Your forecast for the weekend: breezy and bright with a chance of waffles, side of sausage and a hair-of-the-dog Bloody Mary or seven. Nothing makes the brunch rush more bearable than a nice table in the sun.
Your Lower East Side backyard--if your backyard had grilled pork jowls on the table and Leah Cohen in your kitchen. Fill up on Filipino-style chocolate pudding, Vietnamese bacon and Nước chấm crepes and grapefruit "Pigronis."
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This is not a mirage: Brunch bliss does exist on the Upper West Side. Sit under the canopy and go for one of the extensive Benedicts list (crab cake, filet mignon, smoked salmon) and a Bloody Maria with bacon-infused tequila.
Come for the duck hash and poached egg and a Maison Bloody (with mirepoix and Creole spices), then linger under the plant-covered trellis until you're ready for an oyster- and absinthe-fueled second round.
Yes, the Highline is a guaranteed weekend traffic jam. But a table at Marco Canora and Paul Grieco's al fresco outpost with a glass of Riesling and a sandwich of duck ham and Taleggio in hand makes braving the crowd worth it.