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Best Brunch Restaurants Near the High Line

Bubby's by the High Line

by: Michele DeBella

last updated: February 5, 2018



If you plan on walking the High Line on a weekend, here are a few local brunch places you should check out either before or after your elevated stroll on America’s first park above ground.


There are a few thoughts on the origins of brunch. Some say it’s rooted in the Catholic ritual of the mid-day feast after Sunday mass; others speculate that after World War Two, people attended church less frequently, and developed a habit of eating later, more leisurely meals. Whatever its beginnings, brunch has evolved into a chic, must-do weekend meal, and in New York City, a perfect event to accompany it is a stroll on the city’s beloved 1.45 mile elevated park. So join the crowds and add one of our brunch recommendations to your weekend walk. The restaurants listed here are all a short distance from the High Line—most are congregated near the mid-to-southern entrances. All restaurants serve a weekend brunch or a late breakfast. Reservations are recommended.


Great Brunch Spots Near the High Line


High Street on Hudson


This charming corner restaurant is consistently voted one of the best neighborhood cafés in the city. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner have all been hailed as delicious, so they attract a crowd all day long. Their breakfast menu is a nod to New York, with dishes like The Meatpacker and The Bodega, but cheese lovers take note: the lunch menu comes with an item they’ve designated Best Grilled Cheese Ever, so arrive around lunchtime if that sounds like a can’t-miss to you.


High Street on Hudson 


Address: 637 Hudson Street (between Horatio and Gansevoort Streets)

Closest subway: A/C/E/L at 14th street and 8th avenue 





Santina is tucked underneath the Gansevoort Street entrance to the High Line (the southern tip of the elevated park), so it’s perfect for a before-or-after stroll. Their specialty is Italian food; unique brunch selections include shrimp frittata, zucchini muffins, and French toast made with panettone (that round, candied sweet bread you see popping up in supermarkets around the holidays). Inside, the décor is all blues and purples, smooth hardwood floors, and colorful glass-blown lamps hanging from the ceiling, giving it a bright, Mediterranean feeling.


Address: 820 Washington Street (corner of Gansevoort Street)

Closest subway: A/C/E/L at 14th street and 8th avenue 



Bubby’s High Line


Located across the street from the new Whitney Museum, Bubby’s is a pretty convenient post-High Line brunch choice. Owner Ron Silver got started in the restaurant business selling his homemade pies to local restaurants; now, Bubby’s serves a full menu of comfort foods like buttermilk biscuits and chocolate chip pancakes along with their selection of famous pies. The restaurant is spacious and buzzes with conversation, both of which contribute to the owner’s mission to make customers feel like they’re enjoying a meal among friends.


And be sure to check out the small ice-cream parlor at Bubby’s run by the popular Brooklyn-based artisan ice cream company, Ample Hills Creamery.  Try their exclusive “Floatin’ Over the High Line” flavor (comprised of root beer ice cream with mini marshmellows and chocolate sprinkles).


Address: 73 Gansevoort Street (corner of Washington Street)

Closest subway: A/C/E/L at 14th street and 8th avenue 



The Wild Son


If you’re not in the mood for day drinking, The Wild Son serves cleansing juices with ingredients like turmeric, ginger, and activated charcoal (which is said to bind toxins to it so they sail out of your body). However, if it looks like an afternoon-drinking kind of day, this is a great place for interesting house cocktails or a cold draft beer. The tables inside all seem to be bathed in sunlight, giving the whole place a light, airy feeling, and their menu offers a variety of brunch-appropriate sandwiches, salads, and mains.


Address: 53 Little West 12th Street (just west of the High Line)

Closest subway: A/C/E/L at 14th street and 8th avenue 



The Park


The indoor Garden Dining area, complete with Japanese Maple trees and Wisteria vines, will have you lingering over your mango mimosa for hours. Their food selection is pretty appealing, too—where else can you find a Bag of Housemade Doughnuts on the menu? The Park has a full brunch offering, which includes their house specialties like Potato Pancakes with Brown Sugar Applesauce.


Address: 118 Tenth Avenue (between 17th and 18th streets)

Closest subway: A/C/E/L at 14th street and 8th avenue 





Having beignets on the menu should be enough to rally the crowds, and that’s only an appetizer. Cookshop’s menu seems to have something for everyone. They use seasonal ingredients from local farms, so their selection varies with the seasons.  Dishes are American- style with a Mediterranean twist, since Chef and part-owner Marc Meyer spent time training in Italy.


It’s right next to the High Line at 20th street and minutes from Chelsea Market, which is at 16th street.  But you might want to make reservations, as this place is pretty happenin’, especially for weekend brunch.


Address: 156 Tenth Avenue (corner of 20th street)

Closest subway: C or E at 23rd street and 8th avenue





A long-time favorite, this vegan establishment attracts even the most hard-core carnivores. Yes, quinoa and kale are on the menu, but so are traditional brunch favorites like French toast, Blossom’s take on a vegan burrito, and a country breakfast made of a tofu scramble with apple sage seitan sausage. Finish up with a decadent vegan dessert. Their flagship Chelsea location—open since 2005—is located inside a two-story historic townhouse.


Address: 187 Ninth Avenue (between 21st and 22nd streets)

Closest subway: C or E at 23rd street and 8th avenue



Tipsy Parson


Every detail at Tipsy Parson is aimed at making you feel at home—the cushioned window benches, the walls lined with books (sort of), and their promise to fill you up with “belly-filling goodness” any time of day. The menu further carries out the promise, with comfort food selections like Mac & Cheese, Fried Pickles, and their famous Buttermilk-Chive Biscuits. Tipsy Parson also proudly serves small-batch cocktails with products they’ve purchased from distillers in NYC and Upstate New York.


Address: 156 Ninth Avenue (between 19th and 20th streets)

Closest subway: C or E at 23rd street and 8th avenue



Work up an appetite during your walk along the High Line, and then stop in at one of these New York City brunch favorites!  Alternatively, eat early to beat the wait for a table.  And remember that these restaurants are not only near the High Line but also close to the Whitney Museum, founded in 1930 in nearby Greenwich Village.  The popular museum showcases American art across eras and is housed in its new Meatpacking District building designed by Italian “celebrity architect” Renzo Piano.


And if you’re interested in learning about the High Line, Chelsea, the Meatpacking District, and Greenwich Village, please check out our popular 3hr private walking tour called the Village Sampler.


Finally, if you’re visiting New York City for the first time and would like to figure out how to use the subway system to get to the High Line or some of these restaurants, check out our free NYC subway guide.