BY MADELINE NELSON
Brunch season begins on March 20 with the arrival of spring. After a long winter indoors, it’s time to head out across Queens to some wonderful restaurants serving the best brunch fare the borough has to offer.
Here are some great brunch spots with everything from bottomless mimosas to quirky spins on traditional breakfast foods.
Jack & Nellie’s, 108-25 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills
If you’re looking for a brunch spot in Forest Hills, Jack & Nellie’s is popular, affordable and includes six different types of alcohol. Brunch takes place on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. French pressed coffee and several types of alcohol are available, including mimosas.
Java Day Cafe, 160-09 Northern Blvd., Flushing
Java Day Cafe serves cheap, delicious drinks alongside breakfast and brunch, with most entrees priced under $10. The cafe is very kid-friendly and also offers delivery if you want to enjoy the food in the comfort of your bed.
The Alcove, 41-11 49th St., Woodside
Looking for cheap drinks and great meat options? The Alcove has eight different types of drinks available on the brunch menu for $7 (refills are $5). Their meats range from a roast pork shoulder in their Alcove Cuban Sandwich to their Skirt Steak Lollipops.
Sugar Freak, 37-11 30th Ave., Astoria
From 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays, Sugar Freak has a cajun brunch available with a vintage New Orleans-Creole vibe. Sugar Freak has a seafood boil available in which you can choose your seafood, flavor, spice level and any add-ons. They also have different types of eggs Benedict and other Louisiana gems, including beignet sliders and hushpuppies.
Fatty’s Cafe, 45-17 28th Ave., Astoria
With artsy decor and a wall made out of speakers, Fatty’s Cafe has a rare ambience alongside traditional Dominican breakfast options. Brunch is Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., $18, and includes one drink. Fatty’s also has a full bar!
Julia’s Beer and Wine Bar, 818 Woodward Ave., Ridgewood
Want to enjoy brunch in the middle of the week instead of the weekend? Julia’s offers decent priced brunch made will local farm-fresh ingredients seven days a week served until 4 p.m. They also specialize in New York state wines and beers if you’d like to indulge during your meal.
White Noise Coffee Co., 41-02 162nd St., Flushing
White Noise Coffee Co. is a coffeehouse that just so happens to serve great food and snacks within a clean aesthetic. This place is great for a working breakfast (they have outlets by tables and a strong WiFi connection) or just to stop in and grab a quite bite and coffee.
Bocaito, 81-15 Northern Blvd., Jackson Heights
Looking for a very sophisticated brunch? A cafe and wine bar, Bocaito has several options to choose from, and they all include two brunch cocktails and fruit salad. Though upscale, Bocaito also has a prix-fixe children’s menu for brunch!
The Ditty, 35-03 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria
Last but certainly not least, on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. for $35, you can enjoy any entree and side, two-hour unlimited bloody marys, mimosas and sangrias at The Ditty in Astoria. Unlimited drinks, great entree and side choices, and a great atmosphere. What’s not to love?