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. These, in no particular order, are our picks for where to enjoy your midday meal in the great outdoors:
? The Cleveland
?The concrete city feels a million miles away from the ivy-strewn patio of Max Sussman's excellent Nolita spot. Try the duck sausage banh mi, mole fried rice and oyster and bone marrow omelet.
? Terroir at The Porch
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.
? Maison Premiere
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.
Brunch en plein air, Daniel Boulud-style means a feast of his signature sausages with eggs en cocotte, madeleines and rhubarby French toast.
Pizza for breakfast--always a good idea, especially when it's the garlicky Lil' Stinker or egg- and prosciutto-topped Roy Rogers enjoyed in Bushwick storage container outdoor bliss.
The Chelsea greenmarket-inspired standby's got brisket hash, a rampy frittata and five Bloody Marys on the menu, like the mezcal- and cilantro-laced Oaxaca Mary.
? The Cannibal
The closest you'll get to a picnic in Midtown: a long wooden table spread with lamb rillettes, merguez and country biscuits ladled with sausage gravy.
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.
? Pig & Khao
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 N??c ch?m crepes and grapefruit "Pigronis."
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