunch hours are.